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Summer Snacks: Grilled Avocados With Strawberries and Feta

Fresh strawberries grilled inside avocados and sprinkled with feta makes a delicious and refreshing summertime snack.

August 7, 2017

We keep a small garden in our backyard. When we can fend off the deer, slugs and children, it actually does pretty well. Despite my slow start at planting this year (unless you count volunteer weeds as a crop), we are experiencing a bumper crop of strawberries.

I didn’t plant the strawberries; they came with the house. They started off as a few small plants in the corner of one of the raised beds and I just forgot about them. Every year for the past four years, they’ve been slowly taking up more and more space. They grow in the raised beds, the walkway and some even grow outside of the garden fence. But I don’t mind. They are sweet, abundant and require almost no care on my part. It seems that as soon as we pick them, three more are ripe and ready in their place. We can’t eat them fast enough and I hate to see a great thing go to waste.


With abundance comes invention. I’m an avid canner, but we only get a few handfuls of strawberries per day. Even if I take really good care of them, the strawberries don’t survive long enough to gather enough to make a batch of jam. So, we throw the strawberries on cereal, mash them into ice cream and eat them al fresco as we harvest. 

But this year, I wanted to do something a little different.

Though commonly used in desserts, the versatile strawberry also pairs well with savory flavors. Looking through my fridge, I came up with a list of possible savory strawberry partners: an avocado that needed attention, a bit of leftover feta cheese and some amazing aged balsamic vinegar. And since the grill was already fired up for dinner…

Enter stage left: grilled avocados stuffed with strawberries, sprinkled with feta cheese and drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. This dish is the perfect combination of sweet, smoky, salty and creamy.

We often don’t think about grilling avocados, but why not? They are a great source of protein and healthy fats, and are naturally bowl-shaped to hold all sorts of delicious fillings. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a match made in heaven, and when sprinkled with a bit of feta cheese, the bright and sweet strawberry flavor really pops. Plus, these are so easy to make and really quite impressive to look at. Whether you’re making them for breakfast, lunch or first course for an al fresco summer dinner, let strawberries be the star of something other than dessert.

Grilled Avocado with Strawberries and Feta

Serves one. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • Aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
  • 1 avocado, halved and pitted
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preparation

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.

In a small bowl, gently mix together strawberries and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Set aside.

Drizzle avocado halves with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place avocados cut-side down on the grill and cook for two to three minutes. Remove from the grill.

Fill avocado cavities with strawberries and sprinkle with feta cheese. Return to the grill cut-side up for about two minutes to warm through. Serve immediately.


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Jackie Freeman

Recipe developer, food stylist and culinary tinkerer, Jackie Freeman has worked in the culinary field for over 20 years as a private chef, cheesemaker, culinary instructor, recipe editor and a radio and video personality.

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