Avocado and Panela Cheese Salad


Avocado and Panela Cheese Salad

Avocado and Panela Cheese Salad

Ensalada de Aguacate con Panela

Recipe Yield

6 servings

Cooking time

Rate this recipe

3.60 from 5 votes


  • 1 finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped capers
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped pickled jalapeños
  • 2 tablespoons brine from pickled jalapeños
  • cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ripe avocados halved, pitted and diced
  • 5 ounces panela cheese diced

To Prepare

  • In a large bowl, place the shallot, capers, cilantro and pickled jalapeños and cover with the pickled jalapeño brine, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Whisk until well incorporated. Add diced avocados and panela cheese and toss to coat. You can refrigerate up to 24 hours until ready to eat.

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14comments inAvocado and Panela Cheese Salad

  1. Cheryl B, St. Paul, MN

    Jul 05

    My college classmate and I made your salad at a Wisconsin cabin–we loved the fresh taste, along with our cocktails and enchiladas. Thanks for this lovely recipe!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 09

      So glad you guys enjoyed it Cheryl 😉

  2. Brenda

    Apr 05

    This recipe is COMPLETELY AMAZING!!! Fantastic flavor and easy to make. Way to go Pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 12

      Yay, so glad you liked it Brenda!

  3. Gisela

    Dec 21

    After randomly turning on the TV your episode for this recipe was on. We were having Carne asada tacos for dinner and since I had most of these ingredients (I used queso fresco instead of panela) it was a tasty change up to guacamole, so refreshing, delicious, and tangy! It was such a great compliment to the steak.Thank you Pati for the idea! Dios te bendiga.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 08

      Perfect menu Gisela, so glad you found this recipe, yay!

  4. Rich

    Nov 04

    A beautiful salad with a bright, surprising flavors. The creaminess of the avocado and cheese counter-point the jalapeño.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 09

      So glad you enjoyed it Rich!

  5. Marcos Gallegos

    Sep 28

    Publica en Español tus recetas por favor.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 11

      Hola Marcos, las tengo todas en mi website en espanol aqui: http://patijinich.com/es/

  6. Anonymous

    Sep 19

    Easy, nutritional spring & summer salad. Very healthy. Do more of these lower fat, lower calorie dishes. Love the recipe that is different from how I use avocados. Make guacamole one in a while. Use avocados all the time.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 26

      So happy you liked this salad, yay!

  7. Debra strom

    Sep 18

    Pati. I love your show. Your personality. But I’d not eat but 3% of what you cook. I don’t like hot…peppers…onions. I grew up in the ghetto of NY. Not that your food is bad. I’m not used to eating like that. Love your boys on the show. Juju loves to cook with mom. So cool

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 26

      No worries Debra, still glad you are tuning in 😉

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