Sunday, January 30, 2022

Marinated Avocado Salad Recipe -- Yummy Avocado with Onions

I had no idea what on earth to name this post because in my family we just call this yummy avocado with onions. Ok, maybe I should have just named it that, but I needed to find something google searchable. Alright, I'll edit this post to have them both in the title.

This is my favorite time of year. Fine, not my absolute favorite (though it sure beats ridiculously hot weather) but it is an exciting time of year because we get avocadoes cheaply, and we all are huge avocado fans around here. (When I was younger I actually didn't like avocado, but I don't know what was wrong with me then.) We are eating avocadoes by the bushel because, when they're they cost that little, there's no reason to hoard them and save them just for special occasions. (All you people in the US and other places where you have to pay $2 or more per avocado, I'm sorry, I feel bad for you.)

When we have a lot of avocados, we make ridiculous amounts of guacamole and use it in sushi and poke bowls and so many other ways, but this way of making avocadoes might top them all.

This is less a recipe and more of an idea, because you can't really go wrong here with it- I just wing amounts always, and even when I measured to be able to write this down, I was telling myself that I could have used more or less of each ingredient and it would have been just as good.

I have no idea what the source of this recipe is, but I discovered it when I went with my friend, Sarah, to an Uzbekistani family for dinner, and I thought it was absolutely delicious. When I asked them how to make it, I was floored at how simple it was. What they told me was this: Slice avocado, slice onions, pour olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper on it, and let it sit.

Yea. That's the entire thing. But since y'all probably want an actual recipe and instructions, I'll write specifics. The only thing I need to tell you about this is that if you don't like the sharpness of raw onions, let this sit for at least 15 minutes (or more) before serving, and the lemon juice and salt will slightly pickle the onions and remove the sharpness. Other than that, it's flexible and just about presentation.

Of course it is easy to make, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan, allergy friendly, paleo, good for most diets. And frugal too if you live in the land of frugal avocadoes (sorry for those of you that don't).

Marinated Avocado Salad Recipe -- Yummy Avocado with Onions

3 avocados
1 small onion or 1/2 a medium onion
3-5 tablespoons lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8-1/4 teaspoons black pepper

1. Cut your avocadoes in half and remove the peel and seed. Put the two avocado halves face down on a cutting board. 

2. Cut your avocado lengthwise in multiple thin cuts (you'll be spreading them out, so the thinner they are the more flavor will get into them) and move onto a large plate by sliding a knife or spatula underneath to get it off the cutting board. Do the same with the rest of the avocados.

3. Fan your avocados out on your plate by pushing them from one side.

4. Slice your onions into thin crescents, separate the layers, and sprinkle them over the avocado.

5. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.

6. Sprinkle your salt and black pepper onto the onions and avocado.

7. Let sit. Ideally 30 minutes or more, but 15 is also ok.

8. If you find there isn't enough salt or lemon, add more at this point, and know for the future that you like more than what you put on this time.

9. Eat either by the forkful or with bread, doesn't matter. And if you're my house, these 3 avocadoes can serve just one person, so think about making two plates of these.


What is your favorite way to make or eat avocado? Ever make something like this? What would you call this recipe? Does this look like something you'd enjoy? How much do you pay for avocado where you live?

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