Picnic Sandwiches:
Avocado-Salmon Spread

This tasty spread is perfect for picnic sandwiches. Since it contains no mayonnaise, you don't need to worry about keeping it cold while you hike to your picnic spot!

This is easy to make, looks nice and tastes great.

I like to make Avocado-Salmon Spread sandwiches on crusty buns with a few slices of cucumber for crunch.

This also makes a nice spread for crackers.

I found that my Magic Bullet blender worked even better than my regular blender for this recipe.

If you don't have a blender, just mash well with a fork or a potato masher. You won't get the same smooth consistency as with a blender, but it will still taste great.

This recipe makes two good-sized sandwiches, and is easily multiplied.




Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • canola oil
    • garlic
    • canned salmon

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • bottled lemon juice

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • avocados

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a knife
    • a spoon
    • a fork
    • s can opener
    • a small bowl

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • measuring spoons and cups (if not, just estimate)
    • a garlic press (if not, just mince the garlic)
    • a blender or a Magic Bullet blender





    The recipe

    1 avocado

    1 Tbsp/15 mL lemon juice

    1 Tbsp/15 mL oil

    1 clove garlic, pressed

    1 can (6 oz/180 g) salmon, drained and flaked

    Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh into your blender container.
    Add the lemon juice, oil and garlic.
    Blend until smooth.
    Transfer to a bowl and stir in the salmon.




    Substitutions

    • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of bottled.

    • Use lime juice instead of lemon.

    • Use another vegetable oil instead of canola.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • I wonder how this would taste with tuna instead of salmon? Give it a try!

    • Add some interesting additions to the spread. How about capers? Finely minced onion? Minced sweet pepper? Use your imagination!

    Tips

    • To test an avocado for ripeness, hold it in the palm of your hand and give a gentle squeeze. If it is rock-hard, it's not ripe. If it's soft and mushy, it's too ripe. If it feels firm, but yields slightly to pressure, it's probably just right.

    • To speed up the ripening of an avocado, put it in a paper bag. To slow it down once it is almost ripe, take it out of the bag and put it in the fridge.





    Menu suggestion

    Serve Avocado-Salmon Sandwiches with

    • carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes and bell pepper slices
    • Potato Salad




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