A perfectly ripe avocado half is a lovely snack, and a creamy bowl of homemade guacamole can make a meal. But the following ten ideas take green-eating up a notch by stuffing avocado halves with your favorite salads and ingredients, turning them into a snack or side dish fit for a king.
Instead of just scooping out the pit, scoop out the entire avocado flesh and use it to make a salad. Then use the avocado skin to make a neat salad bowl, filling it with the prepared salad. It's a sweet way to serve fresh salad.
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For the avocado bowls pictured here, I used a simple, fresh tabbouleh salad with avocado. It's the perfect mix of creamy avocado with fresh, herby salad. But you can also use any other fresh salad with chunks of avocado, like a shredded kale salad or black bean salad.
These East-West stuffed avocados are filled with a blend of cream cheese and hummus and topped with sprouts, roasted peanuts, and chili garlic sauce. Find out how to recreate this over at Eat Live Run.
The fresh, citrus flavors of shrimp and scallop ceviche go perfectly with buttery avocado and spicy serrano peppers. The folks over at Foodie Crush also added some pomegranate seeds for a pop of color and sweetness.
Remember 7-layer dip? Make individual, hand-held portions by overstuffing avocado halves. Serve with chips on the side for a festive appetizer. Get the full tutorial over at Culinary Hill.
Fill avocados with mac and cheese and top them with "sails" made out of mini sweet peppers. Learn how to do it over at Fork and Beans, who does it with a lean, mean vegan mac 'n' cheese.
Create a creamy, satisfying breakfast by cracking eggs into avocado halves and baking them for 15 minutes at 425ºF. Learn how to do it here.
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A scrumptious idea that combines spicy chili chickpeas with a warm, baked avocado half. You can thank 8th and Lake for the inspired idea.
Stuffing an avocado with salad is great, but you can make it even better by grilling the avocado halves first. Learn how at Food52.
I love using smashed avocado as a replacement for mayo, and this tuna-filled recipe by FitWasted uses the same idea.
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Stuffing avocado halves adds another elegant way of serving this cool and creamy vegetable to your repertoire. Hopefully, this inspires you to think outside of the box and create your own stuffed "alligator pear" recipe! If so, let us know how it turns out in the comments below.