Lucky Comestible III(6) Meets Flash in the Pan: Avocado Mayonnaise

[I thought it would be fun to run a little series over here at DDD: I'll profile one one of my favorite foods, or a food that I've recently discovered and enjoyed, over several days.  For this third entry, I'm focusing on Avocados. The series is presented on an occasional (and entirely arbitrary) basis, before I move on to the next lucky comestible.  Today's avocado-based recipe also happens to be quick and incredibly easy, the criteria for my Flash in the Pan recipes--so it straddles both categories!] 

 

Think smooth and creamy.  Think easy and delicious. Think sandwich spread, base for sandwich fillings, foundation for dips or savory pâtés.  Think avocado mayonnaise!

This incredibly quick and equally irresistible recipe comes from the wondrous Dr. Ben Kim’s Natural Health website.  A chiropractor and acupuncturist based in Barrie, Ontario, Dr. Kim is also a fount of information on all things holistic, and he offers incredible material about healthy eating–all for free through his newsletter, of which I am an avid fan (and no, I’ve never actually met the man, just in case you think there’s a little nepotism going on here–I just really think his info is great!).

I whipped up this mayo and enjoyed a daub on some steamed artichokes, but by the time I’d finished eating them, I knew I was hooked.  I plopped some over ripe, juicy slices of beefsteak tomato for a lunch appetizer and was enthralled.  After the first taste, I wanted to scoop this out of the bowl with a spoon (come to think of it, I did scoop this out of the bowl with a spoon).

You can use this as you would any other mayo, in sandwiches, wraps, salads (it would be heavenly thinned out just a little over field greens–turns out the recipe is very much like the avocado pesto salad dressing I posted about last March).

Avocado and Basil Mayonnaise

from Dr. Ben Kim

This creamy, heavenly spread can be used anywhere you’d use regular mayo.  I agree with Dr. Kim:  this is the best vegan mayo I’ve ever tried.

2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, scooped out of skins, and cubed

large handful of fresh basil leaves

2 Tbsp. (30 ml.) extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp. (10 ml.) fresh lemon or lime juice

1 garlic clove, peeld and minced

sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Combine basil, garlic, and a pinch of sea salt in a small food processor and blend until ingredients form a paste.

Add avocados and process until smooth. Blend in oil and lemon or lime juice, and then season with salt and pepper.  Makes 4-6 servings.

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  1. Now THAT is a delectable spread – yum!

  2. It’s so verdant and beautiful! And the picture quality is gorgeous as well. What kind of camera do you use?

  3. Ooohhh…now this would be good on some fresh bread! (or anything else, really)

  4. I’m definitely gonna try this. Like I need an excuse to eat avocados…

  5. VeggieGirl,
    Thanks! Very delectable, yes–and very easy to eat!

    CCV,
    I really had to laugh when I read your comment–I’m assuming my camera is fairly inexpensive (I got it for free with airmiles). It’s an HP Photosmart R725 point and shoot camera. Believe me, any gorgeous picture quality is purely accidental! ;)

    Shellyfish,
    Oooh! Fresh bread! Now there’s an idea–thanks!!

    Pamela,
    My feelings exactly. Who needs a special reason?

  6. wow! i’m running to the store after work for some avocados. i need to make some bread this weekend for this awesomeness!

    thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. what a vibrant, happy dish. i love avocados and will definitely try this.

  8. Yum! What a great idea for a spread. Thanks Ricki!

  9. Your avocado mayo looks absolutely devine!

  10. That spread looks wonderful! I can’t wait until I get my hands on some avocados!

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I received ExtraVeganZa yesterday. I love it! Thank you so much!

  11. Oh my goodness, your avocado mayo is the best invention ever! Seriously, you deserve a nobel prize for this one – what could be better than making a healthy mayo that’s wayyyy better than mayo??!! You are my culinary heroine! I know your recipe will become a staple in our house!

  12. Perfect!

  13. madcapCupcake says:

    This sounds DELICIOUS. I am an avocado fiend. I must try this!!

  14. Avocado Mayo? Genius!

  15. Jessy,
    Wish I could make homemade bread as well. . . sounds like a great combo!

    bee,
    I love that description–the dish itself being vibrant and happy! But you know what? That’s how I felt when eating it!

    Lizzie,
    Thanks! Hope you enjoy it on some good GF bread!

    Meg,
    Thanks so much!

    Katy,
    So glad you got the book! I know you’ll enjoy cooking from it–it’s one of my favorites :)

    Astra Libris,
    This is already a staple in the DDD household, I have to admit–but wish I could take credit; I didn’t invent this one. I got it from Dr. Ben Kim’s site (who, I think, got it from someone else!!). Still delicious, though :)

    Melody,
    Aww, thanks!

    madcapCupcake,
    Sounds like this would be perfect for an avocado fiend–hope you enjoy it!

    Claudia WR,
    I was pretty impressed, too, when I came across the recipe–the texture is just perfect in this one. :)

  16. sounds and looks much much nicer than mayonnaise! And I love your photo with the artichokes – has a real retro chic!

  17. This looks great — the perfect way to highlight the luxurious texture of avocados.

  18. Yum I love avocadoes! This may sounds like a simple guacamole, which is delicious.

  19. i am already addicted to avocado spreads! now I am going to eat even more avocados!!!!!!

  20. Oh and I forgot to mention the obvious – these muffis look stunning!

  21. I really do like the look of this Ricki! I have avocados in my fruit bowl just now. I was tempted into buying an avocado slicer at the weekend, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to make. I have now problems deciding now :)

  22. veganhomemade says:

    Super yummy! I’ve mashed avocado into vegennaise before for a less homemade but quicky version, it is so good.

  23. As soon as I came across this recipe (literally 10 minutes ago), I went into the kitchen and this is how I used up the rest of my ripe avocado’s…Yum~! I added some red pepper flakes to it because I like a little spice~! This is heavenly~! Thanks~!

  24. How long does it last before the avocado turns brown?

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  1. [...] Recipe Review #3: Avacado Mayonnaise 2009 July 31 tags: Comfort/Convience Food, condiment, Corn-free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Lactose Free, Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan by kangachick This recipe also comes from Ricki via Dr. Kim  at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs! I love it dip and mayo! Take Ricki’s  and my word for it! This is a  great mayo alternative and it is sooo good on tomatoes! See her post here. [...]

  2. [...] This recipe also comes from Ricki via Dr. Kim at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs! I love it dip and mayo! Take Ricki’s and my word for it! This is a great mayo alternative and it is sooo good on tomatoes! See her post here. [...]

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