California Avocado Recipes You Haven’t Tried, But Should!


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California Avocado Recipes You Haven’t Tried, But Should!

July 29, 2020
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California Avocado Recipes You Haven’t Tried, But Should!

California Avocado Recipes You Haven’t Tried, But Should!

If you find yourself in need of delicious, California Avocado recipes you have found the right place! We are answering all of your burning questions about avocados from how they are grown, how to store them and how to eat them.

Did you know that California Avocados have a bit of a cult following?

Don’t believe us? There are over 11 million uses of #avocado on Instagram…and that’s not even counting any other related hashtags. The superfood sensation is synonymous with California cuisine and a favorite of health nuts everywhere.

A charcuterie board made with different cuts of avoacado and meat as opposed to cheese and meat.

Let’s take a look at how it all began.

Avocados originated in South Central Mexico thousands of years ago around 5000-7000 BC, but there’s no historical evidence of cultivation until around 500 BC. When Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century, they were enamored with the fruit (yes, avocados are a fruit!) but couldn’t pronounce the original Aztec word. They christened the fruit a more manageable “aguacate” which eventually evolved into “avocado”.

Avocados made their way to California in 1871. After their initial introduction, the avocado industry quickly picked up steam. Today, California accounts for 90% of all avocados grown in the US. Fun fact: The most popular variety of avocados, the Hass avocado, is actually a California native! Every Hass avocado can trace its roots to a mother tree in La Habra Heights, CA.

When is peak avocado season?

Avocados are grown year-round, with peak season occurring from April to August. One single tree can produce up to 200 pounds of avocados per year! Get your hands on a few of those beauties and head to the kitchen. We’re sharing our favorite creative ways to use them in these California Avocado Recipes. We’re sure you’ll be a fan.

Now for the recipes!!! Scroll down for our favorite California avocados recipes.

Avocuterie Board with California Avocados

This is avocado served like we’ve never seen it before and we are HERE FOR IT!!!

“What’s an Avocuterie Board?” you ask? It’s exactly what it sounds like, avocado + charcuterie, and Sarah of The Delicious Life is the genius that came up with it!

Avocuterie is avocado sliced and served like different cheeses and charcuterie on a serving board.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of knife skills, Sarah shows you exactly how to cut Avocuterie in all the different ways!

A vibrant green sandwich layered with herbaceous dressing, fresh mozzarella, cucumber, tomato, sprouts, and pickled onion.

Green Goddess Sandwiches

Elevate your lunch with these vibrant green goddess sandwiches from The Bojon Gourmet! They are packed full of herbaceous dressing, fresh mozzarella, cucumber, tomato, sprouts, and pickled onion.

Crispy Avocado Tacos prepared on a serving plate next to a platter of crispy fried avocado spears.

Crispy Avocado Tacos

Get your kids into the kitchen to help whip together This Mess is Ours’ Crispy Avocado Tacos. Bonus: this crunchy family favorite is naturally gluten-free and vegetarian! It’s not just one of our favorite California Avocado recipes, it’s one of our favorite recipes, ever.

A close up of Cucumber Avocado Rolls stacked on a plate.

Cucumber Avocado Rolls 

Stuck in a lunch rut? Ditch the same old sandwich and try Naturally Ella’s vegetarian avocado rolls instead.

Looking down at a platter of green Tropical Avocado Popsicles. There are avocado and lime halves on the table as well.

Avocado Coconut Popsicles

Trust us, Avocado Coconut Popsicles from our friend Jerry James Stone will be your new favorite summer treat. Since avocados are full of good fats, this is one snack that won’t leave you hungry a half hour later!

CA Fresh Herb Guacamole with Feta smeared on a toasted baguette and topped with a beautiful slice of avocado.

California Fresh Herb Guacamole with Feta

Did you know that avocados act as a “nutrient booster”, helping to increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, K and E?! It’s true!!!  

Getting your daily dose of California avocados is easy with recipes like this guacamole with feta from Real California Milk!

Our search for California Avocados recipes continues with this bowl of pasta tossed with tomatoes, asparagus, and avocado.

Spaghetti with Asparagus, Wilted Greens, and Avocado

This pasta recipe from the Husbands that Cook is delicious, and filled with seasonal produce like asparagus and Swiss Chard that are sautéed in a white wine and garlic sauce then tossed with pasta and chunks of California avocado!

This vegan ceviche is featured in a roundup of California avocados recipes. It is a bowl full of minced vegetable sin red, white and green rtossed in a flavorful dressing and being scooped with a chip,

Vegan Ceviche

Hesitant to try ceviche at home? We’ve got the perfect solution. Hola Jalapeno’s Vegan Ceviche has all the flavors of seafood ceviche, without having to worry about the freshness of the fish. 

A close up of Avocado Baked Eggs. This recipe is part of a California avocados recipes round up.

Avocado Baked Eggs

A good breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated. Pop KC’s Avocado Baked Eggs in the oven and they’ll be ready to enjoy by the time you’ve finished your first cup of coffee. Are you thinking breakfast-for-dinner? So are we!

A salmon fillet that has been grilled and topped with lime wheels. There is a small bowl of avocado crema next to the prepared fish.

Red Curry Salmon with Avocado Crema 

Easy weeknight meal inspo! We have a feeling that Teri’s Red Curry Salmon with Avocado Crema will earn a spot on your weekly dinner rotation. It makes sense that seafood and avocados are such a perfect match. Avocados thrive in coastal regions along the southern portion of the Golden State. 

A close up of a scoop of avocado pistachio ice cream.

Avocado Pistachio Ice Cream

No ice cream maker? No problem! You can still whip up a batch of this creamy + bright California Avocado inspired ice cream from Shawn Syphus of I Wash You Dry.

A bowl filled with Sweet Corn Polenta then topped with Roasted Tomatoes and Avocado

Sweet Corn Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes and Avocado

This California avocados inspired recipe from Naturally Ella is full of fresh summer flavors! Once you toss avocados with warm tomatoes the first time, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t done it your whole life.

A top down look at an Avocado Coconut Strawberry Semifreddo. the semifreddo is green in color and has whole red raspberries frozen into the top .

Avocado Coconut Strawberry Semifreddo

California avocados recipes for dessert? Absolutely! The good fats, major creaminess, and subtly sweet flavor of the fruit make it a perfect ingredient in desserts. Salt & Wind’s Semifreddo is a creamy-sweet treat that everyone will love. And you’ll love making it because it’s equal parts easy and delicious.

This California Avocados inspired recipes features creamy mashed avocado mixed with lime juice then topped with hand torn herbs.

Herbaceous Guacamole

Even guacamole purists will fall hard for This Mess is Our’s Herbaceous Guacamole. This creamy version is spiked with lots of lime and topped with tender herbs.  Dig in. Then try her Verde Pico de Gallo too – it’s another old school favorite with a (tasty!) new wave twist.

3 California hand rolls stacked on top of each other. This California avocados recipes is filled with crab and avocado.

California Hand Rolls

We couldn’t share a California Avocados recipes round up without a sushi inspired recipe! Don’t be intimidated by the idea of making sushi at home! These California Hand Rolls from Nom Nom Paleo are totally goof-proof!

Thick rounds of avocado, nectarine and mozzarella are layered on a plate with basil sprigs before being drizzled in a balsamic reductjion and chopped pistachios.

Nectarine Avocado Caprese Stack

Here is a fun twist on the traditional caprese! Sweet nectarines and plump, California avocados and nestled between layers of fresh mozzarella and basil. Then they are topped with a velvety balsamic reduction and crunchy pistachios.

Share your California Avocado recipe creations with us online!!

Think we missed anything in our California Avocado recipe round up? Share your favorite California Avocado recipes on social and be sure to use the hashtag #CAGROWN. For more amazing recipes featuring California Grown produce, check out our Pinterest!

Craving more CA Grown goodness? Follow us on Pinterest for fresh and fabulous recipe inspo!

Frequently asked questions about avocados!

Where do Haas avocados come from?

Hass avocados are a California Native. The Hass variety was discovered in La Habra Heights, Calif. in the 1920’s by Rudolph Hass. Every Hass avocado in the world can trace its lineage to the original Mother Hass Tree. Hass avocados account for about 96 percent of the avocados grown in California

What is the best way to store an avocado half?

Avocados are not only tasty, but can be pretty expensive as far as produce goes! Jerry James Stone tested and tasted 12 methods for storing avocado halves on this blog post so you don’t have to.

Hungry for more avocado recipes? Check out our roundup of 20 amazing California avocado recipes!

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