Avocado is good but grilled avocado is even better, especially in a dessert!
Yes, avocado is a fruit, so don’t be surprised to see me make a dessert with it, OK? This grilled avocado with strawberry-mango salsa recipe is delightful on a hot summer evening after a BBQ dinner or even served as a sweet grilling side dish.
Prep. Slice the avocados in half lengthwise and carefully remove the seeds. In a small bowl, mix together the honey and olive oil. Brush the exposed flesh with the honey-olive oil mixture, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a cool place (do not refrigerate).
Peeled and pit the mango then cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Remove stems from the strawberries then cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
In a medium bowl, combine the mango, strawberries, vinegar, orange juice, and lemon juice. Let sit for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, so the flavors can blend.
Fire up. Preheat the grill to 325°F.
Cook. Grill the avocados, skin side down, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the skin begins to lightly char and take on grill marks. Oil the grill grates, brush the flesh side of the avocados again with the honey-oil mixture and place them flesh side down on the grill for 2 to 3 minutes.
Serve. With a spatula, carefully remove the avocados from the grill and place them on beds of lettuce on warm serving plates, 2 halves per person. Fill the seed cavity of each avocado half with the mango-strawberry salsa. Serve with spoons to scoop out the avocado flesh and salsa.
Rick Browne does product testing and recipes. A renowned TV cooking show host, photojournalist, and author of 16 barbecue books, he was the creator, host, and executive producer of public television’s popular Barbecue America TV series, a cooking and travelogue highlighting the world’s outdoor culinary landscape. It has aired on more than 230 stations.
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