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!



  • Yep, still gorgeous after that 1st Twit pic!

  • I’ve been looking for Lent-appropriate recipes for Fridays so I definitely appreciate this. I can already tell that this is very satisfying and flavorful.

  • I like this a lot. It looks like a “deviled” avocado! :)

  • OMG..so many memories I have by reading your post, I was raised in a very catholic mex family (in Cuernavaca, Mx) and I hated really hated Cuaresma (Lent) because my Mom unsuccesfully tried to feed us with nasty things (for a child’s taste) like sopa de lentejas & habas(lentil & dried beans soup)…..now that I’m a grown up I don’t follow this tradition anymore, but recently was searching for recipes suitable for Lent (for my cooking classes) and believe me, I never thougth about something so simple like this avocado recipe.

    Me encanta la ensalada de aguacate, gracias por recordarme tantos momentos con tu historia. Tienes un blog maravilloso. Felicidades, espero sigamos en contacto,

    Un abrazo desde Shanghai

  • I’m not sure why I’ve never thought to do anything like this with avocados–I love eating them but usually am not loaded with ideas. These look great (and I love the photo)!

  • This looks so good. Avocados are one of my favorite foods,a nd this seems like a great way serve tuna.

    Thanks for your bookmarked recipes submission.

  • […] next submission comes from Ben at What’s Cooking. He created the Avocado Salad his parents used to serve at their restaurant during Lent. It’s a simply, healthy dish that […]

  • Avocado salad sounds great!

  • Love any dish with abo in it and this one looks stunning!

  • I want this right now!

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