There’s A Lot More to Avocados than Just Guacamole and Toast

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Are you eating enough avocado? The tropical native fruit delivers vitamin C, thiamine and riboflavin to the table, and it’s delicious in preparations beyond avocado toast and your beloved guacamole. Here are the avocado recipes our readers adore most, beyond the guac.

1. Avocado, Asparagus and Pea Salad

Developed by Gaby Dalkin, avocado obsessive, cookbook author and founder of the site What’s Gaby Cooking, this salad features tender butter lettuce, avocados, asparagus and peas. Its verdant monochromatic palette makes it a hit at springtime brunches. Her lemon-shallot vinaigrette is just the thing to make the peas, asparagus and other fresh elements pop.

2. Tequila-Lime Chicken Tacos With Radish-Avocado Salad

Tequila as a marinade for tacos? Yes, you can, and boy, is it delicious! Lemon and lime tuck into the marinade, too, lending a bright, piquant note to the finished chicken. It tumbles into tortillas alongside plush avocado and crunchy radishes. Serve with lime wedges, taqueria-style, and brag about the secret ingredient after folks have told you how much they love them!

3. Fish Tacos With Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Crema

Speaking of tacos, there’s nothing better than a fish taco this time of year. Grilled halibut fillets are a breezy daydream when drizzled with avocado crema, an easy blender sauce you can spoon over tacos, into burritos, over salads, or straight into your mouth! (It’s really good.)  

4. Potato Wedges With Avocado Dipping Sauce

Don’t want to deal with all the heaviness and fat a plate of nachos entails? Break out yummy turmeric-dusted sweet potato wedges and serve them with avocado dipping sauce. They’re air-fried, so they’re not remotely greasy, though they are crisp. They’re better for you than most things you could dunk in a deep fryer. And the dipping sauce boasts the loveliest fresh herb medley (tarragon, chives and basil), adding extra buoyancy to each bite.

5. Farmers’ Market Salad with Avocado Vinaigrette

Consider mashing that avocado up and putting it in a silky vinaigrette, as in this stunning farmers’ market salad. Thinly shaved, cubed, spiralized and whole veggies all make cameos, making this extra easy on the eyes. This is a composed salad, and all the disparate elements join under a creamy cider vinegar-avocado blanket. It’s a composed salad that’s also a delight to eat.

6. Cucumber and Avocado Summer Rolls With Mustard-Soy Sauce

These rolls are almost like a hand-held salad. (Think how great that would be for your next picnic outing!) There are tons of veggies and herbs in each one, including carrots and lettuce, basil and mint, cukes and of course avocado. The dressing is an unexpected Dijon-soy-brown sugar dressing that tastes more like salad dressing than a traditional summer roll dipping sauce. It works, and then some. Give it a shot!

7. Chilled Avocado Soup

You know when you have guacamole and tortilla soup on the table and all is right with the world? This soup is the happy marriage of both dishes. Cool and packed with buttery avocados, with a base of chicken broth and a dusting of pico de gallo, it’s just fantastic. Nothing is better on a hot August day. Want chips on the side? Be our guest.

8. Avocado Toast with Soft-Boiled Eggs

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Whether you’re enjoying it for breakfast a hearty afternoon snack, there’s something about avocado toast that just hits the spot. In addition to its deliciousness, here’s what makes it especially appealing: It has two ingredients. No surprises there! The rest is up to you. We like to add fresh herbs, spices like aleppo pepper or shichimi togarashi, thinly sliced radish or carrot and—especially when we’re serving it for an easy supper— a protein-packed soft-boiled egg.

9. Taqueria Guacamole

We like it a little bit chunky. A potato masher or a kitchen fork is usually enough to do the trick. Once the avocados are mashed, the rest is easy. This guacamole is just as you might find it in a traditional taqueria—simply prepared with mashed avocado, plenty of lime, an ample dash of hot sauce, chopped cilantro and salt. Like a little heat? Add a spoonful of diced jalapeño for an extra shot of color and spicy flavor.

10. Chocolate-Avocado Mousse

If you think about it, it makes sense that chocolate-avocado mousse would be so epic and creamy. Avocado has just the texture you want in a mousse. This dessert spins together chocolate, avocados, almond milk, maple syrup and optional matcha (green tea powder). It’s luscious, it’s vegan, and it will delight any sweet tooths in the house. Oh, and it’s ready in 10 minutes… exactly why good avocado recipes are great. Boom.

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