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Rainbow Veggie Platter and Easy Chunky Guacamole

Californians are blessed with an abundance of fresh produce, with everything from strawberries to citrus grown across the state. But there's a buzz at farmers' markets in late spring when a particular crop arrives.... get your toast ready everyone, because California Avocado season is here!
California grows about 90% of the U.S. avocado crop, which is available from late spring through early fall. There are over 4000 avocado farmers in the Golden State, and they have to be patient folks - did you know an avocado takes 14-18 months to ripen? It's true! 
The crew from CA Grown invited us to share our favorite Cali-based eats, so we called K.C. Cornwell from G-Free Foodie and asked for a recipe featuring our favorite green fruit (yes, avocados are a fruit. We swear.) 
 You could serve this chunky guacamole with chips of course, but we could stop at just one color, so K.C. styled this rainbow veggie platter for healthy snacking that's gorgeous too!
Easy Chunky Guacamole by G-Free Foodie
2 green onions, chopped 
1/2 red bell pepper, diced 
sea salt and black pepper 
2 ripe avocados, diced 
2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice

Mash the onion, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt + pepper together with the back of a fork in a bowl. Add the avocados and citrus juice and stir to combine.  Serve & enjoy!
Our Rainbow Veggie Tray:
Easy Chunky Guacamole
California Olive Tapenade
Red Pepper Hummus
yellow + orange peppers
white, orange + purple carrots
snap peas
cherry tomatoes
Persian cucumbers
CA Grown provided materials for this post. All words and ideas are our own. 

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