Guacamole is divine, yes. But rich, creamy avocado can boost the flavor of so much more than appetizers. To wit:

1. Chicken Club Pasta Salad

How do you improve upon a classic like pasta salad? Add a new flavor/texture element, like avocado.

Chicken Club Pasta Salad

2. Mexican Chicken Soup

"OH YA—this was the best damn soup I ever ate and I am a soup fan. Never thought of cooking it from scratch but glad I did as you can't get this in a restaurant. My girlfriend was amazed and I am a hero." — GMSDRUMMER

#Protip: If you score a screaming deal on avocados, here's how to freeze the extra for later.

3. Crema de Aguacate (Colombian Creamy Avocado Soup)

Blogger Erica of My Colombian Recipes calls this light and bright soup ideal for lunch, a quick dinner, or even an elegant party appetizer served with a glass of wine.

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4. Tangy Cucumber and Avocado Salad

"OMG THIS WAS AWESOME! I made this at the last minute and made to recipe exactly as stated. I let it chill for about 45 minutes and it was so good, that's all I ate for dinner." — Jenski

5. Paleo Baked Eggs in Avocado

"The contrast between the soft and fresh avocado and the creaminess of a poached egg is brilliant. Good thing it's also very healthy and satisfying." — NYJEN

Paleo Baked Eggs in Avocado
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6. Chicken Avocado Pizza

"Boy am I glad I tried this recipe despite my initial doubts...the avocado and cheese blended really nicely and the cherry tomatoes are little pockets of flavor to bite into." — LynnInHK

7. Avocado Chicken Spread

"Nice! I really enjoyed this...a nice change from the usual recipes for chicken salad with mayo." — Christina

And for a decadent, dairy-free dessert: Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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Here's even more avocado inspiration. Happy cooking!