California Avocado Commission Dives into Vegetarian Cuisine
IRVINE, CA - In an era of meatless menus, few fruits do as much heavy-lifting as Fresh California Avocados. With vegetarian-enticing attributes such as a rich, luxurious taste and a smooth, silky texture, these dishes are both pleasing and satisfying when avocados are added.
“Consumers, both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, are seeking more plant-based dishes when dining out, and it is great news for the produce industry that restaurants are adding vegetarian options to menus,” said Jan DeLyser, Vice President of Marketing for the California Avocado Commission (CAC). “CAC supports foodservice operators by providing menu inspirations including these vegetarian dishes that star California avocados.”
According to CAC, the vegetarians of today benefit from the global resources and inspiration available to innovative chefs. Here are a few of CAC’s foodservice recipe recommendations:
Spicy Carrot, Cucumber and Fresh California Avocado Salad
Ginger, Thai chiles, and rice wine vinegar give Spicy Carrot, Cucumber and Fresh California Avocado Salad a distinctively Asian flavor profile.
Vegetarian Kufteh with Fresh California Avocado Salsa
From Persia, Vegetarian Kufteh with Fresh California Avocado Salsa delivers a hearty grain and legume croquette topped with a lemon and cumin-scented avocado relish.
Coconut-California Avocado Ceviche
For a vegan version of a popular appetizer, two tropical fruits get a creative spin in Coconut-California Avocado Ceviche.
The Commission’s dedicated foodservice webpage, CaliforniaAvocado.com/Foodservice, houses these recipes and more vegetarian and globally inspired menu ideas with Fresh California Avocados. While on the site, be sure to browse the Fresh California Avocado recipe database and serving suggestions, while finding a wide variety of helpful resources, such as nutrition, selection, storage and handling information—all for optimizing Fresh California Avocado usage.