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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Comments

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

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

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

  4. Now this is a salsa I’d inhale!

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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!

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

  11. Gorgeous! And absolutely delicious!

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

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

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. That is gorgeous Jen!!

  18. I am all over this! Gorgeous, Jen!

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

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

  21. 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 :)

  22. 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!

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

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

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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!

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

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

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

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

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. How have I never grilled avocados before?!

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

  40. This is fantastic! I love grilled avocados :)

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