10 Middle East-Inspired Ways to Sneak More Avocados Into Your Diet

Attention health nuts, whether you play it safe with avocado toast or guacamole, we can’t overlook the health benefits of this buttery fruit. Summer is here and it’s time to get your hands scooping on the southern Mexican fruit for fresh and nutritional recipes.

An avocado is not only cholesterol-free but contains more potassium than bananas, and also has the highest fiber and protein content of any fruit, but it’s also an amazing meal upgrader. Thanks to its bland-ish taste, avocados can be integrated into any dish.

These Middle East-inspired avocado recipes will bring you a taste of your favourite aunty’s home-cooked meals with a festive twist.

Tabbouleh Stuffed Avocados

This is not your average Mahshi. It’s vegan, low carb, and contains your daily serving of veggies. This chopped veggie dish combines parsley, bulgur, lemon juice, and mint and is a Lebanese classic with a modern Spanish twist. If you’re on the run, I advise you to buy ready-made tabouleh to stuff into avocado halves which you can then take to work or school. Check out the flavourful combo here.

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

This recipe will not only surprise you but it’ll make you want to lick the edges off. It’s so smooth and chocolatey, you won’t be able to taste the secret ingredient. Curb your sugar cravings as it’ll get your potassium and healthy fats in. Visit the recipe here.

Middle Eastern Style Guacamole

It wouldn’t be an avocado recipe list without this Mexican classic. This mouth melting dish will drive your guests crazy. Integrate it with sumac and pomegranates and scoop it with pita chips. Click here for the recipe.

Soft Tacos with Avocado and Falafel

These tacos will add a Mexican fiesta to your table. Switch in pitas and shawarmas for this cross-cultural creation. Again, you can grab high-fibre felafel anywhere and it’s a matter of assembling your tacos. Add a creamy base of sour cream, yogurt dip or tahini and add veggies. Finish with your avocados and of course, limes. Check out the recipe here.

Shakshuka with Avocado

Shashuka, aka, the most delicious breakfast in the world can be enjoyed with an added hearty twist. The garlicky baked eggs topped with avocado slices is the closest you’ll get to heaven. Feeling freaky? Add a scoop of labneh or sour cream on top. Click here to make this crowd pleasing dish. 

Avocado Smoothie

Drink up for amazing health benefits. Silky by default, avocados add creamy goodness to smoothies without an overbearing taste. Blend it with milk and honey for a safe classic, or sneak in some more leafy greens for a multi-nutritional drink. Raise and shine to the superfood smoothie or snack on the go.   

Tomato, Avocado, Cucumber, and Chickpea Salad

This summery salad of vibrant cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, olives, and a lemony homemade herb dressing is calling dibs on your next picnic. Instead of adding calorie-heavy and high-fat dressings bought at the store, let avocados do their velvety magic. Swap the side of ranch for avocado and your body will thank you. For the recipe, click here.

Herby Avocado Hummus

Similar in texture and function, this is a two-in-one dipping. No one minds a creamier, healthier hummus, so why not get the best of both worlds? The under-five snack is so ridiculously easy and yummy, you’ll wish you tried it earlier. To make the dip, click here.  

Avocado Toast with Feta and Za’atar

This is for all the die-hard avocado toast fans who still enjoy za’atar mana’ish and feta cheese next to a cup of tea. To follow a trend doesn’t mean you have to let go of your za’atar addiction, especially if it adds a Middle Eastern kick. Top the bare avocado toast with feta, cherry tomatoes, and za’atar.

Avocado Tahini Dip

Smashed avocados and tahini. Who knew this mix on a classic would bring magic to sandwiches? Mash your ripe avocados with a fork and mix with the tahini. To finish, sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and start dipping in with pita chips. Spread into kofta, felafel or shish tawook sandwiches. For the full recipe, click here.

WE SAID THIS: Never get sick of avocados again!