There is still some time left to try new avocado recipes before the California Avocado season ends. We forecast that as we get into September (particularly Labor Day), the available volume of California Avocados will decrease significantly.
That's why I've put together an Avocado Bucket list with 10 recipes you have to try before the season (and summer) ends.
Avocado Bucket List: 10 Must-try Avocado Recipes
Dark Chocolate Dipped Avocado Pops
Avocado Pops really seem to have taken off this year (also check out our Toasted Marshmallow-Chocolate Frozen Pops). When the weather gets hot, an ice cold popsicle is perfect for cooling off. On top of that, I love to see people trying new things with avocados - especially when it comes to dessert. Avocados are great in desserts and offer luscious creaminess without all of the guilt. This recipe from The Little Epicurean is as simple as it gets, with the ingredients consisting of avocados, milk, condensed milk, simple syrup and dark chocolate. With a few summer scorchers left this season, you'll need to cool off one way or another, and these pops will be a great way to do that.
Guacamole with Goat Cheese and Bacon
I just love guacamole in the summer. It is hands-down my favorite dip, and is perfect for summer bbq's and get-togethers.
This unique take on guacamole from Created by Diane adds goat cheese and bacon to an otherwise traditional recipe for a creamy, lightly smokey, slightly tangy and delicious taste. Diane also encourages everyone to try it with fresh flour tortilla chips instead of corn tortilla chips. I say, why not!
California Confetti Salad
It is well documented that I love me a leafless salad, so when I saw this tasty looking California Confetti Salad recipe by My Fancy Nest I knew I had to make it. This version of a confetti salad combines fresh, locally grown summer produce items like California Avocados, cherry tomatoes and Persian cucumbers for a taste that is as delicious as this salad is colorful. The garlic and lemon give it the perfect amount of zing, without overpowering the salad. Serve on its own or with grilled steaks, chicken or fish (with some wild salmon would be particularly delish).
Paleo Breakfast Bowl
I have been known to dabble in the paleo diet. Maybe not for every meal, but I do try to follow the diet for at least a few meals or days/week. For those that are unfamiliar with it, it is a diet based on higher protein intake, lower carbohydrates, higher fiber and moderate to higher fat intake.
This paleo breakfast bowl from Myntans_paleo looks like the perfect way to start the day. The colorful combination of granola, hemp seeds, grapefruit, cacao mulberries and avocado sit atop a grapefruit avocado mousse. The acai bowl-lover in me can't wait to try this while grapefruits and avocados are still in season.
Avocado on Toast
Avocado on Toast is an amazing snack or meal. Need a quick breakfast? Spread avocado on toast and top with an over-easy or fried egg. Need an easy, work-friendly lunch? Top avocado on toast with fresh tomato, sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy. In a pinch for dinner, but don't have much in the cabinet or fridge? Top avocado on toast with rotisserie chicken and pesto for a filling main entree. The options are limitless, which is why if you haven't tried avocado on toast yet, now is the perfect time while California Avocados are still in season.
Avocado Tuna Salad
The Avocado Tuna Salad Sandwich is a common sight in our lunch room. Not only is it delicious but it's so simple to make, without the need for cooking (and you can replace the mayo with more nutritious avocado). Bring two slices of bread, a can of tuna and an avocado to work. Slice and mash the avocado. In the same bowl, add the tuna and combine. Spread on your bread and you'll be eating lunch in no time! Mix it up with fresh tomato. You won't believe how satisfying (and filling) this simple lunch is.
California Greek Salad
As an olive-lover, few salads are as delicious as a Greek Salad. Something about the way olives meld with other seasonal produce items like cherry tomatoes and cucumbers is unexplainably delicious. Add California Avocado, romaine hearts, feta cheese, red onion and bacon to the mix with a dijon mustard dressing and you have a tasty and satisfying summer salad. Shawn at I Wash You Dry notes that if you plan on traveling with the salad (like to a picnic), do not toss until you are ready to serve. Tossing just prior to eating is key to a nice, crisp salad.
Avocado Potato Salad
Part of what makes avocados so great (at least to me) is that you can use them in a seemingly never ending variety of ways. For instance, instantly turn fatty potato salad into a delicious (and guiltless) side by swapping out the mayo for avocado. This simple recipe for Avocado Potato Salad has just seven ingredients and is perfect for your summer party or bbq (there is still time for that epic bbq you've been waiting to have!) Your guests will love the green color and if you're missing the pickles, or pickle flavor, consider adding a tablespoon or two of pickle juice or your favorite relish.
Spicy Chicken and Bacon Flatbread with Spicy Avocado Cream
I love pizza. I could eat it for every meal. But if you're going to eat pizza for every meal, you are going to need some variety. And Souffle Bombay's avocado flatbread is the perfect recipe for mixing up the traditional pizza recipe with fresh summer ingredients (and no added dairy!)
I like grilling my pizza and flatbreads on the bbq because after only 3-5 minutes your dinner is ready AND you get to enjoy cooking outdoors. Grill up some of these flatbreads while entertaining friends and family and they'll be amazed at the creamy, delicious flavor.
If there's one way that you must try avocados in the summer, it's by including them on your bbq menu. What better way to include them in your summer bbq plans than by putting California Avocados directly on the grill. They only need a few minutes (face down) but the flavor, creaminess and smokiness achieved only by grilling is second to none. Serve with a little pico de gallo or fresh salsa where the pit was and you've got appetizers for your guests in minutes!