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Meal Ideas with a Twist

In recent years fresh avocados have become a popular ingredient in many dishes. Restaurants and cafés that are passionate about providing an excellent dining experience are increasingly including the tasty, nutritiously rich avocado on their menus.

Traditionally, the avocado has been served mainly in cold dishes such as salads and sandwiches, guacamole and similar dips and spreads to which the fruit adds flavour and nutritional value. What is less known is that avocados can be more than just a tasty garnish or a side addition to a meal. Successfully used in hot dishes, chefs can use avocados to carry a plate. These meals featuring avocado are quickly becoming a popular choice in restaurant dining.

Using fresh avocado in your dishes will add value to the menu in many ways. Avocado is a healthy, low fat companion ingredient that adds body to the dish and allows the chef to reduce the protein portion, making it a particularly suitable choice for health-conscious diners. The creamy taste and the subtle, smooth flavour of avocados lend a touch of the exotic to a variety of meat or seafood, turning an ordinary meal into a contemporary culinary experience.

To find out more about avocado meal ideas, click on the examples of avocado meals ideas links below. You can also take a look at our recipes to see how the meal ideas below are brought to life.

Avocado with hot Chicken
Avocado with hot Seafood / Fish
Avocado with hot Beef
Avocado in warm Salad
Avocado in spicy/hot Asian dishes
Avocado in Pasta
Avocado on Pizza
Avocados as a Side
Avocado with Vegetarian dishes
Avocado in Breakfast dishes
Avocado in a Smoothie
Avocado in Dessert

Avocado with hot Chicken

From an economical point of view, fresh avocado is a good choice especially when paired with chicken, as it adds a unique flavour to an inexpensive protein.

Avocado with hot Seafood/Fish

Combining hot seafood or fish with avocado is currently the most popular way of serving fresh avocado in hot meals, making this the perfect choice for the professional menu, providing a tropical culinary experience for health conscious diners. Served as entrée or main, this dish is well suited to fine dining and fits into a range of price positioning in many different food service outlets.

Our top pick - Seared Salmon Fillet on Avocado Pea Mash

Avocado with hot Beef

Beef offers a male skewed menu choice. Fresh avocado gives a creamy feel to the taste of beef and combines well while adding an attractive visual contrast to the meat. For the centrepiece steak, avocado is best plated in an ostentatious manner, but for a simple beef casserole the diced avocado will be presented more informally, adding freshness and a contemporary touch to the more traditional beef meals. Served as main, beef and avocado dishes can extend to fine dining and fit well across a range of price positioning and food service outlets.

Avocado in warm Salad

A popular ingredient in cold salads, fresh avocado tastes just as good with hot cooked meats, making warm salads a delectable choice for winter and dinner menus. Lean chicken, salmon or tuna are common in most warm salads, and the delicate, fresh taste of avocado complements these perfectly. Fresh avocado adds a contemporary twist to classics such as warm Caesar salad or nicoise salad. This healthy dish can be served as entrée or main, in a range of price positioning and food service outlets.

Avocado in spicy/hot Asian dishes

Although not traditionally used in Asian cooking, fresh avocado is a tropical ingredient and as such is well suited to hot and spicy Asian dishes. To ensure the meals appeal to a wide range of diners, avocados are used to control the piquancy of a dish, helping to soothe the palate. A contemporary idea in restaurant dining, Asian dishes featuring fresh avocado are suitable to serve as either entrée or main across a range of price positioning and food service outlets. Avocado-tinged Asian dishes are popular in Australian restaurants and are beginning to make an impact in Asian restaurants as well.

Our top pick - Tempura of Fresh Avocado, Apple, Asparagus & Carrot with Wasabi Mayonnaise

Avocado in Pasta

Pasta is one of the most common dishes in Australia. The rise of contemporary Australian dining allows the combination of fresh avocado into a classic pasta dish, to add a modern dimension. Not only does avocado add creaminess, it supports the dish with a healthy image. Pasta dishes are a frequent choice in winter and on dinner menus and are well served as an entrée or main, in a range of price positioning and food service outlets.

Our top pick - Flaked Salmon and Fresh Avocado Pasta

Avocado on Pizza

Pizza is one of the major eat-out and take-away meals in Australia and a category in its own right. In mainstream and gourmet styles, fresh avocado makes a dramatic impact when presented, instantly lifting the visual appeal and healthy image. It can provide a cool, creamy mouth feel against the heat of the pizza, or be baked in guacamole form as a unique base. Adding a contemporary take on many pizza classics, it is particularly useful on those winter and dinner menus and is suitable in a range of price positioning and food service outlets.

Avocados as a Side

When combined with a standard side of vegetables, or served as a side by itself, there is a strong, bright visual impact that supports a healthy image.

Avocado with Vegetarian dishes

Offered in the majority of food service outlets, vegetarian meals often prove a challenge in matching the appeal of meat based dishes. Fresh avocado adds significant appeal that extends beyond only vegetarian diners to entice all diners. Adding flavour, body and a healthy image, fresh avocado lifts the standing of vegetarian dishes next to hearty meat meals. Either as an entrée or main, fresh avocado allows kitchens to offer vegetarian dishes without needing to buy in new ingredients and also, therefore, appeals to all diners in a range of price positioning.

Avocado in Breakfast dishes

Fresh avocado is fast becoming a standard addition to modern Australian hot breakfasts. When plated, this presents a great fresh impact. Diners avoiding cooked breakfasts because they are perceived as being not that healthy are attracted by the nutritious image fresh avocado gives a dish. The moist, refreshing appearance compliments those heavier bacon and eggs, bringing a contemporary and healthy appeal especially to winter menus. The ease of peeling half a fresh avocado and plating, allows other higher cost and more labour intensive meat ingredients to be reduced if desired.

Avocado in a Smoothie

Fresh smoothies are becoming a popular menu item across many food service outlets, particularly with the growth of specialised juice and smoothie vendors. A unique ingredient for thicker style healthy fruit smoothies, the healthy image supports the nutritious tropical drink. The refreshing light green colour, combined with the uncommon occurrence of the ‘avocado smoothie’, particularly appeals to younger drinkers. The mild flavour and creamy, thick texture mixes well with other ingredients, making it exceptionally smooth and suitable either as lunch or a takeaway.

Avocado in Dessert

In Australia it is not often realised that fresh avocado can be used in desserts, adding a contemporary creativity. They offer a unique combination of taste and healthiness, providing a competitive proposition for menus. With the ability to substitute dairy, desserts with avocado can be promoted as dairy and gluten free. In addition to catering to those with special dietary requirements, it combines well with sweeteners and fruit, making it versatile across different types of desserts.

Our top pick - The Ultimate Chocolate and Avocado Torte

 

We hope that you found our meal ideas helpful. Our sincere wish is that the avocado dishes profiled in this section will inspire you to create a delectable avocado dish of your own. For more information about avocado cooking and recipes, please go to Cooking & Handling or Recipes on this website.

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