Best Recipe for Avocado Toast

Welcome to the ultimate avocado toast recipe—crafted with expertise and a passion for flavor! This recipe elevates the classic with thick-cut, sturdy bread and a hint of garlic and lemon and includes endless variations: from a vibrant Caprese with balsamic reduction to indulgent smoked salmon with pickled red onions to Mediterranean-inspired Greek style. So, whether you’re a newbie to avocado toast or a connoisseur, this post will provide tips, tricks, versatility, and deliciousness in every bite!

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This is the Best Avocado Toast!

  • Versatile and Customizable: While this recipe is fabulous in its simplicity, it also serves as a versatile base for additional toppings such as tomatoes, poached eggs, or microgreens! I’ve included protein, vegetable, sauce, herb topping ideas, and custom-crafted combinations so you can enjoy a different avocado toast every time!
  • Perfect Bread Choice: Thick-cut, sturdy bread like whole-grain or sourdough provides a substantial base that holds toppings well without getting soggy.
  • Garlic Infusion: Rubbing the toast with a clove of garlic before adding avocado adds a subtle yet savory depth of flavor that elevates every bite.
  • Creamy Haas Avocado: Learn how to select perfectly ripe Haas avocado for its creamy texture and rich flavor.
  • Balanced Citrus Note: A touch of lemon juice brightens the avocado’s flavor and helps to prevent browning so the avocado can be mashed ahead of time.
  • Seasoning Perfection: Salt and pepper are added, then adjusted to taste, enhancing the avocado’s natural taste without overpowering it. Lots of seasoning options included to mix up the flavor profile!
  • Quick and Easy Preparation: This recipe is quick to prepare, making it ideal for busy mornings or as a satisfying snack any time of day. Make-ahead tips included!
avocado toast topped with red pepper flakes
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Avocado Toast Recipe ingredients

Let’s review what you’ll need to make a basic avocado toast recipe with topping ideas and flavor combinations to follow (measurements in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post):

  • Avocado: Haas avocados are known for their creamy texture and rich flavor. To check if an avocado is ripe, gently squeeze it in the palm of your hand without applying your fingertips. A ripe avocado will yield to firm, gentle pressure without feeling mushy. Additionally, you can remove the small stem at the top; if it comes off easily and reveals green underneath, the avocado is ripe and ready to eat. An avocado is too ripe if it feels overly soft, mushy, or if it has dark, stringy flesh and a rancid odor when cut open.
  • Bread: Pick sturdy bread like whole-grain or sourdough (pictured). Whole-grain bread adds fiber and nutrients, while sourdough offers a tangy flavor and chewy texture. More options detailed below.
  • Garlic: Rubbing the toast with a peeled garlic clove infuses it with a subtle, savory, garlic depth without overpowering the avocado.
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon juice not only enhances the flavor with a bright, citrusy note but also helps prevent the avocado from browning. Fresh lemon juice is best but you may use bottled because it is just one teaspoon. Adjust the amount to taste.
  • Salt and Pepper: These are essential seasonings that elevate the flavors of the avocado toast. Use high-quality sea salt or kosher salt for the best taste and freshly ground black pepper for a bit of heat and complexity. Adjust to your preference.
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Best bread for Avocado Toast

Choose bread that is dense and hearty to hold the toppings without becoming soggy. Here are the detailed options:

  • Whole Grain Bread: High in fiber and nutrients, provides a hearty texture that pairs well with creamy avocado.
  • Sourdough Bread: Offers a tangy flavor and chewy texture, which complements the smoothness of the avocado.
  • Multigrain Bread: Packed with seeds and grains, adds extra crunch and nutrition.
  • Rye Bread: Its dense texture and slightly bitter flavor add a delightful depth.
  • Sprouted Grain Bread: Contains more nutrients and is easier to digest; its nutty flavor pairs well with avocado.
  • Ciabatta: Light and airy with a crisp crust, makes a great base for avocado and additional toppings.
  • Pumpernickel: Dark, dense, and slightly sweet, provides a unique flavor contrast to avocado.
  • Gluten-Free Bread: For those with gluten sensitivities, choose a high-quality gluten-free option that still offers good texture and flavor.
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How to make Avocado Toast

Let’s take a closer look at just how easy it is to make the best avocado toast with step-by-step photos (full recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post):

  • Step 1: Toast the Bread. Toast the bread in a toaster or skillet until golden and crispy.
showing how to make avocado toast by toasting the bread until golden and crispy
  • Step 2: Add the Garlic. Rub the peeled garlic over the top of the toasted bread while it’s still warm.
  • Step 3: Mash the Avocado. Halve the avocado, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh into a bowl.  Add 1 tsp lemon juice, and about ⅛ tsp salt, and ⅛ tsp pepper. Mash the avocado with a fork, leaving it a little chunky.   
showing how to make avocado toast by mashing the avocado in a bowl with lemon juice, salt and pepper
  • Step 4: Assemble. Divide the mixture and spread it over top each toast. Top with a pinch of red pepper flakes, Everything Bagel Seasoning, or any of the variations to follow. 
showing how to make avocado toast by spreading the mashed avocado onto the toast, then sprinkling with red pepper flakes

What seasoning to put on avocado toast?

Mix up your avocado toast recipe every time simply by changing the seasonings! Here are a few ideas:

  • Salt and Pepper: The basics that enhance the natural flavor of avocado. If it tastes like your recipe is missing something – it’s probably salt!
  • Red Pepper Flakes: For a spicy kick.
  • Paprika or Smoked Paprika: Adds a mild spice and a hint of smokiness.
  • Cumin: Adds a warm, earthy flavor.
  • Chili Powder: For a hint of heat and depth.
  • Lemon or Lime Zest: Adds brightness and a fresh citrus aroma.
  • Dried Herbs: Oregano, basil, thyme, or parsley for added depth.
  • Fresh Herbs: Chopped cilantro, parsley, basil, dill, thyme, rosemary, chives, green onions, etc. for a burst of fresh flavor.
  • Nutritional Yeast: For a cheesy, nutty flavor that’s also vegan-friendly.
  • Seaweed Flakes: For a subtle umami flavor and added nutrients.
  • Sesame Seeds: Adds a nutty flavor and a bit of crunch.
  • Furikake: A Japanese seasoning blend that includes seaweed, sesame seeds, and other flavorful ingredients.
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Best Avocado Toast toppings

  • Sauces: Enhance the avocado with a drizzle of your favorite sauce or condiment such as Sriracha, balsamic glaze, pesto, chipotle sauce, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil (or garlic/chili infused oil), honey, soy sauce, chimichurri, vinaigrette, pico de gallo, salsa, harissa, etc.
  • Fresh herbs: Cilantro, basil, parsley, dill, chives, green onions, mint, thyme, oregano.
  • Fresh or Sautéed Vegetables: Tomatoes (fresh or sun-dried), cucumbers, zucchini, asparagus, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, radishes, etc.
  • Pickled Vegetables: Quick-pickled red onions, radishes, or cucumbers for a tangy and crisp topping.
  • Roasted Vegetables: A mix of roasted vegetables like sweet potatoes, zucchini, and bell peppers for added depth and flavor.
  • Greens: Spinach, arugula, microgreens, etc.
  • Eggs: Poached, fried, scrambled, or hard-boiled for a rich and creamy addition.
  • Smoked Salmon: Adds a savory and slightly smoky flavor, plus healthy omega-3 fats.
  • Grilled Chicken: Sliced or shredded for a lean protein boost. Try buffalo chicken, cilantro lime chicken, chimichurri chicken, lemon basil chicken, chipotle chicken, harissa chicken, balsamic chicken, or Greek chicken.
  • Bacon or Turkey Bacon: Crispy and savory, adding a satisfying crunch.
  • Cottage Cheese: Adds a creamy texture and is rich in protein.
  • Cheese: Feta, goat cheese, mozzarella, pepper jack, Swiss, cheddar, etc. for a tangy and rich flavor.
  • Beans: Black beans, chickpeas, or white beans for a plant-based protein option.
  • Tofu: Marinated and grilled or pan-fried tofu for a vegan-friendly protein.
  • Tempeh: Sliced and sautéed tempeh for a nutty and firm texture.
  • Roasted Chickpeas: Crispy and spiced for a crunchy and protein-packed topping.
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Avocado Toast Variations

  • Egg & Avocado: Top with a hard-boiled, poached, fried, or scrambled egg, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, or a drizzle of Sriracha and microgreens. This version would also be tasty with bacon, radishes, pickled red onions, or sautéed mushrooms.
  • Caprese: Top with sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves, then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction.
  • Smoked Salmon: Top with thinly sliced smoked salmon, capers, pickled red onions, and microgreens sprinkled with fresh dill and lemon zest (or lemon pepper).
  • Greek Style: Top with sun-dried or fresh tomatoes, sliced cucumber, Kalamata olives, pickled red onions, crumbled feta cheese, and a sprinkle of oregano and fresh dill.
  • Tropical Twist: Top with sliced or diced mango, sweet and spicy (Trader Joe’s) jalapeño slices (or chimichurri would be tasty), and a sprinkle of coconut flakes.
  • Mexican-Inspired: Top with black beans, corn, pico de gallo, and Cotija cheese or your favorite salsa such as corn avocado salsa, black bean corn salsa, mango salsa, or corn salsa.
  • Mushroom & Goat Cheese: Top with sautéed mushrooms, baby arugula, and crumbled goat cheese.
  • Sweet & Savory: Top with sliced strawberries, a drizzle of honey or balsamic reduction, microgreens, and a sprinkle of sea salt.
  • Bacon & Blue Cheese:  Top with crumbled crispy bacon and blue cheese with a drizzle of honey.
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Tips for making this Simple Avocado Toast Recipe

  • Choose Ripe Avocados: For the best flavor and texture, ensure your avocados are ripe. They should yield slightly to gentle pressure but not be too soft or mushy.
  • Toast to Perfection: Toast the bread until it’s golden and crispy to provide a sturdy base that won’t become soggy quickly.
  • Season Well: Seasoning your avocado well with salt and pepper is crucial. If your avocado toast tastes bland, it’s a sign that it probably needs more salt!
  • Experiment with Spices: Sprinkle your avocado toast with red pepper flakes, Everything Bagel Seasoning, or paprika for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Experiment with Toppings: Nothing is off-limits! Try to experiment with new toppings or sauces every time!
  • Mash or Slice: Depending on your texture preference, mash the avocado with a fork for a creamy spread or slice it for a chunkier bite.
  • Serve Immediately: Avocado toast is best enjoyed fresh to maintain its crispness and the vibrant color and flavor of the avocado.

Best Avocado Toast Recipe FAQs

Is avocado on toast healthy?

Yes, avocado on toast can be a healthy option. Here are some reasons why:

-Nutrient-Rich: Avocados are packed with essential nutrients, including vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as folate, magnesium, and potassium.
-Healthy Fats: Avocados are a good source of monounsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy fats that can help reduce bad cholesterol levels.
-Fiber: Avocados are high in fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy gut.
-Antioxidants: They contain antioxidants, which can help protect your body from oxidative stress and inflammation.
-Versatile Toppings: Adding other healthy toppings like tomatoes, leafy greens, or a poached egg can boost the nutritional value, adding more vitamins, minerals, and protein.
Whole Grain Bread: Using whole grain or whole wheat bread instead of white bread increases the fiber content and adds more nutrients.

What is the difference between avocado toast and guacamole?

The main difference between avocado toast and guacamole is their preparation and presentation.

Avocado toast features mashed or sliced avocado spread on a slice of toasted bread, often seasoned with simple toppings like salt, pepper, and lemon juice, and sometimes garnished with additional ingredients such as tomatoes, eggs, or radishes.

Guacamole, on the other hand, is a more complex avocado-based dip made by mashing avocados and mixing them with ingredients like lime juice, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeños, and various seasonings.

While avocado toast is usually served as an open-faced sandwich or breakfast item, guacamole is commonly served as a dip for chips, a topping for Mexican dishes, or a side condiment.

How do I prevent my avocado toast from turning brown?

To prevent browning, squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over the mashed avocado. The acidity helps slow down the oxidation process, keeping your avocado toast looking fresh.

Can I make avocado toast ahead of time?

Avocado toast is best enjoyed fresh, but you can prepare the mashed avocado mixture in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To prevent browning, add a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the avocado.

What are some healthy toppings for avocado toast?

Healthy toppings for avocado toast include sliced tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, smoked salmon, poached eggs, microgreens, and seeds like chia or sesame.

Is avocado toast suitable for vegans?

Yes, avocado toast is naturally vegan. Just be mindful of any additional toppings and ensure they are plant-based.

How many calories are in avocado toast?

The calorie count of avocado toast can vary based on the type of bread and the amount of avocado used. On average, a slice of avocado toast with one medium avocado has around 250-300 calories.

Can I use frozen avocados for avocado toast?

Yes, you can use frozen avocados. Thaw them in the refrigerator or at room temperature before mashing and spreading them on toast. They might be slightly less creamy than fresh avocados.

What spices go well with avocado toast?

Popular spices and seasonings for avocado toast include salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika, garlic powder, and everything bagel seasoning.

Can I add protein to my avocado toast?

Yes, adding protein to avocado toast can make it more filling. Consider toppings like poached or fried eggs, smoked salmon, grilled chicken, or tofu for a protein boost.

How do I make avocado toast more flavorful?

To enhance the flavor of avocado toast, add ingredients like fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, or basil), a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic glaze, or flavored salts. Experiment with different combinations to find your favorite flavor profile.

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Simple Avocado Toast Recipe

Welcome to the ultimate avocado toast recipe—crafted with expertise and a passion for flavor! This recipe elevates the classic with thick-cut, sturdy bread and a hint of garlic and lemon and includes endless variations: from a vibrant Caprese with balsamic reduction to indulgent smoked salmon with pickled red onions to Mediterranean-inspired Greek style.
Servings: 2 toasts
Total Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices thick-cut sturdy bread (like whole-grain or sourdough)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 ripe Haas avocado
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Toast the bread until golden and crispy.
  • Rub the peeled garlic over the top of the toasted bread while it’s still warm.
  • Halve the avocado, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Add 1 tsp lemon juice, ⅛ tsp salt, and ⅛ tsp pepper.
  • Mash the avocado with a fork, leaving it a little chunky. Add additional salt to taste (avocado needs quite a bit of salt to taste extra yummy).
  • Divide the mixture and spread it over the top of each toast. Top with a pinch of red pepper flakes, Everything Bagel Seasoning, or any variations below. Note: You don’t need to add everything listed under each variation and can swap in your favorite ingredients.

Notes

STORAGE

Avocado toast is best enjoyed fresh, but the toppings can be prepped and stored separately for later assembly. The mashed avocado can be stored in an airtight container with lemon juice to prevent browning; a little sour cream or Greek yogurt can also help. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the mashed avocado and refrigerate for 1-2 days. Mashed avocado can also be frozen in a freezer-safe bag with minimal air, but the texture may differ slightly from fresh.

Variations

Below are some fun variations – feel free to make them your own!  You can still make the variation if you don’t have all the ingredients and can swap in your favorite ingredients.  See the post for more protein, vegetable, sauce, and herb topping ideas.
 
  • Egg & Avocado: Top with a hard-boiled, poached, fried, or scrambled egg, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, or a drizzle of Sriracha and microgreens. This version would also be tasty with bacon, radishes, pickled red onions, or sautéed mushrooms.
  • Caprese: Top with sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves, then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction.
  • Smoked Salmon: Top with thinly sliced smoked salmon, capers, pickled red onions, and microgreens, with a sprinkle of fresh dill and lemon zest (or lemon pepper).
  • Greek Style: Top with sun-dried or fresh tomatoes, sliced cucumber, Kalamata olives, pickled red onions, crumbled feta cheese, and a sprinkle of oregano and fresh dill.
  • Tropical Twist: Top with sliced or diced mango, sweet and spicy (Trader Joe’s) jalapeño slices (or chimichurri would be tasty), and a sprinkle of coconut flakes.
  • Mexican-Inspired: Top with black beans, corn, pico de gallo, and Cotija cheese or your favorite salsa such as corn avocado salsa, black bean corn salsa, mango salsa, or corn salsa.
  • Mushroom & Goat Cheese: Top with sautéed mushrooms, baby arugula, and crumbled goat cheese.
  • Sweet & Savory: Top with sliced strawberries, a drizzle of honey or balsamic reduction, microgreens, and a sprinkle of sea salt.
  • Bacon & Blue Cheese:  Top with crumbled crispy bacon and blue cheese with a drizzle of honey.

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  1. Vivian says

    No more plain avocado toast for me!

    • Jen says

      I’m so happy to hear it!!