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8 recipes for soft, seasonal avocados

Is there anything better than slicing open a ripe avocado to find a flawless interior – that utterly smooth, creamy, buttery flesh? We’re getting weak at the knees just thinking about it. Avocados are in season, so your chances are looking good right now. Remember to buy them when they’re hard and let them slowly turn tender… Delicious things come to those who wait. Then try your hand at one of these recipes using the avos chopped, mashed, sliced and scooped.

Avocado risotto

Make the most of this year’s harvest with this creamy risotto that calls for parmesan, thyme and a splash of wine. (Don’t worry, you don’t cook the avo – you fold cubes of it into the al dente rice.)

Avocado risotto

Avocado risotto

Avo ritz revamped

Revamp this 70s classic by ditching the shrimp and replacing it with spicy chicken tikka with fresh celery and almonds for crunch.

Avo ritz revamped

Avo ritz revamped

Avocado-topped flatbread with turkey, rocket and feta cheese

Making your own flatbread is easier than you might think. This is a great solution for a light lunch or stunning starter.

Avocado-topped flatbread with turkey, rocket and feta cheese.

Avocado-topped flatbread with turkey, rocket and feta cheese.

Bloke’s steak with avo guacamole and biltong

Add some healthy greens to your steak with this lively avo topping featuring lime juice, garlic, spring onions and a dash of Tabasco.

Broccoli, avo and bacon salad

Pair broccoli and streaky bacon with seasonal avos and tender peas for a mouth-watering low-carb dish that’s easy to make.

Broccoli, avo and bacon salad

Broccoli, avo and bacon salad

Creamy avocado and rotisserie chicken salad

Looking for a light and easy supper? Whip together ready-roasted rotisserie chicken, crunchy walnuts, chopped chilli, fresh herbs and salad leaves drizzled with a tangy yoghurt dressing.

Easy-peasy cheese, avocado and coriander quesadillas

A little green chilli adds some zing to these cheesy vegetarian quesadillas. For a meatier version, you could also add leftover roast chicken or mince.

Sirloin with gorgonzola and bacon sauce and avocado salad

The idea of this delicious steak, topped with gorgonzola and bacon sauce and served with avocado salad, comes courtesy of Woolworths TASTE magazine.

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