13 Ways with Avocado
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.
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.
Recipe: Beet, Goat Cheese, and Avocado Salad
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.
- Recipe: Avocado Soup
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.
Recipe: Hearts of Palm-and-Jicama Salad
Crunchy croutons complement avocado slices in this main dish salad. Try adding crisp bacon crumbles for even bolder flavor and extra texture.
- Recipe: Avocado Salad
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.
Recipe: Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts
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: Potato Cobb Salad
Try using this sweeter salsa as a topping for tacos or seafood. Soaking the onion in ice water takes away some of the sting.
Recipe: Orange-Avocado Salsa
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: Black Bean Salad
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.
Recipe: Caribbean Crab Sandwich
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.
Recipe: Basil-and-Blue Cheese Salad
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: Tex-Mex Shrimp Cocktail