The Best Avocado Tasting Party We Ever Did Have!

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Here’s the thing, guys.

Avocados are a perfect food. Just perfect. They were a bit under my radar when I was a kid, but when I was a young adult traveling the west coast, I discovered that every restaurant had the option to serve them with breakfast. I couldn’t get enough! I always felt awesome starting my day with avocado in or with my breakfast. Now, it’s a regular part of my life. Whenever Cassidy comes home from food shopping, he’ll bring home a handful of avocados for me to eat or use in recipes.

I’ve had a lot of lost time to make up for when I was younger. That said, I didn’t want my kids to miss out on this superfood. Both kids ate avocados regularly as babies. Boy, I have so many photos of them eating their favorite food.

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Introducing avocados to my kids at an early age was a wise move. Over the years, we have some famous dishes we make often that incorporate our favorite food, and it’s also fun to try new ones. Recently, we had an Avocado Tasting Party because that’s just how we do! You know us by now! Go big or go home. You see, it all started at an ice cream social in May. It was a “Meet the Kindergarten Teachers” event so we were able to meet a bunch of Des’ future classmates and families.

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Here’s where it gets more fun. We met three families in particular – all living in our neighborhood or somehow connected to us through music or mutual friends. In fact, two of the families live a few houses over from us! We live in the woods, which is why we don’t always know or see our close neighbors! So we got each other’s contact information and kept in touch during the summer. We got to see each other a few more times at kindergarten playdates and that’s when we had the idea. We’d have an Avocado Tasting Party! Why? It’s because it’s a great way to incorporate avocados into family-friendly recipes, and then share them. Also, a few of our new friends have special diets/restrictions, but avocados are a favorite for all.

So we got to work and threw our party just a few days before kindergarten started. It was a late summer hurrah. I made three avocado dishes, and we had avocado plates and avocado shirts. Like I said, we go big or go home. And since we were already at home, we went big. Luckily for us, our friends did too. Our first guests arrived in style up our driveway.

You could hear them coming long before they arrived:

Now, you may be wondering – why avocado, right? Well, you’re probably NOT wondering that because it rocks, but I can give you three major reasons for why we had an avocado party. It’s a staple in our household, and for our new friends too:

  1. Consistency: The avocado’s smooth, creamy consistency and mild taste makes it one of the first fresh fruits a child can enjoy.

  2. Nutrient Density: Avocados contribute nearly 20 nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and phytonutrients, that are important to infant/toddler nutrition.

  3. Freshness: Wholesome, fresh foods are less likely to contain added sugars, salt and other processed ingredients.


For both kids, avocados were their first food at the table. Avocados are perfect for babies, toddlers, kids and adults. I wish I could remember the first time I tried avocado as a kid, but I really think it was adulthood for me. And it was memorable.

For the party, we settled on three avocado dishes. First, we made Cassidy’s famous guacamole, which goes with EVERYTHING, and is a party favorite. Then I made one kid-friendly favorite of Chicken & Turkey Bacon Avocado Wraps.

Scarlet is a dainty eater, but she was a huge fan.

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Then we made Chipotle Avocado Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. These bite-sized creations were made with adults in mind, but since our cherry tomatoes are growing everywhere these days, the kids were interested in them too. I made some non-spicy.

As you can tell, we had a great time. I was pleasantly surprised by how much my kids loved our avocado dishes, and also that they were proud to show them to their new friends. I was also pretty happy to have the kinds of new friends who are happy to come and have fun with our family! I can’t wait until the next party! I also have new lunch box favorite foods.

The favorite dish for the kids was the Chicken & Turkey Bacon Avocado Wraps, and the adults loved it too. Of course, guacamole is a must-have. I would love to hear about your favorite avocado dishes in the comments below! I can’t wait to make them.

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What would you serve at YOUR Avocado Tasting Party?

The Perfect Lemon Kale Avocado Summer Chop Salad

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I know, I know – the salad title is a mouthful.

You know what else is a mouthful? This AMAZING salad. I assure you that if you make it for yourself at home and put it lovingly in a container with a note on it that says, “MINE. Don’t eat.” This will not stop your family members. And I can all but assure you that if you bring this salad to a summer get-together or party, you’ll be returning home with an empty bowl.

Potentially licked clean too.

chop salad

What makes it so good? It’s partly picking your vegetables from your own garden, and barring that, getting fresh ones from a great source. We are growing kale like crazy right now and can’t possibly use it for anything less than PERFECT.

Another factor that makes it SO GOOD is the attention to details. And that’s where Hearts of Palm comes in. I have loved Hearts of Palm for a long time. Cassidy’s mom used it on a summer salad when I was pregnant with Scarlet, and I have never looked back since. She also taught me the fine art of using artichoke hearts in salads too! So I thought, “Why not both?”

Indeed!

Hearts of Palm are versatile, simple, and delicious! I have fun with mine. I use them for special occasion salads, and I’ve even been known to throw them into a soft summer taco. The thing about salads, though, is that they’re really special. It’s much easier to bring a salad to a get-together than a plate of tacos! And salads make people feel great. What makes this salad special is that I use organic kale from our own garden! I also make my own lemon poppy seed dressing. I chop up the ever-amazing avocados, and use Reese Quartered Artichoke Hearts. Side by side with Reese Medallion Cut Hearts of Palm.

Or really, heart to heart.

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And now it’s recipe time!

Lemon Kale Avocado Summer Chop Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Lemon Kale Avocado Summer Chop Salad

Ingredients

  1. For the salad:
  2. Reese Medallion Cut Hearts of Palm
  3. Reese Quartered Artichoke Hearts
  4. 2 cups kale - chopped (de-stemmed)
  5. 1 lemon - juiced and strained
  6. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  7. 1/4 tsp salt
  8. 1-2 ripe avocados
  9. 1 cup quinoa - cooked or crunchy
  10. broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, radicchio
  11. pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
  12. For the Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
  13. 2 tbsp olive oil
  14. 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  15. 1 tsp honey or sugar
  16. 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
  17. 1/8 tsp salt
  18. 1/8 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • 1. Chop your kale and put it in a large bowl
  • 2. Then coat it with lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes
  • 3. Add olive oil, salt, avocado, quinoa and seeds to the salad
  • 4. Add Reese Medallion Cut Hearts of Palm and Reese Quartered Artichoke Hearts, as well as (optional) broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and radicchio
  • 5. For the dressing, combine olive oil, lemon, honey (or sugar), poppy seeds, salt and pepper
  • 6. Shake until mixed well
  • 7. Pour over the salad and toss to coat
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Happy Summer!