Lucinda's Avocado Salad


The avocado is known as a "pear" in Jamaica, and has also been called "poor man's butter." Those grown on the island have a smoother, lighter skin than Hass avocados, but the texture and the flesh are similar. There, avocados are most often served peeled and sliced with a morning meal or a sweet snack. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).


  • 3 cups shredded lettuce, such as romaine

  • 3 ripe avocados

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 small tomatoes, quartered

  • ½ teaspoon ground white or black pepper


  1. Arrange lettuce on a platter. Halve avocados lengthwise, then peel and pit. Slice avocados lengthwise. Place slices in a bowl. Add lime juice and salt; gently toss to combine. Arrange avocado slices over lettuce. Top with onion and tomatoes, and sprinkle with pepper.

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