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Quinoa Stuffed Grilled California Avocados

Quinoa Stuffed Grilled California Avocados


Total time:

10 min

Prep time:

8 min

Cook time:

2 min

Nutty quinoa and tart lemon pair well with creamy California Avocado in this super-easy stuffed avocado recipe. Zero cholesterol, low-sodium, an excellent source of vitamin C and  fiber (24% DV). Enjoy!


Serving Size: 2

1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, halved and seeded*
2 tsp. lemon juice, fresh, or more to taste
1 tsp. olive oil
1/3 cup quinoa, cooked, warm
1/4 tsp. lemon zest
Basil, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
4 grape tomatoes, small, halved

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  1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Sprinkle avocado halves with a little of the lemon juice, then brush them with the oil. Place cut side down on the hot grill just until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes. Remove and place on serving plates.
  3. Combine quinoa, lemon juice and zest.
  4. Cut basil into chiffonade strips and stir into quinoa. Season with sea salt to taste.
  5. Fold the tomatoes into the quinoa.
  6. Mound the quinoa mix into the grilled avocado halves. Garnish with a basil leaf if desired and serve.

Serving Suggestion: Other whole grains such as barley and bulgur, as well as legumes such as lentils also make great fillings for California Avocado halves.

Beverage Pairing: Chardonnay.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Nutrition information per serving

Serving (without optional ingredients): Calories 170; Total Fat 12 g (Saturated Fat 1.5 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Poly 1.5 g, Mono 8 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 85 mg; Potassium 510 mg; Total Carbohydrates 15 g; Dietary Fiber 6 g; Total Sugars 2 g; Protein 3 g; Vitamin A 397 IU; Vitamin C 15 mg; Calcium 19 mg; Iron 1 mg; Vitamin D 0 IU; Folate 81 mcg;

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 25%; Calcium 2%; Iron 6%; Vitamin D 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe Tags

  • avocado bowl
  • grape tomatoes
  • half avocado
  • quinoa
  • stuffed avocado


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