Grilled Avocado and Peach Salsa ~ Healthy Party Appetizer ~ Savory Simple

Avocados are without a doubt my favorite food. I use them everywhere- salads, desserts, smoothies, soups, dips… you name it. So I was very pleased to hear about a study released in January by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that basically confirmed what we already knew- avocados are really good for you. With 4th of July holiday parties coming up, why not add a dish to the menu that’s both flavorful and healthy? This grilled avocado and peach salsa is perfect for celebrating Independence Day (or any day).

I’m always been dismayed by the way mainstream diets dismiss avocados as a fattening food that should be avoided. It’s not true! We need fats in our diet! Since the study I’ve linked above is a lot to read, I’ll highlight the parts that really stood out to me:

  • The research indicates that consuming avocados may be associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake level, lower intake of added sugars, lower body weight, BMI and waist circumferences, higher “good cholesterol” levels and lower metabolic syndrome risk.
  • Of the survey participants, the adults who consumed avocados in any amount during a 24-hour dietary recording period had several significantly better nutrient intake levels and more positive health indicators than those who did not consume avocados.
  • The avocado consumers weighed significantly less than non-consumers (an average of 7.5 pounds less)

There you have it. A healthy diet should include avocados. That, my friends, is news worth celebrating.

Grilled Avocado and Peach Salsa ~ Healthy Party Appetizer ~ Savory Simple

Can you make this recipe without grilling the ingredients? Sure, but if you’ve never grilled an avocado before I highly recommend it. It’s easy to do and grilling adds a wonderful smokey, charred flavor to the salsa.

Notes on the recipe: for best results, use avocados and peaches that are ripe but not mushy. You want them to still have enough sturdiness to be able to handle the heat of the grill and subsequent dicing. If you want to peel the peaches, do it immediately after removing them from the grill while still hot. For some additional texture, leave the skins in place but don’t chop the peaches until they’ve cooled off.

Grilled Avocado and Peach Salsa
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 ripe Haas avocados
  • 2 ripe peaches
  • 1 tablespoon regular olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • ¼ cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 jalapenos, deseeded and finely diced
  • ¼- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your grill on medium high heat for 10-15 minutes.
  2. While the grill is heating, slice the avocados and peaches in half lengthwise and remove the pits. Brush a mixture of 1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice on the flat sides of each half. Make sure they're coated generously to avoid sticking to the grill.
  3. Once the grill is hot, add the avocado and peach halves, cut side down, and close the lid. Grill for 4 minutes. Use grill tongs to carefully remove the peach and avocado halves to a plate.
  4. While the peaches are still hot they can be easily peeled. If you prefer to leave the skins on, allow them to cool before dicing. Use a large spoon to scoop the avocado flesh away from the peel.
  5. In a large bowl combine the remaining lime juice, shallots, garlic, and jalapenos. Dice the avocados and peaches into small pieces and fold into the salsa.

 

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  • http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/ Tieghan

    Avocados are probably my very favoriate food too! I use them in everything and I LOVE to grill them. This looks awesome!

  • http://www.noblepig.com Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    I eat an avocado every day but need to make this beautiful salsa…yummy.

  • http://www.notyourmommascookie.com Jennifer @ Not Your Momma’s Cookie

    Avocados are so awesome – this salsa sounds like the perfect summertime appetizer!

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Now this is a salsa I’d inhale!

  • http://www.thisbakergirlblogs.com ThisBakerGirlBlogs

    Love avocado and peaches – such a beautiful combination :-)

  • http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    I’ve heard so much about this recipe I couldn’t wait to come see. It looks delicious, and sounds pretty simple to make, too!
    One of my new years resolutions is to add more avocado in my life in 2013, so Jen I appreciate this chance to keep my resolution.
    Thanks!

  • http://www.glutenfreeperspective.com Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective

    I bought entirely too many peaches at the farmer’s market on Saturday and I was starting to wonder what I was going to do with all of them. Now I know! Plus, any excuse to eat tortilla chips is a win in my book!

  • http://www.stephsbitebybite.com steph@stephsbitebybite

    This sounds so incredible! I would never have thought to grill an avocado!

  • Baker Bettie

    Oh my, I am so trying this. I LOVE grilled peaches but I have never thought about grilling avocados. That is genius. And so beautiful!

  • http://www.bakedbyrachel.com Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Such a great idea – especially so you can keep the heat outside! :)

  • http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com/ Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Gorgeous! And absolutely delicious!

  • http://plattertalk.com Dan from Platter Talk

    Beautifully done. I will be trying this method of making avocados!

  • http://hipfoodiemom.com Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I am obsessed with avocados. . love that you grilled them, along with the peaches! Love this! your salsa looks amazing!

  • http://KatiesCucina.com katie

    this look amazing. I love the idea of grilling the “salsa”!

  • http://www.azestybite.com Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    I think everyone is obsessed with avocados right now and who wouldn’t be when you have great recipes like this one.

  • http://www.ohsweetbasil.com carrian

    This has my name written alllllll over. And I just love how good for you avocados are. Plus, I really do feel better when I eat more.

  • http://www.carlasconfections.com Carla @ Carlas Confections

    That is gorgeous Jen!!

  • http://www.climbinggriermountain.com Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    I am all over this! Gorgeous, Jen!

  • http://www.girlversusdough.com Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Hooray for healthy news on avocados! And more importantly, hooray for this delicious-looking salsa! Seriously, so much yumminess going on here.

  • http://whatjewwannaeat.com Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat

    This sounds amazing! Healthy and seasonal. Pass the chips!

  • http://sallysbakingaddiction.com sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Oh my friend… I am ALL over this! It looks wonderful. Avocados are one of favorite things to snack on during the summer(all year round, actually), but I just love them this time of year! I have to make this :)

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Oh wow! What a great idea for salsa – I bet this is unlike anything I’ve ever tasted! I’d have mine over grilled chicken or fish, I think. Great recipe, Jennifer!

  • ashley – baker by nature

    Oh how I want a grill to call my very own!!! This recipe would be made ALL the time!

  • http://peanutbutterandpeppers.com Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Oooh Girl, this is an awesome recipe! I never thought of grilling avocados! I love the salsa, just love it!!!

  • http://mywholefoodlife.com melissa @ my whole food life

    OMG this sounds amazing! Avocado is one of my favorite foods ever. I am so going to try this. Perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I could eat my weight with avocado, every single day!! Yummy when grilled :)

  • http://domesticfits.com Jackie {Domestic Fits}

    I LOVE this. AndI love avocados, I’m so glad they are everywhere right now. This goes along well with my grill fever I have!

  • http://www.thecuriousfig.com Michelle

    Whoaaa this looks delicious. I’ve seen grilled avocado popping up a lot but grilled with peaches in a salsa is just genius!

  • http://thedomesticrebel.com Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Ermahgerd, Jen. Please let me come live with you where magical things like this are made on a daily basis. Grilled avocado? I can’t even.

  • http://www.52kitchenadventures.com Stephanie

    Avocados are one of my faves too! And I love making grilled peaches in the summer, although I usually turn them into a dessert. I love this idea for a fresh salsa, can’t wait to give it a try!

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I’m in love with the first shot. Very beautiful, Jen! I’ve seen avocados and peaches being grilled but I haven’t tried it myself. Grilling them adds a nice flavor to the salsa!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen

    I love summer grilling- and this is the perfect recipe to add to my collection!

  • http://chasingdelicious.com/chocolate-chip-cookie-layer-cake/ Russell at Chasing Delicious

    Yes please! This salsa looks incredible – and so perfect for summer.

  • http://www.foodiecrush.com Heidi @foodiecrush

    I’m with you, why would you NOT want to grill these babies!

  • http://www.foodfitnessfreshair.com Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir

    Love your blog! Just came across it, and was of course hooked by the beautiful photography. Avocados are among my favorite foods too. This sounds delish!

  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    I’m super into avocados right now. This recipe looks great, as I love peaches too, but I’m really intrigued about adding avocados to smoothies.

  • http://sugardishme.com Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    I HAVE grilled peaches, but never avocado! So simple and I’m sure this is awesomely delicious. PLUS I have a South Carolina peach stand like 5 seconds from my house.

  • http://damndelicious.net Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    How have I never grilled avocados before?!

  • http://hiddenponies.com Anna (Hidden Ponies)

    Jen, this is brilliant!! I can’t wait to try it this summer – grilling an avocado would have never occurred to me.

  • http://www.nutmegnanny.com Nutmeg Nanny

    This is fantastic! I love grilled avocados :)