I guess you could say I’m a bit of a guacamole snob, but I’ve never been a fan of store bought guacamole. It’s just never as good as fresh homemade guacamole. And why bother when making homemade guac is so easy?
I make this simple guacamole recipe at least once a week… We smear it on burgers, top barbacoa tacos with it, and scoop it up with our favorite tortilla chips. It’s super versatile and just three ingredients: avocado, lime juice, and salt.
While I think it’s absolutely perfect as is, the great thing about starting with a simple base recipe like this is that you can easily customize it by stirring in other ingredients… A handful of chopped fresh cilantro, some diced red onion and jalapeño peppers, frozen corn and diced red peppers — the possibilities are endless! And I do mean endless.
Do you know what one of my favorite ingredients to add to this simple guacamole recipe is??? Diced fresh grapes… Are you surprised? The fresh, juicy and sweet flavor of the grapes paired with the creamy avocado and tart lime is totally divine when scooped up with a salty tortilla chip.
You might also be surprised to find out that my favorite store to purchase grapes at is Walmart. They always seem to have the freshest, juiciest, sweetest bunches of red and green grapes alike, typically at a price that fits my budget.
While Walmart did not happen to have the best price on grapes in my area this week, their new Savings Catcher program automatically refunded the difference to a Walmart Rewards eGift Card. Combined with their 100% freshness guarantee, you just can’t beat buying produce at Walmart!
How To Choose Grapes
Choosing a delicious bunch of grapes is actually very easy, especially in September and October when they’re in season.
- Start by checking out the stems. If they’re still green and flexible, the grapes are likely very fresh. Avoid stems that are dry, brittle and brown.
- Next look at the color of the grapes. For red grapes, look for a mostly uniform, deep, rich red shade. For green grapes, look for a slight pale yellow shade with a hint of amber. In both cases, the grapes should be plump and full.
- Avoid bags that have the following: a large number of grapes detached from the vine, grapes with bleached areas around the stem ends, and leaking grapes, all signs that they’re damaged or past their prime.
Note that grapes are fairly high on the “dirty dozen” list of produce that have high amounts of pesticide residue, so wash them thoroughly and blot dry before eating.
I stirred about one cup of diced red and green grapes into my simple guacamole recipe, and the result is so tasty! I highly encourage you to give it a try yourself.Print
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- optional mix-ins
- Remove the pit from the avocados and scoop out the pulp into a medium mixing bowl. Roughly mash with a fork to a slightly chunky consistency.
- Stir in kosher salt and fresh lime juice.
- Serve as is or add additional ingredients as desired. A handful of fresh cilantro chopped, 1/2 cup frozen corn, 1/4 cup diced red onion + 1 teaspoon diced jalapeño peppers, or one cup of diced grapes are all delicious suggestions.
If you’re looking for another fabulous grape recipe, try this amazing Grape Salad recipe. Filled with cream cheese, brown sugar and pecans, it’s definitely a diet-breaker, but it’s oh, so worth it!