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Labneh-Stuffed Avocado with Toasted Nuts

A recipe for the best possible avocado you can find.

The key to this recipe is choosing the best possible avocado and handling it with care; it should be perfectly ripe; supple but not mushy. Fuerte avocados are a variety with thin skin and great flavor. They are a little less fatty than Hass, making them a good choice when an entire avocado half is offered as a single serving.

Once you have carefully removed the skin and stuffed and arranged the avocado halves on the platter, wipe down the surface around each half, careful not to reveal any trace of the labneh hidden inside. For the dressing, the nuts should be coarsely chopped and submerged in the oil, not entirely combined. The dressing is spooned over the avocados and should pool on the plate, leaving crunchy bits on the peaks of your little avocado mountain range.

If you can’t find labneh, whole milk ricotta makes a good alternate.

This is excerpted from Salad For President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists  by Julia Sherman. 

Salad

Serves 4
  • 2 ripe Fuerte or Hass avocados
  • 4 T (60 ml) labneh, at room temperature
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and halved

Dressing

  • 1/4 C (30 g) shelled unsalted pistachios
  • 1/4 C (35 g) pine nuts or Marcona almonds
  • 1 t white sesame seeds
  • 1 t coriander seeds
  • 3/4 C (180 ml) olive oil
  • 1/8 t Aleppo pepper
  • + sea salt
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and halved

Preparation

  1. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pits and, working carefully, peel off the skin. Do your best to keep the surface of the avocado flesh intact. If you are having trouble separating the skin from the flesh, scoop the half out with a spoon.

  2. Add a spoonful of labneh to the cavity of each avocado and flip it over, arranging it flat side down on a serving platter. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over the avocados to prevent oxidation.

  3. Lightly toast the nuts, sesame seeds, and coriander seeds in a dry pan over low heat until the nuts start to lightly brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer them to a food processor, add the oil, and pulse a few times to chop the nuts into a fine crumble; do not puree. Spoon the nut mixture over the avocados, and squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon on top.

  4. Garnish with the Aleppo pepper, salt, and lemon zest.