Often when I buy avocados, they unfortunately either go bad, or they get turned in to guacamole. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because I do love guacamole, but because I’m not too familiar with avocados I find it hard to be creative and use them in other recipes. So lately I’ve been reading about all sorts of recipes featuring avocado to get more ideas to experiment with in my kitchen.
A common one I’ve been stumbling upon involves mixing avocado and tahini to make a dressing or dip, which inspired me to create my own variation. It’s super simple (I didn’t even have to pull out my food processor for it!) and can easily be modified for all sorts of other uses–as a spread for sandwiches, thinned out for a salad dressing, as a healthier alternative for Alfredo sauce on pasta– the ideas are endless! I’m obviously not the brilliant creator, but I thought I would share my variation to others to encourage them to try it themselves. After trying my own spin on it, I can certainly say I will be making it way more often!!
This recipe is perfect as a snack between meals, or as an appetizer before a large family dinner as it’s super fast and easy to prepare, and great for presentation! I added chia seeds because you can’t really taste them and they add an extra nutritional kick. You could also blend the cilantro and green onion right into the avocado mixture, I just kept mine separate to use as a garnish to make it pretty for pictures. :) Enjoy!
Avocado Topped Tomato with Green Onions and Cilantro
Makes Three Servings
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1-2 cups spinach or field greens
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1 large tomato
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon ground chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 green onion, chopped
- Pepper, to taste
1. In a blender (I used my magic bullet), blend avocado, lemon juice, and tahini until well blended. Add field greens, garlic, and chia seeds, and blend until a thick mixture is formed.
2. Slice tomato into thin slices. Make sure you slice it width wise, or the tomato slices will fall apart.
3. Garnish with chopped green onions, cilantro, and pepper to taste!