Your Guide To Adding California Avocados To Literally Everything

California Avocado Commission

California Avocados — we know them, we love them, we *literally* can't get enough of them. And who can blame us? The unique climate of rich soil, ocean breezes, and nothin'-like-it California sun all contribute to the making of this truly special fruit.

We don't let a salad, dip, or sandwich come across our table without finding a creative way to sneak some green goodness into it. It's the easiest way to take any old snack to the next level.

But as true fangirls, we're not satisfied with only adding delicious, locally grown California Avocados to *some* types of foods. Salads? No brainer. Dips? Duh.

No, what we're interested in is how to add California Avocados to everything. Yes, you read that right — everything.

It's in the pursuit of this noble mission that we teamed up with the California Avocado Commission to create an easy-to-understand guide to adding our favorite fruit to all the foods we never realized desperately needed it.

Here's how to add California Avocados to some of the best — and most unexpected — things.

Mary Blount

Just because eggs are everyone's favorite breakfast food doesn't mean that they don't need a little upgrading now and then. Enter: California Avocados, which — shocker! — become the perfect vehicle for taking the most important meal of your day to the next level.

All you need are some ripe, halved California Avocados and eggs. Remove a spoonful or two from each half, crack in some eggs, then bake until the eggs are set.

Now THAT'S the way to start the day.

Mary Blount

We're all plenty familiar with the deliciousness that is mashed California Avocado on a slice of bread, but did you know that you can actually bake it into a loaf of bread?

Yes, avocado bread is a thing. And it's amazing.

Here's the trick: dig up any banana bread recipe and replace the bananas with ripe California Avocados. That's it. You'll end up with a slightly sweet, moist bread that can be made instantly savory depending on what you top it with.

Or, if you don't want to give up any of that banana goodness, keep the bananas and swap in California Avocados instead of butter or another fat in the recipe. Fun fact: Avocados, due to their mono and polyunsaturated fat content, are a great substitution for foods rich in saturated fat.

Mary Blount

By now you've conquered adding California Avocados to salads, so isn't the next logical step figuring out how to add them to dressing? We think so.

Here's the good news: All you have to do is add a ripe California Avocado to your go-to Caesar dressing recipe. And if you don't have one, just blend up a California Avocado, some Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and a little water, and you'll be good to go.

Mary Blount

If California Avocados hold the number one place in our heart, then pasta definitely occupies number two. So why haven't we ever thought of combining them?

Here's how to do it — add some diced California Avocados to pretty much any cold pasta salad recipe, or blend up a simple sauce of California Avocados, lemon juice, garlic, a handful of fresh basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, and reserved pasta water.

Mary Blount

When you think about it, pairing California Avocados with desserts makes perfect sense — why wouldn't you want to infuse some mellow creaminess into your post-dinner treat?

Add some green goodness by swapping pureed California Avocados for butter next time you make brownies, or replace half of the ice cream that your milkshake calls for with the smooth green fruit. In the mood for some homemade ice cream? Take the flavor to new heights by adding a blended California Avocado to vanilla bean or dark chocolate.

Delicious AND simple — what more could a foodie ask for?

This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission.