Pasta and Avocado Salad

Pasta and Avocado Salad Recipe: This delicious pasta salad is a classic reinvented, with all the flavor of avocado to make it a lot lighter.

I love avocados. It’s in my blood.

I am not saying there isn’t one out there, but I have yet to meet a Dominican that does not love them. And while everyones oohs and aahs over the smooth goodness of Mexican guacamole (I am partial to it myself), the way we Dominicans eat the fruit from heaven (did you know it is a fruit?) is a little simpler than that.

Pasta and Avocado Salad Recipe: This delicious pasta salad is a classic reinvented, with all the flavor of avocado to make it a lot lighter.

But first, let’s talk about this wonderful fruit.

Avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Mexico, belonging to the Lauraceae family, to which bay leaves, cinnamon and camphor tree belong too. The word avocado (aguacate, in Spanish) come from the Aztec word  ahuácatl, that means testicle, a clear reference to the shape of the fruit, because no matter how fierce a warrior they were, they didn’t have them that big.

Pasta and Avocado Salad Recipe: This delicious pasta salad is a classic reinvented, with all the flavor of avocado to make it a lot lighter.

It will come to no surprise to those who have tried the buttery flavor of a good avocado that avocados are rich in fat. And although “fat” has become the new “f-word”, the fact is that the human body requires fat to function properly. The fat in avocado is the type recommended for optimum health benefits. Avocado is rich in “good cholesterol”, and preliminary studies indicate it might help maintain healthy levels of blood cholesterol.

Avocados have 35% more potassium than bananas, it is also rich in vitamins B, E and K.

No only is avocado a delicious substitute to similar food (I spread it on bread in lieu of butter), but it beats the alternatives.

Pasta and Avocado Salad Recipe: This delicious pasta salad is a classic reinvented, with all the flavor of avocado to make it a lot lighter.

You may have noticed that I am always trying to create healthier versions of traditional recipes, some of which are best left for special occasions. One of those recipes is our pasta salad, which is dressed with mayo (not the healthiest of fats. With a few changes here and there this new dish has the same creamy texture as the original, but with the delicious flavor provided by the avocado and a touch of lime juice.

This also makes a great summer light main dish.

Aunt Clara

Pasta and Avocado Salad Recipe
 
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Pasta and Avocado Salad Recipe: This delicious pasta salad is a classic reinvented, with all the flavor of avocado to make it a lot lighter.
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. [0.2 kg] of short pasta (macaroni, penne, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (optional).
  • ½ cup of green beans, blanched and cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup of peas, blanched
  • 1 carrot, peeled, boiled and cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup of sweet corn, boiled
  • 1 large, ripe avocado
  • Juice from a lime
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (or more, to taste)
  • A pinch of pepper
Instructions
  1. Boil the pasta following the instructions in the package, adding a teaspoon of salt to the water.
  2. Remove from the water, mix oil and pasta.
  3. Add green beans, peas, carrot and corn to the pasta. Chill for an hour.
  4. Peel the avocado and cut into cubes. Mix with the pasta.
  5. Add the lime juice and cilantro.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve immediately.

Comments

  1. Gloria Reynoso

    I love all of your recipes. I am Dominican but drawing closer to my heritage because of all these wonderful foods and recipes. Keep up the beautiful website. I have shared with many.

  2. Adrian Todden

    Is there any possibilty to substitute the mayo with any other ingredient, since it has onions(which I’m allergcic to)? Also, can I cook this with wine, since it is more flavorful?

  3. Marcia

    Hi,
    This is very nice, and it is true avocados are a very healthy food. I would just like to point out the avocados do not have cholesterol good or bad. No plant food contains cholesterol. Cholesterol is produced in the liver of animals and is therefore only found in animal products.

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