Palta Mollda (Avocado Dip)

Palta is the Chilean word for avocado. The Chilean avocados are smaller than the California avocados. However, the California avocado works just as well.


  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Crackers for serving


  • Peel the avocado and, in a glass or ceramic container, mash with a fork.
  • Quickly add the lemon juice to avoid browning.
  • Season with pepper, oil and salt to taste.
  • The result should be a little lumpy.
  • Prepare this dish just before dinner (so the avocado doesn’t turn dark). Serve immediately with crackers.