In today’s food world of kale smoothies and salad jars, we often find avocados are the star ingredient of many wholesome, beautiful dishes. There is a good reason for this. Avocados are nutritious and so satisfying. They don’t have an overpowering flavour, making them so versatile that you can pretty much add them to any dish from starters to desserts. Oh and let’s not forget, they are so pretty that they have pretty much taken over instagram! If you want to up your instagram game or simply serve an impressive avocado meal, this post will show you how to make an avocado rose.
A few nights ago I was part of a short avocado masterclass, hosted at the Hello Fresh kitchen in London, that finally showed me how to make the insta-popular avocado rose. As a healthy food blogger and a big avocado fan, I felt seriously behind not knowing how to make an avocado rose yet! I have attempted this before, but never successfully. The masterclass was led by Collette from Food Deco, who has inspired some of the recipes behind the famous avocado-only restaurant in Amsterdam – The Avocado Show.
How to make an avocado rose
Here is how to make an avocado rose, step by step. The lovely Sima from The Curious Pixie is my model for these pictures and partner in crime for the night. You can also see a very badly filmed video with my phone further below (my hands were covered in avocado and it got messy)!
- Cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Peel the skin with your hands. So far, it’s very straightforward.
- Choose the better-looking half and cover with lemon juice to prevent it from browning. If you want to be a real pro, use sushi vinegar instead (this is what we used).
- Grab a small, very sharp knife and start cutting the avocado on the short side into very thin slices. Take your time as these will be your rose petals, the more petals, the more impressive your rose will be.
- Move the avocado with a spatula to your worktop directly, where you will have some more space. Gently start to push the avocado slices in a line, like a fan, making sure they are overlapping.
- From one end, start to turn the slices towards the centre into a spiral so they form the flower.
- After that you can place the rose on a toast or a rice cake (like we did) and decorate it with sesame, poppy seeds, chilli flakes, rose petals or whatever else you can think of.
Once this was explained to me, I realised it’s not actually that difficult and with time I think I will easily be able to perfect my avocado rose and make an even better one.
I hope these tips help you achieve this at home, it really is much easier than it looks. Let me know how you do in the comments below! :)
The masterclass was followed by a delicious vegan dinner, where the avocado was at the centre of each meal. Avocado-topped corn fritters as a starter, avocado burger with a quinoa patty as the main meal, and a rich avocado chocolate brownie for an avolicious finale. These amazing meals were cooked by Hello Fresh head chef Patrick Drake and the vegan duo behind the popular facebook channel BOSH! – Ian and Henry.
This post was created in partnership with the World Avocado Organisation, all opinions are my own.