An apple a day? Sure, of course. But new research suggests that a daily avocado could keep the bad cholesterol at bay. (Via NPR.) Yes, the good fat in avocados, perhaps in conjunction with other compounds, seems to help lower LDL cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol.
Lucky us, avocados are delicious and super-easy to add to breakfast, lunch, and dinner...even dessert. Serve them beside eggs, pop them into a sandwich or top salads with a few slices...and, of course, mash them up for a quick guacamole side. Here are 22 top-rated recipes to celebrate the good news.
"This soup is quick to make, flavorful, and filling," says Star Pooley. "Serve with warm corn bread or tortillas. Garnish with chopped fresh avocado, Monterey Jack cheese, crushed tortilla chips, or green onion!"
"The best salmon recipe ever," says FASTFINAL137. "It combines two of my favorite foods, salmon and a guacamole like dip. I can get this on the dinner table in no time flat."
"Great textures," says pavisa. "A combination of healthy, complex carbohydrates like beans and avocados, which we all need to have healthy, balanced diets."
"This was a big hit," says SusiePeg. "I removed the seeds from the cucumber, which enhanced the crunchy texture. Try it with the Anaheim Fish Tacos -- unbelievable!"
A great idea for leftover cooked chicken. You'll spread simple homemade chipotle mayonnaise on a tortilla, then add lettuce, Monterey Jack cheese, avocado, bacon, red onion, tomato, and cooked chicken cut into chunks. "Yum! This is not your average chicken wrap," says Jillian. "It's definitely taken up a notch and has a great smoky flavor from the bacon that perfectly complements the creamy avocado. And it has a nice kick from the chipolte mayo!"
"This salad is a favorite during the summer," says kristen. "Serve it on a bed of your favorite leafy greens with some garlic bread, and everyone is a happy camper."
"Hands down one of the best burgers that I have tried from this site," says Christina. "All of the flavors blended perfectly...DELICIOUS!"
"The chicken was nice and spicy," says Jbooshey. "When combined with the avocado's natural cooling effect, it was divine!"
"I love this," says Tabytha. "It's healthy and super-easy to make -- and of course tasty!"
"This is a light, healthy tapa that goes best with crisp white wines and crunchy bread," says La Cocina de Redondita. "This recipe is great for experimenting with a variety of different vegetables, spices, and vinegars."
These avocado fries are "healthy and delicious with a spicy and flavorful dipping sauce," says kath. "Great for a snack or an appetizer or even a whole bunch for a yummy lunch!"
12. Avocado Salad
"A keeper," says BUCKYS. "It is halfway between a salad and a fresh salsa. And a delicious side dish for grilled meat."
"The contrast between the soft and fresh avocado and the creaminess of a poached egg is brilliant," says NYJEN. "It's also very healthy and satisfying."
14. Avocado Tacos
"Really delicious," says Mary. "A nice vegetarian alternative to tacos with meat filing. The fresh cilantro is really the key to this. I added a bit of chopped tomato to the avocado mixture."
"This makes a nice energy boost after a workout," says Andrea. "But I often serve it when friends are dropping by as a quick appetizer."
16. Cobb Salad
"I love ordering Cobb Salad at restaurants," says Tammy. "But this fresh homemade salad was even more fabulous. Tasty and a beautiful presentation with all the colors and textures!"
17. Simply Guacamole
"This is so easy and so good," says Paulina. "It's always the hit of the party and it's gone before anything else on the table."
"Quick and easy salad that eats like a meal," says Dena G. "Jalapeno and cilantro can be added for a Southwest flair. Any meat can be substituted for the salmon."
"Better than chocolate pudding," says AlphaZed. "There's a lightness to the flavor and mouth feel that is so fresh but still chocolaty and yummy."
"A quartet of super foods (kale, quinoa, avocado, and olive oil) makes this a healthy meal," says Stephanie. "The salad dressing ties all the flavors together."
21. Avocado Slaw
"This slaw has a great blend of flavors," says bd.weld. "I toasted the sesame seeds for that added depth of flavor and added more lime juice."
"This salad has everything: the creaminess of avocado, the tanginess of apple, the crunch of almonds, and, of course, bacon," says iloveonions. "It's also a great way to use extra kale."