Easy and Edible Holiday Centerpieces Start with Avocados

No worries about packing these holiday decorations away when the season’s over – they’re gone by the end of the party! The basis of the easy-to-do wreath and tree is Chilean Hass Avocados, in season now because it’s summer down in Chile, where they grow top quality fruit (yes, the avocado is a fruit).

Avocados add great flavor and color to these centerpieces and also provide nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (beneficial plant compounds). Avocados do have fat but theirs is monounsaturated and polyunsaturated and thus a good replacement for saturated fat.

For another party try the avocado spread, as in the Wreath recipe, to pipe on toasted pita quarters, baguette slices or crackers. Kids love to help with the mashing and the squeezing.

  • 2 large Chilean Hass Avocados
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ diced orange or yellow sweet pepper
  • Grape or small cherry tomatoes
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • 1 bag (5 ounces) mixed baby salad greens

Rinse avocados. Cut in half. Spoon out pit. Carefully remove peel. Cut each avocado half lengthwise into 4 to 5 slices. Sprinkle slices with lemon juice. On large plate or platter, arrange largest avocado slices to form the branches of the tree. Scatter with cheese, pepper dices, tomatoes and pomegranate seeds. In salad bowl, toss smaller slices with baby greens and a citrus-based vinaigrette.

Nutritional Information per serving - calories 326, fat 18.5g, saturated fat 3 g, % calories from fat 51%, protein 4g, carbohydrates 14g, cholesterol 14mg, sodium 337mg, fiber 3g.