10 Great Ways to Use Avocado

10 Great Ways to Use Avocado

You love avocado and you know that it’s a fruit that can be used for way more than guacamole, but do you know just how amazing it really is? Here are 10 great ways to use avocado. How many have you tried?

1. Avocados as the star of breakfast.

You probably already know about avocado toast, the ultimate easy-to-make breakfast, but avocados can star in a number of other breakfast specials, too. There are smoothies and avocado pancakes, and these energy bars, which are perfect for a morning meal on the go.

2. Avocados as a binding agent in classic salads.

Tuna salad, egg salad, pasta salad . . . these are all classics that typically use mayonnaise as a binding agent, which is just a fancy way of saying “the ingredient that holds everything together.”

If you don’t have any mayo, though, or if you just feel like trying something different, you can substitute avocado. Mashed or puréed, an avocado’s creaminess becomes a perfect, delicious binding agent in classic salads. Look for recipes on our website.

3. Avocados as appetizers.

Yes, guac is great, but did you know that avocado is the central ingredient in dozens of other dips and appetizers? This fried avocado with chipotle mayonnaise will become the new favorite of your party guests, and this sophisticated melon and avocado with prosciutto couldn’t be easier to put together. Find more recipes here.

4. Avocados as serving vessels.

Don’t like cleaning up after a party? We get it. If you use the shell of the avocado as a serving vessel, you won’t have as many dishes to wash! This avocado and peach salad is one of many recipes you can whip up quickly and then use as filling in the avo shells. Tuna avocado salad and egg avo salad are among the other possibilities.

5. Avocados as a cocktail ingredient.

You’re a cocktail connoisseur, but have you ever used avocado in your happy hour drinks? The green fruit goes perfectly with another beloved Mexican product: tequila. Start with this El Bolero Avocado Margarita recipe and then experiment with your own recipes.

6. Avocados as a soup ingredient

Whether hot or chilled, avocados are an excellent addition to many soups. This azpacho features some other unusual ingredients and is simple yet impressive. And this avocado pozole is a twist on the Mexican classic.

7. Avocados as baby food.

When you’re ready to begin transitioning your baby to solid food, avocado is an ideal starter dish. All you need to do is cut, peel, and mash — there’s not even any cooking involved! Be sure to speak with your baby’s pediatrician before introducing new foods to your little one.

8. Avocados as a quick snack.

You can eat and slice, or slather mashed avocado on toast or tortilla, but if you need other creative ideas for a quick avo-based snack, you only really need to add one or two less common ingredients — smoked Spanish paprika and coarse salt on top, or cottage cheese on the bottom — and easy as that, you’ve got a new, delicious snack.

9. Avocados as a dessert ingredient.

It comes as a surprise to many people, even the most enthusiastic avocado lover, but this green fruit is amazing in desserts. Avocados can be used in ice cream, popsicle, cake, brownie, and pudding recipes. Try these recipes and tell us what you think by sharing your photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #VidaAguacate hashtag.

10. Avocados as part of your beauty treatment.

If you have an avocado that’s a bit past its eating prime, don’t throw it away! You can make a DIY face mask or body scrub. Get lots of ideas and recipes on Avocados from Mexico’s beauty care blog.

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