Avocados on the Grill?

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Grilled Avocado with Salsa

Did you know avocados can be grilled?

The delicious fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit) can be tossed on the grill, just like most vegetables. The heat from the grill warms and softens the flesh while the smoke gives it the delicious, charred flavor we all love!

Here’s how:

  • Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Use a slightly firm avocado so it does not get too mushy on the grill grates

  • Squeeze lemon or lime juice on the flesh

  • Place flesh side down on the grill for 2-3 minutes

  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper

  • You can scoop or slice the avocado or keep the avocado intact and fill the center with some delicious ingredients for an eye-catching, delicious side dish. 

Italian-Style Grilled Avocado

For an Italian spin on your grilled avocado, fill the grilled avocado with several tablespoons of diced tomatoes and one minced garlic clove. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and return to the grill, shell side down, until the cheese is slightly melted. Serve as is or scoop out and spread on to garlic bread.

Mexican-Style Grilled Avocado

For a Mexican grilled avocado, start with the basic grilled avocado and add 1 tablespoon of your favorite salsa, canned corn, and black beans. Top with shredded cheese and return to the grill until the cheese melts. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and a sprig of cilantro. Serve as a delicious side dish or with a bowl of whole grain tortilla chips and scoop the goodness directly out of the shell.

Caitlyn Ferin RD, LD

Caitlyn Ferin RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Caitlyn graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Dietetics. She has worked in nutrition at Mid Iowa Community Action and as a clinical dietitian for the Iowa Veterans Home and Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. Her goal is to help you and your family develop and maintain healthy lifestyles by sharing creative and practical nutrition tips.

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