Asian Sesame Guacamole

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Asian Sesame Guacamole - A fun Asian-inspired twist on classic guacamole. Serve with crunchy wonton strips for a unique party dip! |

What have I been up to this spring when I haven’t been cooking and taking pictures of my food? Despite my previous complaints, I’ve actually been landscaping my butt off. Well actually, no, my butt is still the same size. But the looks of my yard have greatly improved. Here’s what happened: Two summers ago, we came to the realization that we would finally have to give up on the original sewer line of our 66-year-old home. At the time our house was built, those sewer lines were made of clay, which means that tree roots had been able to penetrate and clog the line ever since.

After having the line snaked about 25 times in four years by Vern the plumber, we gave up and told the plumbing company to just install a new, tree-root-impervious PVC line. Then, we were finally able to do laundry without the threat of a basement flood . . . but our yard looked like this:

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Yeah, it was bad. Luckily, we weren’t too attached to the 80’s-style bushes we had inherited with the house. But, even our sidewalk was destroyed, despite the empty promises of the plumbers who said they would try to avoid it. And the worst part was, we couldn’t fix it up right away, because we had to wait for the ground to settle. So, I’m sure our neighbors loved us.

Fast forward to two years later, and one of our friendlier neighbors, Anna, and her mom Nancy (Thanks Anna! Thanks Nancy!) took pity on us and drew up some plans to help us fix our landscaping. Sure, Anna lives directly across the street so she was probably personally tired of looking at the eyesore that was our property. But I’d say her motivation was only 5% selfish, and 95% selfless. Many trips to the garden store and many sore muscles ensued. Knowing how well Miracle-Gro worked for my potted herb garden, we picked up plenty of Miracle-Gro supplies as well. Now we have this:

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Considering that Jeff and I are always joking that we need “idiot instructions” for landscaping and gardening, I really couldn’t be happier with how it turned out (especially when we start to get some blooms from the day lillies and hydrangeas). I feel great about the fact that we’re not just growing plants, we’re growing curb appeal! After two years of seeing people wince and glare when they walked by the dinosaur excavation site that was our “yard,” it’s nice to be on the right track again.


Not only has Miracle-Gro helped me beautify my home, but it’s continued to help me grow flavor for my kitchen. My chive plant is doing great! It’s been nice to have some “free flavor” just outside my side door, because after a long evening of working on the landscaping, the last thing I want to do is fuss over dinner. To be honest, some nights while we were working on this, we basically had guacamole and other assorted snacks for dinner. One of my favorite new versions is this Asian Sesame Guacamole, made with sambal oelek, black sesame seeds, and lots of fresh chives from my herb garden. It’s a fun twist on guacamole, and it’s perfect served with crunchy wonton strips!

What greater things do you grow? Have you also been working on your landscaping? Do you grow vegetables or herbs? Share your stories in the comments below and on the Gro Something Greater website.

Asian Sesame Guacamole - A fun Asian-inspired twist on classic guacamole. Serve with crunchy wonton strips for a unique party dip! |

Asian Sesame Guacamole

Yield: about 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • Crunchy wonton strips or tortilla chips, for serving


  1. Place avocados in small bowl, lightly smash with fork. Add remaining ingredients; stir until well combined. Serve immediately with wonton strips or chips.

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  1. This sounds very nice. It might be good with a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil, too. Your new landscaping looks great, and it looks like you painted your house in the process. That’s something we’ve been trying to get to for several years – just the eaves. But although we’ve got it mostly primed, we just don’t seem to be here when the weather would allow painting, and when it does, there are too many other things we do instead. Since we’re in triple digits here, and will be for a while, painting won’t happen until next fall… Congratulations on getting everything fixed up!

  2. Lmao – I love this post, Lori. The only way that yard could look worse is if you guys were hoarders who threw all your garbage out there to compile until it was as high as the house itself. I’m SURE Anna and Nancy couldn’t stand it anymore and took pity on y’all 😉 Seriously though – your yard looks amazing now! Good job, you guys! We need to re-do our backyard so this gives me some hope that it’s doable. Me ‘n the Husband suck at doing things with our hands but it needs to be done. Can you send Anna and Nancy my way? It’s a short trip to Vancouver! And give them some of this Asian guacamole to bring for me too 😉

  3. Wow, pretty neat garden there! Good job, Lori!

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  4. Thanks, Susan. I definitely considered putting a smidge of sesame oil in there, but for some reason thought it was strange to add extra fat to avocado. But I agree that it would be tasty, and I’m going to just go ahead and do it next time! Just a little spoonful couldn’t hurt at all 🙂

    It’s funny – these pictures REALLY make it look like we painted the house, but I think it’s just different cameras / different times of day. The more recent picture is, thankfully, more representative of what color it really is. I’m so glad, because I think re-painting the outside of a house would be such a huge project, and I’m not sure I’d be up for it! Good luck to you if you ever decide to do it, but…whew! What a task!

  5. Oh my gosh, Nancy, can I tell you a story? There is a house a few blocks from us where they ARE hoarders. They have this tiny little house, and you can see that it’s stacked out to the windows and up to the ceiling with junk. They also have a carport (VERY visible from the road) that is loaded with more junk. Every time we pass it, I tell whoever I’m with that if I ever win the lottery, the very first thing I will do is buy those people out of that house. I’ll re-locate them to a better house (in a town far away from here), and then BULLDOZE THAT EYESORE HOUSE. Seriously, first thing I’ll do. I buy lottery tickets a few times of year with this goal in mind.

    I am evil.

    • That’s not evil at all. If you did that, you’d be doing a very valuable public service. They’d probably give you the key to the city or something equally glorious!

  6. Thanks so much, Julie. I’m just so glad it’s done, finally! Whew!

  7. Wonton chips!!! I love it Lori! What a fun idea. There should be more avocados involved in Asian cooking anyway, right? Your yard looks way awesome by the way. We are the renters on the block and our landlord doesn’t really care about the yard. Our neighbors probably hate us!!

  8. We also had a man in our neighborhood build a legit, full-size igloo in his front yard this winter. I mean, sure, there was a lot (A LOT) of snow, but what are you, some sort of urban eskimo? It had interior structure and everything.

  9. I agree, Karen! Avocados + Asian food go together really well, in more than just sushi! I have an Asian salad with avocado that I’m posting soon.

    Ohhhh, if you’re renters then I’m sure nobody blames you! I wouldn’t lift a finger for it. And in fact, most people in our neighborhood (even though they’re not renters) don’t spend much time on their landscaping, and I don’t really blame them. It’ll never be my favorite activity, that’s for sure!

  10. It was a lot of hard work, but I think our house has much improved street appeal. And, of course, Izzy the dog star is making sure to get in on the fun.

    As far as the recipe is concerned, I thought the asian guacamole was delicious. It was very reminiscent of guacamole with a huge injection of asian flavor. Nice job.

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