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Avocado & Tomato Starter

Quantity: Serves 2 or 4

Please excuse the avocado peeling instructions if you're an expert. I put them in after discovering my mum and sister trying to use a potato peeler!!


2 ripe avocados
4 or 5 vine ripened tomatoes
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Salt & black pepper
A few leaves of fresh basil - chopped, or coriander
Lettuce leaves


1) Put the tomatoes in a bowl of boiling water for about a minute. The skins should split easily and be easier to peel. Drain and peel the tomatoes. Chop them into quarters, remove the seeds and chop the remaining tomato into small pieces.
2) Stir in the oil and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Add chopped basil.
3) Cut avocados in half lengthways around the stone, and twist to separate the halves. Remove the stones with a knife (chop at stone to embed knife, then twist). Put the avocado halves face down on a chopping board and peel the skins off using your fingers. If the avocados are ripe, the skins can be peeled away fairly easily.
4) Arrange Avocado halves and lettuce leaves on plates, then spoon chopped tomato mixture on top.

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    Cherry 2012. Questions, comments & corrections welcome. Email Cherry at Parsleysoup.