The Viscolli Key West’s Tuna and Avocado Parfaits

Tuna-Avocado Parfait

What kind of appetizer would the Viscolli Hotel Key West's "pretty amazing chef" serve in CHRISTMAS DIAMOND? This parfait is a wonderful and delicious mix of fresh avocado and Ahi tuna lent a sweetness by Florida orange juice, and topped with local contrasting tartness by Florida grapefruit juice. The citrus adds the perfect amount of acid to the flavorful tuna and nutrient-dense avocado. The combination of these simple ingredients will create a surprisingly rich and complex flavor you won't soon forget.
Servings 4


  • freezer safe pan
  • sharp knife/cutting board
  • 4 small parfait glasses


  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 6 oz Ahi tuna minced
  • 1 ea avocado
  • 1 TBS red onion minced
  • 2 TBS orange juice
  • 1 TBS fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp soy sauce (organic is best)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  • Pour grapefruit juice in thin layer no more than 1/2-inch thick in freezer-safe pan; place in freezer until frozen.
    Mash avocado.
    Mince tuna.
    Mince onion.
    Mince cilantro.
  • Mix mashed avocado with orange juice, onion, cilantro, soy sauce and sesame oil.
    Divide half of the tuna among 6 2-ounce serving dishes.
    Layer half of the avocado over the tuna.
    Repeat with the remaining tuna and avocado.
    Scoop the frozen grapefruit juice out of the pan until it's a slush. Top the parfaits with the frozen grapefruit juice.
    Serve immediately.

Find this recipe and others in Christmas Diamond, book 5 of the Jewel Series!

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