Like everyone else on the Internet, we love avocados! Creamy, smooth and buttery, packed with good fats and protein, avocados manage to find their way regularly into our salads, dips and sandwiches. They’re also one of the trendiest ingredients right now, with restaurants serving anything from pricey avocado toast to lattes served inside of avocados. (Did you know you can freeze avocados?)
My favorite trend? The avocado rose: an avocado that looks like someone painstakingly carved it into a flower. When I spotted this clever presentation on Instagram, I immediately asked the Test Kitchen if they could show me how to make an avocado rose. Luckily, the technique is much easier than I expected. Next brunch, I’m going to bust out these roses to wow my friends.
Here’s How to Make an Avocado Rose
A sharp paring knife
An avocado, ripe but still firm
Step 1: Cut and Peel the Avocado
Slice the avocado in half. Take out the pit, either by scooping it with a scoop or tapping the pit firmly (but carefully) with your knife blade and twisting to remove.
Peel the skin off the avocado halves.
Step 2: Slice
Cut the avocado widthwise into very thin slices. Take your time with this step! The key to a beautiful, successful avocado rose is to make super-thin, even slices.
Step 3: Fan Out the Slices
Very gently, fan out the avocado slices. Be careful not to crush the fruit.
Step 4: Do the Twist
Gently curl your avocado slices to make a rose shape. Start at one end and curl toward the center. Keep twisting to make a pinwheel-like shape. When the fruit is curled up, the fanned slices resemble rose petals.
Step 5: Practice Makes Perfect
Your first avocado rose might have a squished side, or be unevenly wrapped. Don’t sweat it. If you make two or three roses in one session, the slicing and twisting motions will feel more natural. (You can use less than a full avocado half to make smaller roses, especially if you want to practice.)
Set your avocado rose atop a breakfast bowl, a Tex-Mex supper, a bowl of soup or chili, or just a slice of toast. (Here’s how to make avocado toast at home.) We like to sprinkle with a bit of coarse salt before chowing down.
And—of course!—don’t forget to snap a pic before you eat. Check out our most Instagrammable summer recipes.