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Lectin-Free Avocado Salsa

August 27, 2018 (Last Updated: January 8, 2024)
avocado salsa lectin free

Who is eating avocado daily? I do and sometimes I’m bored with all the classic ways of eating it. This morning, while reading the new Special Issue of National Geographic about Blue Zones and the science of living longer, I found this recipe for avocado salsa inspired by Loma Linda vegetarian cuisine (Loma Linda in California is one of the seven blue zones in the world, where people live the longest and healthiest lives).

A lectin-free avocado salsa inspired by Loma Linda vegetarian cuisine

The recipe had corn and red pepper, but that didn’t stop me and I suppose is as fabulous without these ingredients. It has a small amount of red onions and garlic, and you can keep or not the garlic depending on your taste. I usually don’t add garlic to guacamole (which is a common practice in many households and countries), but I felt just a little bit of garlic will not be too powerful.

The lime and extra virgin olive oil keep this salsa from oxidizing. So it’s easy to add to lunch boxes too. In fact, in the original recipe, the salsa was supped to be refrigerated for four to eight hours before eating, but I had some of it after about an hour.

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Lectin-Free Avocado Salsa

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes

An easy, make ahead avocado salsa perfect as a side dish or appetizer.


  • 1 hass avocado, ripe but not mushy, cut in small bite-size cubes
  • a handful of strong flavor olives, chopped (I used pitted Kalamata and green olives)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • juice from one small lime
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • freshly ground pepper
  • salt if necessary (mine didn't need extra salt, olives were salty)
  • optional: sprinkle sumac on top for a pop of color



Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate at least one hour before serving (up to 4 hours, hence the long 'cooking time' in the recipe).


The 'cooking time' is not really cooking, but it's better when refrigerating few hours before serving. Great for lunch boxes too.

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  • Reply
    September 13, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Just made this – it was delicious! I accidentally overcompensated on the lime, so I had to add more avocado to balance it, but it was a great snack for us.

    • Reply
      September 14, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Yay, thanks for letting me know. I like this because is a little bit different than guacamole, and sometimes we just need a little change :D.

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