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Avocado toast is a wholesome and simple dish filled with good fats that you can create within minutes. Sprucing it up with a topping of your choice can take it from simple to mouthwatering amazing.
With so many tasty ideas to choose from, you could create delicious open sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and light meals. The key word here is to experiment with textures and flavors to find the ultimate combination for your cooking diary.
1. Smoked Salmon And Red Onions
This topping can be enjoyed as any time of day snack, with thin slices of Norwegian smoked salmon delicately layered over sliced avocado topped with slivers of chopped red onions. You can use a lemon spurt and finish it with some salt and pepper.
2. Cream Cheese, Cucumber, And Dill
Rich cream cheese smoothed over a toasted slice of sprouted whole grain, topped with roughly mashed avocado covered with thin slices of fresh cucumber and sprinkles of dill for a slightly tangy note that adds a hint of anise to the mix.
3. Fluffy Scrambled Eggs And Crispy Bacon
What better combination for a wholesome breakfast than toasting up some oat bread layered with seasoned mashed avocado, topped with folds of soft and fluffy American-style scrambled eggs sprinkled with cubes of crispy bacon?
4. Fried Egg Sunnyside Up
Another great breakfast idea to top a delicious spread of seasoned avocado toast is the addition of a perfectly fried sunny-side-up egg, and for those looking for a bit of a bite, dribble some tobacco or hot sauce over the egg for a perfect and healthy breakfast.
5. Caprese Twist With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
How about a light lunch incorporating your all-time favorite Caprese salad? On an open sandwich of toasted sprouted rye bread with a spread of avocado, layer thin sliced or mozzarella cheese topped with half fried cherry tomatoes decorated with chopped basil and sprinkled with a dash of nutritional extra virgin olive oil.
6. Mexican Salsa With Crushed Tortilla Chips
Make a healthy and light meal, Mexican-style, with a smooth mash of avocado sprinkled with chili flakes and accompanied with a fresh Mexican salsa adorning the toast with crushed tortilla chips as the last touch to the perfect open sandwich with a Mexican flair.
7. Crumbled Goat Cheese With Diced Pancetta
Add crumbled goat cheese to your avocado toast with its mild, earthy flavors and spruce it up with rich, salty flavors of pancetta for a wholesome Italian taste that will convert your plain avocado to a rich, deep, and complex note of different flavors that complement each other.
8. Crumbled Feta, Sliced Calamata Olives, And Scallions
If goat cheese is not your favorite thing, try some rich crumbled Danish feta with sliced calamata olives with chopped scallions for a fresh and tart bite filled with delicious crunchy flavors.
9. Chilled Shrimp
Leftover shrimp? Perfect for the next day’s lunch treat. Dice up some avocado and layer it over your favorite toasted bread rubbed down with a clove of garlic. Layer the shrimp over your avocado and season with salt, pepper, and a dash of lime.
10. Tuna Salad
Make a delicious mixed tuna salad with chopped green peppers, corn, tomato, and green peas mixed with a tangy mayonnaise. Top your favorite avocado toast with a layer of tuna salad sprinkled with balsamic glaze.
11. Grilled Cajun Chicken
Delicious spicy Cajun chicken adds a savory, mouthwatering topping to your avocado toast with thin slices of grilled Cajun chicken breast with a drizzle of mayonnaise.
12. Roasted Chickpeas
Make yourself a high fiber and protein power lunch with mashed avocado toast topped with crunchy roasted chickpeas for a wholesome meal packed with nutrients and energy.
13. Sautéed Mushrooms
Slowly roast some garlic and sauté sliced mushrooms with a dash of Worcestershire sauce for umami flavored topping to accompany a delicious sliced avocado toast, the perfect vegan lunch.
14. Nuts And Honey
Honey goes well with avocado, so for a sweeter variation to the avocado toast, dribble some of your favorite honey over sliced avocados and sprinkle some crushed almond nuts over for a sweet, nutty note. You can alternate with cashew nuts and walnuts if you prefer.
15. Mix Of Seeds
Plain and simple, packed full of nutrition and energy, add some seeds as your topping to your avocado toast by scattering a mix of hemp, sunflower, and sesame seeds to the dish. You can also add roasted pumpkin nut seeds for that extra nutty crunch.
16. Green Asparagus And Parmesan Shavings
A delicious all-green combo of earthy avocado flavors with slightly sweet, earthy notes of asparagus drizzled with a splash of fine extra virgin olive oil and a spritz of lemon juice is the perfect light lunch. Add some shavings of parmesan cheese to bring that umami flavors to a delicious treat.
17. Italian Prosciutto Topping
It may be expensive to buy prosciutto all the time, but for a special treat and that lip-smacking taste of rich, smooth butter avocado flavors topped with the unmistakable taste of sweet and salty Italian prosciutto is a match made in heaven.
Fundamentals For Making Avocado Toast
It may sound simple enough to make an avocado toast, but there are some fundamentals you should keep in mind to make the perfect avo toast.
Choosing The Right Bread
You can really use any bread, but for something extra special using whole grain wheat bread will add a different level of texture and flavor to your avocado toast creation.
Use dense bread with a bit more moisture as they withstand the heat from toasting better, and ensure you have a generous slice to withstand the toppings; after all, nothing beats the taste of fresh, wholesome bread, which is healthier and more filling than your refined loaves of bread.
Here are some ideas for rich, healthy bread that go exceptionally well with an avocado toast creation are,
- Sprouted whole grain
- Whole Wheat
- Oat bread
- Flax bread
- Sprouted rye bread
- Seed bread
Using Ripe Avocado
It goes without saying that using ripe avocado is essential, but it’s not always that easy to find that perfectly ripe avocado, depending if they are in season or not.
Chances are your delicious avocado toast will have to wait a few days to let the avocado fruit ripen before you can enjoy the creamy flavors of a perfectly ripened avocado, but we look into tips and tricks for choosing ripe avocados and how to ripen them fast a bit later in the article.
Seasoning is important for bringing out the flavors, and using a good flakey salt is important to enhance those natural flavors and add texture to your mix.
Experimenting with different seasonings is entirely up to you and your personal choice, allowing you to augment the flavors of your avocado and the toppings you choose to embellish your toast with.
Lime Or Lemon Juice
Adding just a few drops of lime or lemon juice to your avocado puree can preserve the vibrant green color of your avocado and allows you to prepare your mash or even sliced avocado a few hours ahead of time.
Although both can be substituted for one another, remember that they both have slightly different tastes and could change the flavors of your avocado. Both have high levels of citric acid, but lemons are sour with a tart flavor, whereas limes are more bitter than lemons.
If you love a bit of a bite and are looking to add some heat to your creation, then I personally prefer going with chili flakes.
If paired with the right combination, garlic will elevate the taste of your toast and its toppings. Cut a garlic clove in two and gently rub it over your toasted bread to give the sandwich a mild presence of garlic that doesn’t overpower the flavors of your masterpiece.
Sprinkling a little bit of extra virgin olive oil over your toast is, first of all, healthier than butter but also provides an enhancement flavor to your toppings and moistens the toast for easy palatability.
How To Pick Ripe Avocados
When you get a craving for a delicious avocado toast topped with your favorite flavors, you want to find an avocado that is ripe and ready to eat. So here are a few tips on how to find a ripe avocado.
- Gently squeeze the fruit; a ripe avocado will gently give in, a hard fruit is unripe, and a mushy feel is overripe.
- Looking under the stem cap is another great way to tell if an avocado is ripe or not. If the stem cap comes off easily and is green underneath, your avocado is ripe and ready; if it is brown, it’s overripe and probably has brown spots inside. If the cap is difficult to remove, then it’s unripe.
How To Ripen Avocados
If you’re stuck with a few unripe avocado fruits, there are a few ways you can ripen them for use within a few days to a few hours.
Naturally, Ripen Avocado
Place your avocado fruit in a bowl with ethylene-producing fruits such as bananas, apples, pears, and peaches to help it ripen over a few days. If you need the process sped up, place them in a paper bag with the fruits, and presto, ripe avocado in 2 days.
Quick Way Of Ripening Avocados
If you can’t wait and are in a hurry to get that avocado ripe, then you can cover it in foil and place it in the oven at a low 90°C. Bare in mind that times may vary between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how hard your avocado is.
You can use it immediately or place it in your fridge to chill for a few minutes before chopping it up.
How To Make Delicious Avocado Toast
Cut a decent slice of your favorite bread and toast it. While waiting for your toast, take a ripe avocado and slice it around lengthwise, twist it to pull the two halves apart and with the sharp side of your knife blade, gently tap the pit, twist and lift to remove the pit from the one avocado half.
Know depending on how you want the avocado; you can slice, mash or cube it. When slicing avocado, it is easier to peel the skin off; place the flat part on a smooth cutting board and slice your avocado in the thickness you desire.
If you decide to mash the avocado, you can do a rough, chunky mash or make a smooth paste, and this is entirely up to your preferences; either way, the taste is the same. You can peel the skin of the avocado off or scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
If you mash a half or a full avocado, then a fork does a nice job. If you have more, use a potato masher in a large bowl to quickly mash the fruit into the desired texture.
If you are prepping your avocado ahead of time, pour a dash of lime or lemon juice over the avocado slices or mix it into the mash to prevent your avocado from turning brown and becoming an unappetizing color.
Another tip for keeping your avocado green for a bit longer once you have sliced it is to keep the pit on the same plate as the avocado, and this will keep the avo fresh until you are ready to serve it.
Finally, spread your toast with your mashed avocado or layer the slices over your toast; sprinkle some seasoning on top with your favorite topping to enjoy as a hearty breakfast, snack, or light lunch.
Nutritional Value Of Avocado
Avocados have increased in popularity, and it’s not just for their taste but for the health benefits you get from consuming an avocado daily. Thanks to the power pack of nutrients and vitamins that avocados have, it has been proven to help with,
- Protects your eyes
- Assists with weight loss
- Improves moods
- Protects your heart
- Saves your brain
- Strengthens bone density
- Reduces diabetes risk
- Keeps skin youthful
- Reduces the risk of cholesterol
A daily serving of one medium avocado is a healthy way to start a morning or enjoy a lunch break. They provide an excellent source of good monounsaturated fats with an excellent source of fiber.
They are rich in vitamins B, K, and E and have a good source of magnesium and potassium, with a variety of phytonutrient antioxidants that are healthy for the eyes, heart, and skin.
And what a better and tastier way to get your dose of omega-3 fatty acids than with a tasty ripe avocado fruit?
One medium avocado (200g)
Avocado In A Nutshell
Avocado fruits are packed with nutritional values and unsaturated fats, making this a powerhouse fruit that is guiltlessly enjoyed in a variety of ways with an assortment of delicious toppings that can include fish, meat, and poultry. It can also be a delicious meal for vegetarians and vegans, which include cheese, veggies, nuts, and seeds.