Sure, the beloved avocado may be a less traditional Turkey Day option, but they still have plenty to offer. After all, the healthy fat is both satisfying and packed with nutrients—a crucial combination when you’re staring down your second helping of pumpkin pie.
And because “pics or it didn’t happen” is never truer than on Thanksgiving, serving up a dish that features avocado will make ‘gramming your feast that much easier.
Keep reading for six avo-centric Thanksgiving recipes for every course, from apps to dessert.
Whipping avocado and lime into feta is bound to take your cheese plate up a notch (or five). “They are both tangy and creamy with a pop of sweetness from the pomegranate,” writes Ambitious Kitchen blogger Monique Volz. Top slices of toasted bread (or sweet potatoes, if that’s how you roll) with the spread and finish the crowd-pleasing app with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds. Yes, these beauts are seriously photogenic, too.
Looking for a savory soup, sans dairy? “Avocado is a fantastic way to add creaminess to soups without adding cream or milk,” explains Elena Tomasi, the blogger behind As Easy as Apple Pie. This soup takes less than 20 minutes to whip up—and can be made in advance—so that you have less to worry about when the turkey is in the oven.
If you normally have trouble getting takers for a side salad, this colorful bowl of fall produce may be the exception. And with roasted sweet potato, green apple, and pumpkin seeds, it’ll fit right in with the flavor profile of your Thanksgiving spread. Simply Real Health creator Sarah Adler‘s expert tip for making the salad in advance? “Store without the dressing and avocado until you’re ready to eat.” Extra serving of veg? Check.
Stuffed acorn squash is filling enough that it can serve as the main dish for plant-based eaters who are passing on turkey—plus the quinoa and black beans give some protein. Green peppers and pepitas add a more robust flavor while the avocado gives it a creamy boost. Want to make it again at Christmas? Blend some red peppers in with the green ones for a truly festive dish.
Not only will this raw tart bring major Sunshine State vibes to your array of pies, but it’ll also do wonderful things for your (likely stressed) skin. “It’s loaded with healthy fats, especially those from the avocado, but also the raw crust is made up from nuts, coconut, and a couple extra ingredients to boost the nutrition of this dessert making it a true #skinfood,” explains McKel Hill, MS, RD, of Nutrition Stripped. And the tart will fit right in amongst apple pie and berry crumbles—avocados are a fruit, after all.
When blended with cacao, coffee, and maple syrup, avocados make for a decadent mousse that has all of the chocolatey flavor of your fave desserts (with a side of some real nutritional benefits). Lorie Yarro, the blogger behind Be Whole Be You, makes this recipe whenever she has an avocado that’s just a bit too ripe—but you can also reach for the ultra-soft option at the supermarket when you do your big Thanksgiving shopping to skip the wait.
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