Homemade guacamole with fresh pomegranate makes a beautiful holiday appetizer! It’s a vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free snack that everyone will enjoy. This guacamole goes great with tortilla chips and prepared raw vegetables, like carrots and broccoli. Recipe yields about 3 cups of guacamole (enough for a small gathering) and could easily be halved.
4 medium ripe avocados, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, mostly leaves, chopped
1 to 2 jalapeños (or 1 serrano pepper), seeded and chopped
1 medium pomegranate, deseeded (about 1 cup worth of pomegranate arils)
Entirely optional: 1/2 cup crumbled feta
With a spoon, scoop the avocado flesh into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the lime juice, garlic and salt. Mash the ingredients together with a large fork or potato masher until the avocado is nice and creamy.
To ensure that the onion flavor doesn’t overpower the guacamole, rinse the chopped onion under running water (I used a fine mesh colander). Pat the onion dry with a paper towel.
Add the onion, chopped cilantro and jalapeño to the bowl and mix well. Gently stir in 1/2 of the pomegranate arils. For extra presentation points, transfer the guacamole to an appropriately sized serving bowl now. Sprinkle remaining pomegranate arils over guacamole, along with some additional chopped cilantro and totally optional feta, if you’d like. Serve immediately.