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Bacon, Avocado and Corn Salad by Picky Palate

I am thrilled to share a new cookbook with you today called Absolutely Avocados by my friend Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking!

Gaby is definitely the queen of all things avocado and her book is “absolutely” perfect!  Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson photographed and styled the book so you can expect mouthwatering delicious photos throughout.

I chose to make Gaby’s “Bacon, Avocado and Corn Salad.”  Can I just say it is a salad packed with all of my favorite things.  It’s got corn, bacon, avocados, cilantro, lime and cheese!  I could eat this every day and be so very happy.

I just know you will love this salad, Enjoy!

Congrats to Gaby and her beautiful new cookbook!  Go out and get your copy today!

Bacon, Avocado and Corn Salad

Here’s a glimpse of Gaby’s Cookbook.  It will be very happily used in my kitchen!

Bacon, Avocado and Corn Salad by Picky Palate


Bacon, Avocado and Corn Salad by Gaby Dalkin’s “Absolutely Avocados”


  • 5 strips Thick cut bacon
  • 4 ears corn, husks and silks removed
  • 2 ounces cotija cheese (feta cheese may be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Hass avocado
  • coarse salt
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place a heavy skillet over medium heat. Arrange the bacon strips in the skillet and cook on both sides until the bacon is crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to dry. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the skillet.
  2. Cut the kernels off each cob by laying the cob flat on a cutting board and using a sharp knife to remove the kernels. Discard the cobs and transfer the kernels to the skillet with the bacon fat. Cook the corn over medium-high heat until it is just slightly golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, crumble in the cotija cheese, and add the cilantro and lime juice. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Roughly crumble the bacon into the corn mixture and toss to combine.
  3. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and cut the avocado into 1/2 inch pieces. Transfer the avocado to the skillet. Taste and season with salt and pepper before serving. Serve immediately at room temperature, or refrigerate for later. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Makes 6-8 Servings

Recipe by Gaby Dalkin Absolutely Avocados

Giveaway! One lucky Picky Palate reader will win a copy of Gaby’s Absolutely Avocados!

To enter, just leave a comment below, telling us your favorite way to eat avocados!

Contest ends May 1, 2013 8am PST and will be notified by email.  US Residents only.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize.

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  1. 1
    Cheryl says:

    I love BLTs with avocados.

  2. 2
    Hannah says:

    You can’t go wrong with guacamole!!

  3. 3
    Ginger says:

    I love mashed avocados sprinkled with salt on toasted sourdough bread.

  4. 4
    lisa says:


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    Beth says:

    I love them on salads! and every way I have ever tried them.

  8. 8
    Morgan says:

    Avacado toast with a fried egg or good ole’ guac!

  9. 9
    Sascha says:

    with a spoon….

  10. 10

    This sounds so yummy! Can’t wait to read her new cookbook! 🙂

  11. 11

    In my sushi rolls… Just thinking about it makes me hungry!

  12. 12

    I’m just loving Gaby’s book, and this recipe is one that caught my eye. They are such simple flavors that would work beautifully together. No need to enter me in the giveaway. 🙂

  13. 13

    Sold! Anything with bacon and avocado and I’m all about it!

  14. 14
    Kerrin says:

    I love guacamole – but would LOVE to explore even more way to enjoy avocados!

  15. 15
    Sarah G says:

    Guacamole is my favorite way to eat avocados.

  16. 16
    Urban Wife says:

    Smashed on toast!

  17. 17
    Jacqui says:

    My favorite way to eat avocados is guacamole! I am obsessed!

  18. 18
    Theresa says:

    Guacamole! Cookbook looks great……

  19. 19
    Tieghan says:

    Going crazy for Gaby’s book! All these recipe being posted are making me drool!! Avocados are my very favorite!

  20. 20
    Mary says:

    This is my absolute fav way to at avacados. Slice avacados and arrange on plate. I use Campari or Kumato tomatoes sliced in wedges. Arrange on plate around avacado. Drizzle with lemon juice then olive oil. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and sprinkle with course sea salt. Delicious!

  21. 21

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  22. 22
    Meg L says:

    Avocados on toast!

  23. 23
    Molly Z says:

    Avocados sliced and set on top of a burrito or in sushi!!! Or anything else 🙂

  24. 24
    Deeanna Antosh says:

    With shrimp and a little remoulade sauce.

  25. 25
    Sara P says:

    I love avocados on pretty much everything!!

  26. 26

    I love avocados!! I think my favorite way (at the moment) is sliced on a burger… mmm…

  27. 27
    Ashley A. says:

    My favorite way to eat avocado has to be smashed with a little bit of salt smeared on a fresh homemade tortilla!

  28. 28
    Minda Mae says:

    I love to peel and eat them plain!! Yumm! And a whole cookbook just on them?? Fabulous!!

  29. 29
    Erin says:

    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but what do you serve this with and/or how do you eat it? Is it a salad salad or is it a dip/salsa? Would you have chips? This looks so good!

  30. 30
    Whitney says:

    I love them with egg salad!

  31. 31
    Sarah MJ says:

    I love avocado as guacamole, as a sandwich spread or on anything Mexican, of course.

  32. 32
    Barbie says:

    There are so many ways to enjoy avocado! Love them mashed, add a little seasoning and put it on anything, especially fajitas. Or chicken tacos.

  33. 33
    Marlene says:

    This salad looks delicious! I love avocados on just about everything!

  34. 34

    I’d usually say guac is my favorite way to eat avocados, but this salad might change my mind!

  35. 35
    Michelle says:

    Smashed on cheddar cheese bread with salt, pepper, and tabasco!

  36. 36
    Kathleen says:

    I love avocados and the chance to learn more delicious ways to eat them!

  37. 37
    Lara says:

    I love avocados on anything and prepared any way. 🙂 I love making soup and putting them in soup, especially Chili or Tortilla Soup.

  38. 38
    Natalie G. says:

    I’m boring- guac is my favorite. I’ll have to check out this book for new ideas!

  39. 39
    Letitia says:

    I love nekkid avocados as a side to any tacos, quesadillas, salads, sandwiches, etc!

  40. 40

    I love avocado on top of almost anything lately. Eggs, chicken, veggies…as long as it has a sprinkle of sea salt and a dash of chili pepper or hot sauce, I’m in heaven!

  41. 41
    Angie says:

    I love to put avocado on any type of sandwich.

  42. 42
    Kimberly S. says:

    I absolutely love avacados and I will eat them in any way, form or fashion….A must try however is avacado fries. They are ridiculously amazing!

  43. 43

    Honestly, I love this! I love corn dishes, usually it’s corn, tomato, beans, maybe some avocado but… BACON! I never thought about bacon. This will thrill my husband with the added meat. Saving this and making it soon!

  44. 44
    MJ says:

    I love a turkey, avocado, and spicy pepper relish sandwich. Delish!

  45. 45

    Guacamole for sure- but this salad looks so great!

  46. 46

    This recipe looks great! And so does the cookbook, thank you for the opportunity to win it!
    My favorite way to eat Avocado is definitely in a salad. I only just recently tried it on toast as well and that is delish too!
    Can’t wait to see her cookbook and discover many other ways to eat it! 🙂

  47. 47
    Dina says:

    Love my hubby’s homemade guacamole!! It’s the best!!
    I also jus found another great way to eat avocados – 3 scrambled egg whites and 1 yolk cut up avocado and salsa on the side…delish breakfast!

  48. 48

    I love adding avocado into sandwiches & salads!

  49. 49
    Kylie says:

    I love smashed avocado with salt and pepper eaten on top of a fried egg and toast! Mmm

  50. 50
    Lauren W says:

    I love avocado any way i can get it, but my favorite is on toast with a fried egg!

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