Would you try 'zuccamole,' a possible zucchini-based alternative for avocado?

Chef Donatella Aparia shares her recipe for the vegetable dip.

February 18, 2022, 8:15 AM

After the recent import ban on avocados from Mexico, consumer fears of a potential shortage has sent some in search of an alternative ingredient.

Chef Donatella Aparia shared a recipe that swaps the creamy, mild, green-fleshed fruit for another vegetable that she said creates a similar consistency to guacamole: zucchini. Here is her recipe for "zuccamole" -- guacamole made with zucchini.



1 medium squash, end trimmed

1 jalapeno, seeds removed

1/4 cup neutral-flavored oil

2-3 garlic cloves

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt

1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon full-fat Greek plain yogurt


Steam zucchini until just cooked through, let come to room temperature and dry with a paper towel. Place the zucchini in the fridge while you prep the rest of your ingredients (the colder the better).

Add zucchini and the remaining ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until completely emulsified.

Serve with chips and enjoy.

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