June 2011 Flavor of the Month: Avocado

Every season has a flavor all its own, and this month is all about avocados. Creamy, buttery, and luxurious, avocados are a natural with Mexican dishes and smoky grilled recipes. Here are 20 of our favorite avocado recipes for you to try.

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Hot & Chunky Guacamole

    Fresh peas are a sweet and vibrant addition to this spicy guacamole recipe.

Makes: 9 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Bamboo Salmon with Mango-Avocado Salsa

    Tequila-spiked avocado salsa is a fresh and flavorful topper for grilled salmon kabobs.

Makes: 6 servings
Soak   30 mins 
Prep   25 mins 
Cook   7 mins 
Papaya-Pomegranate Guacamole

    Fresh fruit is a surprising yet delicious addition to this otherwise classic guacamole recipe.

Makes: 16 servings
Serving size: 4 cups
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Lemon-Avocado Sherbet

    This savory sherbet makes a terrific palate cleanser or appetizer course. It's firm in texture, slightly sweet, and tastes of avocado and lemon.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Freeze  4 hrs 
Stand   15 mins 
Tangy Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa

    This tomatillo salsa shows off the avocado's versatility. The chunky texture ensures the flavors of the tomatillos, avocado, green onions, and jalapeno can shine.

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 2 cups
Chile-Lime Grilled Tiger Shrimp with Avocado Cocktail Sauce

    Avocados, cilantro, and lime juice give this classic tomato-horseradish cocktail sauce a tasty Mexican twist.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Marinate   15 mins 
Chill  2 hrs (sauce)
Mahi Mahi with Black Bean & Avocado Relish

    Black beans, avocado, and cilantro combine for an easy, make-ahead relish for grilled fish.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Grill   4 mins 
Mango, Tomato & Avocado Salad

    Buttery avocado is the perfect complement to the sweetness of mango and bit of red onion in this fresh salad.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
Seafood Omelet with Avocado Salsa

    Fold crabmeat into a fluffy egg omelet, and then top with a simple mixture of avocado, red onion, cilantro, and lime juice.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Chilled Avocado Soup

    This cool and creamy avocado soup is a refreshing starter to any summer meal.

Makes: 6 servings
Serving size: 6 side-dish servings
Prep   15 mins 
Chill  3 hrs 
Avocado Quesadillas

    This four-ingredient recipe from food celebrity and cookbook author Nigella Lawson is an appetizer you can pull together in a snap.

Serving size: 24 wedges
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   2 mins 
Greek Quinoa & Avocado Salad

    Avocado adds cool creaminess to this colorful salad. Feta cheese, tomatoes, red onion, and spinach keep it traditional.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   15 mins 
Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes

    Fresh cherry tomatoes are filled with a flavorful mixture of avocado, cream cheese, and pesto for a delicious, bite-size appetizer.

Serving size: 30 appetizers
Prep   40 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Top Sirloin Kabobs & Avocado Sauce

    A garlicky marinade gives these simple steak skewers unbeatable flavor. Fresh avocado sauce, served on the side, elevates the dish to dinner party status.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Marinate   30 mins 
Grill   10 mins 
Avocado with Prosciutto

    Avocado slices are wrapped in salty prosciutto, then drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.

Makes: 8 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Edamame-Avocado Dip

    Sweet soybeans are a brilliant addition to this lower-calorie spin on guacamole.

Makes: 20 servings
Serving size: 2-1/2 cups
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Dogs with Avocado & Chips

    For Mexican-inspired hot dogs, top them with onions, tomatoes, crushed chips, and a quick-fix guacamole.

Makes: 8 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Chicken with Lime & Avocado Salsa

    A simple-to-make salsa of fresh avocados, tomato, red onion, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, and cilantro jazzes up grilled chicken cutlets.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   4 mins 
Spicy Skirt Steak with Avocado Dipping Sauce

    Grilling expert Jamie Purviance prefers to serve his steak sliced and with a dipping sauce of cool sour cream, creamy avocado, cucumber, and hot jalapeno to give it a refreshing balance.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Grill   4 mins 
Stand   35 mins 
Chilean-Style Hot Dog with Avocado-Chili Relish

    For a fun twist on a summertime favorite, top your dogs with a bold mixture of green tomatoes, avocados, shallots, cilantro, jalapenos, olive oil, and lime juice.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   40 mins 

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