California Avocado Cucumber Rolls with Crème Fraiche Pesto

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 California Avocado Cucumber Rolls with Crème Fraiche Pesto

This is not your average cucumber roll! A sophisticated appetizer, these California Avocado Cucumber Rolls with Crème Fraiche Pesto are both as pleasing to the palate as to the eye.


Serves: 4
  large cucumber, thinly sliced lengthwise into 12 slices
  ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced into 12 slices
  large tomato, diced
Tbsp.  jalapeño, seeded and diced
    Crème Fraiche Pesto Sauce, see make-ahead recipe below
    Crème Fraiche Pesto Sauce
cup  whole raw cashews
1/2  cup  coconut cream, refrigerated
1/2  cup  fresh basil
Tbsp.  pine nuts
Tbsp.  nutritional yeast
1/3  cup  lemon juice

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Fold cucumber slices into small rolls and place on its ends. Repeat this step until you create 12 rolls.
  2. Stuff the cucumber rolls with avocado slices.
  3. Mix tomato and jalapeño in a bowl and top the avocado and cucumber rolls, like a salsa.
  4. To serve, top each of the California Avocado Cucumber Rolls with one teaspoon of the Crème Fraiche Pesto Sauce.

Crème Fraiche Pesto Sauce Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, soak cashews in water for two hours.
  2. Combine coconut cream, cashews, basil, pine nuts, nutritional yeast and lemon juice in a blender and mix until smooth.
  3. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serving Suggestion: These refreshing cucumber rolls are a unique starter dish in lieu of a more traditional salad. They also make an easy and elegant afternoon snack.

Beverage Pairing: A light bodied rosé (such as Provençal) makes a lovely accompaniment to these California Avocado Cucumber Rolls, as does a fresh squeezed lemonade.

Maria Koutsogiannis

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