10 Recipes for Avocado Lovers

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Beyond the Guac: 10 Unlikely Ways to Use Avocado

Written by Melinda Hershey, Staff Writer

The creamy avocado is an excellent source of fiber, monounsaturated fat, folate and vitamins C, K, E and B6. This wonder fruit is a healthy and tasty addition to any diet, but there's only so much guacamole a person can eat! Here are ten unique and refreshing ways to go beyond the guac.

Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Avocado and citrus complement one another extremely well. Tangy grapefruit pops when paired with buttery avocado in this avocado salad recipe.

232 calories, 18.5 grams of healthy fat per serving

Avocado Hummus

Try this fun spin on guacamole dip! This avocado hummus recipe is extremely versatile and delicious. Try it as a dip for crunchy veggies or pita chips, or use it in place of mayo on a sandwich.

227 calories, 8 grams of healthy fat per serving

Strawberry and Avocado Smoothie

You'll get an extra boost of healthy fats from the avocado in this strawberry smoothie recipe. The avocado is virtually tasteless; it just lends a thick, rich texture to the drink. You'll never go back to regular fruit smoothies again!

138 calories, 8.5 grams of fat per serving

Avocado Mashed Potatoes

Forget butter: These healthy mashed potatoes get their melt-in-your-mouth texture from the addition of creamy avocados!

248 calories, 10.5 grams of fat per serving

Chilled Cucumber-Avocado Soup

On those days when it's just too hot to cook, whip up this no-cook soup recipe. It will cool you off and fill you up without weighing you down!

95 calories, 7 grams of fat per serving

Crab and Avocado Tortilla Wrap

Rich avocado pairs perfectly with seafood! Enjoy this creamy crab recipe for an energizing combination of protein and fat.

311 calories, 16.5 grams of fat per serving

Creamy Salad Dressing

Your body is able to absorb more nutrients from your veggies if you pair them with a little fat. Drizzle this healthy salad dressing over your greens for a punch of vitamins and good fats!

50 calories, 3 grams of fat per serving

Avocado Pizza

Avocados on pizza? Believe it! This healthful vegan pizza recipe features a delicious combination of textures and flavors.

178 calories, 12 grams of fat per serving

Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado takes the place of mayo in this healthy tuna salad recipe. You'll get a serving of heart-healthy fats, extra vitamins and a delicious flavor boost!

243 calories, 10 grams of fat per serving

Avocado-Feta Spread

Avocado gets a Greek twist with this tangy feta spread recipe! Slather on bread slices, then top with thick slices of tomato and cucumber for a tasty appetizer.

72 calories, 6 grams of fat per serving

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7/31/2013 9:28:30 AM

FREES1's SparkPage
never would have thought to put avocado and grapefruit together - sparks the taste buds just thinking about it! tuna and avocado good thing - shrimp salad and avocado even better!


7/31/2013 9:27:49 AM

FREES1's SparkPage
never would have thought to put avocado and grapefruit together - sparks the taste buds just thinking about it! tuna and avocado good thing - shrimp salad and avocado even better!


7/31/2013 8:51:58 AM

LOVE avocados! - I too enjoy it with turkey bacon and sliced tomatoes. Delish!


7/31/2013 7:34:08 AM

I have a protein shake every morning with a scoop of protein powder, 1/2 c blueberries and 1/2 cup strawberries and 30-34 grams avocado, it is so creamy and delicious! It is thick but light and you have to eat it with a spoon. I get my carbs, protein and fat all in one serving. Love it!


7/31/2013 7:18:38 AM

MEG3450's SparkPage
I could eat it 3x a day.. I have a salad for lunch that is sliced avocado, tomato slices, and a slice of onion.


6/3/2013 3:50:53 PM

KMOMA2's SparkPage
These look so awesome


1/10/2013 4:00:50 AM

Thanks! Avocado season will be soon! I wish there was a way to preserve, freeze, etc. without loosing flavor, texture and color. We usually get tons falling from the trees.


12/29/2012 4:45:59 PM

I eat avocado every another day like sandwich with whole grain bread,with caviar,with tuna,seeping with carrot and chips.I love avocado and help to loose weight.


10/10/2012 1:05:19 AM

Avocados, the most attractive fat in the world.


10/4/2012 4:44:57 PM

AMAKITA's SparkPage
Will definitely try some of these.


9/29/2012 8:02:24 PM

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9/27/2012 3:21:04 PM

I love avocados!!! thanks!


9/1/2012 11:03:04 PM

NAOLEE's SparkPage
I like avocados alone. Aguacates in Spanish.


8/23/2012 6:49:36 PM

Wow, so useful. I love avocados.


8/4/2012 1:54:21 AM

I'll eat a whole Haas avocado with just a spoon... Makes an excellent small meal for me, discovered them while testing for food allergies. Never had them before and took me a while to figure out how to open it... :). Yes, I now know how simple it is, but I'm kitchen-challenged. I also like an avocado mashed up with 1/4 to 1/2 a fresh lemon (or up to 1 whole line), not just the juice but also the pulp. I just take a knife and dig into the lemon or lime sections with it into a bowl. Good by itself or with bits of pita bread or rice crackers/chips or oat crackers or corn taco shells or plain corn chips. Sometimes I'll just stuff a pita with the concoction, sometimes with onion or other veggies such as red pepper or cucumbers. Also can add a lot of other veggies to the mashed up or cut up avocado,, using the avocado instead of salad dressing. About the only thing I don't eat avocado with is the traditional tomato, since I have to limit those due to allergy and prefer to save them for a my favorite plain tomato sandwich with added salt and egg-free mayonnaise.

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