Who doesn’t love a good avocado? Whether it’s mashed up as guacamole or pureed into a summertime soup, these rich green fruits add pizzazz to any dish.
The Local Avocado Popsicles
A simple ingredient list is all it takes to create these splashy Avocado Popsicles by The Local Juicery owner Trent Brockie.
• 3/4 cup almond milk
• 4 tablespoons of organic cane sugar
• 4 peeled and pitted avocados
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• A pinch of pink salt
Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth and pour into your favorite popsicle mold. Freeze until solid and enjoy!
Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup
This refreshing soup is perfect for a hot summer day. Crisp cucumbers combine with creamy avocados for the perfect taste and texture.
• 1 large English cucumber, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
• 2 1/4 cup plain unsweetened soy milk
• 12 ounces plain soy yogurt, divided
• 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
• 2 avocados
• 1 small red onion, finely chopped, divided
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, divided
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 1 cup seeded chopped tomato
Directions: Combine cucumber, soy milk, six ounces yogurt, and lime juice in a blender. Blend at top speed until smooth, about one minute. Dice half of one avocado and set aside for topping. Add remaining avocado to the blender. Set aside a tablespoon each of onion and basil for topping. Add remaining onion, basil, salt, and pepper to the blender. Blend until very smooth, about two minutes. Transfer to a non-metallic bowl, cover tightly, and chill thoroughly, at least two hours. Just before serving, dice remaining avocado. Toss avocado with the set aside onion, basil, tomato, and lime juice in a small bowl to create topping. Ladle soup into six chilled bowls. Top each with a tablespoon of yogurt and garnish with topping.
Calories—180 | Total Fat—11g | Saturated Fat —1.5g | Sodium—250mg | Carbohydrate—19g | Dietary Fiber—6g |
From Whole Foods Market
Avocado-Lime Chicken Pasta
Sweet tomatoes and zesty lime juice play up the mild flavor of avocados in this healthy pasta dish.
• 8 ounces medium shell pasta
• 1 avocado
• 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
• Zest and juice of two limes
• 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt)
• 1 teaspoon garlic spice paste
• 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
• 1/2 cucumber, sliced
• 1/2 chilled deli rotisserie chicken (2 cups), shredded
Directions: Cook pasta following package instructions and chill. Place avocado, cilantro, lime juice, zest, mayonnaise, and garlic paste in food processor; blend to form creamy avocado sauce. Place in refrigerator to chill. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine pasta with avocado sauce, tomatoes, cucumber, and chicken.
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Calories—490 | Total Fat—22g | Cholesterol – 70mg
Sodium—410mg | Carbohydrate—51g | Dietary Fiber—7g | Protein—25g
Shrimp and Avocado Salad
This make-ahead dish (which can also be eaten day-of) is a fresh concoction that’s a healthy alternative to chicken or tuna salad.
• 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
• Juice of one lime (about 2 tablespoons)
• 1 pound medium or large cooked shrimp
• 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1 avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• Freshly ground pepper
Directions: Whisk the olive oil, cilantro, and lime juice in a large bowl. Add shrimp, tomato halves, avocado, and salt and toss gently. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or chill overnight.
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Saturated Fat —2g
Dietary Fiber —3g
From Nutrition World