Greetings from the Queen of Quark!
Summertime brings with it all kinds of special occasions and get-togethers.
When I want to host a garden party at the castle, or take something especially tasty to an event I’ve been invited to, one of the first things I think about taking is my simple avocado dip.
The secret ingredient in my recipe
I like to put a unique spin on my dip.
I like to make it with Quark which, if you don’t already know, is a German superfood.
Quark is an incredibly healthy cheese with a very impressive nutritional profile, and quickly turns my best avocado dip into a protein powerhouse.
If you like to stay fit and eat healthy, you’re going to love this dip. I call it a dip, but it can also be used as a spread, FYI!
After a nice swim or bike ride, it’s the perfect companion for your favorite whole grain crackers or some fresh cut veggies, and this is my hands-down favorite avocado dip for chips (especially homemade ones).
What you’re going to need
First of all, my pseudo-guacamole is made with fresh avocados.
And avocado is extremely nutritious, not to mention delicious.
Avocados (also affectionately known as Alligator Pears) are chock-a-block with vitamins C, B6, B12, and they’re also good for vision health, weight loss, and digestion.
They’re very versatile and can be eaten raw, as a spread on a sandwich, in a salad, or mixed with other ingredients to make sauces and dips.
This recipe also contains my other favorite food: Quark.
Quark can even be used in many different ways outside of the kitchen!
The ingredient that adds a little extra flavor to this recipe is garlic.
Garlic has a host of healthy attributes, which include boosting the immune system, treating asthma, lowering blood pressure, and improving heart health.
Cilantro, also known as coriander, is what gives this dip a citrusy zing. By itself, cilantro can taste a little sour, bitter or even soapy, but when added to other foods it adds such a delightful nuanced flavor to the dish.
Interestingly, the whole cilantro plant can be eaten safely, which means less waste; however, the most commonly used parts are the leaves and seeds.
I use it quite often at the castle and I even have some growing in my herb garden.
It’s low in calories and saturated fat but rich in flavonoids, fiber, calcium, and vitamins C, A, K, and E.
I suspect your mouth is watering by now and you’re eager to try this wonderfully refreshing, healthy avocado dip, so let’s not waste any more time!
Simple Avocado Dip
- 2 avocados
- 1 cup Quark (homemade or store bought)
- 1/2 lemon of 1 lime, juiced
- 2 tbsp chopped onion
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 fresh chili, chopped and seeded
- 10 fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
- Cut the avocados into halves. Remove the center and scoop out the pulp into a small bowl. Use a fork to mash it.
- Mix it will the Quark, then stir in the lemon or lime juice, onion, garlic, chili, salt and herbs.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for one hour before serving.