Festive Holiday Pomegranate Guacamole

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Get in the spirit early with this homemade Festive Holiday Pomegranate Guacamole! A beautiful and delicious appetizer perfect for gatherings throughout the holidays. It’s so good, hoarding a batch for yourself is totally legit.

After a weekend trip college shopping in the Carolinas with my son, holiday party prepping is now on the front burner. Thanksgiving is closing in and Christmas will be here before we know it. As you begin planning your holiday menus, and if you love guac as much as we do, you’ll want this recipe at the top of your list.

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Festive Holiday Pomegranate Guacamole

Now, I know what you may be thinking. Why on earth would you mess with such a classic?!

Well, we’re in the thick of pomegranate season which typically runs from October until about January in the US. Let’s make the most of it!

The seeds, or arils, have this sweet-yet-tart thing going on that adds an extra pop of yummy flavor, color and crunch. It basically turns regular guacamole into Christmas in a bowl.

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Most pomegranates come from California and will last in the fridge a few weeks so go grab some and hop on the pomegranate bandwagon. You’ll benefit from their high levels of antioxidants, vitamin C, and potassium to boot. 🙂

Keys to making REALLY GREAT GUAC
  • Use really ripe avocados!
  • Mash the avocado with lime juice right away to slow the oxidation process
  • Add minced garlic and jalapeño for a bit of heat
  • Crumbled queso fresco or feta adds another dimension of flavor, but totally optional to keep it vegan
  • We love lots of cilantro, but if you’re not a fan use parsley
  • Serve with your favorite chips, raw veggies or just grab a spoon. Enjoy! 🙂

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Recipe

Festive Holiday Pomegranate Guacamole

Nothing beats homemade guacamole, and this colorful twist of added pomegranate arils makes it extra special for the holidays.
Course Appetizer, Dip, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword guacamole, holiday appetizer, party dip
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 cups, approximately
Author Kim Peterson

Ingredients

  • 4 medium ripe avocados, pitted and cubed
  • Juice of 2 limes, zest of 1, plus lime wedges for garnish
  • cup pomegranate arils, rinsed, divided
  • ½ cup shallots, diced
  • cup tomatoes, mostly seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeño, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, use a potato masher or large fork to mash the avocado, lime juice and zest together until desired creaminess. (I like guac on the chunkier side.)
  • Mix in ⅓ cup pomegranate arils, the shallots, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, salt and cumin. Fold in the cheese, if desired.
  • Transfer guacamole to a serving bowl. Garnish with remaining pomegranate arils, lime wedges and cilantro. Serve immediately with tortilla chips and/or crudité.

Notes

*To store leftover guacamole, squeeze extra lime juice over top and press plastic wrap directly on the surface to minimize oxidation. Place in the fridge and use within 2-3 days.

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