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Spreading Fresh Spring Flavor with Avocados

Spreading Fresh Spring Flavor with Avocados

Posted April 11, 2017

Nothing expresses the flavor of spring quite like the avocado. Its fresh taste, creamy texture, and bright green flesh make it the perfect fruit to add to your menu items to give customers a hint of the season in their tasty meals.

With simply plopping an avocado on a plate out of the question, whipping up a tasty sauce or creamy spread with avocados can be the perfect way to add a little post-winter flavor in your menu items. Not only does avocado give any dish a punch of refreshing flavor, but such an addition also adds another layer of nutrition. In just a 1/3 of an avocado (50 g serving size) the vitamins add up – delivering daily values of 6% Vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, and 6% potassium – along with 10% or more of the daily values for vitamin K, copper, folate, and fiber. It’s no wonder why this powerful addition makes it easy to entice customers.

Try one of these tasty recipes to spread a little spring over your dishes.

NOTE: These dishes only include measurements for serving small groups. You might have to increase the amount of ingredients used depending on the size of your restaurant.

Avocado Chutney

Avocado toast is a staple of any brunch menu, but a simple avocado spread on toasted bread can get a little stale and, if you pardon the pun, is so last season.

Instead, try this delicious and simple-to-make avocado chutney recipe that’s sure to put a smile on your customers’ faces. You can apply this chutney to toast or any of your most popular sandwiches for a spring kick.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado from Mexico
  • 1 onion
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tamarind
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Lemon juice

Directions

  1. Sautee chopped onion, green chilies, and garlic in oil till brown.
  2. Next, add tamarind and fry for a few seconds.
  3. Once the mixture cools, blend this with the avocado flesh and add salt.
  4. Add lemon juice to taste and mix well

Tip: You can also pair this spread with a sprinkle of goat cheese for an extra tang.

Avocado Aioli

A perfect sauce for toast or sandwiches, avocado aioli provides an alternative to standard spreads and dips.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado from Mexico
  • 1/3 gram fat-free Greek-style yogurt plain
  • 1 gram chopped basil
  • 1 gram minced garlic
  • 1 gram fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine the avocado, yogurt, basil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper in a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Use immediately and store in refrigerator.

This sauce goes great with pasta — or with spiralized zucchini for a refreshing change of pace.

Walnut Avocado Pesto

While your customers might immediately assume that pasta is a natural combo with this sauce, you can also use pesto to drizzle over your most popular breakfast foods, as a replacement for marinara sauce, a spread on toast, and more.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups walnut halves and pieces
  • ½ avocado
  • 5 cups basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Combine walnuts, avocado flesh, basil, garlic, and cheese into food processor and mix.
  2. Add avocado, lemon juice, water, and continue to process until smooth.

Recipe courtesy of Walnuts.org

Avocado-nnaise

This tasty spread is a fresh alternative to traditional spreads and goes great with sandwiches and wraps.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado from Mexico
  • ½ a lemon, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Blend avocado flesh, lemon juice, sea salt and cayenne pepper in a food processor.
  2. With the food processor running, slowly add olive oil until spread reaches a smooth, creamy mixture, stopping the machine to stir ingredients as necessary.
  3. Spread on any of your most popular sandwiches or wraps.

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