The double life of an avocado


The double life of an avocado

My friend Vered walked into my house carrying a pound of French feta cheese and some freshly baked pitas she found at a Middle Eastern store. It was the kind she used to cook with in her Israeli home. Just a taste made us realize how hungry we were, though we were not near any mealtime. Nonetheless, we had 20 minutes before we had to run, so that’s a great excuse for a snack.

The last beautifully ripe Mexican avocado I had in the basket was staring at me. So I offered to make a Mexican Farolada out of her pita, of course to top with some fresh Guacamole.

The Farolada, named after the Farolito chain of taco restaurants, consists of pita bread stuffed with Mexican Manchego cheese (similar to Monterey Jack), thrown on the grill until the cheese oozes out. If let to sit there per your request, it will become crispy too.

I turned around to start chopping some Serrano chile for the guacamole when Vered said she had another plan for my avocado and her pita: the Israeli way. Which, she said in a challenging fashion, was incredibly tasty.

Now, you can’t just walk into my kitchen and tempt me with something I have never eaten before.

We split that creamy, perfect avocado in half.

She mixed hers with feta cheese, green olives, lime juice (much to her dismay since she never uses limes, but it is very strange to find a lemon in my kitchen) olive oil and salt. She didn’t fill her pita with anything, just heated it up.

While the Farolada was getting nice and crunchy, I prepared my favorite guacamole version: smashed avocado with rivers of lime juice, generous amounts of serrano chile and cilantro and a healthy sprinkling of salt. No chopped tomatoes in there, thank you.

She ate my Mexican version and nodded in approval; I ate her Mediterranean one and loved it. In fact, I think I liked hers more. It seemed more exotic, plus I really enjoy the tangy taste of French feta.

Nonetheless, I finished with a piece of mine, if only because it tasted like home.

Here, you can try them both! See what you think.

Vered’s Avocado Salad with Toasted Pita Bread

Ensalada de Aguacate con Pita Arabe
6 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Israeli, Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, cheese, Eggs, feta, lemon, olives, pita, Recipe
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
My friend Vered's avocado salad the Israeli way. She mixes the avocado with feta cheese, green olives, lemon juice, olive oil and salt.


  • 2 ripe Mexican avocados, halved, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives, chopped (preferably the cracked bitter ones)
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, (she asked me to point out that she meant lemon and never lime)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Israeli or French feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • Hot or toasted pita breads

To Prepare

  • In a mixing bowl, mash the avocados with a fork to a chunky paste. Add the olives, scallions, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix well. Add chopped egg and/or crumbled feta if you are going to use.
  • Spread the avocado salad over toasted pita bread or a slice of bread. For the perfect Israeli dinner – eat with a side of an Israeli salad and scrambled eggs (she pointed out I should add that too…)

Pati’s Guacamole Ranchero with Faroladas

Guacamole Ranchero con Faroladas
4 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Antojos, Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, cheese, Farolada, guacamole, Mexican Manchego, pita, Ranchero, Recipe, serrano chiles
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
The Farolada, named after the Farolito chain of taco restaurants, consists of pita bread stuffed with Mexican Manchego cheese (similar to Monterey Jack), thrown on the grill until the cheese oozes out. If let to sit there per your request, it will become crispy too.



  • 2 ripe Mexican avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped white onion
  • 1 serrano chile, or to taste, minced (seeding is optional and may substitute with jalapeño)
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste


  • 4 whole pita breads
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican Manchego cheese, or Monterey Jack

To Prepare

To make the guacamole:
  • Gently mix ingredients in a bowl and serve. It can be prepared a couple of hours in advance if covered and stored in the refrigerator.
To make the faroladas:
  • Heat a comal or heavy dry skillet over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Gently heat the pita breads over the comal or skillet for about 15 seconds per side. Remove and make a horizontal slice halfway through, making a long and wide pocket.
  • Stuff each pita with about 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Place them back on the hot comal or skillet and heat for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, to your liking, until cheese is melted and depending how crunchy or soft you want the pita bread. For crunchier, leave longer. Remove from heat, cut into 4 pieces and eat with the guacamole.

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  1. Really it’s so good and l love pati when I Saw her TV show.. Love her food and IAM from middle East so I try to mix our food with mixan thanks pati you are the best.

  2. Pati I love your recipes!!!! I have traveled in parts of Mexico and am addicted to the flavors & foods!! I have friends in the Yucatan so I appreciate that you include this region. I am ordering your cookbook today & can’t wait until it gets here!!!! Abrazos !!!! Marilyn

  3. Pati! loved it! love the site, pictures, recipes, your stories. Jorge is inspired, except we don’t have any of the ingredients.. oh wait, we do have avocado. We’ll try them both ways and let you and Vered know. Congratulations!

    1. Gracias Marina!!!! Si, si, si, please tell us how that avocado prepared both in the Israeli and the Mexican way turned out in your Maryland kitchen… aside from with a multiple personality! I will do my best to stock up this site with inspiring and yummy things.. Many hugs, Pati