We all know that avocados are delicious, but research shows that they’re also good for you. Here are some recipes to help you incorporate more avocados into your diet.
Recipe: Avocado-and-Feta Dip
Gloriana's Mike Gossin says this healthy dip is one of his favorite things his mother makes. "I like it so much I may have to write a song about it. Avocado, avocado, avocado dip!" Be sure to fold in the dressing gently so the avocado and feta stay chunky.
A favorite at every party or tailgate, this guacamole is simple yet bursting with zesty flavors from lime juice, red onions, and garlic. A chopped jalapeño pepper adds the perfect amount of heat to this festive dip.
Open-Faced Shrimp-and-Avocado Sandwiches
For a sturdy sandwich base, use a thicker cut of bread.
Crab Salad with Peaches and Avocados
The crab salad can be made ahead, but the avocado and peach layers are best prepared just before serving.
Summer Gazpacho with Avocado West Indies Salad
Serve this immediately on busy weeknights for a fresh and light meal. Or make ahead and chill to let the flavors brighten even more.
Smoky Chopped Salad with Avocado
Recipe: Smoky Chopped Salad with Avocado
Grill the lettuce and avocado just long enough to impart a tinge of smoke.
Recipe: Carrot-Avocado Tabbouleh
Salty, roasted sunflower kernals give this lively side dish crunch. Diced avocado brings a dash of creaminess to the table.
Fingerling Potatoes with Avocado and Smoked Salmon
You'll love the unexpected flavor combination of creamy avocado and fresh dill atop roasted potatoes. This makes a great handheld appetizer when entertaining—just be sure there are plenty to go around.
Grilled Peach-and-Avocado Salad
Recipe: Grilled Peach-and-Avocado Salad
From the kitchen of Paula Jones, bellalimento.com, Youngsville, NC "Being originally from Georgia, I love a good peach!"
Marinated Shrimp Salad with Avocado
Enjoy shrimp in a salad with this easy, fresh recipe. Drizzle with Citrus Viniagrette for the perfect punch of flavor.
Recipe: Avocado-Tarragon Eggs
Creamy avocado, dried tarragon, and lime juice add fresh flavor to these small tasty bites.
Black Bean Cakes with Avocado-Corn Salsa
Avocado-Corn Salsa gives this meatless meal a fresh spin. You'll love the flavor combination of the hearty black bean cake and the light flavors of the salsa.
Beet, Goat Cheese, and Avocado Salad
Full of beautiful colors and a combination of flavors, this salad is perfect for a luncheon. Red beets contrast nicely with creamy avocados and goat cheese, while fresh red onions and watercress add a crunchy finish.
Hearts of Palm-and-Jicama Salad
Recipe: Hearts of Palm-and-Jicama Salad
One bite of this light and refreshing salad and you’ll think you’ve been whisked away to a tropical island. Crunchy jicama and hearts of palm are accompanied by yellow bell peppers and smooth avocados and then coated in a tangy citrus-and-cilantro dressing.
Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts
Recipe: Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts
Mini pita rounds make the perfect base for these easy bite-size appetizers. If you can’t find pita rounds, you can toast thin baguette slices for the same effect.
Potato Cobb Salad
Recipe: Potato Cobb Salad
A twist on the traditional Cobb, this version uses Yukon gold potatoes in place of chicken. Cheddar and blue cheeses, bacon crumbles, and tomatoes pair with avocados to create a hearty meal.
Recipe: Orange-Avocado Salsa
Try using this sweeter salsa as a topping for tacos or seafood. Soaking the onion in ice water takes away some of the sting.
Caribbean Crab Sandwich
Recipe: Caribbean Crab Sandwich
Lump crabmeat and avocados are a heavenly combination on this sandwich. Fresh mango adds a hint of sweetness without overpowering the flavors of the crabmeat. This mixture is great in a hoagie roll but is also refreshing on a bed of mixed greens.
Basil-and-Blue Cheese Salad
Recipe: Basil-and-Blue Cheese Salad
Pears and blue cheese make for a great flavor combination, but we’ve added avocados, basil, and navel oranges to create a bold salad. This salad travels well because you can make the dressing in advance. Then throw it all together when ready to serve.
Tex-Mex Shrimp Cocktail
Recipe: Tex-Mex Shrimp Cocktail
A reader favorite, this shrimp cocktail packs in bold spice from red jalapeño pepper jelly and red bell peppers. The avocados balance out the heat. Serve with tortilla chips or saltine crackers.
Recipe: Avocado Salad
Crunchy croutons complement avocado slices in this main dish salad. Try adding crisp bacon crumbles for even bolder flavor and extra texture.
Black Bean Salad
Recipe: Black Bean Salad
This salad has so many great flavors you can eat it by itself as a side, but it also makes a great topper for grilled chicken, pork, and steak.
Recipe: Avocado Soup
This chilled soup is the perfect starter to an elegant meal. Sour cream and half-and-half create a creamy depth to the soup, but the richness is balanced by crisp Riesling and salty chicken broth. Garnish with thinly sliced green onions.