Avocado and Preserved Lemon Kits

The tangy flavor of preserved lemons and the creamy richness of avocados are a natural match.  mo foods’ preserved lemon and avocado starter kit contains freshly picked avocados and preserved lemons, all gleaned from backyards in San Francisco and bursting with local flavor.  Combine them with in-season ingredients create one of these four healthy recipes for a simple lunch, as a side dish for a dinner at home, or an appetizer that will wow your guests. And, as always, don’t forget to ask yourself: what’s in my backyard?

Avocado, Preserved Lemon and Tomato Salad

1 avocado, sliced
1 large heirloom tomato or ½ pint cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped mo foods preserved lemons
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Arrange the avocado slices in a circle on a plate. Chop the tomatoes into approximately bite-sized pieces and arrange in the center of the avocado. Whisk together remaining ingredients and pour over the top.  Serve immediately.

Serves 2
Avocado and Preserved Lemon Sandwich

2 pieces hearty bread, preferably multigrain, toasted
1/2 avocado, sliced
3 slices fresh white cheese such as ricotta salata, feta or goat cheese
1 tablespoon chopped mo foods preserved lemons
handful arugula (optional)
1 thin slice red onion (optional)
drizzle olive oil
fresh ground pepper to taste

Arrange all the items in the order listed on one slice of bread. Drizzle with olive oil and pepper, if desired. Top with second slice of bread.  Eat it before someone can steal it from you.

Serves 1 person per sandwich
Avocado and Preserved Lemon “Guacamole”

2 avocados
1 mo foods preserved lemon, finely chopped and juice reserved
1 tablespoon lemon brine
1 tablespoon diced onion (if desired)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 pinch smoked paprika
1 pinch cayenne pepper (if desired)

Blend together all of the ingredients, by hand or in a food processor, until smooth. Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips for a Moroccan twist.

Serves 1-4, depending on how hungry you are
Ceviche with Avocado and Preserved Lemon

1 lb very fresh seafood, such as bay scallops, shrimp and red snapper.
2 avocados, roughly diced
1 mo foods preserved lemon, finely diced, with juice reserved
juice of 2 lemons (approximately ¼ cup)
2 tablespoons sliced shallots
1 teaspoon diced Serrano chili
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

If using fish filets, cut into bite sized pieces.  Peel and clean shrimp.  Mix together all ingredients and let marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.

Serves 4