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How would you like a great big dollop of smooth, creamy goodness on top of your next burger? And what if that smooth, creamy goodness could be good for you? Enter my avocado white balsamic spread.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. And you’re wrong – it’s not guacamole. It’s a rich, slightly sweet spread that’s great in place of higher-cholesterol condiments, such as mayonnaise. Before we get started, let’s talk about what makes this spread so good for you.
Meet your ingredients
As I stated in my post on avocados as snacks, avocados are a nutrient powerhouse. This article from WebMD explains that they are rich in nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. They have a low sugar content. Finally, they are full of fiber and monounsaturated (aka good) fats. Who knew that this little green fruit (Yes, it’s a fruit!) packed such a nutritional punch!
Now that you know the nutritional value of our star ingredient, let’s take a look at white balsamic vinegar.
How does white balsamic vary from regular balsamic vinegar? Unless you’ve got a hefty vinegar budget, you’re probably used to using darkly-colored Aceto Balsamico di Modena, which is the less expensive version of balsamic vinegar. It consists of grape must combined with wine vinegar. The darkly-colored balsamic vinegar contains red wine vinegar. Conversely, white balsamic contains white wine vinegar.
White balsamic is not as sweet as regular balsamic, and it has a crisper taste. The acidity cuts beautifully through the fat in the avocado. The slight sweetness of the vinegar rounds out the flavor profile nicely.
One more thing before we get to this recipe. I use a Sicilian lemon-flavored white balsamic vinegar that I buy at this local oils & vinegars store in Kansas City. You can also get it at Amazon (Because Amazon has everything). I use this vinegar on so many things. Salads, vegetables, fruit, meat, you name it. It gives everything this complex, lemon-y flavor that I love. If you’re not inclined to pick up a bottle of Sicilian lemon white balsamic, regular white balsamic with 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice will work too.
Now that we know what we’re working with, let’s dive into this quick and easy recipe.
What you’ll need
- 1 medium avocado
- 1-2 tbsp. Sicilian lemon white balsamic vinegar (If you can’t find lemon-flavored white balsamic vinegar, add 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice to regular white balsamic vinegar)
- 1/2 tbsp. minced garlic (I buy the kind packed in water)
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt, plus more to taste
- Pepper to taste
This recipe makes about 4 2-tbsp. servings (A math-y way of saying about 1/2 cup).
What you do
First, halve, peel, and pit the avocado. Did you know you can safely remove an avocado pit with a corkscrew? Check out this video from PureWow to see how it’s done.
Next, combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Last, mash with a fork and stir until smooth. I like my spread a little chunky, so I don’t smush out all the lumps.
See? Wasn’t that easy?
Avocado white balsamic spread’s versatility
The great thing about this spread is that there’s so much you can do with it. As you can see, I used it as a burger topper today! Here are some other ideas:
- It’s great on chicken sandwiches
- It adds a creamy element to quesadillas or fajitas
- It’s heaven on a bagel (Because avocado toast is too obvious)
- You can even use it as a healthier alternative to pasta sauce (No, really. It’s so good. Throw in some chopped turkey bacon, and it’s perfection.)
I have a soft spot for mayonnaise, but I just can’t do all the unhealthy fat and cholesterol. I created this avocado white balsamic spread because I wanted something rich and creamy, and most of all, healthy. And I have to say, it hits the spot every time!
What’s your favorite way to use avocados? Have you ever tried white balsamic vinegar? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. – Can you tell I love avocados? Check out my post on using avocados as a healthy snack.