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When I need a quick meal to start the day, I eat chia pudding, egg muffins, or this 5-minute avocado toast. Eat your toast as is or add any number of ingredients!
Avocado toast is all the rage, and for good reason. A perfectly ripe avocado is excellent on its own, but when paired with crispbread and some condiments, you have a hearty snack or light meal that is sure to satisfy.
How are avocado toasts made?
The first step is to choose your bread. This is really very important, because the bread you choose has a great impact on the end result. Usually, I like to use a rustic sourdough bread. Brush your bread with a little olive oil, then place it in the toaster. While the bread is toasting, mix avocado, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mash the avocado to make a thick paste, then spread it on the toast. Add a side garnish of fresh herbs if desired, then serve immediately.
How to choose an avocado
The best avocado toast is made from perfectly ripe avocados. An avocado is usually ripe when the skin darkens from green to a darker black color. Gently squeeze the avocado, it should have a bit of elasticity and not be rock hard or feel mushy. Avocados can ripen too quickly, so if you find one that's ripe and you don't plan on eating it right away, store it in the refrigerator to prevent it from ripening further. If you have an avocado that is not ripe, you can speed up the ripening process by placing it in a brown paper bag along with an apple for 2 days.
Tips for the perfect avocado toast
- While I personally like sourdough bread, you can prepare this recipe with any type of hearty bread, such as multigrain, brown bread, rye, or French bread.
- I normally use ripe Hass avocados, although this recipe will work with other avocado varieties.
- This recipe is best served right away, as the avocado mixture will eventually start to brown.
- If you need to make your avocado mix ahead of time, add a thin layer of olive oil or lemon juice on top to prevent browning. Add lemon juice or olive to the mixture just before serving.
- Feel free to double or even triple this recipe to feed a crowd.
Is avocado toast healthy?
Avocado is a great source of healthy fats and contains many vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, B6, and K, and riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. It is a great addition to a healthy diet. For maximum nutritional value, use whole wheat bread to add fiber and protein to your food.
You can serve your avocado toast as is, or add a variety of ingredients to customize the flavors to your liking.
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- BLT: Add quartered cherry tomatoes, shredded cooked bacon, and grated romaine lettuce.
- Smoked Salmon – Use thinly sliced smoked salmon, shaved red onion, and fresh dill.
- Caprese: Try halved cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, basil leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic frosting.
- Eggs: Add 1 scrambled or fried egg to your toast.
- Greek: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon feta cheese on toast, along with 1 tablespoon cucumber, tomato, and kalamata olives.
- Mexican: Add a tablespoon of pico de gallo and a pinch of fresh coriander.
You can never go wrong with avocado toast, it's perfect for almost any time of the day, and it's always a huge hit with both kids and adults!
More fabulous avocado recipes
- Avocado and tuna salad
- Easy avocado dip
- Beetroot and avocado salad
- Salmon with Avocado Sauce
- Avocado fries
Avocado Toast Video
This avocado toast is mashed fresh avocado with lemon juice, olive oil, and condiments, then spread on sourdough bread. A quick and easy meal or snack option that can be personalized in many different ways.
Preparation time: 5 minutes Cook time: 1 minute Total time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4 Calories: 168kcal
- 4 slices of rustic bread I use sourdough
- 2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks
- 5 teaspoons divided use olive oil, plus more to decorate if desired
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh herbs optional
- Brush 2 teaspoons of olive oil over the bread slices. Toast the bread.
- Put the avocado, the remaining 3 teaspoons of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mash into a thick paste.
- Spread the avocado mixture on the toast. Garnish as desired with olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs. Serve immediately.
Calories :: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 13 g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 385 mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 320 IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1 mg
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