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If you’ve ever found yourself staring down the perfectly ripe avocado in your kitchen willing yourself not to make yet another batch of guac, meet your new favorite cookbook. Cook and blogger Elizabeth Nyland has 75 recipes for the star of the produce bin, starting with your new favorite first course: broccoli salad tossed with avocado dressing and bacon bits.

Some friends of ours brought a raw broccoli salad over to our house one night for a get-together and we all fell in love. It was simple, traveled well and tasted amazing. After thinking over the combinations that would work well with the broccoli, I settled on this iteration. The creamy avocado contrasts with the crispy, salty bacon and the tart lemon does the same with the sweet cherry tomatoes, making for a dish perfect for parties. It pairs well with chicken, fish or pork and keeps well in the refrigerator overnight.

Reprinted with permission from Cooking With Avocados