Could there be a more perfect snack than a fresh, ripe avocado?
Argue with me if you want… I love all sorts of snacks just as much as the next person.* I just think there’s something so simple and yet decadent about eating an entire avocado with a spoon.
Sprinkle it with sea salt and fresh lime juice. Dig in.
I love this edible ode to an avocado so much, I had to squeeze it in somewhere among my other summery avocado posts (with actual recipes).
But back to the avocado in a minute. Before I bore you away with my non-recipe ramblings, I’d like to thank Tanya of the wonderful blog Humble Feast for nominating me for a Liebster Award!
I’d like to apologize to Tanya, too, for my super-delayed response. I happened across this award post by Humble Feast a few weeks ago and was completely flattered and surprised to see Spontaneous Tomato listed there. It took me a while, though, to put this post together because there are so many amazing blogs out there; it was hard to choose just a few, among all of my new favorites!
So let me share some Liebster Award love with my 5 nominees:
1. One Happy Table. Lauren makes vegan food look easy and appealing with her varied yet approachable recipes, all while somehow posting a new recipe every single day!
2. The Patterned Plate. Caroline’s photographs (and blog design) are completely gorgeous. It’s hard to believe her blog is only one year old. I am in awe.
3. Putney Farm. This family blog (again, with daily posts!) features seasonal recipes and cocktail ideas that make me want to stop everything and head to the kitchen.
4. Vegetarian ‘Ventures. Shelly’s blog design is adorable, and she has a unique vegetarian take on many classic and seasonal recipes, which all look delicious. (Her site includes many vegan recipes, too.)
5. Veggie Zest. Pallavi’s photographs are absolutely stunning, and she beautifully prepares a wide variety of recipes, many of them Middle Eastern or Indian.
(Like Tanya, I didn’t try to figure out which blogs have fewer than 200 followers, instead I just chose among blogs that are relatively new, i.e., created within the past year.) Oh and make sure to check out Humble Feast for some hearty and scrumptious-looking recipes made with real food.
So where were we…? Ah yes, I was slowly eating my way through the quickly-ripening piles of avocados on my counter.
I’m lucky; I owe my avocado abundance to friends with a backyard tree. (Believe me when I say that guacamole has lately graced my dinner table about twice a week.) But even if you don’t have this crazy, lucky luxury, you can still indulge in this little snack.
All it takes is one avocado, darkened to a brownish green and still firm, but with just a bit of give when you gently press into it.
Slice it in half lengthwise, and twist the two halves to open. Extract the pit out of its half by whacking a sharp knife into it so that it cuts in and sticks a little, then twist it free (my girlfriend learned this trick from Pinterest).
Fresh lime juice. Sea salt. Spoon. Perfection.
Besides lime juice and sea salt, I can think of several ways to mix this up a little, since perfection comes in many shapes and sizes… Add Sriracha.** Or freshly ground lemon pepper. Or nutritional yeast. Or cilantro. Or ground chipotle. Or skip the lime and the salt altogether, and just stick with the good old avocado + spoon combination: still perfect!
* No; more. I carry them around in a snack bag inside my shoulder bag, and won’t go to campus without yogurt-covered pretzels or almonds. I bring along napkins for clementines and plastic bags for sugar snap pea ends or cherry pits, and often have extras to share.
** My first job in Japan used to leave me exhausted. I would get home around 10 or 11pm, toss some chopped up avocado and tomato into a bowl, squeeze over a generous helping of Sriracha (as if it were salad dressing), and call it dinner.
Related Recipe Posts:
> Crema de Aguacate (Mexican Avocado Soup)
> Vietnamese Sweet Avocado Smoothie
> Lentil Green Bean Salad with Avocado and Vinaigrette