And the Surprise Ingredient Is… the Avocado!

And the Surprise Ingredient Is… the Avocado!

Although avocado is delicious on toast or in guacamole, this fruit has a wide range of uses, and in many cases, people eating it may not even know it’s there. Avocado purée adds a delicious, creamy texture to a variety of dishes, including soups and salsas, desserts and baked goods, and even in drinks. The subtle flavor of avocado may not always stand out, but without a doubt, it adds a boost of fiber, good fats, and vitamins. And what’s more, they’re available-year round, making them a perfect choice for adding to many of your recipes. You can keep your family and guests guessing when you prepare these dishes with avocado as the secret ingredient.

Dips and Dressings

Avocado contains more nutrients than oil and mayonnaise, so you can feel good about adding them to your dips and dressings if you want to replace or scale back on the quantity of those ingredients. Hummus is a classic of the Mediterranean kitchen, but the addition of avocado makes it richer and creamier, a delicious spread for your parties or just for snacking on with chips or raw vegetables.


Avocados is also a good choice for adding to soups. A chilled avocado and tomatillo soup can be really refreshing on a hot summer day. It seems natural to add avocado to cold soups like gazpacho, vichyssoise, or cream of cucumber, but avocado also goes well in hot soups, too. The addition of avocado purée to soups gives them a thicker, silkier consistency without the addition of cream.


Avocado is also a fun ingredient to add to drinks, whether smoothies or cocktails. You can get your day off to a great start with an avocado, banana, orange, and yogurt smoothie, or when you want to relax with a refreshing cocktail, an avocado margarita can be just what you’re looking for. But don’t limit yourself to recipes; you can add avocado to almost any drink made in the blender!

Desserts and Baked Goods

This secret ingredient can make desserts delicious. A chocolate and raspberry mousse can be made with avocados in place of cream. Avocado can also pinch-hit for butter or oil in a variety of recipes, including cookies, cakes, or muffins, for example, these
avocado, banana, and walnut muffins, or these chocolate brownies.

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