If you’re an avocado lover, you’re probably pretty accomplished when it comes to slicing and dicing the green fruit so that it can be added to sandwiches and wraps, or as a topping for salads and soups.
If that’s the case, it’s time to take your skills to the next level! You can turn the ordinary into everyday extraordinary with a few creative ideas to guide you. These suggestions for turning simple dishes into works of art with avocado will impress anyone who gathers around your table (or who sees the fruits of your labor on Instagram)!
1. Master the Avocado Fan or Avo-Rose
You don’t need a special knife or tool in order to elevate your avocado garnish by turning it into an avocado fan or avo-rose. In fact, the only thing you really need is a bit of patience.
You’ll start by slicing your avocado in half, as you always do, and removing the seed and peel. Then, slice the flesh thinly, using your fingers as you go along to spread the slices into a fan or to work them (gently!) into the shape of a rose. Online tutorial videos can give you a sense of how to do this if you’re a visual person.
Avocado fans and avo-roses can top all sorts of dishes, from avo toast to salads and homemade pizzas.
2. Make Avocado Curls
If you’ve ever seen a beautiful handful of thinly-shaved curls of Parmesan cheese topping a salad or soup, you know how this simple touch can turn a homely looking dish into one that’s simple yet elegant.
You can take this idea and apply it to avocados, too! Again, you’ll need to be gentle with the avocado, but all you’ll need is a vegetable peeler to pull thin, beautiful curls out of the avocado flesh (once you’ve peeled it, of course!). Again, these are beautiful on soups and salads and toasts, and they look lovely in the place of diced or cubed avocado in meal bowls like this one.
3. Make Cookie Cut-outs for the Kids
Trying to share your love of avocado with the kids, but having a hard time to get them to eat anything green? We bet they might be more inclined to try our favorite green fruit once you use small cookie cutters and create avo hearts, stars, and unicorns! Serve them on a plate along with a couple of crackers or other easy to hold fruits and vegetables, like cherry tomatoes.
Sure, you could buy a knife garnishing kit and practice some advanced level avocado carving, but with these three simple techniques that require no special tools, you can elevate an ordinary dish into something extraordinary!