Store bought dips are a mine field for added sugars, fake salt, preservatives, trans fats from hydrogenated oils, and GMO vegetable oils.
Dips are so easy to plop together if you have a whizzer of some kind. They taste far fresher and more delicious when home made, you know it!
Buying things like guacamole in a tub is kind of puzzling anyway. Especially when all you have to do is open an avocado, mush it up, sprinkle a little salt, pepper, lime juice and a few herbs. Here’s an avocado dip & a smoked salmon dip to enjoy and share for easy entertaining for grown ups and kids alike! Both are nutritious, real food treats to play a delicious back drop to good conversation, picnics and pre dinner parties!
Smoked salmon dip (cut quantities in half for a small group of 4-6 for nibbles, otherwise this happily serves 10 at aperitif hour)
Easy Avocado and Salmon Dips Recipe
Smoked Salmon Dip
- 1 tbsp rice syrup or coconut syrup, or 3 drops of stevia
- 1/2 small red onion
- 200 g creme fraiche / sour cream (you could make it dairy free with a rice milk cream from a health shop)
- 250 g wild salmon (i do this rarely as a treat as I am awaiting confirmation on Aussie salmon farm feed, so I buy Canadian Way salmon probably about once a season to indulge in this rich and delicious dip)
- 2 stalks spring onion
- handful of herbs (parsley, chives or dill or mix of all)
- 2 avocados, mashed in a bowl
- 1 tsp chopped flat leaf parsley
- 2 sprigs thyme with stalk removed
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped and mushed to a paste
- 2 pinches salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- 2 tbsp sour cream (live cultures are present in sour cream which are great for digestion, and lots of commercial mayos are bad news with GM corn syrup and other additives, so I pick sour cream or yoghurt over mayo to add my creaminess!)
- 1 pinch chilli flakes if it’s for the grown ups!
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- A good couple of pinches of Dulse Flakes a Sea Veggie that is incredibly nutrient dense, and this wonderful super food goes unnoticed in a myriad of things like mash, soup, dips and sauces, and is a great little secret defence weapon for us all! Read this post I did on sea veggies here.
For the smoked salmon dip
Whizz it all up in your blitzer / processor / thermomix. Spoon into a bowl. Serve with flat bread toasted in oven to turn to a crisp, or serve it on cucumber slices for a grain free experience to die for! It will set hard in texture if you refrigerate first, so if you’re serving it later, just pull out of the fridge 20 minutes before guests arrive. I garnished this one with some indulgent and uber nutrient dense salmon roe, but a little fresh chopped parsley is perfect on it’s own!
For the avocado dip
Pop it all together with the mashed avocado. Gosh that was difficult, wasn’t it? Serve it with carrot, cucumber and celery sticks. It’s so fresh and beautiful. If you don’t do dairy, just leave it out, it’s still super delicious!
Real Food. Happy Bodies. Makes sense.