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Versatility puts focus on avocado

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Updated: April 1, 2012 8:02AM



The avocado can star in a meal at any time of day.

Requests for breakfasts and salads including avocados (from N.A.S. of Elgin) and a creamy avocado dressing (from J.L. of Chicago) have been answered by the Chilean Avocado Importers Association.

For breakfast, the association recommends this simple entree: Place a poached egg atop a toasted English Muffin or slice of whole wheat bread; add slices of ¼ avocado and 2 tablespoons of your favorite salsa.

To make about 1 cup Creamy Avocado Dressing: Cut 1 avocado in half, remove the pit and peel. Scoop avocado into blender or food processor bowl. Add ¾ cup buttermilk, 2 (chopped) scallions, 2 tablespoons (packed) fresh basil leaves, 2 tablespoons white wine or raspberry vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon salt; blend until very smooth (about 30 seconds). Store in tightly covered container up to 3 days.

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