Pasta and Avocado Salad

Pasta and avocado salad

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

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

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

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
 
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This delicious pasta salad is a classic reinvented, with all the flavor of avocado to make it a lot lighter.
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. [0.2 kg] of short pasta (macaroni, penne, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (optional).
  • 1 carrot, peeled, boiled and cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup of green beans, blanched and cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup of peas, blanched
  • ¼ cup of sweet corn, boiled
  • 1 large, ripe avocadoJuice from a lime
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Salt
  • 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.
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{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Adrian Todden August 2, 2013, 9:17 AM

    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?

  • lourdes April 27, 2013, 12:28 AM

    loved it

  • Marcia April 8, 2013, 6:14 PM

    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.

  • Kankana August 21, 2012, 8:59 PM

    I love avocado …on almost anything. I however never had it with pasta but I really love the idea.

  • swati August 19, 2012, 1:48 PM

    the salad looks great! nice clicks, will try out the salad for sure.

  • Andy August 18, 2012, 6:06 PM

    Thank you for the idea. I also am an avocado lover. I added baked chicken on the side to this plate and it was very good.

    • Aunt Clara August 18, 2012, 6:18 PM

      Great idea (serving with chicken). I am glad you liked it.

  • Mayra August 17, 2012, 4:44 PM

    Yum, yum. This looks so good. I will try it soon.

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin August 17, 2012, 4:13 PM

    I just started eating avocado’s a few years ago, always thought I hated them – now I love them!

    I am totally going to make this over the weekend – thanks for the recipe!