Avocados are a favorite around here, how about at your house? Learn how to choose good avocados so you can try these over 50 recipes with avocados. You’ll find everything from appetizers with avocado to main dish recipes using avocados.
There are so many more ways to enjoy avocados than just guacamole. Not that there’s anything wrong with guac–we love that, too! Find out how to soften an avocado so it’s ready for your next recipe.
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How to choose avocados
When you go to the grocery store or farmers market to buy fruits, you expect to get the freshest ones that will last longer. Some fruits, like avocados, only ripen when harvested, so timing is crucial. Get firm and green ones if you want them to last a week.
Planning to eat avocado toast in the next one to two days? Find avocados that are dark green to dark brown in color and easily yield to gentle squeezing. They get darker as they ripen. An avocado with soft outer skin and bruises may be overripe but, most of the time, still safe to eat.
So how to choose good avocados? It depends on when you plan to use them! We like to buy both ripe and unripe, depending on the recipe.
How to cut avocado
Cut a ripe avocado lengthwise around the seed. Then, carefully twist and separate its two halves. Gently remove the seed using the knife. Next, you can scoop out the flesh or peel both halves from the top until the skin falls off. After peeling them off, cut the avocado into cubes or make thin slices.
How to ripen avocado quickly
Avocados soften as they go through the ripening process. Softness is just one of the indicators of ripeness, alongside firmness and color. You can use some hacks to quickly ripen the fruit, but it’s still best to just leave it on a tray on your kitchen counter and wait for it to ripen naturally.
How to soften an avocado
Avocados ripen and soften naturally, but there are hacks that you can do to speed up the process. First, the paper bag method! Place the fruit in a paper bag with a banana or apple. They should ripen in around two to three days because bananas, apples, and other fruits produce ethylene gas, a hormone that sets off the ripening process.
The foil method is another approach you can try. Wrap the avocado with aluminum foil and bake it at 200°F. Check every five minutes until you achieve desired softness.
How are avocados healthy?
Avocados are a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. In addition, it’s rich in vitamin E, vitamin C, magnesium, folate, potassium, magnesium, and many other nutrients. This American Heart Association study shows that this green fruit can help nurture the cardiovascular system, preventing lower blood pressure and heart diseases.
Avocados can also contribute to weight management, improving meal satisfaction and satiety. It’s a superfood that can nourish our bodies inside and out. Eating avocado can also improve skin firmness and elasticity, based on a study involving women who made avocado a part of their diet for a specific period.
Why make smoothies with avocado?
Smoothies are easy to make and filled with lots of flavor and nutrients. Make creamy avocado smoothies whenever you feel like you need an energy boost! There are so many fun ways to incorporate this superfruit into your regular diet. Add avocado to your smoothies if you want them to be extra healthy and creamy.
Smoothies can serve as a suitable meal replacement, depending on the ingredients. Avocados are protein- and fiber-packed fruits, the best ingredients for snack and breakfast smoothies. Feel free to adjust the sweetness and flavors according to your liking. If you want, you can make it completely dairy free.
What other ways can you eat avocado?
Most people are familiar with avocados as the base for guacamole, but you can eat them in so many ways. Avocados are often added to salads because of their health benefits along with their texture and good fats.
Avocados make a great first food for babies, too. Learn how to make baby food with avocado. My big kids (teens) love avocado so much that they’ll just eat it out of the shell with a spoon!
This big list of 50+ recipes with avocados has everything from avocado appetizers to dinner recipes using avocado. Most are recipes with ripe avocado, but plan ahead so you can buy a whole bag and enjoy them later in the week.
If you are a fan of creamy, herby salad dressings, this avocado goddess dressing is a must try! This salad dressing is the perfect balance of tangy, creamy goodness. With a hint of subtle onion flavour from scallions, this avocado green goddess dressing will turn your regular lunch salads up ten notches.
Five-ingredient Asparagus Avocado Salad combines crisp asparagus and creamy avocado with lime and fresh mint in a delightful combination of flavors and textures. It's easy to make in 15 minutes and can be enjoyed as a starter or side dish.
This butter lettuce salad has tender butter lettuce, mandarin oranges, strawberries, and creamy avocado. Drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette dressing over it and top with crunchy, toasted almonds, and you’ve made yourself a delicious and refreshing summer salad!
The best Authentic Guacamole Recipe! Fresh and delicious, only 6 whole food ingredients, this easy guacamole is naturally gluten-free, vegan, keto, and paleo! Cool and creamy mashed avocado with just the right amount of traditional Mexican flavors and spice! Grab your favorite tortilla chips for some delicious snacking or use it as a homemade spread for toast and sandwiches!
This avocado lime dressing is a healthier take on mayonnaise-based salad dressings. It’s ultra-creamy, tangy, herby and it’s so yummy drizzled over summer salads, grilled veggies, burrito bowls or perfect as a dip.
Breakfast Hash with Sweet Potatoes and Eggs is a savory gluten-free breakfast full of bright flavors. It features sweet potatoes, avocado, crispy bacon, vibrant vegetables, melted cheese, and yolky eggs. This easy one pan dish is perfect for a lazy weekend or to satisfy a weekday craving.
This tomato, cucumber, and avocado salad is a healthy Mexican side dish to serve alongside tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, and more! With only five main ingredients, this side dish whips up in under 15 minutes.
Try this tostaguac recipe for a quick, simple, and delicious snack. Crispy tostadas are topped with layers of creamy refried beans, chunky guacamole, fresh vegetables, cashew crema, and dairy-free cheese.
All the flavors of guacamole are present to make up this delicious Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad! Creamy avocado is a great substitute for mayo, which is the base in most chicken salads. The crunchy jalapeno and onion add great texture and flavor.
This is the ultimate spicy guacamole recipe! Homemade with a kick of chili pepper and filled with loads of amazing flavors, it’s incredibly addictive! Make it mild or as spicy as your like! This homemade guacamole is a perfect snack or appetizer as a chip dip or as a topping to your favorite Mexican food.
My BLT Bagel Sandwich takes the traditional bacon, lettuce and tomato combo and serves it on a hearty and filling bagel. In addition to crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and lettuce, I've added a homemade avocado & green onion cream cheese.
A Hawaiian classic but make it wild. Cubes of venison backstrap look and feel very similar to ahi tuna and makes a great substitution for poke bowls. Surrounded by fresh toppings and delicious sauces, every bite is full of flavor!
An update on this classic tailgate dish. Chips and dip are essential party food, but it doesn't have to be fancy to be delicious. Fresh, quality ingredients and plenty of flavor make for an easy appetizer or snack that everyone loves.
Creamy, satisfying, and refreshing, this vegan avocado salad is divine but incredibly easy to make. Fresh and flavorful, this salad is an elevated yet approachable, family friendly, and comes together in less than 15 minutes.
Enjoy a healthy air fryer chicken burrito bowl for two tonight. Loaded with all your burrito bowl favourites including air fryer chicken breast, avocado, black beans, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, sweetcorn, mixed peppers, cheese, and salsa.
Alaska Sushi Roll is a delicious American spin on sushi that comes together in minutes! The roll contains creamy imitation crab tossed in Kewpie mayo, cucumber, and avocado rolled in seasoned sushi rice, nori, and topped with raw salmon and ikura. This roll is perfect if you are looking for a decadent sushi that is still light and healthy.
This Avocado Mexican Salad is fresh, filling, and the perfect side dish for any meal! The combination of vegetables, protein-packed beans, and spicey dressing makes this a wonderful addition to any gathering or party.
This is the best Avocado Toast you’ll ever make. No need for fancy, over-the-top toppings, all you need is toasted bread, smashed avocado, a little lemon juice, olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Once you learn how to make guacamole, you'll never want to buy it from the store again! Creamy Haas avocados, fresh limes, spicy jalapeños, and crunchy vegetables come together to create this unbelievably tasty, yet super easy recipe.
Inspired by Chick-fil-a's Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing, this versatile, healthier copycat has delicious and fresh ingredients like ripe avocado, lime juice, and herbs and spices. Use it as a dip, dressing, or spread.