Avo-Centric Summer

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12 tasty ways to savor this super fruit

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Steamed Avocado and Artichoke Dip

While this dip might taste a little sinful, it’s actually pretty saintly – thanks to Chef Jonas Falk! With only a teaspoon of oil (and a healthy one at that!), there’s nothing to feel guilty about when you set this out on the table, except for maybe not making enough of it!

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2/12

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Photo courtesy of Lizzie Fuhr, POPSUGAR Fitness
Paleo-Powered Breakfast: Eggs Baked in Avocado

This fab breakfast recipe could not be any easier to make (so don’t sweat it if you’re more than a little fire-prone in the kitchen). The best part about these avocado eggs (aside from being nutritional knock-outs — omega-3s, heart-healthy fatty acids and high fiber count) is that they’re super customizable! Try adding a little hot salsa for a yummy kick to get you going in the morning!

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3/12

Avocado, Cherry Tomato, Pine Nut, and Lime Vinaigrette

We’re all about simplicity during the summer months (seriously, who wants to spend all of their time in the kitchen when it could be spent poolside with friends?), which is why we absolutely love this fresh salad recipe from one of our all-time fave restaurants in Los Angeles — Lemonade! Seriously, we go there once a week! This quintessential dish is sure to be a hit!

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4/12

Picca’s The Avocado Project

Avocado in a cocktail? Mixologist Julian Cox of Picca says why not! The green fruit (yes, fruit!) is a great way to balance the sweetness, so even if you don’t typically like drinks that look great with a mini umbrella inside of them (but how could you not?), you’ll love this one for sure!

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5/12

Casa Vega’s Salsa Verde

Avocado is to salsa what mango-peach sangria and bikinis are to summer, so it should come as no surprise that we’d include another recipe on our list. What makes this one so special is that it comes from one of LA’s oldest family Mexican restaurants, Casa Vega, and while we won’t tell you what we had to do to get our hands on it, we will say that you’re going to be thanking us for it for years to come!

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6/12

Boca’s Hamachi Crudo, Avocado, Ponzu, Grapefruit, Shishito

If you’re feeling a little adventurous and looking to show off your culinary prowess, this absolutely uh-mazing recipe from chef and restaurateur David Falk is perfect for you! It’s actually not as hard as the finished product makes it look, but we’d definitely suggest brushing up on your knife skills before “taking a stab” at this one. After all, nothing impresses a hot date more than a gourmet meal prepared by an even hotter home cook!

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7/12

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

OK, so this is definitely a bit decadent, but what girl out there can resist splurging on a little chocolate every once in a while? While avocado may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of chocolate pudding, this stuff will definitely make you a convert! Not only is it super thick and creamy, but it’s also chock full of antioxidants, which we’re taking as a pass to not feel guilty about eating that extra spoonful (or two or three).

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8/12

Tomatillo, Tomato and Avocado Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a fab summer meal, because it’s cool and refreshing and just plain delicious! With a dish that’s so perfect for August, you might be wondering if there’s any way to make it better. Well, we say yes, and the answer is by adding avocados. Plus, though it's super simple to make, the result will have your friends thinking you’re a culinary master!

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9/12

Avocado Peppermint Ice Cream

There’s no better summer treat than ice cream, and the great thing about this recipe is that it doubles as a fab mousse — you know, in case you’re unable to get it from the blender to the ice cream maker without eating it all first.

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10/12

Grilled Pineapple-Avocado Salsa

There’s no better way to spend a gorgeous summer day than by grilling with friends and family. And seriously, who can say no to salsa? This recipe is a little sweet, a little spicy, and a whole lotta tasty!

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11/12

Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream

You know what makes a great sauce for tacos? Avocados. If you’re anything like us, you love a little heat, but aren’t looking to set your taste buds on fire. The cool and creamy texture of avocados in this easy-to-make dish balances the spice from the ancho chicken perfectly, making it one of our fave recipes on the list!

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12/12

Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado, Soy, Ginger, and Lime

Fish is great to cook during summer because it’s fast, easy, and definitely won’t leave you feeling over-stuffed (when the 15-minute swimming after eating rule stretches out to 45 because you keep eating every 15 minutes). We love this dish because it’s full of flavor, and our fave fruit is just as much a star on the plate as the tuna!

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Posted on August 20, 2013

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