01/23/2014 11:42 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Avocado Quesadillas With Grape Tomatoes and Basil Chiffonade


These quesadillas make a healthy and delicious meal for a quick weeknight dinner. The avocados are paired with deliciously nutty Fontina, which adds to their creaminess, and finely cubed red onions and jalapeños for a bit of contrast and spunk. The cherry tomatoes and basil that adorn the quesadillas bring a lovely acidity and freshness to the dish.

Here's to a simple yet delectable dinner that'll surely please the whole family!


Avocado Quesadillas with Grape Tomatoes and Basil Chiffonade

serves 4
active time: 30 min

For the tomatoes
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes - halved
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Original Red Sauce
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

For the quesadillas
8 -- 8″ flour or whole-wheat tortillas
10 oz (285 g) Fontina, muenster or Monterey Jack cheese - coarsely grated
1/2 cup finely chopped red onions
2 jalapeño peppers - seeded and cut in 1/8" cubes
2 medium ripe avocados - cut in half, pitted, skinned and cut in 1/8" slices
sea salt to taste

12 large basil leaves - cut en chiffonade
2 large jelly roll pans or baking sheets

Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
Step 1: Place the cherry tomatoes in a medium bowl. Add the vinegar, oil, Tabasco, and salt. Stir well and set aside.

Step 2: Lay 4 tortillas on the ungreased pans. Spread with half the cheese, the onions, jalapeños, avocado and salt. Sprinkle with the balance of the cheese. Top with the remaining tortillas and firmly press with your hand. Bake until the edges are golden-brown and crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cut the quesadillas in quarters and top with the grape tomato mixture and basil chiffonade. Serve immediately.

Cook's note: The quesadillas can be assembled up to 4 hours ahead, covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated until ready to bake.


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Here's another scrumptious weekday meal: Soft tacos with red pepper, sweet corn and roasted salsa verde.