Avocados Can Be Much More Than Guacamole
Firm enough to be sliced or diced yet soft enough to be mashed or puréed, the avocado lends depth and creaminess to all sorts of dishes. Technically a berry, avocados vary widely in size, color, and flavor; they can be grassy, sweet, meaty, nutty, milky, or buttery, depending on ripeness, origin, and oil content. Long a staple of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine, avocados are a natural partner for fish, lend a silky texture to salsas, and can be used as the creamy base of sweet mousses and dessert shakes. Matt Taylor-Gross
This substantial summer salad is a tribute to the “everything tastes better grilled” philosophy of cooking, one with which I am currently obsessed. Here, watermelons get even sweeter from the flames, shrimp gets crisp and plump, and avocado turns deliciously smoky.
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Hearts Of Palm and Avocado Salad
This simple pasilla chile- and tomato-based soup is ladled onto tortilla chips and topped with creamy avocado, jack cheese, and tangy Mexican crema.
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Gooey cheese, salty cured meat, and avocado are pressed between crispy waffles at a modern café in Paris.
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Mexico-born chef Roberto Santibañez makes his chunky, creamy guacamole in the traditional manner: by first grinding the flavoring agents to a paste using a mortar and pestle, then gently mixing in chopped avocados. With light heat from serrano chile and acidity from a hit of lime juice, this classic dip is a surefire crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe for
Shrimp, Avocado, and Crispy Potato Smørrebrød »
Summer Lobster Tacos
This chilly treat is an adaptation of one served at the Royale Eatery, a burger and shake shop in Cape Town, South Africa. A simple purée of avocado, ice cream, mint leaves, and ice, it’s sweet, rich, and dense enough to stand a spoon in.
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This simple Mexican salad consists of grilled zucchini, avocado, and salty, crumbled añejo cheese.
Jose Garces’ Fish Tacos
Grilled Shrimp Summer Rolls
As ethereal as its origins, this unusual, chilled summer soup is a specialty at the
Singular Patagonia, an otherworldly hotel that borders Sena Última Esperanza (or Last Hope Sound). It’s made velvety and rich by the local avocados, which are called paltas. Get the recipe for Avocado Soup »
This creamy, sweet shake-made without ice cream-is a popular Indonesian snack.
Brown Rice Salad with Avocado
Avocado is an unlikely but delicious pairing for smoked whitefish, and this guacamole is a smokier, creamier spin on classic whitefish salad.
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Crisp celery and radishes are lightly pickled in lemon juice in this salad from chef
Juan Pablo Mellado Arana of Las Cabras in Santiago, which makes a perfect addition to any heavy Chilean meal.
Tart apple and cold avocado balance hot, crisp walnut dumplings and creamy chive sauce in this refreshing vegan dish from chef Josita Hartanto of Berlin’s
Lucky Leek. You can make the walnut dumplings a day ahead, but make sure to prepare the tartare within two hours of serving, so the apples and avocados don’t brown. Get the recipe for Avocado and Apple “Tartare” with Fried Walnut Dumplings and Chive Cream »
Salty, bittersweet caramel meets buttery avocado in this quick treatment, perfect for dessert or as a snack served atop toast or ice cream.
A riff on a breakfast plate, these burgers get a wonderfully spicy flavor from an even mix of ground beef and chorizo.
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Crabmeat is rubbed with a smoky chile paste, then sautéed and tossed in a refreshing salad of creamy avocado, tart grapefruit, and herbs.
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Associate test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin relied on this elegant appetizer often when she worked as a private chef—it’s tasty, quick to prepare, and simple to plate. For best results, use the freshest tuna you can find.
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Mashed potatoes go green with avocado and cilantro in this bright recipe.
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Sliced ripe avocados add a silky bite to an elegant salad tossed with lobster and juicy grapefruit segments.
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This green salsa is made thick and luscious by adding fresh avocado. Serve tableside with almost any dish— it’s especially delicious with roasted pork dishes or tacos carne asada.
This fruity tomatillo salsa layered with queso fresco and avocado slices can be served as a side dish or as an appetizer with warm tortillas.