The fruit is not sweet, but rich, and distinctly yet subtly flavoured, and of smooth, almost creamy texture. It is used in both savoury and sweet dishes, though in many countries not for both. The avocado is very popular in vegetarian cuisine, as substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content.
Generally, avocado is served raw, though some cultivars, including the common Hass, can be cooked for a short time without becoming bitter. Caution should be used when cooking with untested cultivars; the flesh of some avocados may be rendered inedible by heat. Prolonged cooking induces this chemical reaction in all cultivars.
This is an easy to make salad using avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and arugula leaves. With a little extra flavour from toasted cumin seeds, lime juice and torn fresh coriander leaves you have a delicious side dish for barbecued meats or fish.
Guacamole, is an avocado-based sauce that originated with the Aztecs in Mexico. In addition to its use in modern Mexican cuisine it has also become part of Australian cuisine as a dip, condiment and salad ingredient. It is traditionally made by mashing ripe avocados with sea salt. Some recipes call for tomato, onion, lime juice, chilli, yoghurt and/or additional seasonings.
Kale tends to be rather tough and stringy when raw. One of the most common raw recipes you’ll see is the raw kale and avocado salad. In this Japanese inspired salad, the mixture of salt and citrus juices essentially “cooks” the leaves and breaks them down enough to make it a delicious salad.
Measurements can differ from country to country, so below we have outlined the measurements that we use at Aussie Taste. There is a dropdown selector you can use to have the recipe converted between metric and imperial. Most recipes have temperatures converted also.
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20°C.
Australian spoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 dessertspoon equals 15 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml.
All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed.
All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified.