been done to death
I think every type of guacamole recipe has already been written about. So I searched for some new ways to enjoy the rich, creamy texture of avocados in a salad, a smoothie and a dessert.
After making my Fresh Fruit G-F Dessert for July 4th, I had a plenty of blueberries and strawberries to use up.
The flickr photo by woodleywonderworks (above) inspired me to create a similar salad with the vinaigrette from my Watermelon, Arugula & Avocado Salad - but I added a bit of maple syrup to it for added sweetness.
But first, I wanted to research how to choose a good avocado and how to make them last longer.
The Sign (on the right) Gave Me a Chuckle
About 80% of avocados grown in the world are the Hass variety. Mexico produces the most avocados globally; in the US, 95% are grown in Southern California. I am only familiar with Hass avocados, so I will be using them for all of the recipes in my article.
How to Pick Out the Best Avocados
These are some lesser-known tips that have helped me. You'll need to consider when you'll be using your avocados. If you have a few days, pick the harder ones.
First of all, forget pressing on the widest part of the avocado - you'll only bruise it and chances are everyone else in the produce section has done the same. It might feel ripe only because of that.
1) Press down gently around the stem area on the avocado instead. It should give a little to gentle pressure.
2) Check the skin for a uniform dark green colour without any cuts or mushy areas.
3) Find the stem remnant near the top of the avocado, remove it and check for a green spot. If it is brown, the flesh inside the avocado will be brown.
4) If your avocado is a bit on the hard side, ripen it up at home for a couple of days by placing it in a brown paper bag (at room temperature).
Up next is a short (1:37 second) video of Executive Chef Ruben Lozano explaining and demonstrating these helpful tips.
How to Choose the Perfect Avocado
Need to Save Half?
I've often found myself not able to use up an entire avocado and I end up tossing half of it out. Finally I found this tried and true method of prolonging the life of an avocado half from a video uploaded by Jerry James Stone.
How to Store an Avocado Half for a Week
Rose's Avocado, Berries and Cucumber Salad
Serves: 3 | Prep: 15 mins | Total: 20 mins
This recipe was inspired by the intro photo of my article. I tweaked the vinaigrette from my Watermelon, Arugula & Avocado Salad recipe by cutting back on the oil and lemon juice. I found a little maple syrup helped to give it an earthy, mild sweetness.
Rose's Avocado Banana Maple Smoothie
Avocado Banana Smoothie (Kid-Approved)
Makes: 3 - 4 | Prep: 10 mins | Total: 13 mins
This recipe was based on trial and error. If you do not have really ripe, sweet bananas, you might find you need to add some juice. I prefer a creamier taste and add some unsweetened evaporated milk or almond milk to mine.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Makes: 4 | Prep: 10 mins | Total: 40 mins
This recipe was based on one I found on YouTube by Shira Bocar with Everyday Food. I feature her video following the recipe. I used Grade A Light maple syrup instead of honey for mine. And I felt a little shaved chocolate and coconut was a nice touch.
Dark Chocolate and Avocado Pudding
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