5 Favorite California Avocado Recipes


Picking a favorite when it comes to recipes that include avocados is a tough one for me because I love them all. But I knuckled down and played tough and have come up with a list of my 5 favorites, excluding the recipes I’ve been sharing here over the past California Avocado season.

Any avocado recipe list would be incomplete without a guacamole recipe, because c’mon, avocados were born to be made into guacamole, right? So I’m sharing my favorite with you. I’ve also got a salad, main dish, dessert and a pickle recipe for you … yes, you read that right, avocado pickle recipe.

So I’ve got the recipe bases pretty well covered! I hope you’re ready to make a shopping list, because these are all worth making!

Cotija Chipotle Corn Guacamole

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This is my absolute favorite guacamole. It was inspired by Mexican elite, a popular Mexican dish of freshly roasted corn that is spread with mayonnaise, rolled in crumbled cotija cheese, then dusted with chili powder and sprinkled with lime juice. This guacamole includes that same cotija cheese and lime juice in addition to corn kernels, chipotle chile peppers (in place of the chili powder) for some smoky heat, and some cilantro to add a bright heroines.
 

Kale Power Salad with Lemon Cilantro Avocado Vinaigrette

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This is a killer salad. I’ve made it for family gatherings, neighborhood parties, and countless times for my family and it never gets old. A thick and creamy, zingy lemon cilantro avocado vinaigrette whips up quickly, then is massaged into thinly sliced kale.  Next comes the addition of grape tomatoes, avocados, dried cherries, toasted sliced almonds, and roasted sunflower seeds to add lots of flavor and texture. Decadent and healthy, all in one salad bowl.

Chocolate Avocado Fudge

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Chocolate Avocado Fudge?!? I know you may be scratching your head at this point or bolting for the door, but hold on just a second—don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Pureed avocado is used in place of butter when making the fudge.  The result is a rich and extremely creamy chocolate fudge—and no, you would never guess there was any avocado in it!
 

Pickled Avocados

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“Why pickle an avocado?” you may be thinking. If you happen to be lucky enough to have a surplus of avocados, then pickling several of them is a great way to prolong their shelf-life for several weeks. At the two week mark the avocados are a more muted green in color, and softer than when I pickled them, but have not yet turned into mush. Pickled avocados are also a beautiful combination of creamy and tangy, making them a fabulous addition to salads, avocado toast, and my last favorite avocado recipe—fry pan pizza.
 

Corn, Avocado, Tuna Fry Pan Pizza

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Avocados were born to be put on pizza, and pickled avocados are even better! Gotta love that creamy tang! I no longer use an oven when I make pizza, I use a fry pan. The results are closer to pizza cooked in a brick oven than a pizza cooked in a regular oven, and the process is quick and easy (and cleanup is even easier!). This particular pizza combination of corn, pickled avocados, and tuna was inspired by a popular pizza in Japan, and, although it may sound a bit strange, it’s delicious! Even if tuna on a pizza isn’t your jam, try adding avocados to your favorite combo and try the fry pan cooking method!

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