Easy vegan guacamole that uses fresh ingredients for a healthy dairy-free snack. It’s easy to put together in just a few minutes and you have a delicious snack or appetizer.
The recipe is adaptable and can be altered to your preferences. Actually, I would say this is more of a suggestion than a recipe. If you don’t like red onion, leave it out. If you don’t like cilantro, leave it out. If you’re like my husband and prefer more of a “one jalapeño to one avocado” ratio, add more. Change up the ingredients for this plant-based guacamole and make it your own.
Picking a Good Avocado
The hardest part of making this vegan avocado dip is waiting for the avocados to be just right. To check for ripeness gently press the avocado (not too hard, the avocado might bruise), it should be firm but give a little under the pressure. Ripe avocados are not too soft and mushy, nor too firm and hard. When you find a good one, check it for indentations that are soft. If you find soft spots, they may be overripe or bruised.
If you can’t find a good ripe avocado that’s ready to use, then pick one that’s not ready yet and ripen it at home. To speed up ripening, place the avocados in a brown paper bag with a couple of bananas. The time it takes to soften the avocados will vary depending on how much they need to ripen. It may take a couple of days or it could be ready overnight.
If the avocados are ready but you're not, then store them in the refrigerator. This will not halt the ripening, but it will slow it down.
How to Make Vegan Guacamole
Slice open the avocados and remove the pit.
Slice a cross-hatch pattern for cubes, but don't cut all the way through the skin. Then scoop out with a spoon. You can also make slices or just scoop out the flesh as it is with a spoon.
Mash the avocados with the back of a fork or a potato masher until it reaches your desired texture.
Then add the diced red onion, diced jalapeño, crushed garlic, lime juice, and salt to the mashed avocados. Then stir to combine.
Finally, taste and adjust to your preferences. Do you prefer more salt? Add a pinch more. Prefer a little more tang? Add a little more fresh lime juice. If you’re like my husband and prefer it even spicier, add the entire jalapeño and leave the seeds in.
Storing Leftover Plant Based Guacamole
Guacamole is susceptible to oxidation, which is why that beautiful green color turns brown. The lime juice in the recipe will slow this process down and keep it from immediately turning brown, letting you enjoy your freshly made avocado dip. It’s only a temporary solution and won’t prevent leftovers from browning.
I did a little testing to see if red or yellow onions would help preserve the guac. I used a red onion because, well, the recipe calls for it and that would be convenient. Both onions slowed the browning of the guacamole, but not to the point that it will stay fresh for days. I stored both servings in glass containers with lids that clipped on for an air-tight seal.
Photo A shows the leftover guac with peeled onion halves on the day it was made.
Photo B shows the leftover guac three days later, the guac is starting to brown and there is some residual liquid.
Conclusion: If you have leftover vegan guacamole, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator with the leftover red onion. Then eat it soon!
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I hope you enjoy this vegan guacamole recipe!
Originally published back in 2019 and updated February 12, 2022.Print
Easy vegan guacamole that uses fresh ingredients for a healthy dairy-free snack.
- 3 avocados
- ¼ cup red onion, finely diced
- 1 jalapeño finely diced (with or without seeds)
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed or minced
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- Slice open the avocados, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh into a bowl.
- The additional ingredients can be added before you mash the avocados or promptly after mashing to prevent browning.
- Mash the avocados with the back of a fork or a potato masher until it reaches your desired texture.
- Add the diced red onion, diced jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and salt (if you haven't done so already) to the mashed avocados and stir to combine.
- Then taste and adjust to your preferences.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container with the leftover red onion half for a couple of days.
The three tablespoons of lime juice can be about 1-2 limes depending on their size and yield of juice.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
- Method: by hand
- Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keywords: vegan guacamole, homemade guacamole