Avocado is an exotic ingredient with appreciable qualities in cooking. It has a perfect texture for sauces and its green color finds its way into many tasty dishes, even desserts.
With the fruit of this tropical plant with its sweet and delicate taste, you can make delicious appetizers, main courses with a strong taste, original first courses, and quick side dishes.
But that’s not all, avocados can be eaten for breakfast in the form of smoothies or in fanciful toasts.
Follow the advice collected in this section, you will find many ideas and useful ideas to bring to the table easy and tasty recipes.
How To Eat Avocado For Breakfast
Want to try avocado for breakfast but don’t know how to eat it? Check it out and see if these recipes can brighten your morning awakening.
To clean the avocado quickly follow these steps. Cut the fruit in half lengthwise, turn the halves in the opposite direction, and split them. Apply a little pressure on the stone with the blade of the knife and pull upwards. This way the seed will come off in a flash without ruining the pulp. If you are wondering how to peel the avocado, we give you some advice in order not to ruin it. The fruit is enclosed in rough and compact skin.
Once cut in quarters, just use the tip of a knife to lift the outer layer and slip it off just as you would do with a banana. Ripe avocados are very easy to peel and the operation takes very little time. To taste it at its best, in fact, it is fundamental to choose a fruit ripe at the right point. In case it is very hard to touch, it means it still has to ripen in order to reach the right consistency and taste. Once cleaned and peeled, proceed with the preparation you prefer.
Smoothie is tasty milk and a fruit-based smoothie. You can accompany the avocado with other varieties of fresh or dried seasonal fruits. Let’s see how to prepare avocado and banana smoothie for breakfast. The ideal recipe for those who have little time or prefer breakfast with a light and delicate taste.
Here are the ingredients needed: 1 ripe avocado, 1 banana, 250 ml of milk, sugar, or honey to sweeten. Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone, peel it and pour it into the blender. Add all the other ingredients and blend until creamy. Add more milk if necessary. Serve the avocado and banana smoothie chilled.
Also for breakfast, you can prepare a sweet toast with avocado cream, almonds, and honey.
Peel and cream the avocado flesh, spread the mousse on toasted bread slices, and season with a teaspoon of honey. Chop the almonds and drop them on top. Here’s a flavor-packed dish perfect for brunch: avocado toast with eggs benedict and salmon. Toast a slice of bread and spread it with butter. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, create a swirl with a spoon while stirring quickly. Break the egg over the center of the vortex and cook for 3 minutes. Drain with a slotted spoon and let it drip for a few minutes. In the meantime, plate the buttered bread slices, place a slice of salmon on top, and then the boiled egg. Serve this savory avocado toast with a nice cup of black tea or American-style coffee.
Do you like to experiment with new flavors? Try the avocado cream toast with balsamic vinegar strawberries. Mix the flesh of half an avocado with 50g of Crescenza cheese and a teaspoon of honey. Toast two slices of bread, spread the cream on top, and cover with slices of strawberries.
Finish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
How to Cook Avocado
Should avocado be eaten cooked or raw? It is a very versatile fruit which, thanks to the delicacy of its taste and the consistency of its pulp, can be eaten in many different ways.
Usually, this fruit is consumed raw, but there are many preparations to cook avocado in a tasty way. In oriental and Japanese cooking, for example, avocado is very used for the preparation of sushi and many other typical dishes.
But let’s see how to prepare it in an easy and tasty way at home.
The grilled avocado is one of the simplest, let’s see how to prepare it. Cut the avocado in two halves, remove the stone and obtain slices one cm thick. Alternatively, you can grill only the two halves. Brush the surface with extra virgin olive oil or butter and cook the avocado on the grill or on a griddle for 3-4 minutes. Season with oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
Ever heard of the baked stuffed avocado? This is a perfect dish to serve as an appetizer or aperitif. You can bake this fruit stuffed with different ingredients: great paired with salmon, tuna, cheeses, and chicken. You can experiment with different fillings, vegetable or meat or fish-based. Let’s start with an easy and tasty basic recipe with avocado stuffed with eggs and bacon. Cut the avocado in half, remove the core and brush the surface with melted butter. Crack 1 egg and let it slide into the hollow of the fruit. Turn the oven to 200°, season the avocado with salt and pepper, cover with a slice of bacon and bake for 15 minutes.
Alternatively, you can stuff the avocado with gorgonzola and walnuts, or cheese and smoked salmon.
Another dish with a strong flavor is baked avocado with crispy bacon. Cut the avocado, remove the skin and the stone and slice it. Wrap each piece with a slice of speck and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat the oven to 200° with the grill function on and roast until crispy.
Prefer easy recipes in a skillet? Try balsamic vinegar avocado with ricotta cheese. After peeling, cutting, and slicing an avocado, saute it for 2 minutes with a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.
Serve the sautéed avocado with three or four teaspoons of ricotta cheese and ground black pepper. Discover recipes with avocado to bring tasty soups, side dishes, main courses, and many other special dishes to the table.
How to Cook With Avocado
Avocado is an ingredient that lends itself to the typical preparations of Mexican cuisine. Let’s see how to prepare the most famous and beloved recipe based on this fruit.
The guacamole sauce goes well with corn nachos or the famous tacos, to prepare it to use: 2 avocados, juice of 1 lime, 1 tomato, 1 white onion, 1 sweet green chili, 6 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Clean and dice the onion and place it in a bowl. Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and dice the flesh. Wash the chili pepper, open it, remove the seeds and slice it thinly. Do the same operation with the tomatoes. Mix all the ingredients together, add salt, oil, and pepper, and blend.
Here is your avocado guacamole, you can enjoy it cold or at room temperature, with toast or use it as a topping for tortillas.
If you want to try a fresh and light variation with a strong flavor, for your guacamole sauce, you can remove the tomato and add a sprinkling of cilantro and chili to the cream. Serve in well-chilled cups, accompanied by nachos or tortillas. Also try the guacamole variant with yogurt, with an even creamier texture. Or the variation of guacamole sauce with sweet mustard, with a delicate flavor.
Would you like to dress your pasta in an avocado? Here are some tasty recipes right out of the box!
Let’s see how to prepare spaghetti with avocado cream and salmon, and then discover the tastiest variations. The process is very simple. Blend a soft avocado, peeled and stone removed, add a pinch of salt, 1 clove of garlic, 4 tablespoons of oil, pepper, and the juice of half a lemon. Heat 40 g of butter in a frying pan, add 100 g of smoked salmon in strips, and let it flavor. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water, drain and dress in the salmon and avocado cream.
If you don’t like salmon you can use tuna, or add 100g of Crescenza cheese for an even creamier result.
Do you prefer to add a touch of flavor? Serve the pasta with crispy bacon browned in a pan. You will be conquered by the creaminess of these sauces, which are also ideal for garnishing canapés and sandwiches for a tasty and colorful buffet.
Would you like to prepare a quick snack? We suggest you some recipes to prepare star chef avocado sandwiches. Here’s an example.
Try the avocado, mozzarella, and grilled bell pepper toast. Place 2 washed peppers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the fridge for 20 minutes at 200°. Remove the skin and cut them into 4 pieces. Heat a grill, grease the vegetables with olive oil, and roast them for a few minutes on both sides. Cut in half, peel, and mash the avocado flesh, season with ground black pepper, a pinch of salt, and a tablespoon of oil. Spread the creamy spread on slices of toast, add a piece of grilled bell pepper, and a slice of mozzarella. Top with the second piece of pepperoni and cook the toast in a skillet or toaster oven.
If you don’t know how to cook avocado, you can use it to stuff piadinas, burgers, and sandwiches.
Another quick recipe is the omelet with avocado, carrots, and onion. Peel one onion, peel two carrots, and cut everything into cubes. Heat a frying pan with two tablespoons of oil and saute the vegetables for 5 minutes. Add a small cup of water and cook for another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Beat 4 eggs with a pinch of salt, add 1 glass of milk, and pour some of the liquid into the pan. Cook the omelet over high heat, add 2 slices of string cheese, the vegetables, and the sliced avocado. Fold the omelet over on itself and serve warm.
Avocado is perfect for adding texture to velvety soups and vegetable creams. Get inspired by the recipe for tomato velouté, another ingredient that goes perfectly with avocado.
You can blend half of it with the tomato and use the remaining part to decorate the dish.
How to Prepare Avocado Salad
Avocado salad can be made with this tropical fruit and many other tasty foods.
If you like the combination with meat, try the cold chicken breast with avocado, seasoned simply with a little extra virgin olive oil, salt, and lemon.
Otherwise, if you prefer a cold dish with fish take a look at the recipe for avocado salad, a perfect side dish for those who love a light taste.
Avocado can also be included in rice salads, which are perfect for summer and practical for a lunch out. Boil 80 g of basmati rice in boiling salted water. Drain and leave to cool on a tray. Shell 4 shrimp, remove the black thread, and blanch in boiling water for 4 minutes. Peel an avocado that is not too unripe, remove the stone and skin and cut half of it into cubes. Dress the rice in the avocado and shrimps and season with spices, olive oil, and herbs.
Want to make an all-green salad? Try the avocado, green apple, and mozzarella salad.
Use 1 avocado, 2 green apples, 125 g mozzarella, oil, salt, and fresh parsley. Wash and cut the apples into thin slices. Dress them with the juice of one lemon and 2 tablespoons of oil. Dice the mozzarella and add it to the apples. Divide the avocado in half, remove the central seed and cut it into cubes or wedges. Season all ingredients with chopped walnuts, salt, a tablespoon of mayonnaise, and a drizzle of oil.
If you like mozzarella cheese also try the cold pasta salad with avocado, shrimp, and mozzarella cheese.
Do you like exotic flavors? Try the avocado, mango, and ricotta salad.
Peel and core the avocado and remove the seeds from the mango and cut them into cubes. Squeeze the juice of one lime and pour it into a bowl over the tropical fruits. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and 150 g of ricotta cheese by spoonfuls.
Mix well and serve with freshly ground black pepper.
How to Eat Raw Avocado
As you have seen, avocado is an ingredient that can be eaten in many different ways.
You can enjoy it simply with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, or au naturel. If you prefer to enjoy it sweet, you can try the combination of honey and cinnamon. If you like fruit salads, you can cut them into cubes and enjoy them with other seasonal fruits.
Finally, let’s see some sweet recipes with this exotic fruit. Strange to say, avocado can also be used for the preparation of delicious desserts and ice creams.
Talking about desserts, we are going to unveil a curiosity that can be very interesting: thanks to the buttery consistency of its pulp, avocado is an excellent substitute for butter or oil in sweet preparations.
If you want to prepare a dessert with an exotic flavor, for example, we recommend you try the coconut and avocado doughnut. Blend the fruits separately and reduce the pulp to cream, Then, continue as the most typical recipe for doughnuts. Mix with yogurt or milk, flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Bake and enjoy your donut for a snack or breakfast.
With just a few ingredients you can make crepes with avocado quickly and easily.
Want to make a real cake? Take note of the recipe for avocado cheesecake. Use 400 g avocado pulp, 300 g ricotta cheese, 1 jar of yogurt, 50 ml cream, 2 sheets of isinglass, 150 g sugar, 4 tablespoons rice flour, 2 eggs, 100 g butter, 200 g dry cookies, 1 lime for decoration.
Chop the cookies and mix them with the softened butter. Line a round-shaped cheesecake pan with baking paper and press the cookies into the bottom. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. In the meantime, prepare the cream with the beaten eggs, ricotta cheese, yogurt, and sugar. Blend everything, then add the avocado pulp and continue to blend.
Soak the gelatin sheets in warm water, place them in a saucepan with the cream and heat. Once melted, add them to the avocado cream. Spread the cream over the cookie base evenly and place it back in the fridge for 3 hours. Decorate the cheesecake with a few lime slices before serving.
Are you in the mood for a cool dessert to enjoy in the summer? Then you definitely have to try the avocado ice cream! Reduce the pulp into a cream, mix with cream (or yogurt) and sugar. Store in the freezer and enjoy it plain or with your favorite toppings.
Alone, or with other fresh fruit, avocado in sweet preparations is a great way to enjoy the benefits of these foods, without sacrificing taste and freshness.
How to Cook Overripe Avocado
Avocado is a fruit that should be eaten ripe, however, it may happen that, with the heat in the house, or during the summer months, the fruit accelerates the ripening phase. In this case, do not worry: nothing is lost! The important thing is that the fruit maintains the buttery consistency of the pulp and does not fall apart completely.
The ripe avocado is still good to be used for the preparation of many recipes that call for this ingredient in cream and as a base for excellent dishes.
With chickpeas, for example, you can prepare hummus. Boil the legumes with the flavors and cream the avocado pulp. Mix with lemon juice and blend with chickpeas. Add sesame seeds, salt, and pepper, and serve.
Alternatively, you can use your overripe avocado to make a good cream, to be enjoyed as a velvety with cereals, accompanied by croutons.
Simply sauté the onion or shallot, puree the avocado and dilute with vegetable or chicken broth. Season with spices to taste and enjoy your dish while still hot.
What about the bruschetta? Always good and crispy, they are delicious to spread with avocado cream and mushrooms.