The avocado craze started a few years ago and it has not waned in intensity. The demand and supply curves of avocado have been going haywire for some time. The top producers of the fruit are Mexico, Peru and California. They have been having a difficult time keeping up with the required production numbers. As such, the cost of avocados has significantly risen within the last few years. The cost has somewhat come down this year but many distributors are having a hard time keeping up with customer demand.
This raises the question of why avocados became so popular. Well, in the mid to late 2010s, the clean eating movement with juices, salads and super foods gained more attention. Recipes for avocado began taking over the internet as people started realizing how healthy they are. There are some who also blame health-conscious millennials – the hipster subculture in particular - for the skyrocketing cost of avocados. Whether or not that is true, most people in this era are trying to live better and longer. So, it’s logical that people go crazy for healthier options.
If you happen to type the word avocado in any search engine you will most likely get results for avocado toast. You would be hard pressed to find a coffee or sandwich shop – especially the swanky ones – that does not sell avocado toasts. Even though the prices are often ridiculous people fork out cash to gobble up some of the creamy green magic.
The craze has gotten so popular that older people like to make fun of us millennial avo-lovin' types, by suggesting that if we stopped buying so much, we'd be able to afford a down payment on a house. To that we say, so be it, we'll take the toast - but maybe we should start making it ourselves. If you love avocado toasts feast your eyes on these recipes below. You will get some inspiration to start making your own and save some of your coins for a rainy day.
25 Avocado Toast With Smoked Salmon
First, prepare the smoked salmon by soaking it in brined solution to make it salty. This normally takes 2-3 days. The next step is to air dry the fish in a cool place by removing it from the brine solution and allowing it to dry on a rack for 2- 3 hours. Smoke thin slices of fish fillet in a smoking box. Or, just buy some smoked salmon from the grocery store and skip this step. Toast a slice or two of your favourite bread or bagel. Crush a few slices of avocado and spread it on the toast, sprinkle some mint leaves, chili, black pepper and tomato dressing on top. Add the smoked salmon and enjoy.
24 Avocado Toast With Chorizo And Sweet Pepper
Chorizo is known for its spicy flavour. It is normally made with dried chili pepper. This pork sausage is a nice companion for avocado toast. Take the chorizo and remove the casing. Cook it in a skillet with onions, garlic and chili pepper. Once the sausage is brown, remove it from the pan. Dice the sausage into tiny chunks. Spread the avocado on toast, sprinkle a generous amount of chorizo pieces and diced sweet pepper on top. The sweet and savoury combination of the chorizo and sweet pepper will no doubt leave you feigning for a second helping.
23 Chorizo Jam, Red Pepper Salsa, Fried Egg And Avocado On Toast
Chorizo jam is made by cooking peeled and finely chopped chorizo with tomato puree, vinegar, paprika, thyme, onion, garlic and treacle. If you want it to be supremely fresh, you can easily make your own as opposed to using a store bought version. Spread some jam on toast, add smashed avocado. Top off with red pepper, parsley and garlic oil. Add an over hard or easy fried egg on top. You can add more jam on top or sprinkle chili pepper if so desired. The best choice of toast to use is some sort of soft bread that has minimal flavouring. That way, you can truly savour the richness of the chorizo jam.
22 Avocado And Prawn Cocktail Toast
For this recipe, you will need rye bread, avocados, cooked crayfish, mayonnaise, yuzu juice and fresh dill. Scoop the avocado halves with a spoon and place the, on a cutting board. Thinly slice the avocado sideways in a fanning motion. The rye bread should be sliced into small bite-sized pieces. Neatly arrange them on the rye bread – completely covering it. Chop the crayfish and mix with mayo, salt and yuzu juice. Spread this over the avocado and garnish with fresh dill. This version of an avocado toast is the perfect finger food for entertaining guests or for when you feel for a light snack.
21 Avocado Toast With Bacon And Eggs
Bacon and eggs are quintessential breakfast foods for meat eaters. Many people look forward to their daily egg or bacon breakfast sandwich. It along with a cup of fresh tea or coffee just sets the tone for a good day. Try adding a twist to your typical sandwich. Toast a slice or two of cheddar or garlic bread. Spread avocado on top, add scrambled or fried egg next and top with some crispy fried bacon strips or bits. You know it will be delicious just by the flavorful aromas that waft their way to your nostrils. You are going to want to savour this one so try not to eat in a rush.
20 Strawberry Avocado Toast
Fruits are great with avocado. If you haven’t tried it, you should. The idea may sound strange but it works. Avocado and strawberries on toast is a tasty treat that is also a sight to behold. The vibrant red and green combination gives a sort of tropical feel to your breakfast. Add avocado to well-toasted whole grain bread. Slice five strawberries and add them on top. If you are like the taste of chia seeds you can add some to the toast. Sesame seeds can also be substituted. For an added crunch, slice a few slivers of cucumber on top, sprinkle on some fresh basil, and drizzle with balsamic.
19 Avocado Toast With Mango, Chili Powder, and Mint
If you want to try this recipe but hesitate at the idea of a sweet juicy mango on top of avocado, you can make it work with a mango that is almost ripe. It will be more appealing as the taste of half ripe mangoes is more tart than sweet. The slices will also be slightly harder and less juicy. This is the best way to eat mangoes on toast. Choose a slice of bread and lightly dust it with olive oil. Cover the entire surface area of the bread with mashed avocado. Add a layer of thin mango slices on top. Sprinkle some lemon juice and dust the entire toast with chili powder.
18 Avocado Papaya Toast
Papaya is one of the tastiest fruits that nature offers. It has a distinctly sweet flavour and is oh so juicy. Papaya is best eaten when it is ripe. Add something satisfyingly sweet to your breakfast by placing some slices of papaya on top of avocado slices or mash. Cover the bread with both fruits and take a bite. Is it not heavenly? If you want to cut through the sweetness of the papaya add some lemon juice on top. The ideal toast for this combination is thick sesame or everything bagel or bread. Wholegrain bread is just as fine. Choosing a denser bread ensures that the juices from the ripe papaya will not make the toast soggy.
17 Avocado Toast With Citrus and Slivered Fennel Recipe
To create this tart avocado snack, you will need a slice of bread, olive oil, avocado, thin slices of fennel, oranges cut into supremes, mint, salt and black pepper. Toast the bread until golden brown. Dust it with olive oil. Add the avocado, fennel slices and citrus pieces. Chop the mint leaves ever so fine. Add them to the toast. Sprinkle black pepper and salt on top. As you bite into this creation you will be hit with waves of tartness and sweetness with a splash of savoury to bring everything together. If the idea of adding black pepper and salt to orange slices puts you off, you can substitute them with a spoon of plain yogurt.
16 Avocado Toast with Blueberries & Honey
For this blueberry and avocado toast, you will need olive oil, blueberries, avocado, honey and wholegrain bread. Toast the bread in a toaster oven or in a skillet with olive oil. Once the bread is golden brown, add crushed avocado and a handful of washed, fresh dry blueberries. Drizzle some honey on top and serve immediately. If you are put off by all the sweetness simply add some black pepper or a touch of salt. This food combo is not something that readily comes to mind but it has a lot of potential. If anything, it's colourful and healthy and that should be enough to get you interested.
15 Spicy Avocado and Pea Tea Sandwiches
Pour finely grated lime zest, canola oil and chopped mint in a bowl and whisk. As you continue mixing, add chopped tarragon, minced red Thai chile, avocado, salt and pepper. Let this mixture stand for ten minutes. Scoop some of the mixtures onto a slice of bread. Add the remaining peas to the toast and garnish with chopped mint and tarragon. The peas you use can be frozen peas that you thaw or fresh ones from your garden. If you are using fresh peas, you should slightly cook them to make sure they are soft enough. This dish is vegetarian thus making it another wholesome meal to add to your meat-free recipe ideas.
14 Smashed Avocado Toast With Feta & Roasted Chili Sweetcorn
To start this scrumptious dish, select a nice corn cob and brush it with chili and garlic oil. Roast it on a grill for 15 minutes. Ensure that each side is properly roasted. Slice the kernels from the cob and chop the chili peppers. Toss the corn and peppers into a skillet with garlic oil, salt and pepper. Toast the bread on the grill and mash the avocados with chili sauce. Once the bread is golden brown on both sides, remove it from the grill and brush with garlic oil. Add the avocado, feta, roasted corn and chili on top of the toasts.
13 Eggs Benedict BLT with Avocado Hollandaise
This is a filling breakfast meal that combines three breakfast items – eggs, BLT and avocado. The avocado in this toast comes in the form of hollandaise. To make it, avocado, lemon juice, olive oil, water, salt and cayenne pepper are blended in a food processor. It is set aside as the other components of the meal are being prepared. Some bacon strips are baked for 15 – 20 minutes until they are crispy. The extra oil is soaked up by placing the strips on a paper towel. Arugula salad is made by tossing the greens in a bowl with lemon juice and ground pepper. Poach an egg and assemble all the ingredients on the toast. The bacon goes on first, followed by tomato and arugula, avocado slices, poached egg and the avocado hollandaise tops everything off.
12 Banana Avocado Toast
Banana toast and avocado toast are two separate sandwich ideas – each delicious in its own right. What if the two are combined? In a bowl, mash some avocado and sprinkle a bit of salt. Choose a ripe finger of banana and slice it in a circular fashion. Toast some whole grain bread and spread the avocado on it. Neatly add the banana slices all over the bread. Sprinkle with some diced almonds or chia seeds or any type of nut you crave at the moment. Drizzle honey all over. The addition of the honey is not necessary so feel free to opt out of adding more sweetness to your breakfast. Eat, enjoy and have an amazing day.
11 Avocado Pissaladière
Roll out thawed pizza dough into a 12- inch round. Transfer the dough to a greased baking pan. Brush some olive oil on the dough and place the pan in an oven preheated at 450 degrees. While the dough is baking for a period of twenty minutes, cook some olive oil, onions and sugar on moderate heat and stir until the onions are soft. Add salt and pepper. Slice some avocados and drain the anchovy fillets. Remove the dough from the oven. It should be golden brown. Top the crust with the onions, avocado slices and anchovies. The Pissaladière is not necessarily toasted but it works. This pizza-like tart is perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner.
10 Cayenne pepper, cherry tomatoes and coriander avocado toast
Fry some onions and garlic in olive oil. Add some beautiful, succulent cherry tomatoes, coriander, cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Cook this on medium heat for 5 minutes. Toast a slice of rye or sourdough. Add crushed avocado onto the bread and place the tomatoes on top. Sprinkle some salt or black pepper and you’re good to go. This is a nice vegetarian option for the avocado toast. This can be your lunch, breakfast or midmorning snack. Just have a seat and munch away as you read your favourite book or watch the latest TV show that has you hooked.
9 Crab-and-Avocado Canapés
If you are a seafood lover, you will love this twist on the idea of an avocado toast. Dust a large baking sheet with olive oil and place it in a baking pan. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Using a 2 – inch round biscuit cutter, create four rounds out of bread slices. Place the rounds onto the baking sheet and dust them with olive oil. Toast the rounds for 15 minutes or until they are brown and crispy. While the bread is being toasted, mash some avocado in a bowl with salt and cayenne pepper. In a separate bowl, stir the cooked crab meat with mint, lime juice and salt. Spread the avocado on the circular toast, top with crab mixture and serve.
8 Avocado Toast with Goat Cheese and Chives
Choose a thick slice of your favourite bread, toast it and set it aside. Remove the avocado pit, scoop the halves out with a spoon. Squash them in a bowl with lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Slather the avocado toast onto the bread. Add crumbled goat cheese and chopped chives. Goat cheese has a distinct tart, earthy flavour. Some people may not appreciate the smell but the general consensus is that it is delicious. It had a smooth texture much like the avocado. The chives add another earthy flavour to this combination. The delicate balance between the flavour of garlic and onion is what gives chives a delicate yet spicy flavour. All three on toast has something unique to offer.
7 Avocado, Feta and Cherry Tomato Salsa Flatbreads
Toss some cherry tomatoes, olive oil, minced shallot, chopped mint and cilantro, red wine vinegar and crushed red pepper in a bowl. Add some salt and black pepper. Grill a piece of flatbread or toast it and brush it with your desired amount of olive oil. If you are grilling the bread, do so on high heat and keep turning until its puffed and charred. Arrange the salsa over the flatbread. Add some feta and avocado slices on top. This recipe is more for brunch than breakfast. Enjoy it with a chilled fruit juice or another beverage of choice.
6 Avocado Toasts with Oaxacan Sesame Sauce
This recipe for Oaxacan Sesame Sauce is courtesy of Food writer and stylist Karen Gillingham. It starts with toasting sesame seeds, almonds and peanuts over moderate heat. Once they are golden brown, the nuts are placed in a food processor. Crushed red pepper and peanut oil are added to the processor. The machine is pulsed to create a sauce with a chunky consistency. Salt is added and the mixture is placed in a bowl. The avocados slices are tossed in a bowl with lime juice and salt. Add the slices to the toast, sprinkle the sesame sauce and top with cilantro.
5 Avocado Toast with Pico de Gallo
The ingredients for pico de gallo are all staple items found in even the most basic of kitchens. Select the best tomatoes, onions, cilantro and jalapeno peppers from your fridge. Dice and slice the ingredients and combine in a bowl. Toss to evenly distribute the pieces. Add salt and lime juice to bring some more zest to the mix. For this recipe, use rye or whole grain bread. Spread some smooth avocado paste on the bread, add the Pico de Gallo. That’s it, so easy! This would make for a good lunch. Just remember to use the Pico de Gallo within a week of making it.
4 Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This is a beautiful, healthy meal that will put a smile on your face at lunch or dinner. It requires some effort but it will be worth it. You will need to make some pesto sauce. Add some garlic, shallot and anchovy to a food processor and gently chop. While it’s still running, add some lemon juice, kale, parsley, chives, olive oil, salt, pepper and tarragon. Spread some pesto sauce on a slice of bread. On another slice, add mozzarella cheese, sliced avocado, goat cheese and spinach. Press both pieces of bread together. In a heated skillet, add some butter and cook the sandwich. Flip it once so that both sides will be brown.
3 Spicy Steak And Avocado Toast
Select a flank of steak from the grocery store, bring it home and rub it with olive oil, salt and black pepper. Cook on medium or high heat for 3 -4 minutes on one side then repeat for the other side. Let the steak rest a while. Crush some avocado, onion, salt and jalapeno. Toast two slices of bread and coat them with some olive oil. Spread the avocado onto the bread. Slice thin pieces of steak and add to the top of the avocado. Garnish with some cilantro. It takes 18 minutes to make this meal - which may be too much time if you are thinking of a quick breakfast. So, maybe save it for dinnertime or a weekend morning when you are not rushing out to get your day start.
2 Vegan Hummus on Avocado Toast
This next avocado toast recipe is quick and easy. You simply toast your bread, add some hummus – you can make your own using chickpea if you are not a fan of store-bought hummus. Spread some avocado slices or mashed avocado on top of the hummus. Cook up some Roma tomatoes in olive oil with onion and garlic on low heat. Add this on top of the avocado. Sprinkle some oats and flax seed on top along with kosher salt and black pepper. Ideally, you want the bread to be gluten-free so choose a brand that fits that specification.
1 Monterey Jack Quesadillas with Avocado and Kale-Pistachio Salsa
Pour some orange juice and minced shallot in a bowl and set it aside for 10 minutes. Prepare a bowl of ice water as you cook some kale leaves until they are tender and bright green. Transfer the cooked kale to the ice bath. Squeeze the excess water from the kale as you remove it from the ice – bath. Chop the leaves finely and transfer them to the bowl with orange juice and shallot. Add minced jalapeno, lime juice, olive oil, chopped pistachios and cilantro as well. Whisk all the ingredients together. Add diced avocado to the bowl and gently stir. The final ingredients are salt and black pepper. Set this aside as you prepare a tortilla in a skillet with olive oil. Once that is done, slice the quesadilla into wedges and place the avocado and kale pistachio Salsa Verde on top.