12 Amazing Avocado Recipes

Aug 20 2013 - 7:30am

In California, we've been getting some awesomely delicious avocados lately. Chalk it up to avocado season, which runs from Spring to Fall. Even if you don't live in the Golden State, chances are that green fruit you're savoring is from here anyway. Ninety percent of the nation's crop comes out of California. From sandwiches and salads to salsas and other tropical-tinged flavor combinations, avocado is surprisingly versatile. Here are 12 of our favorite ways to enjoy it.

— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb

Pineapple Avocado Salsa

It's time to take your salsa inspiration to the tropics with this pineapple salsa [1]. The sweet, acidic, and spicy flavors go great on grilled fish tacos and tortilla chips alike!

Tropical Green Smoothie

For a tropical getaway in a cup, blend up this avocado smoothie [2]. It's thick, creamy, and mouth-puckering with the addition of sweet pineapple.

Crisped Proscuitto and Avocado Crostini

These crisped prosciutto and avocado crostini [3] are incredibly easy, and the resulting bite is sure to be a hit with guests.

Avocado Tartine

Create an astoundingly gourmet snack with little more than an avocado, bread, hot sauce, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Goat Cheese, Avocado, and Celery Sandwich

This vegetarian sandwich recipe from 'Wichcraft [4] combines the creaminess of avocado and goat cheese with the crunch of pesto, watercress, and celery.

Savory Sopaipillas

Top pan-fried sopaipillas with cheese, salsa, and avocado for a savory twist.

Quinoa Salad With Avocado, Dried Fruit, and Nuts

This texture-packed quinoa salad with avocado [5] is as delicious as it is colorful, with red grains, dried cranberries, and apricots.

Bacon Guacamole

Smoky bacon and creamy avocado come together for the ultimate tortilla chip dip [6].

California Sushi Roll

Homemade sushi's not as hard as everyone makes it out to be. Cut your teeth on a California roll, which stars cucumbers, imitation crabmeat, and, of course, dreamy avocado.

Avocado Coconut Popsicle

Remember, avocado is a fruit, making it an option for sweet treats too. Try dabbling in avocado desserts with these easy-to-make avocado and coconut milk popsicles [7].

Tropical Fruit Salad With Arugula and Pickled Shallots

For an unexpected springtime fruit salad [8], mix tropical fruit with avocado, peppery arugula, and other savory ingredients.

Avocado Pear Smoothie

For a refreshing departure from the iconic blend of berries and bananas, opt for a creamy avocado-pear mixture [9] that's so vividly green in color, you know it's got to be good for you!

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