Are you ready to learn a new skill? Avocado roses are a fun way to decorate your toast, salad or enjoy on it own. Here is a quick avocado rose tutorial on how you can make them at home!
The first time I attempted making an avocado rose… it wasn’t pretty. But I didn’t give up and kept on trying different techniques on getting the perfect rose down. I feel like I have mastered the perfect rose pretty well by now. So I figured I can show you my avocado rose tutorial now. Don’t be discouraged the first time you try it and it doesn’t come out.
I always find the perfect avocados at my local Fred Meyer. The great thing about shopping at Fred Meyer is you are not sacrificing the quality of your produce and always saving money while doing it. They take pride in having great products in their stores so that’s why they are my favorite store to shop in, especially for my produce. I love that I can get great organic items by Simple Truth at a much lower price too. I mean why spend your money on other name brands when their brands do a great job at creating wonderful products too.
When I buy my avocados, I usually buy a few extras to ensure that I get a few perfect ones, especially when you are starting out and practicing. The ones that don’t come out, become guacamole and I wont be mad about that. If you happen pick up a few harder ones for a few days later, you can add them to a brown paper bag with a banana or apple to help ripen it. One of favorite tricks I learned a while ago.
HERE ARE MY top tips for making a successful avocado rose
- Click on my video tutorial to help you with choosing a perfect avocado.
- Use ripe, but not over-ripe avocados. You want them to be nice and flexible, but not mushy.
- After removing the skin, smooth the rounded side over with your finger to get smoother looking ‘flower petals’.
- Slice as thinly as you possibly can. We’re talking like 2-3mm here. A really sharp knife helps with this.
- When fanning out the slices into a curve, try to make the curve as long as possible in order to make it easy to roll up.
- If you’re letting the avocado sit for a while before serving, squeeze a little bit of lemon or lime juice to prevent it from turning brown.
So now you are ready to make your first avocado rose. You will also need a cutting board, a sharp knife that’s preferably very sharp and thin. Thicker knives tend to cut thicker slices I’ve noticed. When you cut into the avocado make sure to try and keep constant thin slices or your will have a wonky rose with different size petals. See my step by step photo below and this quick avocado rose tutorial video HERE.
I decided to pair my avocado roses with one of my favorite salads that I make a lot. If you end up making this salad, you will need to start on the salad first since you will need to soak the radicchio leaves in iced cold water for at least 15-30 minutes to get the bitterness out.
If you haven’t tried radicchio before, it has a natural bitterness to it which I don’t like. Cutting out the stem area and cutting into smaller pieces, crushing it a bit with your hands in the water and then letting it soak helps release that bitterness. You must try it this way. The combination of citrus, olive oil and salt for a simple vinaigrette is so delicious in this salad. I always make extra and use it in other salads. Or you can always keep citrus on hand to whip up a quick dressing like this.
Pairing it with a glass of your favorite Rosé is simply divine. I love this bottle that is available for under $10 at Fred Meyer. A few other favorites are these two bottles : Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses and Ava Grace Rosé. Something about the crisp flavors of these rosés and this salad that works great together. But hey, for me it’s Rosé all day.
The addition of creamy avocado to this salad makes it even better combination. You can totally put the avocado on a toast as a side and eat it with the salad too.
I can’t wait to see you all make these avocado roses. I hope you learned something new today if you haven’t tried making one yourself yet.
Would love to see your avocado rose art. If you make one please tag @lenaskitchenblog on Instagram or use the #lenaskitchenrose.
RADICCHIO SALAD WITH AVOCADO ROSES
- 1 head of medium sized radicchio, cut into quarters
- 1/4 cup Murray's Cheese aged manchego cheese, shaved with peeler
- 1/4 tsp sea salt, or more to taste
- 1/2 small orange, freshly squeezed
- 1/4 cup Simple Truth Organic Italian extra virgin olive oil
- 1-2 avocados
- 1/4 fresh lemon
- sea salt, to be sprinkled on avocados
- Get the radicchio ready first if making the salad. Cut it in quarters and then cut out the core of the bottoms. Then cut into halves and with yours hands crush the leaves a bit to help release any bitterness. Let it sit in the ice cold water that covers the lettuce all the way for at least 15-30 minutes. Use either a salad spinner to remove all the water or pat it dry in a towel. Can be done ahead of time and stores after drying for up to 4-5 days.
- Whisk together olive oil, freshly squeezed citrus and salt until emulsifies, adjust salt if needed. Set aside. whisk again once ready to serve and toss the leaves.
- Cut avocado in half and peel off the skin. Lay one half of the avocado, cut side down, and slice the avocado thinly. You want the slices to be really thin so that they're easier to shape.
- Fan out the slices so that they form a long line with the slices overlapping each other. Starting from one end, curl avocado slices toward the center. Continue curling the avocado slices until you get a rose.
- Toss salad with dressing. Lay out on a plate, shave some manchego cheese. Transfer avocado rose with a knife on the salad or your toast and with your fingers gently push the petals apart to form a open rose. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice and lightly salt. Enjoy.
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If you give my AVOCADO ROSE TUTORIAL a try? Let me know what you think. Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #lenaskitchenblog on Instagram! I love seeing what you come up with!
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