Avocados have experienced a surge in popularity in the U.S. in recent years, both because of a new appreciation for their health benefits and an expanded interest in authentic Mexican cooking. Avocados were first cultivated in what is now Mexico and their use in Mexican cuisine, especially guacamole, remains most Americans’ primary association with the fruit. But across the globe, avocado is used in a wide variety of dishes, both sweet and savory. Its mild flavor allows it to blend well with everything from chocolate to hot sauce, while its rich, creamy texture lends dishes a decadent feel, even when they’re actually quite healthy. So get into your kitchen and start experimenting! Here are 10 recipes that use avocados in unexpected ways to serve as a jumping off point.
Chocolate Frosty 1 of 10
Pasta with Avocado and Pancetta 2 of 10
Mint-Lime Fruit Salad 3 of 10
Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes 4 of 10
BerryCado Smoothie 5 of 10
Avocado Pineapple Breakfast Smoothie 6 of 10
Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing 7 of 10Creamy avocados make for a flavorful and rich salad dressing -- just the thing to top a hearty late summer salad.
Make salad with creamy avocado dressing
Mango and Avocado Salad 8 of 10This colorful salad brings together the best of tropical flavors in a gorgeous and satisfying salad.
Make mango and avocado salad
Avocado Toast 9 of 10My favorite after school snack has notes of tangy lemon, fragrant cumin, and a little spice from fresh pepper.
Make avocado toast
Avocado, Lime and Roast Garlic Aioli 10 of 10Give your sandwiches a flavor makeover with this tangy, smoky avocado aioli.
Make avocado, lime, and roast garlic aioli
Image: Kathy Patalsky
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