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Main Dish, Side Dish, and Dessert: Three Way to Use Avocado

Main Dish, Side Dish, and Dessert: Three Way to Use Avocado

These delicious dishes show just how versatile avocado can be

Avocado adds richness to creamy chocolate desserts.

Avocado is a surprisingly versatile berry (yes — avocados are technically berries!). Whether you mash them and spread them on toast for breakfast, add them to your baking in place of other fats like butter or oil, or purée them into a smoothie, they’re an easy way to make just about any food more delicious. And, avocados are full of vitamins and nutrients — vitamin C, vitamin E, and folate, to name a few.

If you’re looking for creative ways to eat more avocados, we’ve put together a menu that uses avocado three ways.

Tortilla Soup with South of the Border Flavors
Cool and creamy avocado is the perfect topping for this spicy soup. Dice it up right before you’re ready to serve the soup and it will retain its bright, vibrant color.
Click here for the recipe.

(Credit: Fearing's Restaurant)

Avocado Sage Cornbread
A warm bowl of south-of-the-border-spiced soup is only missing one thing, in our opinion: some subtly sweet cornbread to soak up the extra broth. This version uses mashed-up avocado instead of oil so the cornbread is moist, cakelike, and better for your healthy.
Click here for the recipe.

(Credit: Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD for Avocados From Mexico)

Healthy Chocolate Pudding
There’s no better way to end a meal than with a rich and creamy chocolate dessert and this pudding will satisfy even the most serious dessert craving. No one will believe your secret ingredient is avocado!
Click here for the recipe.

(Credit: Whole Foods Market)

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

24 of the Easiest 3 Ingredient Recipes

These easy 3 Ingredient Recipes are going to be your go-to recipes when you need to throw a meal together in a pinch!

Ever looked in your pantry and wondered what simple meal you could throw together with just 3 ingredients?

That is when these easy 3 ingredient recipes will come in handy!

We have included main dishes and side dishes so that you can have a complete meal with just a few items!

These family dinner recipes will help get you to that next paycheck or when your next round of motivation hits to go to the grocery store without compromising on taste.

While we do say these recipes only call for 3 ingredients, we mean 3 main ingredients, as olive oil, salt, and pepper don’t count in this list as any of the three ingredients since most people have those ingredients normally readily available.

Since these easy dinner ideas are simple and fast recipes with few ingredients, they are the perfect recipes for a beginner cook!

Less complicated recipes and beginners will probably have most of the ingredients in their kitchen already.

How to make Avocado Cucumber Tomato salad

  • In a bowl, gently toss cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions together.
  • Add avocado and feta cheese, mixing carefully.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together homemade dressing (vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper).
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss together.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Watch how to make this easy salad from our YouTube Channel:

20 Stuffed Avocado Recipes

You can stuff WHAT in an avocado? Rich, versatile, and loaded with nutrients, these stuffed avocado recipes are the ideal way to highlight your favorite flavors.

Whether you&rsquore looking for a low-carb lunch, a keto friendly breakfast, a Mediterranean diet inspired side dish or just want to have some fun with your food, then these stuffed avocado recipes are for you! Wondering what to stuff in an avocado? I&rsquove got you covered! From pulled pork to shrimp salad to veggie-packed slaw to breakfast ingredients, you&rsquore sure to find a new favorite recipe within this list. Be sure to scroll through all of the recipes to discover 20 delicious ways to stuff an avocado.

And don&rsquot forget to pin this post so you can try these savory avocado recipes again and again!

Avocados for a Healthy Diet

People are finally over their fear of fat in foods. Because of this, avocados have become quite the nutrition darling in the last few years. In fact, they boast a rich and creamy flavor, are loaded with fiber and are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Because of their versatility and nutrient profile, avocados are one of the few foods that people following most any diet plan (from paleo to gluten-free to Mediterranean) can agree upon. Therefore, creative ways to fill avocado halves have been popping up all over the web.

The best bread to use

  • Sourdough bread: It’s crusty on the outside and soft in the middle. The sourdough flavor tastes amazing paired with the fresh avocado.
  • Whole wheat bread: Use whole wheat bread for a healthier alternative packed with whole grains, fiber and other nutrients.
  • Homemade bread: Avocado toast is a must whenever we have a loaf of fresh homemade bread laying around. The flavor is out of this world!
  • Artisan bread: For a more rustic taste, try using crusty Artisan bread. It makes the toast seem super fancy!
  • French bread: This is great to use for smaller, snack size pieces.

To quickly toast the pine nuts, just put them in a small fry pan over medium heat. Watch them closely, and use a wooden spoon to move them around until they are lightly toasted. Be careful- they’ll burn if you don’t tend to them! Pour them onto a paper towel to cool before adding them to your salad. I like to buy pine nuts at Costco. They’re less expensive there, and you can keep the big bag in the freezer and use them as needed.

Back when it was first making its appearance in France, I had to teach a local at the local Tuesday market how to peel the outside stems of the broccoli and steam it until bright green and slightly crunchy.

Of course, prepared broccoli flowerets in plastic bags are ubiquitous everywhere in the USA. They are usually just fine when really fresh the plus side of buying full crowns or broccoli heads though are those tasty, filled with nutrition stems. They can be cut on the diagonal, straight or chopped up and add a wonderful additional texture. The process is so easy!

Give it a try if you’ve only used the flowerets in the past.

Herbs de Provence (affiliate link) is a seasoning blend featuring many of the herbs that grow most abundantly in southern France and that correspondingly get used in a lot of the cooking from that region. The blends are typically made from dried herbs and are meant to be an easy short-cut for seasoning dishes.

Which herbs get used and their exact ratio depends on the recipe and the cook, but the most basic blends include savory, rosemary, marjoram, and thyme.

Though less traditional, lavender buds are sometimes added, as are fennel seeds, sage, tarragon, and even orange zest. These days the spice section of most well stocked grocery stores sell Herbs de Provence (affiliate link) .

If you prefer you can create a blend yourself: Basic DIY Herbs de Provence Recipe.

If you don’t have Herbs de Provence (affiliate link) , substitute Italian Seasoning blend.

Broccoli Avocado Salad Recipe Additions & Variations

Crunchier? Add chopped almonds, raw, roasted or smoked for extra crunch

Spicier? Add dried red pepper flakes or chopped fresh jalapeno chiles

Zestier? Add more lemon juice, mustard, chopped olives, capers or roasted red peppers

Heartier? Add chopped cooked chicken, turkey, salmon or tuna

Broccoli Avocado Salad Serving Suggestions

  • Serve on it’s own with Crusty Bread for a light Vegetarian lunch.
  • Serve alongside roasted or grilled chicken, fish or steak.
  • Turn this salad into a meal in a bowl by adding a cooked grain such as rice, quinoa, or pasta

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If you’ve made this Broccoli Salad with Avocado, please give the recipe a star rating below and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it.

36 Avocado Recipes that Prove Our Love Affair Will Never End

If we could eat the avocado piñata hanging in our office, we would. We’re batty for avocados. So why does the Greatist team love these awesome green fruits?

They’re delicious, soft, smooth, and creamy. And they’re ready take on any savory or sweet flavor, from the garlic and lime of guacamole to bittersweet chocolate brownies.

Even better, avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fat, which can improve cholesterol levels and decrease risk of cardiovascular disease. Dreher ML, et al. (2013). Hass avocado composition and potential health effects. DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2011.556759

While avocados shine in smoothies, salads, sandwiches, surprise us in pastas and desserts, and make us feel good and healthy, remember not to overdo it.

This fruit can be fairly high in calories for those watching their intake. Half an avocado per day is enough for most people. Here are 36 of our favorite avocado recipes.

1. Kiwi avocado smoothie with lime and honey

Two of our favorite superfoods — avocado and kiwi — blend into a luscious fruity, creamy, green smoothie. You get healthy fats and vitamin E from the avocado, plus vitamin C and K from the kiwi.

2. Avocado smoothie

Puree avocado, nut milk, and ice to make this simple smoothie. The blogger calls for the deliciously decadent addition of 2 1/2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk.

We reduce that by half and ditch the additional teaspoon of sugar. You can go without any sweeteners at all, too.

3. Pineapple avocado green smoothie

This sweet, tangy tropical smoothie hides a generous helping of fresh spinach. Keep a bag of frozen pineapple chunks in the freezer. They’re a healthier choice than canned in juice or syrup.

Pro tip: You know that a third of the smoothie refuses to blend? Add the frozen stuff last.

4. Super green smoothie

Kale and kiwi. Apples and pears. These healthy fruits and vegetables whirl together with luscious avocado and almond milk. That’s how we sip our nutrients through our reusable straw.

5. French toast smoothie

French toast in a glass — and vegan, too. By now, you know that avocado can be flavored with anything. So why not make it taste like your favorite breakfast.

Here, the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, and nutritional yeast bring to mind the eggy custard. But without the dairy or bread. No same old, same old here.

6. Avocado watermelon salad

Not only is this salad nutritious and delicious, it scores major points for presentation.

Chunks of juicy watermelon (superfood alert — they’re packed with vitamins A and C, and the amino acid citrulline), creamy avocado, spicy radish, and salty feta topped with mint and chives creates a light, nutrient-packed lunch or appetizer.

7. Avocado egg salad

Avocado and eggs — a winning pair. In this egg salad, the addition of avocado means cutting back on the mayo while also adding healthy fats. Not into mayo at all? Try subbing plain Greek yogurt.

8. Mayo-free avocado chicken salad

No need for mayo in this chicken salad. Mashed avocado and mustard bind a combo of lean chicken breast and chopped veggies (choose your favorites). Serve on whole-grain bread, crackers, or cucumber slices.

9. Avocado and tuna

Avocado is our favorite substitute for mayo. Mash avocado together with canned tuna, season with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you’d like.

Serve in the empty avocado shell , or enjoy in lettuce wraps for an easy, carb-free lunch.

10. Avocado mango chicken salad

Try this topical twist on traditional chicken salad for lunch this week. Greek yogurt replaces mayo, and mango adds a little sweetness to this recipe.

11. Avocado “Caesar” dressing

Caesar salad is our go-to lunch order. But when we make it at home, we up the nutritional content by making this dressing. Relax, there’s no anchovy in the dressing.

What ingredients do I need for this smoothie recipe?


The main component for me, and why I make these, are absolutely the avocados.

Avocados are a low carb fruit and rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals.

They contain the healthy fats our body needs. Not to mention plenty of fiber.

But it’s not just about the nutritional aspects of this incredible fruit, it’s also about the perfectly creamy texture that this Strawberry Avocado Smoothie has because of the addition of avocado.


We add strawberries to our smoothies for the delicious flavor and natural sweetness they provide.

Look for fresh strawberries that are plenty ripe and sweet. Freeze them for at least 3-4 hours before you want to make these.

We make up smoothie bags that we can just freeze and then grab and dump into the blender when we want a smoothie.

If you want a different fruit, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. are perfect choices.


I don’t usually add a liquid to this recipe.

But many people find it too thick for their liking, so adding a little milk can help.

You can also use a keto friendly milk option like almond milk or cashew milk.

Water and Coconut Water are also all easy choices.

Only add a little at a time until it’s your desired thickness.


I do not sweeten this recipe. But you CAN!

Mostly because for me the banana and strawberries add plenty of flavor and sweetness.

Raw Honey, splenda and other such options keep the smoothie on the healthier side.

You can add sugar as well, but understand that changes the nutrition factor.

Bowl Meals & Other Unconventional Salad Ideas

AIP BBQ Sauce & BBQ Chicken Salad Bowl (Paleo, AIP & GAPS) — Nightshade-free, satisfying, probiotic… the roasted veggies blessed with a heaping scoop of homemade BBQ shredded chicken! An easy and delicious lunch or dinner! Enjoy as an occasional treat during weight loss phase.

AIP & Paleo Asian Meatballs Sheet Pan Dinner — Enjoyed as a salad, this super easy and flavorful dinner couples authentic ingredients with the convenience of ground beef or lamb. Use on-plan sweetener for THM:S.

Hamburger Salad (Burger Bowls) — When you're hungry, tired, and need food now, enjoy this simple, no-fail dinner: burger bowls. THM:S.

Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner — Stress-free, delicious, and romantic, you need only assemble ingredients and toast the bread for this simple dinner! Choose fuel type and add appropriate foods for an on-plan, THM-friendly meal.

Did you know the world of main dish salad recipes is so diverse and creative? I hope this helps you plan healthy, nourishing meals for you and your family. Try some new vegetables this year, too! You just might discover a new love.

This post was originally published and written by Lindsey Dietz on 8/10/15. It was updated and republished on 5/4/20.

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