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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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.


7/30/2012 10:14:12 PM

JBARBOUR1's SparkPage
These recipes look delicious.


7/30/2012 3:46:39 PM

CHERRY666's SparkPage
Nice collection of recipes. I could eat a plain avocado every single day and not be sick of them, though. They're so delicious.


7/30/2012 9:19:50 AM

Excellent ideas! I love avocados!


7/28/2012 10:04:39 PM

KGWINDER's SparkPage
Can't believe you left off my fav - chocolate mousse Mash up 1/2 an avocado, add 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder --- then three alternatives a) 1/4 packet splenda b) 2 tables spoons agava c) fold with a 1/4 cup lite cool whip - chill for 10 minutes in freezer - num! I've made all sort of twists on this added chopped up fresh fruit (cherries with a little almond extract is amazing) or some orange zest. I've used it as an icing for angel food cake.

Another - mash up add lime juice, finely chopped roasted peppers (just under your broiler and use instead of butter on corn on the cob.


7/28/2012 10:01:14 PM

It's nice to see some different ways to use something so tasty. I never knew avocados could be so versatile!


7/28/2012 2:01:55 PM

PAULETTEG3174's SparkPage
THe ideas here are great. I have been using avocado in tuna salad & salmon salad to replace may for some time now. MMMM (you need to adjust to the colour difference in the tuna, but the taste is the best. thanks to MMNEWMAN822 for the link to the avocado GF scone. - good starting point for something I would not have thought o fdoing.. - much like the avocado mashed potatoes...


7/26/2012 5:31:31 PM

STALLION281's SparkPage
....i love avocados, before i started dieting i was also eating them alot, the avocado tuna salad is one recipe i am going to try ASAP!


7/23/2012 11:59:16 AM

KINGCARL1's SparkPage
Yum! One of my favorite things to eat.

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