Grilled California Avocado with Fresh Garden Salsa

It’s easy to combine garden favorites into a mild fresh salsa that pairs perfectly with unique, grilled fresh California avocado.

Grilled California Avocado


  • 2 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons Julienne-cut and quartered orange bell pepper slices
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 small green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon drained, sliced black olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange or lemon zest, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange or lemon juice, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 Fresh California Avocados, halved and seeded*
  • Olive oil spray


  1. In a medium bowl, gently combine the tomatoes, pepper, garlic, green and red onions, olives, zest, dill, salt and juice. Set aside for the flavors to blend while you grill the avocados.
  2. Drizzle the avocado halves with a little juice, then spray with olive oil spray. Gently place cut side down on grill over hot coals for 2-3 minutes. Remove to a platter or individual serving plates.
  3. Stir the salsa, then fill the hollows of each grilled avocado half with the salsa.
  4. Serve immediately with remaining salsa on the side.

Preparation 15 min | Cook Time 3 min | Total Time 18 min

Super Spicy Variation: Protecting your hand with rubber gloves, trim two to three thin slices from a habanero pepper. Mince and stir into the salsa.

Tip: To easily peel the tomatoes, slice an “X” across the top of each tomato. Using tongs, submerge the tomatoes into a pot of boiling water for 10 seconds. Cool, then peel the tomato skins starting from the center of the “X”.

Beverage Pairings: Try with a cold beer or fresh fruit drink.

* Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 170; Total Fat 14 g (Sat 2 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 2 g, Mono 9 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 270 mg; Potassium 470 mg; Total Carbohydrates 12 g; Dietary Fiber 7 g; Total Sugars 3 g; Protein 2 g; Vitamin A 371 IU; Vitamin C 30 mg; Calcium 32 mg; Iron 4 mg; Vitamin D 0 IU; Folate 80 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.1 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 50%; Calcium 4%; Iron 20%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: California Avocado Commission.

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