How to use avocado on almost every dish you make
By Will Brokaw of
"I come from a family with a 50 year history in the avocado
industry. I’ve spent my entire life surrounded by avocados. You’d think that I’d
be sick of them by now. Nothing could be further from the truth. I put fresh
avocado (in moderately large amounts) on virtually all entrees. Here are some of
my favorite serving ideas that you can try on your own."
Pizza- Fresh sliced avocado on a freshly baked pizza (preferably a quality New York
style cheese pizza) is delicious and easy.
Salads - Fresh avocado cut into cubes is great in most (if not all) salads.
Soup - Avocado is perfect when added to hot served soup as a moderately heavy garnish,
as one might do with freshly baked croutons or graded cheese.
Pasta - I like dumping fresh avocado cubes on a freshly served pasta primavera, just after the freshly graded parmesan has melted a bit.
Ala carte - I often prepare avocado slices drenched in lime juice and garlic salt as an appetizer or light snack.
In any event, you should be able to use avocado on just about any standard recipe to taste. Good eating!
Note From Linda:
I love toast topped with mashed ripe avocado and a sprinkle of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Adding some lemon juice to the mashed avocados can help stop it from turning
brown. It still tastes the same when the color changes, but it just doesn’t
look too pretty!
Avocado versatile and good for you
Avocados - they're not just for guacamole. Although the yummy dip is
probably one of their most popular uses, and my guacamole recipes
(featured below) are fantastic, there are other reasons to
Learn about the interesting
Avocado History. Also how to purchase, store, and use avocado in your cooking.
Asparagus and Avocado Wraps
These appetizers are fabulous and also low-fat and low calorie! Sure to impress your guests.
My friend, Roxanne Sienkiewicz of Newberg, Oregon made this wonderful appetizer for our Gourmet Dinner Group.
Yes, you read it right! This is a recipe for Avocado Truffles. You absolutely won't believe how
delicious these truffles are until you have tried this very easy-to-make
recipe. The texture of the avocados mixes wonderfully with the
chocolate. But, beware - these truffles are very rich!
Delicious and very aromatic. Can be made as mild or spicy as your like.
The opened avocado makes a perfect small golden cup from which to serve any number of fillings.
Avocados on the half-shell may be served at any point in the meal - as appetizer, salad, dessert, or as a meal in themselves.
Avocado, Hearts of Palm, and Red Onion Salad
If you haven't tried Hearts of Palm, this is the perfect recipe to introduce it. The combination of avocado, hearts of palm, and red onion make a delightful salad.
Avocado Mojo Dressing or Dip
This fantastic dressing would be classified as “raw” since it’s
using fresh, uncooked ingredients (with the exception of the salt). This is a very low-fat recipe where the avocados provide a
healthy fat for your body and since there is no dairy ingredients, this can also be classified as Vegan. The
flavorings' of orange,
lime, and garlic lend a Cuban influence, while the jalapeņo adds a little kick!
This is absolutely wonderful! Your guests will go wild over it.
Leo Porter of Fort Klamath shared this wonderful pie recipe to me. Leo grew up on an avocado farm in California. This is
his version of the recipe for avocado pie that was created by his aunt in the 1970s, and is now one of his signature dishes.
love avocados! Like most Americans, I have only used them in savory
dishes. An avocado shake sounded bizarre to me. In Asia and also Brazil,
avocado shakes are very popular. As avocados are a fruit and not a
vegetable, this combination makes perfect sense. The flavor is is subtle
and very addictive!
The perfect Fall dinner or
lunch sandwich when the tomatoes are ripe. I like to use my vine-ripened tomatoes. So good!
Chunky Avocado Salad - Chunky Guacamole Dip
This version of guacamole was shared with me by Marisela Reyna of Hillsboro, Oregon. I really like this chunky version
of guacamole over the mashed ones. It can be served as an appetizer or a salad with either corn or flour tortillas.
Dorito Taco Salad
This is a very popular taco salad garnished with Doritos tortilla chips. I like to add corn and avocados to make a good
thing even better! This salad is served at many potlucks and picnics. It usually goes fast, so load up your plate as it is very addicting salad! This recipe can easily be varied to your family's taste.
My daughter says, "If you have little picky eaters, add in onions and tomatoes after the kids have been served.
They loved this salad with the Doritos mixed in!”
Fresh Mozzarella Penna Pasta
My husband said this is a DEFINITE winner! It is so easy to make and so good.
No cooking with this recipe (except for the pasta).
Grilled Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
If you source your corn, tomatoes, and sweet basil from
your garden or local Farmer's Market, you will love the combination of fresh
flavors this salad offers you.
Guacamole Dip With Cilantro
In the cuisine of the Southwest, guacamole is used as a cocktail dip, or one of
the toppings and/or fillings of enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, or burritos. It is
also wonderful as a cold sauce for grilled meats or fish.
Guacamole (Garden Style)
Guacamole can be found on the menu at many Mexican food restaurants, and
it is possible to be just a bit different at each restaurant. Therefore,
this recipe may not seem like what you have eaten as guacamole, but it
can always be changed to your preferences. Guacamole is very simple to
make, and you can take quite a few freedoms in how you make it, even
what you put in it. This recipe is for a basic “chunky” style guacamole.
Linguine with Guacamole
This Guacamole Pasta tastes so
decadent that it is hard to believe that it is a low-calorie dish. It is
so easy to make that it can be on your table in just 15 minutes. You can
have pasta when dieting! Pasta is low fat - it is the topping that you
put on the salsa that makes it fattening!
Orange and Avocado Salad
This refreshing and delicious Orange and Avocado Salad recipe and photo were shared with my
by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.
This recipe was shared with me by my friend, Karen Calanchini of Redding, CA. This salsa is very refreshing on a hot summer day.
Roasted Bell Pepper & Avocado Salsa
Recipe by Chef Sarah Scott of the Robert Mondavi Winery of California. This salsa is great served with corn chips, tortillas,
tacos, burritos, tostadas, etc.
Southwest Cowboy Caviar - Texas Caviar
Is Cowboy Caviar a dip or a side salad? It is a flavor bursting blend of vegetables and beans that makes a nutritious and filling
salad or a great addition to a party as a side dish or appetizer chip dip (a lot
like salsa). What is also great about this dish, is that you can adjust the
ingredients to your family's taste. Either way you served this delicious Southwest Cowboy Caviar, it is delicious
and sure to please your family or guests. Makes a great vegetarian and vegan
dish, as it is gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy free.
Summer Salad with Fresh Corn
While my daughter was on her beach vacation, she was introduced to fresh raw corn in a salad. She loved the wonderful sweetness and
crunch of the raw corn that really complimented the salad greens. When she came home she had to recreate this salad and also
used some salad greens from her garden. Try throwing some fresh raw corn into the mix of your next salad!
This recipe is courtesy of Betty Forner and Trey
Forner of Vancouver, Washington. I first tasted this outstanding guacamole at our
Louisiana Crawfish Boil.
This is kind of like a salsa verde, but with the addition of avocado. This salsa is so good
and very addictive!
Tomato Avocado-Goat Cheese Crostini
Recipe and photo courtesy of The California Tomato Commission.
These appetizers can be made anytime of the year, but be sure and make
this recipe when fresh vine-ripened tomatoes are in season.
Tomato, Basil and Avocado Tortilla Sandwich
This was so nice to eat for breakfast on a cool summer morning. This tortilla sandwich would also be great anytime of the day.
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