Avocado Salad


Mexico’s population is predominately Catholic. That means that meat (with the exception of fish) must be avoided every Friday of Lent. My parents had to make arrangements at the restaurant to serve meatless dishes during this period. Some of the most popular ones, that I remember, were tortas de papa, fish soups and stews and ensalada de aguacate (avocado salad)

I am not religious (and actually I didn’t even know Lent was upon us after preparing this dish), but I thought to share this memory and  a little bit of this Mexican tradition with you. The preparation is very simple. All you need is 2 ripe avocados, 1 can of tuna, 1 small can of mixed vegetables (or cooked and diced carrots, green beans, peas and potatoes), 2 TBSP of mayonnaise, the juice of one lime, salt, pepper and a dash of oregano.

Wash the avocados. Cut them and dice them (click here for video) and reserve the shells. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and serve in he empty shells. So easy, nutritious and delicious, right? This is perfect for a nice lunch or as a side dish. This is one of my many favorite ways to eat avocados and now that I am determined (again) to lose the last stubborn holiday pounds this lunch will be featured often in my menu.


¡Buen provecho!



  • I must admit that the taste of avocado done this way is just beyond my taste buds’ imagination. I have to try it. I almost always eat avocado as a desert and having it another way is still an area to explore for me. :)

  • This sounds so yummy and refreshing. Love avocado!

  • Oh! This looks deliciously easy Ben! Love the presentation in the avocado skins.

  • Ben, these look absolutely delicious AND pretty!

  • This is the first year in a long time I’ve decided to give up anything for Lent, and since I’m giving up meat (with the exception of fish) and I have quite a love for avocado, this couldn’t come at a better time. Thanks for sharing this recipe! The very thought of it is making my mouth water.

  • This is so my kind of salad – anything with Avo is a winner in my book – Really looks great!

  • Absolutely delicious! I know because I tried it! Thanks, Ben.

  • I am really enjoying avovados these days Ben. This salad looks like something I should add to tonights dinner menu:D

  • A beautiful salad that makes me think of warmer days

  • Oh Ben thank you for this. I’ve done a salad something like this years ago and let it slip out of use, you know how that goes. I think this will put it back on my plate!!

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