Avocado Toast (4 Ways)

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Here’s how to make the best avocado toast with four different topping variations. It’s easy to make and perfect for a simple breakfast, snack or light lunch!

Given my love for avocado toast I couldn’t believe that I haven’t shared a plan ol’ avocado toast recipe on the blog. Well, that changes today!

Avocado toast is my go-to for a quick and easy breakfast or delicious mid-day snack. It comes together in under 10 minutes and is completely customizable. I could have avocado toast every day and not get board with how many flavor variations you could make! And it’s especially nice during the summer months where the last thing you want to do is turn on the stove. No cooking necessary!

Four styles of avocado toast on four plates with an open, halved avocado.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Avocado toast can be whipped up in under 10 minutes!
  • It’s completely customizable. I’m sharing my go-to variations below, but feel free to add your favorite toppings!
  • Avocados are full of healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Four styles of avocado toast laid diagonally across the photo frame.

Avocado Nutrition

Avocados are incredibly nutritious! Not only are they chock full of healthy fats and fiber, but they also are a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!

You’ll find vitamins C, E, K, B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (panthothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), folate, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and manganese in avocado.

Avocados are also high in heart-healthy fats like monounsaturated fat (oleic acid). Oleic acid is the same fatty acid found in olives and olive oil and is considered a very healthy fat. Diets high in oleic acid show increased insulin sensitivity, betty blood sugar management and lower cholesterol levels. (source)

Four styles of avocado toast on four plates.

How to Make The Best Avocado Toast

  1. Pick good avocados. Look for avocados that give slightly when you press on the skin. You don’t want them to be too soft, otherwise that means they’re likely bruised inside and if they’re too firm that means they aren’t ripe yet! Sometimes I’ll purposely get hard avocados so they can ripen at home. If you need to speed up the ripening process you can place your avocado in a brown paper bag with a banana. Bananas produce ethylene gas, which helps fruit ripen. If you see brown spots or stringy sections, scoop those out and discard before mashing the rest for your toast.
  2. Use good bread. The bread you use matters! I prefer to use sourdough bread for avocado toast, but whatever bread you do use make sure it’s a sturdy, crusty bread that can support your toppings and easily be picked up. The worst is picking up your bread and losing all your toppings!
  3. Toast the bread. Don’t forget to toast your bread before adding your toppings otherwise your bread could get soggy.
  4. Used mashed avocado. I know slices of avocado look pretty on a piece of toast, but it’s not the most realistic. The slices are slippery so if you add extra toppings they’ll likely fall off and nobody wants that!
  5. Mash your avocado separately. I know some people say to mash the avocado straight on the bread, but I prefer to mash my avocado separately so I don’t risk ripping or poking holes in my bread. Just cut your avocado in half, remove the pit, scoop out the flesh and mash it in a small bowl or on a plate with a fork. Here’s a full guide on how to cut an avocado. Pro tip: if you’re making a big batch of avocado toast you can use a potato masher instead of a fork to mash your avocados.
Four variations of avocado toast.

Avocado Toast Variations

There are two main components to avocado toast: avocado and bread. From there, you can customize it however you’d like. I’m sharing my 4 favorite avocado toast variations below, but the options are endless, so feel free to get creative!

Try adding some different seasonings, fresh herbs, fresh veggies (I love the combo of cucumbers, sliced tomatoes and sprouts), bacon or tempeh bacon, a poached or fried egg, seeds like pepitas or hemp seeds for a little crunch or pickled onions.

You could also swap the avocado for guacamole (like with this guacamole toast) to really amp up the flavors or add a layer of hummus like with my avocado hummus toast. And if you really want to take your avocado toast up a notch add a drizzle of my cilantro lime dressing, tahini sauce or hummus dressing.

Basic

Basic avocado toast served on a plate with a lemon wedge.

This is the perfect basic avocado toast recipe made with sourdough bread, mashed avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper with a drizzle of olive oil and flaked sea salt on top. I love adding a dash of crushed red pepper flakes for a little spice!

Everything + Egg

Everything Bagel Seasoning and Egg Avocado Toast served on a plate.

Top your mashed avocado with hard boiled eggs and a generous sprinkle of everything but the bagel seasoning. If you’re not a fan of hard-boiled eggs, feel free to top your toast with scrambled eggs, a poached egg or fried egg!

Smoked Salmon 

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast served on a plate.

This is my version of a bagel with lox and cream cheese. Instead of cream cheese we’re using mashed avocado as the base and topping it with lox or smoked salmon, red onion, tomato, capers, pepper, salt and fresh dill.

Caprese

Caprese Avocado Toast served on a plate.

I obsessed with my caprese salad, so I figured why not make a caprese avocado toast! This version combines mashed avocado with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, salt, pepper and a drizzle of balsamic glaze and olive oil.

The Best Bread for Avocado Toast

I always use sourdough bread for my avocado toast. Mainly because it has a chewy texture and crisp crust, which I find to be perfect for avocado toast, but also because my mother-in-law makes us a fresh loaf every week so we always have some on hand.

If you’re looking for another variety of bread I recommend using sturdy and crusty bread like whole grain, rye, country white or a French loaf. Whatever bread you’re using you want the slices to be at least 1/2 inch thick so it can support your toppings.

Four styles of avocado toast laid diagonally across the photo frame.

How to Pick Ripe Avocados

My number one tip for making the best avocado toast is using avocados that are perfectly ripe. The first sign of ripeness is color. You want your avocado to be dark green, almost black in color. An avocado that is bright green is almost always unripe.

To check if your avocado is ripe enough, you want to press gently on the outside of it. You want avocados that are firm and smooth but give slightly when you press on the skin. If there is no give that means your avocados aren’t ripe enough and if there is too much give, the avocado might be overly ripe.

Here’s a more detailed guide on how to tell if an avocado is ripe.

More Toast Recipes to Try

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Be sure to check out all of the avocado recipes as well as the full collection of breakfast recipes on EBF!

Avocado Toast (4 Ways)

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Here’s how to make the best avocado toast with four different topping variations. It's easy to make and perfect for a simple breakfast, snack or light lunch!
Four styles of avocado toast on four plates with an open, halved avocado.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

Basic

  • 1 slice sourdough bread, or your favorite bread
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • pepper and salt, to taste
  • Drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Crushed red pepper, optional

Everything + Egg

Smoked Salmon

  • 1 slice sourdough bread, or your favorite bread
  • ½ avocado
  • 4 oz lox or smoked salmon
  • 3-4 slices of red onion
  • 2-3 slices of tomato
  • Capers, to taste
  • Cracked pepper and flaky sea salt
  • Fresh dill

Caprese

  • 1 slice sourdough bread, or your favorite bread
  • ½ avocado
  • 4-5 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 small mozzarella balls, halved
  • Cracked pepper and flaked sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons thinly sliced basil
  • Drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Drizzle of balsamic glaze

Instructions
 

Basic

  • Toast sourdough bread.
  • Mash avocado in a bowl with lemon juice, salt and pepper.ash
  • Add mashed avocado on toasted bread. Drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle on flaked sea salt and crushed red pepper, if using.

Everything + Egg

  • Toast sourdough bread.
  • Add mashed avocado on toasted bread. Add hard boiled egg slices on top. Sprinkle with everything seasoning, sea salt and pepper.

Smoked Salmon

  • Toast sourdough bread.
  • Add mashed avocado on toasted bread. Top with smoked salmon slices, sliced tomato, red onion and capers. Sprinkle on salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle on fresh dill.

Caprese

  • Toast sourdough bread.
  • Add mashed avocado on toasted bread. Top with smoked salmon slices, sliced tomato, red onion and capers. Sprinkle on salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle on fresh dill.
  • Add cherry tomatoes and mozzarella on top. Sprinkle on sea salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle with oil and balsamic glaze. Top with basil.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 basic toast Calories: 326kcal Carbohydrates: 30g Protein: 7g Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 14g Sodium: 866mg Potassium: 367mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 1g
Course: Breakast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado toast

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