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5 Unusual Avocado Pairings

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February 16, 2017

Are you looking for creative ways to eat avocados that go beyond guacamole? Is your palate begging for a new and exciting avo-venture? While some of these avocado combos might sound outlandish at first, the creamy texture and refreshing flavor of avocado plays nicely with almost anything, and you’ll find that it can be an incredibly versatile fruit.

Here are some of our favorite creative avocado pairings, both savory and sweet, to help you make the most of your avocado experience.

 

1. Avocado and Chocolate 🍫

Calling all chocoholics! It may come as a surprise to you, but avocado can play the role of butter or oil in certain dessert recipes. Why not try to whip up some chocolate avocado frosting the next time you make cupcakes?

 

Chocolate Avocado Frosting

  • 2 ripe avocados (peeled and pitted)
  • 1/2 c. honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until blended. You can keep this frosting in the refrigerator for a couple of days but its creamy goodness may not last that long!

Before going on this sweet avocado adventure, you’ll need to be sure you have the perfect avocados.

 
Other wonderful avo-chocolate combinations include decadent dark chocolate avocado brownies and dark chocolate avocado truffles, which are easy to make and fun to mix and roll with the kiddos. Fans of opulence will love this avocado, chocolate, and strawberry mousse, and bakers can test out these chocolate, avocado, dried cherry, and nut butter muffins. They may sound like unusual avocado pairings, but they are #AlwaysGood.

 

2. Avocado and Balsamic Vinegar 🍇

The tang and sweetness of balsamic are a great compliment to the fresh, creamy interior of the avocado. For a quick, fresh snack, cut an avocado into chunks and drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. To step it up to a side salad, add fresh mozzarella pearls and halved cherry tomatoes. Or if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can use these same ingredients to make skewers served with a balsamic dipping sauce for a delicious hors d’oeuvre.

If you’re a salad savant, you’ll love our recipe for a creamified balsamic vinaigrette dressing (courtesy of avocado).
 

Avocado Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 Avocado From Mexico, diced
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp. shallots, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 3 tbsp. water

 

Directions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Drizzle generously over your favorite salad.

 

 

3. Avocado and Coffee ☕️

It may sound like the weirdest combo ever, but trust us: It’s GOOD. This avocado iced coffee shake is an out-of-the-ordinary refreshing pick-me-up. Just toss these ingredients into a blender and lay on that pulse button:

  • 1/2 Avocado From Mexico, skinned, and pitted
  • 1 c. espresso (or strong coffee)
  • 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • Handful of ice cubes

You can play with different levels of each ingredient until you find the perfect combination for your taste. Add chocolate syrup for a mocha twist. Mmm.

Wondering what to do with the other half of that avocado? Check it out:

 

4. Avocado and Honey 🍯

This avocado pairing is one for your Honey avocaDo list. It’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s sticky, it’s green, and it’s good on anything. Ooh la la.

For starters, try out this avocado hot honey butter spread which is soooo good on a warm, homemade biscuit or fresh flapjacks. If you’re on a citrus kick for breakfast, this orange and avocado salad with honey dressing is a sweet way to start the day.

And if you’re looking for a sandwich spread, this creamy and spicy honey mustard is awesomesauce on burgers and hot dogs. It’s also a great dip for pretzels, crackers, and pizza crusts!
 

Spicy Avocado Honey Mustard

  • 1 Avocado From Mexico, halved, skinned, and pitted
  • 1/2 c. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, or more if desired
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

 

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together until combined. Blend if needed. When mixture is a creamy consistency, feel free to slather it on everything you eat.

 

Avocado-Lovers’ Wonderland

What if we told you we know a place with hundreds of fantastic avocado recipes, just waiting to pique your culinary creativity? It’s true: our recipe page is overflowing with delicious flavors and new ways to use our favorite green fruit. Dig in!

 

5. Avocado and Olives 🫒

A perfect balance between an aioli and olive tapenade, this quick and simple avocado and olive mayo will give burgers, hot dogs, or other sandwiches some good oomph. You can also serve it as a dip with crudité or pita chips, or you know, just eat it with a spoon.
 

Avocado Tapenade

  • 1 ripe Avocado From Mexico
  • 10 pitted black olives
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

 

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Once the mixture is fairly creamy, slowly trickle in 1/2 cup of olive oil until the mix emulsifies. Continue to purée to perfection.
 

These creative and unusual avocado pairings are sure to please your palate. Now comes the tough question: Which one will you make first?

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