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Kitchen Tip: How to Slice & Dice an Avocado

Posted: Dec 17, 2018

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Kitchen Tip: How to Slice & Dice an Avocado

Slicing and dicing avocados is a breeze with Real Simple's step-by-step approach.

Avocados are high in fibre and packed with a whole host of protective vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Although technically a fruit, avocados are a rich source of monounsaturated fats. This is the kind of fat you want in your diet but it's good to be aware that it also comes with a caloric price tag - 320 to be exact. Because of this, you might want to try substituting avocado for other sources of fat in your diet. Mashed avocado on toast, for example, is a tasty alternative to margarine. Or, try sliced avocado as a replacement for mayonnaise in sandwiches.

Pro tip: Hard avocados ripen more quickly when stored in a brown paper bag.

1. Cut the avocado in half.
Using a sharp chef's knife, slice through the avocado lengthwise until you feel the knife hit the pit. Then rotate the avocado, keeping the knife steady, to make a cut all around the pit. Twist the two halves apart.

2. Remove the pit.
Aim your knife at the pit and whack into it, using enough force that the knife won’t slip. Twist the knife to pull out the pit.

3. If dicing, score the flesh of the avocado without piercing the skin.
Use your knife’s tip to score avocado flesh, making squares, then scoop it out with a spoon.

4. If slicing, scoop out and slice.
For neat slices, use your spoon to loosen skin all the way around, and scoop out the flesh whole. Place flat side down on cutting board and slice using the tip of your knife.

Check out Real Simple's video tutorial here.