Farmer's Market Avocado Carpaccio
There’s nothing quite as refreshing and inspiring as a trip to the farmer’s market. Especially when everything is bright & colorful! I love to visit the market when I’m not in a rush, so I can spend lots of time at each booth, admiring all of the produce and taste test all of the delicious homemade baked goods. Plus, seeing all of the flowers in various seasons is one of my favorite parts. On this particular trip, I was searching for inspiration on how to use my Fresh California Avocados. #sponsored
I truly believe in buying as local as possible to create a more sustainable food system. So even though farmers markets might sometimes be more expensive than grocery stores, to me, it is worth it! I’d rather my money go towards supporting local farmers, plus the food is ALWAYS more flavorful than what I can find in the grocery store!
I’m always scouring the markets for beautiful ingredients and this time, the bright yellow of the golden beets caught my eye. I love having California Avocados in stock at home and I knew that the soft texture and green color would play so well against the crunch of the raw beet and vibrant yellow (which I’m living in these days, btw). And thats where the idea for a cold, vegetable inspired carpaccio dish came from!
I knew I’d want to jazz it up with a few more ingredients, but that the final result would be relatively simple and very easy to prepare. So, I grabbed a cucumber and some radishes to offer some more fresh crunch & pepperiness.
Not only is this dish a beautiful sight to see, but you’ll be shocked at how simple it is to make! Now, I HIGHLY recommend doing this recipe with a mandolin. Surely, you could attempt to make this dish with a knife, but your cuts may not be as paper thin. I love using my mandolin for thin, even cuts. I even used it on the avocado!
Hope you enjoy the recipe below and try this on a warm day, for a refreshing veggie appetizer or salad!
Farmer’s Market Avocado Carpaccio
Serves 4, as an appetizer or Serves 1, as a salad.
2 Fresh California Avocados
1 Seedless Cucumber
2 Golden Beets
Pea Shoots or Microgreens
Sea Salt & Fresh Pepper
Wash all produce.
Using a mandolin on the thinnest setting, slice the beets, radishes & cucumber into rounds.
Slice off a small bit from the end of the avocado.
Slice the avocado on the 2nd setting of the mandolin into rounds, until you reach the pit. Flip the avocado over and repeat with the other side.
Remove the skin of the avocado from the round circles.
Arrange the rounds of vegetables into a spiral, alternating and layering them one at a time in this order: avocado, beet, cucumber, radish. Continue to layer until the plate is full, or you run out of circles! (Will make 2 small plates or 1 large plate!)
Season by adding freshly ground pepper, flaky sea salt, fresh lemon juice & a drizzle of avocado oil (or olive oil).
Garnish with pea shoots or micro greens and serve room temperature or cold!
This post is sponsored by The California Avocado Commission, but all opinions are my own.