Recipes, Sauces, Vegetables

Avocado Goodness…

This little snack is too easy to be this good.  I almost feel guilty posting this one but holy cow, sometimes just making one tiny change to a normal everyday food item makes all the difference in the world, so I had to share!  I was telling John when he came home for lunch today that I must be in a culinary rut, as I had him sample something that was intended to be a new recipe…  Being the always supportive yet honest husband that John is, he choked down the bite of food I offered to him and grinned at me sideways with his,  “This isn’t your finest hour look.”  I glared at him, grabbed an avocado, hacked it in half, whisked together a dressing, and ta-da!! Avocado goodness was born….  I redeemed myself with 6 simple ingredients; thank goodness, I’m back in the game! This snack is also kid approved.  I gave Rowan a bite and he grabbed the whole plate and quickly devoured it.  In Rowan’s words, “This is a GOOD a-bo-cado!”

avocado and italian dressing

Avocado Goodness

2-3 avocados, cut in half and the pit removed

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Black pepper to taste

Whisk the dressing ingredients together and fill each avocado half with the dressing, eat the avocado and the dressing with a spoon.  Yum.


Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Kristin says:

    Love this idea! Definitely going to have to try this. I LOVE guac, but when you have it almost everyday, you need some variety with avacados (and unfortunately I’m really not a huge fan of them plain!). Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Heather says:

    Oh my, I want to try this! I only have the wholly guacamole in the house. Come on avocado season!

    PS: I bought your cookbook yesterday at Borders and can’t wait to try everything. What is your favorite recipe in the book?

    1. Sarah says:

      Wow, I have a lot of favorite recipes! Maybe the meatloaf? It’s a family favorite, that’s for sure!

  3. Chris says:

    I agree with Rowan! I just whipped this up, since I was in need of a snack and had everything handy…simple & oh so tasty! Thank you, Sarah.
    P.S. Love your book, too!

  4. Sounds fantastic… I did something alike, but on white… Same half avocado and as a sauce heavy cream, garlic and cayenne powder. Delish…

  5. Nice one! Funny that I also recently posted about my avocado obsession 😀

  6. OMG..yet ANOTHER way to enjoy one of my favorite foods. Thank you!! My kids will LOVE THIS!

  7. John Torres says:

    We have it with dinner at least every other week (more often in the summer). Just olive oil and some salt. Cut into wedges… Sooooo good. 🙂

  8. Simple yet looks yummy. I will be trying this soon! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  9. Sandy says:

    A little Penzey’s Greek dressing in the avocado also makes for a quick, tasty lunch!

  10. Courtney says:

    I’ll take just balsamic and avocado! What a bite of heaven!

  11. Damn! Avocados are 1 of my top 2 plant foods (difficult to choose between avocado and coconut) and I frequently add the other ingredients to my salads. I think I may have to try this… now?!

  12. Can’t go wrong with Avocado, Balsamic and olive oil!! I’m going to use my Fig infused Balsamic for this one.

    1. Sarah says:

      Fig balsamic? Where where where can I get that!!!

      1. Maryanne says:

        Amazon sells Balsamic Fig in several different brands. Maybe try Whole Foods, too!

  13. Bengeo says:

    Halve avocado

    Slice flesh into grid pattern without going through skin

    Top with humus

  14. Rebecca says:

    Aw, I make this all the time. Haven’t ever measured it out, nor have I added garlic powder, but am sure it would also be good. This, with sliced tomatoes, is a great filling snack.

  15. Jeffery Wacaster says:

    Wow that avocado recipe looks delicious!

    BTW, I just made a video blog about a Paleo Diet recipe, check it out if you want:

  16. Sarah the day YOU are in rut we are all in trouble!! I love avocados so will be trying this for sure. I used to have them with a little salt and pepper and lemon juice but this looks lush! 🙂 thank you

  17. Tressey says:

    I do not like the texture of avocado and they often leave my stomach feeling queasy. So my only source of fat is olive oil and coconut oil. Will that be sufficient for healthy paleo living?

    1. Nancy says:

      Don’t you eat the fat on your beef and pork? How about salmon? There are lots of good animal sources for healthy fat!

      1. Sarah says:

        We sure do, if it comes from grass fed/pasture raised animals or wild caught salmon!

    2. Sarah says:

      You will be fine Tressey, some people can’t tolerate some food items, if they are considered “paleo or not” you just have to stick to what works for you! There is a whole world of other oil as well that you might enjoy from walnut oil to avocado oil as well as animal fat sources from grass fed/pasture raised animals, wild caught salmon is also an excellent fat source as well as (if you can tolerate it) grass fed butter or clarified butter.

  18. Hello Sarah,

    Had a quick question for ya

    So I love Thai and Indian food…but the Thai place by myself is pretty stingy on
    subsituting vegatables for rice…and lean on the portions of meat.

    So I have some good Thai recipes that will work with my question is, have you found a good rice subsitute to pour a curry on top of(Like Cauliflower rice or zuccini rice?)

    I know you use chard for your butter chicken(haven’t tried it yet cuz I need to find some fenugreek) but if you have any tips on something to throw under my curry, that would be a huge help

    Tried the Baseball Sized Meatballs in your book…they turned out awesome…and lots of left overs for a single fella

    Thank you for your time


    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Mark, In my book I make a cauliflower fried rice that is really yummy with a curry! : )

      1. Dorff says:

        Mark and Sarah, try this: stem and wash some brusselsprouts. Chop them fine in a food processor. Stir fry briefly with sesame chili oil. Season to match your cuisine, add garlic, etc. We’ve done Chinese five-spice as well as Tex-Mex to great success. Same texture as rice. We’ve tricked some pretty picky eaters into devouring sprouts this way.

  19. Nancy says:

    My favorite dressing for anything is avocado oil (the green stuff, like Olivado brand) and balsamic vinegar. I like the flavor of avocado oil better than olive oil.

  20. My 3 year old daughter sounds like your son: “Momma, I am a little constipated. You need to give me more beggies.” 🙂

  21. Amanda says:

    Looks good. I mostly put avocado in salads. THis week I tried it as the main ingredient in a simple salad and it was awesome. I mixed a chopped avocado with halved grape tomatoes and drizzled with lemon and lime juice.

    1. Sarah says:

      I LOVE avocado and tomatoes together!

  22. aubrey says:

    just made this today. DELISH! and remarkably filling!

  23. Mary says:

    Try a scoop of tuna salad and then the dressing yum!!!! Thx for the photo!

  24. I like to stuff tuna in the middle. Will try this recipe soon, its supper simple.

  25. Eileen C. says:

    This sounds delicious and fantastic! We got your book in the mail the other day and have been loving it! We just decided to go Paleo a little less than 2 weeks ago and although the results we’ve seen have really been great so far, I was worried about how long I could keep the family interested with only my own recipes, especially the kids. Most of the books/blogs I found didn’t really address kids or seemed to be written by people who didn’t have to worry about feeding children. Grabbing your book, seeing how another mother of three took her family Paleo without becoming a household Hitler was so inspiring and relieving! The transition has been going much easier since we’ve had your experiences to reference. We made your egg cupcakes with the kids as sous chefs the night your book came in and they were a huge hit, my 6 year old even congratulated himself on his culinary skills! Thanks, Sarah, for all your help in our home!

  26. Don says:

    My wife & I just tried this for a mid-morning breakfast. I have never been a fan of basalmic vinegar but that may have changed. With the combination of the olive oil and the creamy texture of the avocado, it added a ‘just right’ touch. I’m thinking of marinating some chicken in the same recipe before putting it on the grill tonight.

  27. MMMM… I love putting soy sauce on mine.

  28. Veronica says:

    I love this! I did 2Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp flaxseed oil. My toddler licked it off her plate!! She eats avocado every day anyway…. 🙂

  29. A friend recently turned me on to another great way to serve avocado as an appetizer (makes a great snack too):
    Halve and peel an avocado. Cut into slices and fan a few slices out onto several small plates. Roll up or fold a couple of slices of lox (nova scotia smoked salmon) onto each plate. Drizzle lightly with olive oil or balsamic vinegar. Top w/minced fresh chives. It’s also great with prosciutto next to the smoked salmon.

    1. Sarah says:

      Yum!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  30. Dannielle says:

    wow, just saw this recipe and decided to give it my own spin. i put some coconut oil, braggs amino’s, fresh garlic, TONS OF FRESH CILANTRO, ground ginger,and fresh purple onion in a blender until liquified. split the avocado in half. sprinkled it with some dry onion flakes, (for a little crunch and filled the inside with the mixture from the blender. topped it off with some fresh ground pepper and sea salts.. AMAZING.. super yummy lunch…

  31. Yum! I like “heritage” avocados (nonHass) with mango-vinegar-EVOO-&chili flakes! (heritage are like heirloom tomatoes, but they are avocados!) check them out at please

  32. Wendy says:

    Oh dear. This dressing is SO incredibly good. How can such simple ingredients make my mouth have a seizure?? Man, good stuff. Thanks!!!

  33. I am going to try this. I love avocados but this looks like it just might be even better. Thanks!

  34. Christina says:

    Yum! I just found my new favorite snack! 🙂

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