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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Call for Recipes: Avocados!

I love the folks at the California Avocado Commission. And not just because they sent me a case of avocados today! They really are a great group of people representing a great product: California-grown avocados. In fact, a lot of those avocados are grown right here in San Diego!

collection of great avocado recipes |

The commission shared a fun fact with me last week: the Fourth of July is the highest consumption day for avocados in the US. I guess we all love guacamole on the Fourth! The great thing is avocados are actually in season right now, so our demand matches the time when they taste best!

collection of great avocado recipes |

To get us ready to eat our 96.4 million avocados this Thursday, I think an avocado Call for RecipesΒ is in order!

hummus guacamole bean dip |

I’ll kick us off with one of my most favorite dip recipes: Hummus Guacamole Dip with Black Beans. If you haven’t tried it yet, I’m sure you’re thinking it sounds weird. It is actually really delicious. Like, I can eat the whole bowl myself. It’s also very healthy!

Your turn! What are your favorite recipes using avocados? Please type up the recipe or share links to recipes in the comments. Anything goes as long as there are avocados involved!


  1. I’ll offer three because I’m all about not following directions and overdoing it. Note that I don’t make my own guacamole because, well, I would rather buy it from a local taqueria than spend the time making my own. There’s is so so good.

    Citrus pasta with chicken:

    Chicken with salsa verde:

    Chorizo torta:

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    Watermelon Guacamole is my go-to lunch! Sounds a little different but it tastes AWESOME!

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    Guacamole is the best! Also really simple, just sometimes I just smash up some fresh avocado on a piece of whole grain toast and sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Also love it blended up in smoothies. Like this one.

  4. While I just love good old fashioned guacamole (and by old fashioned I mean not festooned with any measure of goop not meant to be in the sublime green orb); I also really love this pasta salad that combines pasta and the ingredients of caprese insalata with avocado. Just love.

  5. Avocados are my favorite food. I eat them straight up all the time, from the peel with a spoon. And I think I’ve eaten twice my body weight in veggie sandwiches over the past few weeks. I start by mashing up avocado with some salt and pepper, and squeeze in some fresh lime juice. I put the avocado spread on Dave’s Killer 21-Grain Bread with cream cheese, and layer lettuce, tomato, and sliced cucumbers. Sometimes I put cheddar cheese on, too. I didn’t say it was low fat! SO good. My grandparents in Florida had an avocado tree in their backyard, but Florida avocados are pitiful and taste awful. California Hass are the only way to go! (P.S. I started a new blog because I missed writing about food and needed an outlet. I’d love for you to take a peek.)

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    I cut an avocado in half and remove the pit but leave the skin on. I then use a knife to cut the avocado a bunch of times lengthwise and across without cutting through the skin, this leaves the avocado kind of diced but still in the skin. Then you drizzle the avocado generously with sweet chilli sauce and use rice crackers to scoop out the “dip”. This is my instant lunch when I don’t want to be bothered to make anything. I love it.

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    We LOVE avocados here–the kids and I will all just eat them straight, and DH and I will put them on everything–sandwiches, eggs, omelets, salads, anything mexican. . .

    One of our favorite actual recipes besides guacamole is avocado, cucumber and tomato chopped up and drizzled with olive oil, salt and a little garlic. Makes a great summer salad.

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    Absolute favorite recipe is Texas Caviar with Avocados. I replace the black eyed peas with black beans. Even my 5 year old loves it.
    We use it as a dip or to make tostados with. Just throw it on a tortilla with some rice and chicken and melt some cheddar cheese on top. It’s great!

  9. I love grilled avocados! You just slice an avocado in half and remove the seed, place cut side down on the grill, and then season with salt and pepper when it’s done. Delicious!

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    Nancy Deininger

    I just made a great salad with cucumber, tomatoes, red onion and avocado – dressed with a lemon vinaigrette !

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    We have been enjoy a chilled avocado soup.

    I have changed the seasoning to one closer to gauc and love it

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    This recipe is fabulous – no exaggerating! It’s my sister’s and she calls it Cowboy Caviar but my boys call it The Best Chip Dip Ever. Either way, it really is good. My picky 3 year old will even eat it.

    Cowboy Caviar

    2 large avocados, diced (I actually smoosh mine so they aren’t chunky)
    2 cans black beans, drained & rinsed (or 1 can if you don’t like that many beans)
    1 can corn or I use 1+ cup of frozen organic corn (thawed)
    4 Roma tomatoes, diced
    Cilantro to taste
    2-3 limes
    1 pkg. Italian Seasoning Mix (good seasons or similar)
    Salt and Pepper to taste

    Put the beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes, and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice from the limes into a glass measuring cup. Add the seasoning packet and mix together with the lime juice. Pour this mixture over the beans, etc. Mix it all together really well to incorporate. I’ve even been known to just mix it with my hands πŸ˜‰ Add salt and pepper to taste. We eat it with “real” Mexican style tortilla chips – other kinds just don’t taste as good. You can also eat it with pita, rice, or in tacos. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  13. One of my new favorite avocado recipes is diced up/slightly smashed avocado, a bunch of freshly cut corn off the cob and a few diced green chiles all mixed together. the texture/sweetness of the corn with the avocado is AMAZING and you can’t stop eating it on top of tacos or with chips.

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