How to Make an Avocado Rose

Avocado roses are all over food blogs and Instagram, but they're surprisingly simple to make. Our Test Kitchen will you how to make avocado flowers right at home.

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Like everyone else on the internet, we love avocados! Creamy, smooth and buttery, packed with health benefits and protein, avocados manage to find their way regularly into our salads, dips and sandwiches.

The most gorgeous trend? The avocado rose: an avocado that looks like someone painstakingly carved it into a flower. When we spotted this clever presentation on Instagram, we immediately turned to our Test Kitchen to see if they could figure out how to make an avocado rose. Luckily, the technique is much easier than you’d expect!

Follow along with the few steps below to serve these avocado flowers at your next brunch.

We bet you didn’t know these little-known avocado facts.

How to Make an Avocado Rose


  • 1 avocado, ripe but still firm

Editor’s Tip: Here’s how to tell if an avocado is ripe.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Paring knife: For thin, precise avocado slices, there’s nothing better than a paring knife. This knife from Zwilling is on our list of knives every cook should own.
  • Cutting board: A sturdy cutting board is a must in every kitchen. This chopping block from John Boos has enough room to roll several avocado flowers.
  • Chef’s knife: If you don’t have a paring knife on hand, reach for a chef’s knife. The right-angle end is perfect for removing avocado pits!


Step 1: Cut and peel the avocado

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Slice the avocado in half. Take out the pit, either by scooping it with a scoop or tapping the pit firmly (but carefully) with your knife blade and twisting to remove. Then, peel the skin off the avocado halves.

Step 2: Slice

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Cut the avocado widthwise into very thin slices. Take your time with this step! The key to a beautiful, successful avocado rose is to make super-thin, even slices. Take a look at these tips for cutting an avocado the right way.

Step 3: Fan out the slices

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Very gently, fan out the avocado slices. Be careful not to crush the fruit, or else it will turn to mush. This is what happens when you eat an avocado every day.

Step 4: Twist the avocado flower

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Gently curl your avocado slices to make a rose shape. Start at one end and curl toward the center. Keep twisting to make a pinwheel-like shape.

When the fruit is curled up, the fanned slices resemble rose petals. Have leftover avocado? Learn how to prevent an avocado from turning brown.

Step 5: Practice makes perfect

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Your first avocado rose might have a squished side, or be unevenly wrapped. Don’t sweat it. If you make two or three roses in one session, the slicing and twisting motions will feel more natural. You can use less than a full avocado half to make smaller roses, especially if you want to practice.

Set your avocado rose atop a slice of toast, a breakfast bowl or a bowl of chili. When it comes to avocado toast, we like to sprinkle with a bit of coarse salt before chowing down. Check out these avocado toast tips that will take your breakfast to the next level.

Peggy Woodward, RDN
Peggy is a Senior Food Editor for Taste of Home. In addition to curating recipes, she writes articles, develops recipes and is our in-house nutrition expert. She studied dietetics at the University of Illinois and completed post-graduate studies at the Medical University of South Carolina to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Peggy has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. She’s a mom, a foodie and enjoys being active in her rural Wisconsin community.