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Sizzling Summer California Avocados Recipe Contest & Giveaway

Sizzling Summer California Avocados Recipe Contest & GiveawaySummer is upon us, which means outdoor grilling and fresh-picked produce now take center stage.

This month I am excited to partner with the California Avocado Commission for an awesome avocado-themed summer recipe contest and giveaway prize package.

Do you have an innovative and fresh idea for incorporating California Avocados into your summer meals? If so, enter my recipe contest!

Entering is easy:

  • Create a recipe that features California Avocados as part of your favorite summer meal
  • Email your recipe with a picture of your final creation to by 5:00 pm PT on Monday July 14, 2014
  • The most creative – and delicious – recipe will be chosen on Friday July 18, 2014 and the winner will be notified by email
  • The winning recipe will be featured on Fiber is the Future on Monday July 28, 2014 and the winner will receive a one-of-a-kind California Avocados giveaway prize package
  • Contest is limited to US residents only

About the California Avocado Prize Pack

No avocado-loving cook’s kitchen would be complete without this California Avocado Commission Prize Pack!

The recipe contest winner receives this California Avocado Commission reusable tote, California Avocado masher, California Avocado tea towel, California Avocado snack box, California Avocado steel blue t-shirt, California Avocado magnet and green CAC pen, as well as recipes, and of course, a batch of fresh-picked California Avocados.

Need Some Inspiration?

If you want to get your creative – and competitive – recipe juices flowing, check out this new mouth-watering grilled tilapia with avocado fries recipe I recently developed for the California Avocado Commission:

Citrus Tilapia with Crunchy California Avocado Fries & Tangy Dipping Sauce

Author: Katie Ferraro, MPH, RD, CDE

Recipe developed by Katie Ferraro, MPH, RD, CDE for the California Avocado Commission

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Description: Break out of your family’s weeknight dinner rut with this quick-and-easy, kid-approved and flavorful recipe! Citrus marinated grilled tilapia and crunchy California Avocado fries share the stage with a tangy dipping sauce that provides an excellent source of protein, folate, potassium and vitamin C, and good source of dietary fiber and vitamin A per serving. The avocado fries provide a fun and delicious finger food for kids which can be enjoyed as a snack as well.


Crunchy California Avocado Fries Ingredients

  • ½ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into 16 thin wedges

Crunchy California Avocado Fries Instructions

  • Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In small mixing bowl, combine panko crumbs, black pepper, salt and smoked paprika. In a separate small mixing bowl, add egg and whisk lightly.
  • Dip avocado slices in egg and then in panko mixture. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Citrus Grilled Tilapia Ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. chili powder or ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 4, (4-oz.) tilapia fillets
  • Lemon wedge, for garnish

Citrus Tilapia Instructions

  • In a zip top bag, combine extra virgin olive oil, orange juice, white vinegar, minced garlic, honey, salt, black pepper, cumin and chili powder. Shake to mix. Add tilapia fillets to bag and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  • Spray skillet with nonstick spray and heat on stovetop over medium-high heat. Remove tilapia from marinade and add to skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned. Discard marinade. The tilapia can also be prepared on a hot grill or grill pan for 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned.
  • Serve with a fresh lemon wedge, Crunchy California Avocado Fries and Tangy Dipping Sauce.

*For a time saving tip, marinate fish up to eight hours in advance.

Tangy Dipping Sauce Ingredients

  • ¼ cup low-fat sour cream or plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. chili garlic hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Tangy Dipping Sauce Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

Serving Suggestion: The citrus grilled tilapia is a versatile recipe.Use your favorite fish or try other flaky, mild white fish varieties such as sole or haddock.

Beverage Pairing:

Try a zesty and refreshing white wine such as Pinot Grigio.

For a non-alcoholic choice, try spritzer with fresh lime juice, mint and sparkling water.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

(1 serving includes 4 oz. fish, 4 slices of Crunchy California Avocado Fries, 2 Tbsp. of Tangy Dipping Sauce)

Calories 370 ; Total Fat 23g (Sat 4 g , Trans 0 g , Poly 3 g , Mono 15 g ); Cholesterol 110 mg ; Sodium 560 mg ; Potassium 630 mg ; Total Carbohydrate 16 g ; Dietary Fiber 3 g ; Total Sugars 5 g ; Protein 27 g ; Vitamin A 562 IU ; Vitamin C 13 mg ; Calcium 62 mg ; Iron 1 g ; Vitamin D 4 mcg ; Folate 70 mcg ; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.2 g

% Daily Value**: Vitamin A 10% ; Vitamin C 20% ; Calcium 6% ; Iron 6%

* Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados.

© 2014 California Avocado Commission

For more great recipe ideas, check out the California Avocado Commission’s extensive recipe library available here.

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