24 Amazing Avocado Pairings For You To Try
· April 4, 2021

What goes well with Avocado?

After spending hours scouring recipe books and conducting tasting experiments, I've found the following flavor pairings all go well with Avocado. Click on any match to view its flavor matches.

  • Basil

    E.g. Avocado and basil dip.Try these two flavors together by pulverizing them with greek yogurt, olive oil, lime juice, and garlic into a creamy dip.

  • Blue cheese

    Why this pairing works:Avocado’s fatty buttery texture is a perfect match to help round out the sharp pungent flavors of blue cheese. You often see these two in salads, toasties, and dips. You can also create a salad dressing by blending them together with lemon juice, oil, and garlic and which, thanks to Avocado’s silky texture, effortlessly clings to all of your salad’s ingredients.

    E.g. Avocado and blue cheese salad.The avocado and blue cheese salad called Cob salad is probably the most famous salad to feature these two, however, it also includes a litany lot of other ingredients such as chicken, egg, bacon, tomatoes, and various greens.

    A far simpler way to experience them is to scale the ingredients back. Here’s one such recipe which only requires bacon, lemon, and chopped chives.

  • Chicken

    E.g. Chicken, papaya and avocado salad.Whilst it doesn't have a short memorable name like Caesar or Cob, this salad is still popular (google is your friend here) due to how well it's three primary ingredients work together.

    Light chicken is surrounded by the creamy rich tastes of avocado and papaya and a simple fresh lime dressing accents their flavors. To add some crunch, the salad is topped with crushed walnuts.

  • Chocolate

    Why this pairing works:Another one of those bizarre combinations that actually work. I was doubtful in the beginning so I gave it a little research and it turns out these two really do match with recipes popping up here there and everywhere. Avocado`s silky luscious texture combines with chocolate to create beautifully rich and decadent desserts such as mousse's and sinful smoothies.

    E.g. Avocado and chocolate mousse.One popular recipe for these two is mousse pudding with variants mixing in other chocolate matches such as banana or peanut butter. You can find such a recipe over at The Minimalist Baker.

  • Coffee

    E.g. "Sinh To Bo" — Avocado and coffee milkshake.No. I haven’t lost my marbles. This is apparently a great little combination though I’ve yet to try it since I’ve given up coffee.

    In the west, avocados are used more like a vegetable in savory dishes despite actually being a fruit. However, in many south-east Asian countries, you'll often find them being used in sweeter dishes.In Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines they make a milkshake out of avocados, condensed milk, and coconut. The Vietnamese call it "Sinh to boh" and apparently one popular variation is to also throw in a couple of shots of espresso.

  • Coriander Leaf

    Why this pairing works:I love these two flavors. Avocado is some serious soul food. Its creamy fatty texture has an amazing mouthfeel and really helps to lock in other flavors in the same way that adding cream to a soup does. In contrast, the cilantro is zesty, sweet, and a little bitter. It lightens up the pairing and gently cuts through the fattiness of the avocado. A great combination for salads.

    E.g. Avocado cilantro dressing.A really easy way to try these two together is to just create a dressing with them. Blend avocado, coriander leaf (cilantro), yogurt, salt, and a bit of garlic until you have a nice thick dressing. Add water for a thinner consistency. Tastes great with anything.

  • Grapefruit

    Why this pairing works:All the citrus fruits pair nicely with avocado thanks to their acidity which cuts through the richness of avocado. Grapefruit also has a piney woody flavor which goes great with avocado’s nutty aroma.

    E.g. Grapefruit and avocado salad.When two ingredients are a perfect match you often find their recipes require few other ingredients to shine. This simple salad demonstrates this perfectly requiring only whine wine vinegar, olive oil, chervil and salt and pepper in addition to grapefruit and avocados.

  • Lime

    Why this pairing works:Avocado’s rich buttery flavor usually demands something to cut through it. Lime with its acidity and common use as a dressing is perfect for the job.

    Both lime and avocado share in common green and grassy notes and lime’s piney scent compliments the subtle nuttiness of avocado. Add lime’s ability to prevent the discoloration of avocado and you've got yourself a classic combo.

    E.g. Guacamole.This classic Mexican dip is made by mashing fleshy chunks of ripe avocado with finely chopped onion, juicy plum tomatoes, a little fresh chili, and a generous amount of lime juice to bring them all together and act as an accent. Best served on a hot summer’s day with tortilla chips and a crisp cold beer.

  • Mango

    Why this pairing works:Avocado has a subtle nutty aroma which pairs great with flavors that also exhibit woody, spicy, or piney notes. Whilst mango is more known for its tropical flavor it also contains an aroma compound called alpha-pinene which gives the fruit a piney flavor and makes it a great match for avocado. Great for salads and salsas.

  • Nutmeg

    Why this pairing works:Nutmeg has a sweet, warm, woody flavour which pairs wonderfully with avocado’s grassiness. Sprinkle a little on your next avocado toast.

    For best results always buy nutmeg whole and grate when needed. The oils in nutmeg which carry all the flavor evaporate quickly on contact with the air so preground often lacks the same punch.

  • Pineapple

    Why this pairing works:Like mango and apple, pineapple also makes an amazing partner for avocado. Its tropical caramel-like sweetness punctuates avocado’s grassy flavors. Great for salsas and salads.

    E.g. Grilled gammon and pineapple salsa.For a tropical surprise try making salsa out of pineapple and avocado and serve with salty grilled meat. The deep charred flavors of the meat will contrast nicely with the refreshing sweet flavors of the salsa. For a great example of this check out Nigel Slater's recipe serving grilled gammon with such a salsa

  • Salmon

    Why this pairing works:Sharing a similar mouth feel thanks to their fatty nature these two make for a decadent combination.

    E.g. Salmon and avocado donburi .The Japanese dish donburi is a bowl of rice served with a variety of savory toppings. Gyudon for instance is a rice bowl with a topping of beef and onion which has been slowly stewed in a sweet soy sauce broth.

    Another popular donburi is avocado and raw salmon. Taking inspiration from the Hawaiian poke dish, both ingredients are cut into small bite-sized cubes and topped with a dressing consisting of soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and smoky sesame oil. The salmon and avocado are marinaded in the dressing and then placed on the rice and topped with finely sliced sprint onions and sprinkles of white sesame seeds.

  • Soy Sauce

    Why this pairing works:Avocado pairs well with strong robust flavors and soy sauce fits the bill perfectly. Its salty flavor draws out avocado's grassy notes and its deep complex flavors are enrichened by the buttery flesh.

    E.g. Poor man's sashimi.Like cheese, garlic and bacon, soy sauce is one of those lazy flavors which you end up reaching for whenever you end up with some bland dish. For that reason, I'm trying my best from listing any old flavor as a soy sauce match.

    However, avocado has definitely earned it's place as a soy sauce pairing and requires no effort to experience it. Simply pit an avocado and slice it into segments. Poor a little soy sauce in a small dish and If you have wasabi, mix a little into the soy sauce. Now just like you would with sashimi, dunk a segment of avocado into the soy sauce and eat.

    If, like me, you are too lazy for all this and the need for dishes and the washing up they require then cut an avocado in half, pit it, and pour soy sauce into it's recess and eat with a small spoon.

  • Tomato

    Why this pairing works:A classic pairing that you often see in salads and dips such as Guacamole. A simple way to try these out is plain ole avocado toast and sliced cherry tomatoes with a little salt and balsamic vinegar to bind. Or top it with tomato salsa to bring some zing and freshness.