My local farmers market opened on Saturday, and I happily came home with three grocery bags full of (mostly) local goodies. Asparagus is in season right now, so I bought a couple of bunches and decided to try to find a new and interesting way to use it. I came up with a recipe for asparagus guacamole from the Taste of Home website.

I was a little skeptical going into this, but it’s really good. Does it taste exactly like traditional guacamole? No, but it doesn’t scream, “This is asparagus!” either.

It’s fabulous to dip veggies or tortilla chips in, and it’s lower in calories and fat than traditional guacamole. If you’ve got an abundance of asparagus hanging around right now, you might want to give this a try.


  • 1 lb fresh asparagus that’s been trimmed and cut into one inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup chopped seeded tomato (I didn’t seed)
  • 2 tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3.4 tsp minced fresh cilantro
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 6 drops hot pepper sauce
  • In ½ inch of water, bring trimmed asparagus to a boil then reduce heat and cook until fork tender (about 5-7 minutes).
  • Drain asparagus very well and place in food processor or blender with the onion and garlic; blend until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients then add the asparagus mixture and combine. Chill.
  • Serve with raw veggies or tortilla chips.

According to the Taste of Home website, this creamy dip has only 42 calories and 2 grams of fat per 1/3 cup serving.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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