Bright and flavor-packed you'll love this satisfying chunky avocado dip, prepared Mediterranean-style with citrus, feta, walnuts, and fresh herbs. Not quite guacamole, but this creamy avocado salsa will still win your heart!

Chunky Citrus Avocado Dip

An avocado salsa with a Mediterranean twist!

As I write, I'm experiencing a little guilt...like I'm cheating on my hummus or Baba Ganoush, two of my favorite Mediterranean dips. But this epic chunky avocado dip deserves a place here, and I'm excited to share it with you! And if you love guacamole but want to try something different, this dip may just be your ticket.

Actually, think of it more as an avocado salsa! Two star ingredients share the spotlight in this recipe: Avocados and oranges. A bit of a surprising combination, but flawless in every way. Creamy avocados which are rich and velvety are complimented with bright and juicy Navel oranges. And to amp up the Mediterranean vibes, I throw in a handful of walnuts, fresh herbs, and feta cheese! And I add a dash of sumac for seasoning, which is optional, but I highly recommend you try it because it's a unique seasoning that is pungent, earthy, and somewhat tangy all at once.

You need about 10 minutes and a mixing bowl to make this dip. And the result is a perfectly creamy avocado dip with a satisfying, somewhat chunky texture and bold flavors

Diced avocados, feta, fresh parsley and mint, diced oranges and walnut hearts in a mixing bowl

Ingredients for this avocado salsa

The combination of flavors and textures in this dip (or avocado salsa) is what makes it exciting. Here is what you need to make it:

  • Avocados-You'll need 2 to 3 large hass avocados.
  • Orange-2 navel oranges, peeled and cut into small chunks. You can use other citrus here such as cara cara oranges, which are pink-fleshed and somewhat sweeter, or blood oranges, which are more tangy and have a pretty red flesh.
  • Red onion-About ½ cup chopped red onions (I like to chop mine real small). For something less strong, you can shallot.
  • Fresh herbs-I used ½ cup each of chopped fresh cilantro and mint.
  • Seasoning-Kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne (optional for a little heat), and sumac, which adds depth and brightness. Sumac is also optional, but I highly recommend you try it.
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Extra virgin olive oil-A fruity olive oil with medium intensity is a good one for this dip. Try our Spanish Hojiblanca extra virgin olive oil.

How to make avocado salsa (chunky avocado dip):

Once you have your ingredients chopped and ready, all you need to do is mix them together by hand in a bowl. I do not recommend using a blender or food processor for this dip. Even though it is perfectly creamy, this is meant to be more chunky like a salsa, and mixing the ingredients with a wooden spoon will give you the best texture and flavor:

  • Combine the avocado dip ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the avocado chunks, oranges, chopped red onions, cilantro, mint, and walnuts in a mixing bowl.
  • Season and mix gently. Season with kosher salt, black pepper, sumac, and cayenne, if you like a bit of heat. Add Place oranges, avocado, red onions, fresh herbs, and walnuts in one large bowl. Season with salt, pepper, sumac and pinch of cayenne. Add juice of one lime and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and mix gently with a wooden spoon to combine.
  • Finish and serve. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and top with 1 tablespoon of crumbled feta (or omit for a vegan option). Serve with pita chips or your favorite chips or crackers.
Avocado salsa served in a blue bowl with orange, walnuts, feta, and fresh herbs

Ways to serve it

I love how versatile this avocado dip is. Nothing wrong at all with serving it the classic way with your favorite chips, pita chips or crostini as part of Mezze for your next party. 

But this satisfying dip would be just as welcomed piled on top of warm toast (similar idea to this), or as a bright side to a crispy trout, pan-seared salmon, or lemon chicken.

Make-ahead tips

Without getting too much into the chemistry of avocados, anyone who's used them knows that once you cut open an avocado, it takes a short amount of time before the bright green flesh turns brown. So that is why, if you plan to work ahead on this dip, leave the avocados whole until you are ready to serve. You can prepare or chop up the rest of the ingredients and keep them in the bowl in the fridge (do not mix them yet). When you are ready to serve, add the avocado chunks along with the seasoning, lime juice and olive oil. Mix and serve immediately.

How long will this avocado salsa (or dip) keep?

This salsa is best enjoyed immediately, but if you have any left, you can store it in a tight-lid glass container in the fridge for 1 to 2 nights. You may need to scrape off any browned parts before serving again. Ultimately, if you notice a substantial puddle of brown liquid, it is time to throw it out.

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5 from 9 votes

Citrus Avocado Salsa (Chunky Avocado Dip)

The Mediterranean Dish
Chunky Citrus Avocado Dip
This chunky citrus avocado dip borrows a bit of a Mediterranean twist that will surprise your taste buds in the best way. With oranges, walnuts, feta, and fresh herbs, this avocado salsa is satisfying and delicious. It's a good one for guacamole lovers who are looking for something different! Just add pita chips or serve with your favorite chips or crackers. More ideas in the notes.
Prep – 10 mins
Cuisine:
Mediterranean
Serves – 6 people
Course:
Appetizers, Dip

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Navel oranges, peeled and diced
  • 2 large avocados, or 3 smaller avocados, pitted, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup chopped red onions
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon Sumac
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne pepper, or to your liking
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Instructions
 

  • Place oranges, avocado, red onions, fresh herbs, and walnuts in one large bowl. Season with salt, pepper, sumac and pinch of cayenne.
  • Add lime juice and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Toss gently to combine. Add feta cheese on top. Serve with your favorite healthy chips.

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Notes

  • Make-ahead tips: If you are preparing this for a party and want to work a little bit ahead, you can prep some of the ingredients expect the avocados.  Just before serving, you can peel and chop the avocados and add them in with the rest of the ingredients, then season and add the lime juice and olive oil, mix and serve immediately. 
  • Serve it with: I love how versatile this avocado dip is. There would be nothing wrong at all with serving it the classic way--with your favorite chips or crostini as part of Mezze. But this satisfying dip would be just as welcomed piled on top of warm toast (similar idea to this), or as a fun side to a crispy Mediterranean trout or lemon chicken.
  • Leftovers & storage: this avocado salsa is best served immediately, but you can store leftovers in a tight-lid glass container in the fridge for 1 to 2 nights. Scrape off and discard any brown parts, and if you notice too much liquid, it is time to throw the leftovers away. 
  • Visit our shop to browse quality Mediterranean ingredients including spices (like Sumac) and extra virgin olive oils used in this recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4.1gFat: 16.6gSaturated Fat: 2.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7.5gCholesterol: 1.3mgSodium: 30mgPotassium: 496.5mgFiber: 6.8gSugar: 5.3gVitamin A: 533.9IUVitamin C: 37.1mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
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*This post originally appeared on The Mediterranean Dish in 2019 and has been updated to include new information for readers' benefit.

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  1. I’ve heard you mention a specific brand of salt from time to time in your videos...what was it?? Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband and I absolutely loved this recipe! So much flavor. I actually turned it into a salad and it was incredible!

  3. Hello. Cilantro tastes like soap to me unfortunately. What would you use instead of cilantro? This look delicious and I don't want to be left out! HA. Thanks so much!

    1. I would just omit the cilantro, Nadine. The flavor profile will be a little different, but I still think you'll enjoy it!

    2. Did you know that that reaction to cilantro (the soapy taste) is genetic and is actually part of your DNA so don’t let anyone tell you that you are crazy or a picky eater

  4. Omg, this was amazingly awesome. So flavorful, zesty, citrusy. Served with lime tortilla chips, it was such a hit! Thank you for another keeper recipe!!

  5. OMG, this was absolutely delicious. I took it to a party tonight, it was gone in seconds and everybody was asking for the recipe. I used mint and parsley and the flavour was superb. Next time I will make triple the amount. Thanks so much for this.

  6. 5 stars
    I just made this, modified slightly to accommodate what I had at home, and...wow! So much flavor and more importantly...easy! I'm so glad that I found this site/blog.

  7. Just served this on fish (grilled cod - gyros style) tacos! Wow! My husband said “This is the kinda stuff you’d eat at a fancy restaurant!” Love the mix of flavors and textures! My favorite food blog, Suzy! BIG fan! BTW - any suggestions for green tomatoes (Roma/paste) accidently knocked off the vine?

  8. 5 stars
    This is a truly phenomenal dip/spread/salad/filling! It takes a bit of prep, but is worth every second of effort. I served it with freshly-baked focaccia, kalamata olives, hummus, and marinated artichoke hearts, but I could see it as a healthy replacement for potato salad or even as a wrap filling. Will definitely make again!

  9. 5 stars
    Lovely recipe! The combination of citrus and avocado is so delicious. I love the addition of walnuts to this recipe!