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A few days ago, I shared a Cinco de Mayo memory on Instagram. It involved a restaurant with a pool, my ex-boyfried, and one crazy dare. Check it out on our Instagram page – and if you don’t follow us yet, do! We share lots of great information in our stories and posts, so jump in and join us! And if you’re thinking about what to make for this fun holiday, consider this Watermelon Guacamole. It’s such a simple twist on your traditional guacamole, which makes it all the more fun.
Watermelon remains one of my favorite warm-weather fruits. It’s just so lightweight, so clean and fresh tasting. Its bright sweetness is the perfect compliment to avocado’s creamy, down-to-earth flavor. Add cilantro, red onion, garlic, sea salt and a few splashes of lime and get ready to partay, friends.
Speaking of a partay, for many of use, Cinco de Mayo is simply an excuse to have one. While that’s cool and all, it’s nice to know a little bit about the holiday we so love to make food for!
So, I did a little digging. I thought Cinco de Mayo was the celebration of Mexico’s independence day, but nope, not even close (in case you’re wondering, it’s September 16th). But the day IS meant to celebrate a great victory, against incredible odds: the Mexican army beat back the French’s (albeit temporarily) with half the number of soldiers, near the city of Puebla. Although the victory was short-lived, so was the French’s rule, and perhaps because of both the day is still celebrated. Fun fact? It is mostly celebrated here, in the US (in Mexico it is mainly recognized in Pueblo).
Doing this digging reminds me, sadly, how disconnected we often are from the real meaning and purposed behind so much of our food. Surely, not every bite we take needs to be imbued with significance. But how often do we stop to really reflect on the reason we celebrate July 4th? Or whether a particular holiday even has meaning to us personally anymore? I truly believe we can create meaning and value to what we celebrate – we can recreate and imagine holidays. But first we need to actually consider that our food has a deeper value that to simply feed us.
I’ve been very much into the Netflix documentary series Ugly Delicious, which is inspiring all my deep thinking above. If you like food, you’ll love this show! I highly recommend watching it right away!
This Watermelon Guacamole would go perfectly with our Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos, for a complete Cinco de Mayo event, AIP-style! And you can be sure everyone invited, whether AIP or not, will truly enjoy these foods.
Enjoy friends!! If you make this, don’t forget to #letscreatethesweetlife. Nothing brings me greater joy than seeing others enjoy the food I’ve made!!
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This recipe is featured on Phoenix Helix’s Recipe Roundtable #217!
Watermelon Guacamole (AIP + Paleo)
A perfect AIP + Paleo way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (or ANY 'ole time), this guac features the sweetness of watermelon, balanced by the tang of lime and cilantro. Serve in half a watermelon for an especially festive feel!
- 2 avocados
- 4 Tablespoons red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped fine
- 1 lime, juiced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup diced watermelon
If desired, save half of your watermelon shell for display. Mash avocados in a large bowl. Add diced red onion, chopped cilantro, juiced lime, minced garlic cloves, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
Add watermelon to guacamole and stir gently until just combined. Serve immediately. Enjoy!!
Makes ~ 1 1/2 cups guacamole