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Try These Tasty Avocado Recipes
As you plot out the evening’s festivities, you may want to consider giving a supporting actor (okay, ingredient) the spotlight for your party. Avocados are often thought of as a party staple, but they’re usually found along the perimeter of a meal, in a dip as an appetizer or as a garnish on an otherwise completed plate.
Avocado, Coconut, and Lime Sorbet
We know what you're thinking. Avocados in a sorbet? Oh, just you wait. The coconut and lime add a tropical panache, but the avocado gives it a very distinctive, smooth finish. Spoon into small ramekins for party- sized portions!
Click here for the Avocado, Coconut and Lime Sorbet Recipe
Fried foods aren’t always as unhealthy as you might think. Avocado, which is known as a good source of healthy fats, takes on a crispy exterior in this deep-fried recipe.
Click here for the Avocado Fries Recipe
Avocado-Dressed Shrimp à la Mexicana
Blue Corn Blinis with Crab and Avocado Crema
An easy appetizer that’s delicious during the holidays, but full of fresh flavors wonderful at any time of the year. While blinis are typically made with white or buckwheat flour, this blue corn flour variation boasts a more Texan flair.
Make sure you use the best quality lump crabmeat you can find.
Click here for the Blue Corn Blinis with Crab and Avocado Crema Recipe
California Asian Pasta Salad
Everyone at your party will request the recipe for this unique dish. Infused with Asian flavors from sesame oil and soy sauce, it features a touch of California as well: it’s tossed with avocados and raspberry-flavored vinaigrette.
Click here for the California Asian Pasta Salad Recipe
Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Avocado
Gluten-Free Fudgy Avocado Bread
Made with avocado and edamame, this unusual guacamole is both creamy and fresh. Serve with raw vegetables like celery, carrots, and radishes or alongside baked pita chips as a healthy snack or appetizer.
Click here for the Edamame Guacamole Recipe
Grilled Avocado Pizza
Bright flavors from seasonal tomatoes, ripe avocados, and a sprinkling of feta cheese make this an easy and fresh way to transform your next meal. Plus, it gives you an excuse to utilize your grill.
Click here for the Grilled Avocado Pizza Recipe
Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Bruschetta
10 Delicious Ways to Turn an Avocado into Lunch
What was once relegated to the making of guacamole — fabulous in its own right — avocados are now taking the lunch table by storm. Smooth and buttery and loaded with healthy fat and a good dose of vitamins and minerals, the avocado offers a cornucopia of choices as to how to serve it.
Check out these 10 delicious ways to turn an avocado into lunch.
1. Add it to a bean salad.
Beans are a nutritious and economical base to salads, salsas, and dips. Avocado adds a nice contrast of texture as well as smooth flavor. Stir a chopped avocado into your favorite bean salad for a hearty meatless lunch.
2. Bake an egg in it.
Baked eggs are one of the simplest lunches on the planet. Crack the egg and just walk away — but not before you transform an avocado into the baking vessel. So delicious and easy!
Get the recipe: Egg Baked in an Avocado
3. Top a green salad with it.
Lunch salads can be as fancy as you want them to be. Slicing an avocado atop a bed of greens makes it a feast. Avocado pairs particularly well with fruit and cheese, offering you lots of fun options.
4. Fill it with your favorite salad.
Again with the avocado vessel. The first time I was served an avocado half, I was in France and the avocado was filled simply with vinaigrette. So delicious, but not exactly lunch. Take it one step further and fill avocado halves with your favorite egg, tuna, or chicken salad.
5. Blend it into your smoothie.
Avocados add a creamy texture to your smoothies that can’t be beat. When you need a quick lunch that really hits the spot, add an avocado to the mix.
6. Tuck it into a grilled cheese.
You may be most familiar with avocados served cold or at room temperature, but heating the avocado changes its texture, creating a melt-in-your-mouth experience. Tuck it into your next grilled cheese and see if you aren’t a believer.
7. Make it into a pasta sauce.
Whiz an avocado or two, some herbs, and a bit of olive oil through the food processor and you’ve got an instant sauce that goes great on your favorite pasta. Easy yet impressive, it makes an awesome vegan dish.
Get the recipe: Creamy Avocado Pasta
8. Turn it into a dip.
Take three simple things — ripe avocado, soft goat cheese, and lemon juice — and whirl them together to create the creamiest, dreamiest dip you’ve ever imagined. Serve it with tortilla or pita chips, crackers, or crudité for a snacky lunch, and it will be gone before you blink.
Get the recipe: Creamy Avocado Dip
9. Make breakfast pizza for lunch.
You’ve heard of breakfast for dinner, but what about breakfast for lunch? This simple recipe calls for some pizza dough, avocado, and eggs for a filling and fun twist on pizza. Just don’t forget the hot sauce!
10. Make avocado toast, of course!
Avocado toast is ubiquitous, to be sure, but that’s because it’s amazing. What other three-ingredient — avocado, bread, salt — recipe can achieve such happiness with such little work? If the standard is getting old to you, know that there are plenty of ways to take your avocado toast to the next level.
5 Tasty ways to serve avocado
Learn the five great ways to serve avocado that will help you boost your intake of healthy fats and liven up your diet plan.
t Looking to boost your healthy fat intake? Healthy fats are a necessary part of any good, well-rounded diet plan but many people simply gravitate to the same varieties time and time again: olive oil, nuts and nut butters, and fatty varieties of fish.
t While all three of these are excellent choices of fats and will help you get your intake in without a problem, it can get boring at times. Furthermore, you&rsquoll risk vitamin and mineral deficiencies if you&rsquore always eating the same foods over and over again, which is why changing it up every so often is a very wise move.
t That&rsquos where avocados come into play. This fruit is one of the healthiest fat varieties you can eat and is loaded with vitamin E, fiber, and monounsaturated fats. It adds moisture to foods and doesn’t offer a very strong taste at all, so it can easily be added to almost any dish that you&rsquore serving.
t That said, if you&rsquore still stuck for ideas on how to get it into your diet plan, we&rsquore here to help. The following are five great ways to serve avocado that will help you boost your intake of healthy fats and liven up your diet plan.
Add it to your sandwich
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t The first way to add avocado to your diet that far too many people overlook is simply adding it to your lunchtime sandwich. Most sandwiches, assuming you use whole wheat or Ezekiel bread along with a source of protein and some veggies on top, are going to be low in dietary fat content.
t Avocado changes that. And with the addition of this fruit to your sandwich, you may not even need to use other high-fat, but unhealthy condiments such as butter or mayonnaise.
t Serve it with a little mustard, which is a very low-calorie condiment and fine to add to your diet, and you should be all set.
Make a spread
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t Another way to serve up avocado is to make a spread or dip with it. Many people already know it can be created into guacamole, but that&rsquos not the only recipe that you can make with it. Have a look online and come up with some unique ones. Whether you choose to whip it up into a spread to serve on crackers or make a dip with it such as creating your own avocado and fruit salsa, the options are virtually endless.
t Since it does have that mild flavor, you can really add it into any dip recipe you see without it impacting the taste all that much.
Toss it into salads
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t Next, don&rsquot overlook adding it to your favorite salad recipe as well. Simply chop it up and add it in it&rsquos a great way to boost the healthy fat content of the salad and add more taste and moisture.
t Avocado works great especially when chopped apples and nuts are used in the salad, so consider that unique combination.
t As temperatures heat up in the summer months, salads are a great way to get your vegetable needs met while taking in some lean protein as well, so the addition of avocado adds the final fat nutrient you need.
Add it to smoothies
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t Smoothies are another great way to get avocados in. More and more people are starting to get into “green” smoothies, which entails adding various green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, but don&rsquot forget about the option of adding avocados as well.
t This fruit will enhance the creamy taste of the shake and also add a great deal of thickness to it as well, so that&rsquos a perfect combination for what you&rsquore after with it.
t Smoothies can provide superior nutrition on-the-go for those who are very busy on a day-to-day basis and don&rsquot have time to make full-on meals, but do realize that you need to balance these smoothies out.
t If your smoothies typically contain only carbs from fruit and protein from protein powder, you&rsquore missing out on the critical fat nutrient that will add the staying power you need from the smoothie.
Puree it into soups
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t Finally, the last way to serve up more avocado in your diet is to consider pureeing it into a soup. Soups are a great option for the colder winter months when you need something warm and soothing to bring your temperature up, and with so many healthy recipes that are fast to whip up, more and more people are turning to them on a regular basis.
t Soups can be low in dietary fat, however, or else rich in the wrong fats due to the addition of cream to make it creamy, so this is what you need to avoid.
t Using avocado adds the good fats and still gets you that creamier taste, so it is the much wiser route to go.
t So there you have some perfect serving suggestions to help you get more avocado into your diet plan. It&rsquos a fruit that is available year-round, and keeps quite well in the fridge, so you can easily use it as you need to.
t Keep in mind that it is more calorie-dense than most fruits being that it is higher in total fat content, so just watch how much of it you eat at a time. A quarter of the avocado would represent about a serving of fat, so that is what most people should be aiming for, assuming they are looking to lose or maintain their body weight.
t If you&rsquore on a muscle-building diet plan, then adding half or even more of the avocado can help you get your calorie needs met effectively.
Stuff one inside a burger
Courtesy of Civilized Caveman
Adding a slice of avocado to the top of your burgers may be delish, but stuffing the fruit inside your burger and eating the entire concoction warm is far better. To find out how to make an avocado-stuffed burger, head on over to Civilized Caveman. They're behind the mouthwatering photo above.
Avocado 5 Ways
This fruit (yep, it's a fruit!) is packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium, but these babies are also heavy on good-f0r-you monounsaturated fat. To make them a part of a healthy diet, consume in reasonable portions — about one-fifth an avocado contains 50 calories. Here are 5 delicious and portion-friendly ways to make them part of your day, for the big game this Sunday or anytime.
The classic way to prep avocados is guacamole. To spice up your guac, add some extra jalapenos or even a dash of hot sauce. Serve with a side of veggies or a measure portion of tortilla chips (stick to 1-ounce portions per person).
In the mood for something different? Try this salsa verde (a.k.a. green salsa) using avocado, tomatillo and cilantro. Serve it with shrimp, fish (like mahi-mahi) or chicken.
Pair avocado with corn and cherry tomatoes for a vitamin-packed salad. Although the calories on this dish are below 250 per serving, the heart healthy fat goes slightly above the Healthy Eats guidelines. That doesn’t make this unhealthy, it should just be a once-in-a-while treat or slim down the portions and make it for 6.
Dress up sandwiches and wraps with a slice or two of creamy avocado. Try it with your next chicken salad sandwich or rolled up with turkey or shrimp.
Look no further for an easy appetizer ready in 10 minutes. Avocado is the perfect complement to seafood as you can see in this delicious combo in Ellie’s recipe.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »
24 Ways to Eat an Avocado
So you're wondering how to eat an avocado. Like, of course you know about the toast and you know about the guacamole. But when it comes to what to eat with avocado, there are actually a lot more things to do with the creamy, dreamy fruit than just pair it with bread or chips. In fact, dare we say it, guacamole may not even be the best way to eat an avocado. (We know, we know, but hear us out.) Here are 24 ways to prepare avocado that go beyond the usual tricks:
Here's a great secret. You don't even need a fryer to make the creamiest fries of your life: Just slice up an avocado, dip the slices in a beaten egg, roll in breadcrumbs, and bake at 400 degrees until crispy.
Hot and Crunchy Avocado Fries
One of avocado's great powers is to add plant-based creaminess to anything and everything. For a creamy salad dressing, put the ingredients of a basic vinaigrette (oil and vinegar) in a blender. Add chopped avocado. Blend until creamy. It never hurts to add a bunch of fresh herbs as well.
If you're wondering what the simplest and (arguably) best way to eat an avocado is, it's to simply eat it alone, topped with some dressing. Because what are avocados if not creamy little edible bowls? Here's how to enjoy a simple avocado bowl: Halve and pit an avocado, drizzle some vinaigrette into the center of each and BAM—you just made a salad.
Avocados are mild in flavor, and—as we said—add ample plant-based creaminess. For a wholesome dessert that's also a great way to use avocados that are on their way out the door in terms of overripeness, make a chocolate mousse. Here's how to prepare avocado mousse: Combine 1 very ripe avocado, 6 semisweet ounces melted chocolate, 3 tablespoons honey, and a pinch of salt in a food processor until smooth. If you want that extra creamy, light fluffiness, whip some cream in a bowl and fold it into the avocado and chocolate mixture. Spoon the mixture into bowls and give it to unsuspecting friends and see if they can guess the secret ingredient (spoiler alert: they can't). Need a recipe? Follow this one.
Wondering what to eat with avocado to make it extra special? For an impressive appetizer (or a nice solo lunch) fill the avocado with crab meat or crab salad. This also works with tuna or tuna salad. Top the whole thing off with olive oil, a little fresh lemon juice, and some flaky salt.
We'll give you one guess what makes this gelato so creamy. Sounds blasphemous, tastes delicious. To learn how to prepare avocado ice cream, follow this recipe:
As this article shows, hummus ain't nothing but a blank canvas—and it's time to paint with avocados, you know?
Simply blend your chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, and olive oil in the food processor until you've reached the level of smoothness you want. Then, add some diced avocado. You can simple stir and mash your avocado in with a fork for a chunkier texture, or you can purée it until it's totally smooth and incorporated into your hummus.
Have you ever had a Sonoran Dog? If not, let us teach you the beauty of this extra decadent, avocado-laden hot dog. First, grill a bacon-wrapped hot dog. Toast some buns. Nestle the hot dogs in the buns, then top them with pinto beans, avocado slices, jalapeños, and pico de gallo. You thought that sounded extremely decadent? We're just getting started. Squirt some mayo on top and then add a garnish of fresh cilantro and crumbled potato chips. You will never eat hot dogs another way again.
14 Creative Avocado Recipes to Try
1. Avocado Buns Burger
There’s one surefire way to improve a bacon and egg situation. And that’s snuggling them between avocado! Trust us.
2. Chicken Avocado Salad
If you’re looking for a way to spice up ordinary chicken salads, adding avocados is a yummy way to do it!
This recipe is flavorful, satisfying and simple to make. Which makes it the best of the best for keto diets!
3. BLT Guac
A word of warning about this recipe: you may never be able to eat regular guacamole again. Yes, it’s THAT good. You’re welcome.
4. Best-Ever Guacamole
The most rocking’, guac’n, appetizer ever made. We recommend making a bunch and then dolloping it on….well, just about everything.
5. Herby Avocado Hummus
If chickpeas and avocados ran off together, they’d come back bearing this love child of a recipe. And, oh-baby, it’s good.
6. Brassicas Bowl
This is a dish for those times when you’re feeling extra.
A texturally complex salad that provides brains and beauty?
Yes, please! This recipe is a delicious way to mix up your keto salad routine and is sure to be a home run.
7. Baked Avocado Egg-In-A-Hole
So simple, yet incredibly delicious!
To make the egg fit in the avocado, scoop out enough avocado to create room for the egg.
Go wide instead of deep. Also if you scoop too deep, it will take egg longer to cook.
It’s a really easy avocado recipe that takes less than 25 minutes to make.
All you need is 2 avocados, 4 large eggs, and a few other kitchen staples.
You got yourself a fatty, low-carb meal. Grab the full recipe here Baked Avocado Egg-In-A-Hole.
8. Stuffed Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe
If you are tired of eating the same salad day after day, this avocado chicken salad recipe is for you.
This stuffed avocado recipe combines chicken and avocados, two things everyone loves!
9. Crispy Baked Avocado Fries
Unfortunately, potato fries are off-limits on the keto diet.
But not to worry. These crispy baked avocado fries are just as delicious, if not more. They will take your taste buds to a different level.
They are a healthier and more nutritious alternative to french fries. And unlike regular French fries, avocado fries contain very little saturated fat.
This is a really super easy recipe anyone can make.
Just slice up an avocado, slather into Keto-friendly breadcrumbs, and bake until crispy. Viola, you got a healthy and delicious meal. Grab the full recipe here.
10. Guacamole Recipe
I make guacamole 2 to 3 times per week. It’s one of my favorite avocado recipes to make.
You can use it as a spread or dip for veggie chips.
With only a few ingredients, it’s a breeze to make too. Here’s my favorite guacamole recipe you need to try.
11. Avocado Toast Recipe
This avocado toast recipe is delicious and super easy to make. It’s perfect for breakfast or a mid-day snacks.
It’s one of the yummiest avocado recipes you’ll taste, yet you’ll find beauty in its simplicity.
To make an avocado toast, first, toast a piece of low-carb Keto bread.
Next, mash a medium avocado in a mixing bowl with a fork.
I like to sprinkle 1 tsp of avocado oil and 1/2 tsp of salt and ground black pepper to give a little kick.
Then spread the mixture on the toasted slice of Keto bread.
Garnish with pepper flakes and serve!
12. Avocado Dressing Recipe
If you love avocados as I do, then you’ll love this avocado dressing recipe.
It’s a great way to add more healthy fats to your salad in a different way than simply slicing up avocado.
Avocados also add more benefits to your health. In fact, they increase your nutrient absorptions.
This is an excellent reason to always include a healthy fat source when you eat veggies. Without it, a lot of the beneficial plant nutrients will go to waste.
If you’re following our 7-day vegan keto diet, make sure you eat plenty of avocados.
Ok here’s what you need to make an avocado dressing.
Avocados, avocado oil, garlic, and sea salt. Check out the full recipe here for the full ingredient list and directions.
13. Avocado Smoothie Recipe
Smoothies make great breakfast and snacks.
But unfortunately, if you are on the Keto diet, you can’t have your typical fruit smoothies.
That’s because most fruits are heavy in carbs, which make them foods not to avoid on keto.
They can potentially kick you out of ketosis.
But you don’t have to worry about getting out of ketosis with this avocado smoothie. In fact, it will help you sip your way to ketosis and curb your appetite like crazy.
It’s a favorite here on our site. If you’re looking for something vegan that will energize you, this is the smoothie recipe you want to try. Grab the recipe here.
7. Avocado Egg Salad
This yummy egg salad makes use of avocados in place of mayo. Crunchy red onions and fresh dill provide extra flavor here but you can customize it further with bacon, chicken, or pickles!
Pro tip: if making ahead, squeeze lemon juice over the top and seal with plastic wrap to prevent the avocados from browning.
I love using smashed avocado as a replacement for mayo, and this tuna-filled recipe by FitWasted uses the same idea.
Stuffing avocado halves adds another elegant way of serving this cool and creamy vegetable to your repertoire. Hopefully, this inspires you to think outside of the box and create your own stuffed "alligator pear" recipe! If so, let us know how it turns out in the comments below.
20 Avocado Recipes for Kids
I have two children that profess a love for avocados and one that proclaims disdain for it every time he sees it. But if I serve guacamole, he thinks it’s fantastic. Or if it’s wrapped into his chicken fajita, it’s a “thumb’s up” kind-of meal. So if you have kiddos that aren’t yet a fan of avocados, fear not. Sometimes it just takes finding the right way to present it to your child so that you too can get a “thumb’s up.”
But before venturing into different ways to share this food with your child, let’s discuss why you should consider adding (or continuing to use) avocado to your child’s food repertoire? Avocados are a beautifully colored fruit, but they stand apart from most fruits by providing monounsaturated fats. These fats are important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain, and they are heart healthy.
- soluble fiber (which can help soften stool),
- folate (needed for making red blood cells),
- potassium (used for growth and muscle building),
- iron (carries oxygen throughout the body),
- vitamin C (promotes healing),
- vitamin E (boosts the immune system), and
- phytonutrients (can help lower cholesterol, work as an antioxidant to possibly protect against cancer, and promote healthy vision).
Just think of the benefits of substituting the power of the avocado for some of the other fats (butter, mayonnaise, etc.) in your child’s diet.
The creamy texture of avocado gives it so many uses in cooking. And there are so many ways to present it to your child, from cubing it and adding it to the plate for your child to touch, taste and depending on the age, joyfully squish between the fingers, to adding it to dishes such as pasta salads, chicken salad, muffins, and more. Some delicious ways that you and your family could experience and enjoy avocados are listed below:
- Mash it and use it in place of mayonnaise on a sandwich, or mix the mayonnaise with mashed avocado. My kids don’t even notice.
- Serve it sliced on a hamburger or on a sandwich. You may want to sprinkle it with salt or seasoned salt.
- Need a snack? Try ladybugs on a stick.
- Yum, right? And it can be used in so many ways. Add it as a sandwich spread, use it as a dip, serve it with baked whole wheat pita, etc.
- Add avocado to a whole wheat tortilla to use in your child’s lunch box. You can use slivers or mash it to add to a chicken or turkey wrap, then include other add-ins (romaine, tomato, cheese, shredded carrots) to suit your child.
- My girls love it cut into chunks on whole wheat crackers.
- Add cubed or sliced avocado to a salad.
- Use it in a salad dressing, as in this creamy dressing.
- Throw it into a smoothie, as in this avocado blueberry smoothie.
- Try avocado chicken salad, which is a huge hit with my whole family.
- How about using it in a pudding?
- makes me dream of summertime grilling.
- Have you tried hummus as a vegetable dip? Or on a whole wheat tortilla? It’s delicious, and now you can make a version with avocado.
- is a good way to serve avocado to a child that is still not wanting to eat it if it is seen.
- Substitute avocado for the mayonnaise in egg salad.
- Try whole wheat pasta and avocado in a pasta salad.
- Try mashing or slicing avocado onto whole wheat toast and placing your egg of choice (scrambled, sliced hard cooked, poached, etc) on top for a delicious breakfast, or leave off the egg and enjoy the flavors of your creamy avocado toast alone. work well for a great Friday-night Lenten dinner.
- For another dessert option, check out creamy chocolate avocado ice cream.
- Another great recipe that no one will see the avocado in is this muffin recipe.
My favourite way to eat a plain avocado:
- juice of a lime
- sprinkle of sea salt
- a few sprigs of fresh cilantro
You’re going to eat this avocado straight out of the “shell”. I love that the peel of the avocado serves as its own little bowl.
First, cut your avocado in half long-ways by running a sharp knife through the fruit vertically, working around the pit.
Split your avocado in half, and remove the pit.
Depending on how hungry you (or your guests) are, a single serving can be a whole avocado, a half an avocado OR, you can cut each half long-ways and eat/serve your avocados in quarters.
Squeeze a bit of lime juice into the hollowed out centre of the avocado (the area that held the pit).
Give it a good sprinkle of sea salt.
Finish by chopping a generous amount of fresh cilantro all over the top of the avocado.
I have to interrupt here for a sec to tell you about these AWESOME triple-bladed herb scissors. I love them so much. You can finely chop a whole handful of herbs in a matter of seconds with just a few quick snips!
That’s it: lime juice, salt and cilantro!
Now, grab a spoon and dig in.