French Fridays with Dorie: Anne Le Blanc´s Pistachio Avocado

Anne Le Blanc´s Pistachio Avocado Dorie Greenspan recipe by Mardi Michels eatlivetravelwrite.comDo you read my blog in your Google Reader? Did you know that Google Reader will be no longer as of July 1st? What to do? Well you can follow my blog with Bloglovin! (and all your other favourites too!)

This weeks’ French Fridays with Dorie “recipe” (Anne Le Blanc´s Pistachio Avocado, p 106) is really not so much a recipe but an idea. And one that opened my mind and tastebuds to the deliciousness that is pistachio oil!

From Around my French Table Anne Le Blanc´s Pistachio Avocado Mardi Michels eatlivetravelwrite.comEven though it’s not much of a recipe, as Dorie says, “It’s too delicious not to share!”

Anne Le Blanc´s Pistachio Avocado for French Fridays with Dorie Mardi Michels eatlivetravelwrite.comBasically, it’s avocados halved, spritzed with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning, then you fill in the centre with avocado oil and sprinkle with a little sea salt. That’s it, that’s all.  Because we had avocados which were a little on the young side (they were a day off being really ripe), the cubes (Yeah I went rouge a little – thought it was more convivial to serve like this instead of individual halves of avocado) did not need the lemon juice to keep them green but they did well with a little lemon zest sprinkled over the top. I let the “salad” sit in the oil for about 15 minutes before we served this and it was pretty tasty.

Anne Le Blanc´s Pistachio Avocado from Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan Mardi Michels eatlivetravelwrite.comThe next day I used one leftover avocado (it was much riper!) and I sliced it thinly and served it drizzled with the pistachio oil. And, ahem, I ate it all (it was only tiny) as I stood at the kitchen counter and watched the rain come down and wondered where the summer was…

I’m pleased I have a lot of the pistachio oil leftover (I used President’s Choice Black Label) as I’ll definitely be using this to finish dishes and salads this summer!

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22 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Anne Le Blanc´s Pistachio Avocado

  1. Liz May 31, 2013 at 06:41 #

    I loved this one, too…so easy, so tasty! Following you on Bloglovin’ now 🙂

  2. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes May 31, 2013 at 08:25 #

    I absolutely loved this one, but I had to make my own pistachio oil, and left the nuts for crunch. Amazing non-recipe! Have a great day Mardi!

  3. Ei May 31, 2013 at 08:44 #

    Next ripe avocado I see, I’ll try this one again.

  4. Candy (Dulce) May 31, 2013 at 10:01 #

    Happy that you liked this one so much. I’m interested in finding new uses for my batch of pistachio oil that I made for this.

  5. Alex May 31, 2013 at 11:43 #

    I have never tried it with pistacho oil before – but I remember my parents used to use balsamic vinegar and sea salt, and that too is a great combination 🙂

  6. Maria @ Box of Stolen Socks May 31, 2013 at 16:53 #

    I could not find pistachio oil in Zagreb but now that I know that I can make my own I am going to try it!! Have a great weekend Mardi!!!

  7. yummychunklet May 31, 2013 at 17:05 #

    Looks delicious as usual! Yum!

  8. Diane Balch May 31, 2013 at 17:12 #

    Now that is better than eating a bag of cookies standing at the counter.

  9. Cher May 31, 2013 at 19:35 #

    Summer keeps popping in and out like a whack a mole here…In the 40’s one day and almost 90F a few days later. We went into May with a rain deficit and with a surplus. Summer, where are you????

    I like both your iterations. There is something fun about the oil in the well waiting to burst out!

  10. Trevor Sis. Boom. May 31, 2013 at 21:40 #

    I was wondering if someone would just make a salad out of this one! I can’t tell you how excited I am that I ordered two bottles of the premium oil! I already know its wonderful in any salad dressing or marinade…

  11. Cakelaw June 1, 2013 at 00:27 #

    Hi Mardi, I am glad you enjoyed this. It didn’t do it for me, but I am now happy to own an oil other than olive and canola to play with.

  12. Teresa June 1, 2013 at 01:02 #

    This was a nice recipe – perfect summer appetizer. I made my own pistachio oil, but I liked it so much I think I’ll pick up a bottle of it, too.

  13. ayu | the spicy lemongrass June 1, 2013 at 01:55 #

    This was indeed a simple “recipe” wasn’t it? I also ate mine greedily alone right after shooting my photos, while my 13 month old slept soundly nearby. I don’t know about you, but for me there is something very satisfying about eating alone standing up.

  14. kitchen therapy June 1, 2013 at 07:41 #

    I wish we could have nuts around our house, I love pistachios!
    Looks delicious.

  15. Tricia S. June 1, 2013 at 09:26 #

    I think we have found your summer down here in Pennsylvania…we have had 95 degrees the last three days and I was already happy with this recipe because it did not involve turning on the oven 🙂 I enjoyed the idea but will probably do more with that pistachio oil on meats and salads in the future- still a wonderful treat that makes me want to go oil shopping in Paris……

  16. Rose June 1, 2013 at 10:01 #

    I had never had pistachio oil before either and I am so excited to play around with it now. So good!

  17. Kathy June 1, 2013 at 17:08 #

    This one was a winner for me too! Love your photos…everything looks incredibly delicious! Have a great weekend.

  18. Betsy June 2, 2013 at 22:17 #

    All your variations look delicious! I made my own pistachio oil (like Teresa). I loved the flavors together, but it was so rich. Cubes seem like a good way to go to reduce the decadence.

  19. Mary Hirsch June 3, 2013 at 08:16 #

    Although I used what I had on hand – Meyer Lemon Oil and Dukkah, I really missed out on not using Pistachio Oil. I am three days away from having my kitchen totally in order and my oil, vinegar and spice list is very, very long. Like your Post and your enthusiasm for this recipe, Mardi.

  20. Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog June 3, 2013 at 17:22 #


    We have the same china except I have a floral pattern with a bird on the inside, but we have the same bowls. Funny.

  21. Mr. Neil June 6, 2013 at 09:31 #

    I’m not exactly sure why Mardi blushes when preparing this – I must have missed that. 😉

    At any rate, simple, refreshing summer salad – perfect with a bottle of Rose de Provence…

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