3 Avocado Food Hacks for Sandwich Meals

3 Avocado Food Hacks for Sandwich Meals
There's a lot of buzz around the internet about food hacks. What is a hack? Hack was originally a computer programmer term for a workaround or trick to get something done in a non-traditional way. Hacks are creative and clever. Here are three hacks for using avocados to make your sandwich meals tasty and interesting.

Salad—If you don't have enough salad fixings to make tossed salads, make a chopped or shredded salad, instead and use an avocado to stretch your dressing.

It's late and you are tired. When you open the fridge to pull out the salad fixings that you know are there, you see that your salad items are depleted. It looks like some little rabbit has been nibbling. Not to worry! Pull out that lone tomato, broccoli stem, handful of greens, tiny carrots, some summer squash, slightly limp celery, and half of a cucumber. Use what you have! Chop it down to pieces no larger than the tip of your little finger. You can also coarsely shred some ingredients. Carrots and summer squash come to mind. Sprinkle the chopped veggies with a little garlic salt and some pepper and toss. In a separate bowl, mash half of an avocado. Then add that little dab of ranch dressing or some vinaigrette. Stir it well, and then toss it with the salad. Serve your chopped salad proudly next to that glorious sandwich you made.

Mayonnaise substitute—What can you do if you want to make egg salad, but you are trying to steer clear of mayonnaise? Use avocado for a mayo substitute in an egg salad for one. You need to make egg salad for more than one? Just size the recipe upwards until it fits your crowd. This is a good salad for a Dr. Seuss celebration, if you add a bit of ham!

Green Egg Salad for 1


¼ large avocado
1 teaspoon pickle relish
½ teaspoon grated onion or dried onion flakes.
1 teaspoon stone ground mustard
dash garlic salt
dash celery salt
1 grated hard-boiled egg


Mash the avocado to your desired smoothness. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.

Serve the egg salad open face on a piece of toast or rice cake. You could also grill a couple of pieces of bread. After they are grilled, put the egg salad between the bread pieces. The light green color of the egg salad is a lovely contrast with the browned bread. Use rye or pumpernickel for even more contrast.

Velvetize your smoothie—Use smoothies to get more fruits and veggies, plus have a drink for a nutritious side dish with your sandwich meal.

Veggie Smoothie #13-Orangey color and a slightly sweet citrus taste


3 stalks celery
2 cups yellow summer squash
1 cup carrots
½ cup cucumber
1 tangerine (leave the peel on one of them)
½ avocado
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 ½ cups water + 5 ice cubes


Blend all of the ingredients at high speed. If you have a Vitamix, that is preferred. This serves 3-4.

Mashable and easily incorporated into a variety of dishes for a sandwich meal, avocados are also a nutritional powerhouse. The USDA shows that a cup of avocado contains 234 calories. This is fewer calories than a comparable amount of many types of candy. Avocados are filled with monounsaturated fat. This type of fat is believed to help lower the bad cholesterol. Monounsaturated fat allows the body to process fat soluble vitamins. Avocados are also a good source of fiber and potassium.

Use avocados as a way to solve questions that come up when you are putting your creative sandwich meals together. How can a make a side salad when I don't have the ingredients that I am used to? What can I use for egg salad, when I don't want to use mayo? How can I keep my smoothie from separating? The answer to all of these questions comes in the form of that charming little egg-shaped avocado. It's a food hack that keeps on giving.

Do you have favorite food hacks? Feel free to share them with us at the BellaOnline Sandwiches Forum. We look forward to hearing from you!

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