I don’t know about you, but I’m so happy that avocados have gained such mainstream popularity.
These little pear shaped produce are full of healthy fats and other nutrients that we all need. But it’s the creamy deliciousness that really draws me in. Not to mention it’s an easy way for kids to eat healthy.
Best of all, avocados are versatile. I use them in soups, salads, burgers, smoothies, that dip everyone loves, the list goes on. But one of my favorite ways to devour this fantastic fruit is to spread it on toast.
Now, I never lie to you all, and I’m not going to start now. Honestly, I’m not always loving plain avocado slapped on some toast. So, I’ve come up with a few variations. The one I’m sharing here, is the best avocado on toast recipe for me, because it’s super quick, easy, and delicious in its natural simplicity.
Mashed avocado on bread goes back centuries and has been eaten by many cultures. The avocado toast we know today has been the center of controversy. Bill Granger, an Australian restaurant owner, says he came up with it in the 1990s.
A New York City chef named Chloe Osborne said she was the first to slap it on some toast in the 1970s. Alas, things are not always what they seem.
Picture it – San Gabriel Valley, California – 1920. A writer named Martin Fesher was out of guacamole and chips, or butter, who knows. So he decided to mash up his avocado and put it on his toast with some salt and pepper.
Being a writer, he wrote the recipe down, and it was printed in the local newspaper. Granger and Osborne didn’t consider the power of the pen.
Why You Will Love Avocado On Toast
- Takes 5 minutes
- No oven required
- Travels Well
- Eat the avocado toast right away, to avoid soggy toast and brown avocado.
- Trust me on this one.
If the avocado is not quite ripe, put it in a paper bag with a banana. It’s a whole chemical reaction thing, but the point is, it will give you a ripe avocado in about a day.
- 1 ripe avocado – avocados can be hard to catch at the right moment. It’s like one day they’re hard as stick, and the next they’re mush. Try for one that is firm, but has a little give when you press on it.
- Bread – I suggest a good quality multi-grain, that’s thick cut. It’s healthy and flavorful, and it won’t crumble when you spread or crack under pressure.
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Cherry Tomatoes – I prefer using the Golden Sweet or Sun Gold variety for avocado toast. Especially if you’re using multi-grain bread. These cherry tomatoes are super sweet and offer a nice contrast to the other earthy, nutty ingredients.
- Fresh Ground Pepper
How To Make Avocado On Toast
Gather all your ingredients, scrub that avocado down, and let’s get toasting!
First, grab your bread and drop in the toaster. But don’t hit the button just yet.
Now cut your avocado and toss away the pit.
Next, scoop out the flesh from 1 half and place it in a mixing bowl. Mash it up with a fork, then add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mash a little more to mix everything together.
Press play on your toast.
Rinse the cherry tomatoes, pat dry, and slice into small pieces.
When the toast is done, remove immediately and cover it with the mashed avocado.
Top with the tomato
The great thing about avocado toast is that you can experiment with different toppings. A few that I found especially delicious include:
- Feta cheese and chives
- Fresh salsa
- Smoked salmon and onion
- Hummus, cucumber, and tomato
- Egg, tomato, and cheese (if you’re craving a bigger breakfast
Avocado toast is great because it goes with pretty much everything. Some of my favorite pairings include:
Feel free to switch out the multi-grain bread for a nice sourdough, challah, or ciabatta. It’s really up to your preference.
- Cutting Knife
- Small Mixing Bowl
- Fork (to mash)
- Cutting Board
- Butter Knife
1. Which avocado variety is best for avocado toast?
Hands down, the good old Haas. They are overall the most flavorful and creamiest, because they contain more oil than other types.
2. How many calories are in avocado toast?
While it varies depending on the type of bread and toppings you use, the average piece of avocado toast has 290 calories.
3. Can I eat avocado every day?
The American Medical Association recommends half an avocado a day. But switch it up once in a while, so you don’t get bored.
Avocado on Toast
- 1/2 of a large ripe avocado
- 1 piece of bread thick cut
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 3-4 cherry tomatoes
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- Place bread in a toaster, but don't toast yet.
- Cut a washed avocado in half. Throw away the pit. Scoop out the flesh from one half, place in a bowl, and mash with a fork.
- Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper and mix well.
- Toast the bread.
- Slice tomatoes.
- When toast is done, spread avocado mash on top, and add tomatoes.
- Enjoy immediately.