A new, healthy recipe for the barbecue.

Nancy got us on to the health benefits of avocados years ago and now everyone seems to know that avocado oil is nutritious and anti-inflammatory. The fruit provides provide almost 20 essential nutrients including fiber, Vitamins E, K, B6, C, potassium and folic acid. See the ASE article on Avocados.

We’ve been traveling a great deal in the past few months and that means lots of dinners in restaurants from San Francisco to New Zealand. Grilled avocados have been featured on almost every menu – and they were new to me. Since we are finally having barbecue weather in the Northeast, I thought you might want to be on this healthy trend. Here is what you do.

Grilled Avocados:

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado (preferably a large, Haas avocado. They have max flesh and minimum seed.)

1 TBS lemon or lime juice

1 TBS olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Add chipotle pepper or chili pepper if you like some zing

Instructions for Grilled Half Avocados

Cut the fruit in half and remove the seed

Drizzle or brush the exposed avocado flesh with lemon or, lime juice and olive oil

Place cut side down on a hot grill for 2-3 minutes

For Grilled Slices

Same as above using thick slices of avocado

Grill for 2 minutes on a side.

Note: Grilled avocados are an interesting accompaniment for chicken, fish or beef. They add interest to a salad. 200 (healthy) calories in each half avocado.

Grilled half avocados are shaped like bowls so here are some ideas for filling them. For a fun lunch, you can put grilled avocados on a platter and let guests choose from an array of filings.

Caprese filling

Cut cherry tomatoes in half, add small pieces of burrata, chopped garlic to taste and shredded basil. Toss with olive oil. Fill the half avocado with the caprese salad and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Alternatively, you can go a little wild and sauté the cherry or grape tomatoes lightly so they are soft and have a blistered skin.

Chicken, egg or shrimp salad and smoked salmon are all good filings for grilled avocados. If you have a favorite tomato salsa, pair it with a grilled avocado for a fresh taste and beautiful presentation.

 

 

If you haven’t discovered the tart fresh flavor of balsamic glaze, try a small bottle for $4.93.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need to store half an avocado for tomorrow?

This airtight container accommodates the pit and reduces oxidation. Avocado Saver. $7.95

 

 

 

 

Need to ripen a hard avocado?

Place it into a brown paper bag with another fruit like a banana or an apple and wait 2-3 days.

Need to ripen it quickly?

Wrap the avocado in tin foil and put it on a cookie sheet. Place it in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for ten minutes or more – or until it feels soft. Cool it in the fridge.

Want to freeze avocados?

Cut them in half, remove the seed and the peel. Brush the halves with lemon juice. Wrap each half tightly in cling wrap, even in the space left by the seed – with no room for air. Place all the avocado halves in a large Ziploc freezer bag.

Summer Salads

Since you are thinking creatively about grilling, check out this ASE article on grilled Caesar Salad.

Would grilled avocado be good as an avocado toast ( the current rage)?  It might be a different taste and worth a try!!

 

Credit for header image: foxeslovelemons.com

 

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