Surrey Street treats: easy chunky guacamole

By - Friday 18th July, 2014

In the third instalment of her recipe series using ingredients from Croydon’s historic Surrey Street market, Jess Bashford offers a light and refreshing summer dip to tempt your tastebuds

Surrey Street Market, just down Crown Hill from Croydon town centre, is always bustling. It’s been part of Croydon since medieval times – 1276 to be precise – and the 738 years since it was founded by royal charter make it one of the oldest open air fruit and vegetable markets in England.It would be great for us to use it more. So when I pop to town, I nip down to Surrey Street and buy some ingredients.

Hopefully my series will get you using the market’s gems

As a food-lover, I also want to share the things I whip up based around what I buy. Hopefully it’ll get Citizen readers using the market’s gems themselves.

So far I ‘ve cooked up an easy soup, and my little lemon drizzle cakes. This time, to celebrate the arrival of summer, I’ve used Surrey Street’s avocados to make a simple, chunky and cooling guacamole.

All these ingredients are easily available in Surrey Street

It’s a punchy dip and a great recipe to have in your back pocket for summer gatherings. I used leftover lemons from my last treat and bought five avocados for £1. I happened to have everything else already in my fridge, but you could easily buy all of this treat’s ingredients from the market.

Easy-peasy chunky guacamole ingredients:

From the market: 2 avocados (the riper, the better).

From the kitchen: 1 red onion, 2 garlic cloves, 6 cherry/plum tomatoes or 1 large tomato, 1 red chilli, 1 green chilli, lemon juice, a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper.


Ingredients for a refreshing summery guacamole. Photo author’s own.

1) Get your avocado flesh into a bowl. I chop mine in half and use a spoon to scoop everything out. Squash it with a fork to make it the consistency you want. (I like mine chunky.)

2) Chop, slice or dice your onion, garlic, tomato and chillis however you like them.

3) Pop them into the bowl and mix them through the avocado. Mash it too so that everything gets more combined.

4) Add a big squeeze of lemon, a splash of oil and a few twists of salt and pepper. Stir them up with everything.

5) Taste it. If you think it needs any more of anything, then chuck that in too.

6) And it’s ready to eat now, if you like. But I like to leave mine to sit for a while and serve it with tortilla chips or pitta. It’s also good to spread on to a wrap as a base for other stuff.

7) All that’s left is to eat your Surrey Street Treat.

So – why not make for the market? I hope you’ll keep your eyes on the Citizen and enjoy more treats very soon. Surrey Street’s got lots of ingredients just waiting for a summer picnic or barbecue.

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford is a writer at a brand language consultancy and an English literature and creative writing graduate. She’s passionate about showing that Croydon is a great place to live and excited to delve into Croydon’s cultural side. She loves all things wordy and foody.

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  • Anne Giles

    Sounds delicious. I have bought two nice soft avocados from Sainsbury’s in Selsdon, as going to Surrey Street market would involve half an hour there, half an hour back, the cost of petrol, the cost of parking and they don’t allow anyone to buy less than “a pound a bowl of anything”. My husband is preparing a lovely salad this evening using the avocados.