A hand holding a tortilla chip after dipping into the Creamy Avocado Dip with Sumac. The dip is dressed with a generous amount of olive oil and a vibrant green lime wedge.
Appetizers, Dips, Vegetarian

Creamy Avocado Dip with Sumac

This Creamy Avocado Dip with Sumac comes together in just 3 minutes! In addition to being a bright and fresh dip, this recipe’s the epitome of easy-breezy cooking! A quick recipe, a simple method, and just a handful of ingredients; that’s what I call a trifecta!

I was recently at a seafood restaurant in San Diego known for their raw bar and ordered a variety of items to try family style (my favorite way to eat). Everything was superb but my absolute favorite was their ahi crudo nightly special. I actually heard two servers speaking amongst themselves about how insanely delicious it was, so I knew I had to give it a go. OH MY! It was a straight up flavor explosion in my mouth! Initially I couldn’t place the ingredient I was looking to give credit to. It was like I was searching my mental rolodex with each bite I took.

My husband recognized the distant (yet focused) look on my face and instantly knew what I was doing. It was driving me freaking nuts! A familiar flavor I’ve had before but I couldn’t quite nail down; like when you’re searching for a word and it’s at the tip of your tongue but keeps escaping you. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks; SUMAC!

Break out your good EVOO for the finishing drizzle. I’ve used Persian lime, Lisbon lemon. and Basil EVOO. Highly recommend switching it up!


Sumac is a tangy spice made from the dried and ground berries of the wild sumac flower. This fragrant, red hued spice is sour, acidic, and reminiscent of lemon juice. It’s fabulous for brightening up a recipe, which is one of the reasons I think it works so well with mellow, creamy avocados.


I like swapping this Creamy Avocado Dip with Sumac with my more traditional Guacamole, or to accompany my Baja Fish Tacos and Shrimp Ceviche with Mango. This morning I’m going to put it on top of my husbands fresh sourdough. Perhaps with a runny poached egg on top? Ya, that sounds like a good way to kick off the weekend!

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A hand holding a tortilla chip after dipping into the Creamy Avocado Dip with Sumac. The dip is dressed with a generous amount of olive oil and a vibrant green lime wedge.

Creamy Avocado Dip with Sumac

Sacha Hirschfeld
Easy-breezy is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this Creamy Avocado Dip with Sumac. Rich avocado, tangy sour cream, citrusy lime (zest + juice), and fragrant sumac to really brighten up the dip! This simple recipe comes together in about 3 minutes. That's right, 3 minutes!
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 182 kcal


  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 fork to mash the avocados
  • 1 spoon to mix everything together


  • 2 avocados
  • cup sour cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 lime zest and juice of ½
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • sumac for sprinkling
  • extra-virgin olive oil a good drizzle for serving


  • Add avocado flesh to a medium sized bowl and mash with a fork.
  • Add sour cream, minced garlic, white pepper, a pinch of kosher salt, lime zest, and lime juice; mix with a spoon until well-combined.
  • Taste; adjust seasoning as needed with lime juice, salt, and white pepper.
  • Transfer to a plate or shallow serving bowl. Top with a drizzle of your favorite olive oil and a generous sprinkle of sumac. I used Stonehouse Persian Lime EVOO to really amp up the lime flavors.
Keyword Appetizer, Dip, Snack

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