These ham salad filled avocados reminded me of a similar dish we used to eat in Lima, Peru. They’re fresh, light, and very tasty. The salad is nice and creamy and smooth and would be great just by itself. The mandarin oranges add a fantastic explosion of citrus flavor. Finally, there’s the perfectly ripe and creamy avocado. These ham salad-filled avocados are a perfect light lunch on a summer day.
Fortunately, avocados were on sale here last week. They’re very versatile and probably my favorite fruit. They’re definitely my favorite when they are filled with salad.
I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.
Also try my avocado and crab-mango salad.
Ham Salad-Filled Avocados
- 1 avocado
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ⅓ cup celery diced
- ⅓ cup ham diced
- 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- kosher or seasoned salt or better, my homemade Cajun seasoning, to taste
- 6-8 Mandarin orange segments
- Cut avocados in half and remove the seeds. Sprinkle with the lemon juice. Pre-cut into segments if desired, but don’t cut all the way through the fruit.
- In a small bowl, gently combine the celery, ham, 3-4 mandarin segments, and mayo and season to taste.
- Spoon into the avocados and top with a few more mandarin segments and serve.
Nutritional values are approximate.