Mamta's Kitchen

Avocado Fan Salad

Avocado Fan Salad

Bakari Notti

Note from Mamta: This simple avocado fan comes from a camp we stayed in Tarangire National park in Tanzania in the summer of 2011. We stayed at this camp three nights and food was always great. Serves 2


  • 1 ripe avocado. The right avocado should just ‘give’ when pressed, but not be mushy. Otherwise it will not hold it’s shape

  • 3-4 tender lettuce leaves

  • A few slices of red onion

  • A couple of slices of cucumber

  • 1-2 cherry tomatoes or slices of tomatoes

  • 2-3 tbsp. vinaigrette of choice, like Vinaigrette with Red Wine Vinegar


  1. Hold the avocado in one hand. Using a sharp knife, cut in half lengthwise all around.

  2. Gently twist the each half in opposite direction. One half will come off, leaving the other half with the stone.

  3. Ease off the stone with a knife or your fingers.

  4. Peel the skin off, starting from the pointy end.

  5. If there are any brown membranes left from the stone, gently scrape off with a plastic spoon. Lay the Avocado down on a chopping board hollow side down.

  6. Slice the avocado 3/4 of the way up in even slices of about 1/4" thickness, leaving about 1 inch at the stem end uncut. Then gently fan out the slices.

  7. If not using straight away, sprinkle some lemon juice, cover with a cling film and keep in the fridge. When ready to serve, lightly season with salt and olive oil.

  8. To serve; place a couple of leaves of lettuce on a plate. Arrange avocado fan next/over them. Spoon a little of the vinaigrette on top and serve immediately.

  9. You could add a couple of cherry tomatoes or other salad vegetables as well.

  10. Also see Salad Selection.

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