Avocado toast is the new power meal. It’s super tasty, rich, healthy, and so very attractive. Some argue that nothing can beat the classic avocado toast with salt and black pepper. However, this fruit is so versatile that it’s difficult to resist the temptation of combining it with all sorts of herbs, spices, vegetables, and other fruits to transform a classic into a fancy feast. If avocado toast is not in your daily or weekly dietary plan, it will be after you read all about these fantastic ideas for spicing things up in the avocado department.
Benefits of the Avocado Fruit
The amazing green fruit that has been masquerading as a vegetable is an incredible source of protein and healthy fats. It’s highly nutritious, keeps you full for significant amounts of time, and turns weight-loss diets into culinary treats. Here are some of its incredible benefits.
- The ‘alligator pear’, as it is called thanks to its appearance, has an abundance of nutrients. 3.5 ounces or 100 grams of avocado contain the following.
– Vitamin K – 20% of the daily recommended dosage. Vitamin K regulates the blood flow, by not allowing it to clot more than it is normal. It also carries calcium throughout your body.
- Vitamin C – 17% of the daily recommended amount. Vitamin C works wonders for the skin, by preventing wrinkles and giving it a healthy glow. It also helps with prenatal problems and cardiovascular disease.
- Vitamin B5 – 14% of the RDA. This vitamin helps fight hair loss, stress and anxiety, and asthma attacks.
- Vitamin B6 – 13% of the RDA. Vitamin B6 is all about premenstrual problems, cramps, hormonal issues and control, carpal tunnel syndrome, and emotional distress.
- Vitamin E – 10% of the RDA. It prevents cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cataracts.
- A whole other plethora of vitamins, in smaller dosages, such as Vitamin A, B2, B3, and B1.
- Potassium – 14% of the RDA
- Folate – 20% of the recommended daily intake
- It also has Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, Iron, and Phosphorus, although in smaller percentages
- Avocados are very high in fiber, which will reduce the sugar levels in your blood, lower the risk of diabetes, and regulate bowel movement.
- The fat in avocados helps the body absorb all the nutrients it needs from plants
- It also has a high level of antioxidants which protect the cells and, at a high level, the eyes.
- Avocados help you lose weight by satiating you to a great extent. This means that you will feel full for up to 5 hours after eating a serving of avocado. You will not be snacking anymore, and thusly, reduce your weight.
Delicious Avocado Toast Ideas
After taking a quick peek at what avocado has to offer in terms of health benefits, let’s go through our fantastic list of avocado toast ideas, as promised.
#1. Basil, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Burrata
Don’t worry because along with the recipes we’ll also explain what all the ingredients are and what they taste like. In this way, you can make an informed decision next time you go shopping for your avocado toast. An heirloom tomato is one whose seeds have been passed on from generation to generation thanks to their prized qualities. In recent years, since all the hype about healthy eating has started, heirloom tomatoes have become more and more available.
If you can get them, we suggest you go for them as they are much tastier than the regular ones. The smell of sweet fruit, their irregular shapes, and kaleidoscopic colors will steal your heart forever.
Burrata is a type of Italian cheese which they make by mixing mozzarella and cream. The recipe calls for some nice, thick slices of white bread, onto which you need to spread the avocado paste. Layer the burrata cheese on top and add as many slices of heirloom tomatoes as you want, no matter the type. The last layer needs to be made up of fresh basil leaves.
#2. Bacon and Runny Eggs
There’s just something about a runny, golden egg yolk that drips luxuriously over some avocado cream. It’s so glorious looking that you know it’s going to be utterly delicious. Use some whole grain bread for this recipe, smear it with avocado paste in a thick, creamy layer, add slices of crispy bacon on top and don’t forget the egg.
You can boil or fry it in the pan since it doesn’t really matter. It’s important, however for it to be runny. For a healthier meal, we suggest you boil the egg instead frying it. Heirloom tomatoes are a great addition here as well, for a tangy taste to balance out all that creaminess. However, they are optional.
#3. Parmesan Cheese, Lemon Juice, and Arugula
Arugula or ‘salad rocket’ as it’s known around the block is a type of salad related to rucola. It looks a bit like dandelion leaves, and it comes from the Mediterranean regions. It tastes herbaceous and has a few hints of nuttiness and mustard.
Parmesan is a type of hard cheese, granular as far as consistency goes, and appetizing. One tip for this recipe regarding parmesan cheese. It’s a very popular type, which has led to the term ‘parmesan’ to enter popular vernacular. Therefore, it’s now used to describe a whole array of hard cheeses. This is the reason you need to pay attention to what you’re buying.
As far as this avocado toast recipe goes, you need to lightly toast your bread, slice the avocado and lay it on top. Throw some fresh arugula on and grate a small, snowy heap of parmesan cheese on top. You might need to use some salt on this one.
#4. Furikake and Sriracha
Furikake is a Japanese seasoning, usually dry, which gets sprinkled on fish, meats, and rice for added flavor. It’s made of sesame seeds, ground fish, seaweed, salt, sugar, egg, and some powdered miso. All in all, it tastes exotic and spicy, which will enhance your avocado’s buttery nuances.
Sriracha is a kind of hot sauce. It’s essentially a paste made from hot chili peppers, vinegar, sugar, salt, and garlic. It’s a Thai sauce, so this might give you a hint of what it will taste like on your avocado toast. To make said toast, use seeded bread, neatly stack some avocado slices on it and sprinkle furikake on them. Don’t forget the Sriracha, which you can drizzle on top to your liking.
#5. Grapefruit and Pistachios
There’s no need to explain any of the ingredients here, as they are famous and delicious. However, you might like to know that you need to puree the avocado for this recipe and spread it thickly on the toast. Sprinkled roasted and crushed pistachio on top and garnish with some grapefruit slices. Remember to peel the fruit as best you can, including all the white bits.
#6. Pomegranate, Strawberries, Feta Cheese, and Balsamic Vinegar
Out of all these ingredients, feta is probably the one that needs a bit of explaining. It’s a type of Greek cheese made from sheep’s milk or a mixture of sheep and goat milk. It combines cheese and curd, both extremely brined. This makes it thoroughly salty in taste, so don’t add any more salt to this avocado toast. Also, don’t use a lot of it as it’s rather fatty.
Toast your plain, white bread and spread the freshly-made avocado paste on top. Add thick slices of sweet strawberries, a few crumbs of feta cheese and a handful of pomegranate seeds. For a tangy and acidic taste, drizzle balsamic vinegar on top.
#7. Ahi Tuna on Ciabatta
For this particular avocado toast recipe, you will need freshly baked ciabatta bread cut into thick slices. You can sear the fish lightly or leave it as it is, for a taste of sushi on your plate. No matter what you decide, you will need to cut the ahi tuna into cubes, as well as the avocado itself. Make sure the fruit is ripe. Put them in a bowl and mix them until the tuna is covered with a bit of avocado goodness.
Salt and pepper, as well as black sesame seeds, are required here. However, you may also add soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, garlic or chives, depending on your personal preferences.
#8. Honey, Pear, Gorgonzola Cheese, and Walnuts
This recipe goes well beyond your ordinary avocado toast. It combines a set of the most delicious ingredients out there, in a fancy and posh blend. Get ready for a swirl of colors, textures, and flavors, for this is one avocado toast worthy of a king’s feast.
The best thing about it, though, is how easy it is to make. Start off with some thick slices of whole wheat rustic bread. It needs to be dense and chewy in texture so that it can hold all the other ingredients you need to pile on top of it.
Cream the avocado, but not all the way through. You don’t want it to be a paste, but rather a chunky spread, as the texture is paramount here. Otherwise, the avocado, which is supposed to be the center of attention, might get lost in that whole myriad of ingredients. Spread it onto your bread. Next goes the pear. Choose a sweet and semi-soft pear, which can be easily sliced, but that is not too firm. If it’s too hard, it will be difficult to bite into in the toast.
Arrange the pear slices neatly on top of the avocado spread. Crumble up some gorgonzola cheese. Use your fingers to do this and not a fork. You don’t want to smash through it but only break it apart into small pieces. Do not play with it for too long, as the heat emanating from your fingers will soften it too much and it will become mushy. Also, pick a fresh, good quality cheese. Seeing as this is the epitome of blue cheeses, you don’t want a store bought brand.
Next come the walnuts, which you need to crumble as well. The pieces have to be small, but not grounded. To top everything off, drizzle honey over the avocado toast. Voila! This is one recipe you can even serve to your guests as they will be impressed for sure.
#9. Smoked Salmon, Chives, and Fresh Radishes
Gourmands who have tried this recipe state that it’s addictive in the way chocolate chip cookies and Martinis are. You simply cannot stop after just one slice. Do you need another reason to try it? It will only take 10 minutes to prepare and, probably, 2 minutes to eat and here is how you do it.
Roast your bread in the oven. French baguettes are preferred, for their mild taste and European feel. When they have turned a glorious golden shade, take them out. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on each one. Next step for this avocado toast recipe is to rub a clove of garlic onto each piece of bread.
In a separate bowl, dice one ripe avocado, add some more garlic, salt, and lemon juice and crush them together with a fork. Spoon the mixture on top of the French baguettes. Stack a slice of smoked salmon, place the finely cut radish slices on top, sprinkle fresh chives, and drizzle some more olive oil over your creation. Serve as soon as possible, to avoid the avocado turning brown.
#10. Bacon, Delicious Bacon
We saved for last one very simple, yet amazingly enchanting avocado toast recipe. It probably doesn’t get any simpler than this, as it will take you approximately two minutes to assemble these slices. However, you need first to fry the bacon. Make sure you choose a high-quality piece of meat, preferably one that hasn’t got a lot of fat in it. Also, a good idea here is to fry it almost black, as it needs to be crunchy and acquire an almost smoky flavor. Juts leave it in the pan a few minutes longer than you would normally do.
Choose a simple, white bread, fluffy and sweet. Lightly toast it, cut the avocado in slices and arrange them on the toast. Finish off with a few strips of that crispy bacon, sit back, and enjoy! There will be quite a few calories packed in this avocado toast, but we suggest you don’t focus on that. It’s a treat and you, probably, deserve it, nevertheless!
Enjoying a good serving of avocado toast or avocado sandwiches is a truly remarkable way to introduce more of this super healthy food into your system. For visible results, eat avocado twice a week and use all the recipes we listed for you!