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The Tangy Avocado Dip For When You Want a Guacamole Break

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We're not only devotees of avocado on toast—we like it every which way! We partnered with the California Avocado Commission (@CA_Avocados) to riff off a few of our favorite #f52grams, penning new avocado recipes of our own.

Avocados take to dip like herbs take to pesto, or olives to tapenade. Chopped and mashed for a play of textures or whizzed into a puree all silky and lush, they're made to be mixed with all kinds of flavors. And not just those you associate with guacamole like lime juice, onion, and spicy pepper.

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When we saw this avocado-sour cream play on Instagram, our brains started whirring for more ways to stir in some tang.

And because you'd be hard-pressed to introduce me to an avocado dip I didn't like, I took my own whack at it with this version, our take on the one 'grammed above. A simple mash of avocado, crème fraîche, lemon juice, and salt and pepper, it's quite the centerpiece for a spread of fresh market vegetables like carrots, radishes, and grilled scallions.

This one's worth a double dip.
This one's worth a double dip. Photo by James Ransom

The recipe is simple enough, and dressing it up doesn't take much—which you should do to make it your own. This time we swirled it with a quick cilantro pesto, but that's just a start.

Avocado Crème Fraîche Dip with Cilantro Pesto
Avocado Crème Fraîche Dip with Cilantro Pesto

Here are 9 other ways to soup up your new favorite dip:

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  • Toasted and chopped hazelnuts, blue cheese, honey
  • Chopped strawberries and basil
  • Furikake
  • Charred corn kernels, diced red onion, crumbled feta, cilantro
  • Cooked and crumbled bacon and chopped tomatoes
  • Sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, chives
  • Savory granola
  • Smoked almonds and olive oil
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Avocado Crème Fraîche Dip with Cilantro Pesto

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Serves 8

Avocado Crème Fraîche Dip

  • 3 avocados
  • 8 ounces crème fraîche
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh carrots, for serving
  • Scallions, greens removed and whites halved and charred

Cilantro Pesto

  • 4 cups cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil

The California Avocado Commission represents the nearly 4,000 avocado growers in the state of California. They harvest avocados only a few months out of the year (like right now!). Find out more about California Avocados, and where to get them, here.

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