Avocado Tartar Stuffed Heirloom Tomato

This past Christmas, my husband surprised me with a fabulously thoughtful gift, a copy of Tavern on the Green Cookbook

The story behind the cookbook relates to a trip we took to NYC at the beginning of the holiday season.  In preparation for the visit, Scott, my husband, asked me numerous times what I wanted to do while we were there.  While I supplied my usual answer, “Oh anything, I would be happy doing anything”, for once I did follow up with a few specific suggestions.

My ideas included, a stroll down Fifth Avenue to see the beautifully decorated Christmas windows, drinks at the EssexHouse Hotel, lunch at Bergdorf Goodman, a walk through Central Park, carol sing around the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, and lastly, but most importantly a visit to the recently renovated Tavern on the Green restaurant. 

In all my travels to NYC, I had yet to dine at the renowned Central Park landmark.  In my mind, all true New Yorkers frequented the Tavern – either for a swanky party or to celebrate a momentous occasion.  I was determined to be part of this Manhattan tradition.

Planning on crossing this off my bucket list the last evening of our trip, I was crushed to find the restaurant was closed for a private event. I couldn’t believe it, another trip and another missed opportunity.   Ugh!  Just as I was about to succumb to my sadness, the perfect medicine arrived on the scene.  I spotted a ridiculously furry Sheepadoodle going bonkers with delight as it watched a horse and carriage pass by the restaurant on-route through Central Park.  In my world, an adorable animal can fix almost anything. 

With my spirits instantly lifted, I promised my husband that next Christmas we would absolutely dine at the legendary restaurant in the park. 

So, here is where the cookbook comes into play.  Knowing how disappointed I was about missing the opportunity to be part of Manhattan history, Scott leveraged his online shopping skills to sequester this best-selling book.

I have quite enjoyed reading through the cookbook and re-inventing their traditional recipes into vegan beauties.  Included in my list of creations are the avocado tartar, heirloom bruschetta, potato latkes with chive crème Fraiche, and warm potato salad with fresh rosemary.

Avocado Tartar in an Heirloom Tomato

Versatile sauce, perfect on its on or a great addition to many dishes
including salads, pastas, tortilla dip, tacos… options are extensive
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Avocado, Dip, Sauce, Dressing
Servings: 6
Calories: 103kcal


  • 5 cornichons sliced
  • 2 tbsp capers drained
  • 1 tbsp parsley flat-leaf
  • 1 tbsp chives chopped
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves chopped
  • 1 cup almond milk yogurt
  • 1 avocado large, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper


  • In a food processor, pulse the cornichons, capers, parsley, chives and thyme leaves.  Really
    important to just dice the ingredients and not puree them. 
    Side note: If you don’t feel comfy using your food processor, just try out your fine knife
    skills.  It is better to have slightly larger pieces, than a mushy mess.
    To your bowl of diced beauty, add the yogurt.  Then gently fold in your diced avocado, along
    with the lemon juice and salt and pepper.
    Cover your tartar and leave in the fridge for about an hour before serving.  While the tartar is
    setting, cut a nice bowl like hole in the tomato, perfect for stuffing with the avocado tartar.

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