Avocado Toast (6 Easy Recipes!)

Jump to Recipe

Looking for a quick and flavorful breakfast or brunch? Learn how to make avocado toast by choosing from six flavorful recipes to get you started. Once you’ve mastered the basics, then you can get creative using more of your favorite toppings.

Avocado Toast (6 Easy Recipes!)

Avocados are a versatile fruit to slice, mash, or fill. The creamy and buttery texture makes any meal better. There’s plenty of health benefits to match their luxurious taste, notably their healthy mono and polyunsaturated fat content and antioxidants like beta carotene. Avocado is the star of this popular and dare I say trendy dish that still has people obsessing over.

Mastering this simple avocado toast recipe will make breakfast or brunch more exciting. Learn the basics for preparing the base and nailing the perfect golden brown toast. Start with a basic combination or get adventurous with six different recipe ideas that I created for you. Whether you’re craving Italian flare or a classic bacon and egg combination, I’ve got you covered with plenty of options.

How to make avocado toast

There are only two must-have components; toasted bread and sliced or mashed avocados. From here, you can keep it simple with seasonings or get more creative with various toppings. A large, eight-ounce avocado is enough to make two generous servings. It yields about ½ cup of mashed fruit.

Simple Avocado Toast

Simple Avocado Toast

This is an easy, classic flavor combination of mashed avocado, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil. Freshly chopped parsley is sprinkled on top. Add some red pepper flakes if you like a spicy kick. This is a great everyday option.

Caprese Avocado Toast

Caprese Avocado Toast

Take your tastebuds on a trip to Italy! Crushed avocado is topped with ripe cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced basil, and olive oil. For a sweet and tangy contrast, drizzle on some balsamic vinegar reduction. If you want a more garlicky flavor on the toast like bruschetta then lightly rub a cut garlic clove on the surface of the bread while it’s still warm.

Salsa Avocado Toast

Salsa Avocado Toast

Enjoy guacamole and a fresh salsa all in one bite! This recipe is inspired by pico de gallo. Ripe chopped tomatoes, minced red onion, jalapeno, chopped cilantro, and lime juice are combined and scooped onto the mashed avocado spread. I like to add thin slices of radish for extra crunch.

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

A spin on bagel and lox! The bread gets slathered with tangy cream cheese, mashed avocado, and then topped with all of the traditional ingredients. Thinly sliced tomato, cucumber, red onion, smoked salmon, capers, and dill take this east coast staple to the next level.

Bacon and Eggs Avocado Toast

Bacon and Eggs Avocado Toast

A breakfast trifecta! A classic combination of crispy bacon and a sunny side up egg. The mashed fruit is layered on the toast, then topped with smoky pork and irresistible runny yolk. A perfect option for those who want a protein boost.

Everything Avocado Toast

Everything Avocado Toast

If you’re a fan of everything bagels and cream cheese, you’ll love this combination. The toast gets a generous coating of cream cheese then topped with sliced avocado. I cut them to ¼-inch thick wedges. A homemade concoction of sesame and poppy seeds, flaky sea salt, and dried minced garlic and onion is sprinkled on top for the “everything” savory taste.

Avocado selection

Haas avocados are my top choice to pair with crusty slices of bread. The texture is extremely soft, silky, and mashes with ease. The taste is slightly sweet, nutty, and creamy. You can use other types of avocados to provide that delicate richness, although the taste may vary slightly.

Testing for ripeness

Just make sure to use ripe avocados. They should have a slight give when held in the palm of your hand and gently pressed with your fingertips. Also, if you remove the stem it should be green underneath. Most of these recipes use a mash, so if the fruit is a little on the softer side, it will still be okay.

Firmer avocados are ideal for slicing. If you want to quickly ripen an avocado, place it in a paper bag with a banana, close the top and check daily until it feels softer.

Bread choice

I recommend using more hearty varieties like sourdough bread, crusty artisan white or whole-grain bread, French or Italian loaves. The slices should be at least ½-inch thick. This helps it stay soft in the center when toasted, but sturdy enough to support the toppings. The worst thing is to have the bread get soggy and crumble apart when trying to eat it.

Toast the bread

To make just a few slices of toast, a slotted toaster oven works best. When making a larger batch for a crowd, I find it easiest to place the bread slices on a baking sheet and broil them. The extremely hot heating element in the oven will turn the surface golden brown in a matter of minutes. Make sure to not step away for too long, this method is quick. Check every 30-seconds to prevent unwanted charring.

Slice or mash

I love the presentation of perfectly fanned pieces of avocado. If you want more texture, this is the way to go. However, this method only works well when using minimal toppings otherwise the fruit gets slippery which makes it hard to eat.

Mashing the avocados has several benefits. The texture gets stickier and helps to lock larger ingredients on top. You can also add more flavor to the avocados when mashed together. I always add some lemon juice, salt, and pepper to season the base.

Keeping avocados green

Once the avocado is cut, air from the environment will turn the exposed surface brown due to oxidation. Squeezing on some lemon juice provides antioxidants from ascorbic acid that reacts with the oxygen first to delay the browning reaction. Drizzling on some olive oil also helps to provide a physical barrier as well.

Pin this recipe to save for later

Pin This

Avocado Toast (6 Ways!)

Craving for a fancy breakfast or brunch? Make avocado toast and choose from six flavorful recipes that are easy to customize.
Pin Print Review
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings 2 servings
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

Ingredients

Simple Avocado Toast

  • 2 slices bread, sourdough, wheat, Italian or French loaf, ½-inch thick pieces
  • 1 large avocado
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley, optional

Caprese Avocado Toast

  • 2 slices bread, sourdough, wheat, Italian or French loaf, ½-inch thick pieces
  • 1 large avocado
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese balls, Ciliegine, halved
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar reduction, optional
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced basil leaves, about 3 large leaves

Salsa Avocado Toast

  • 2 slices bread, sourdough, wheat, Italian or French loaf, ½-inch thick pieces
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon lime juice, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup diced tomatoes, ¼-inch dice
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
  • 2 tablespoons sliced radish, ⅛-inch thick

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

  • 2 slices bread, sourdough, wheat, Italian or French loaf, ½-inch thick pieces
  • 1 large avocado
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced tomatoes, ⅛-inch thick (8 slices)
  • ¼ cup sliced cucumber, ⅛-inch thick (8 slices)
  • 2 ounces smoked salmon, or lox
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, sliced, ⅛-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 teaspoons dill leaves

Bacon and Eggs Avocado Toast

  • 2 slices bread, sourdough, wheat, Italian or French loaf, ½-inch thick pieces
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 large avocado
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley, optional

Everything Avocado Toast

  • 2 slices bread, sourdough, wheat, Italian or french loaf, ½-inch thick pieces
  • 1 large avocado
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon poppy seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt, or kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon dried minced onion

Instructions 

Toast the bread (for all recipes)

  • In a toaster, heat the bread slices until golden brown. Alternatively, place the sliced bread on a baking sheet. Set the oven rack 6-inches from the top broiling element. Broil the bread until golden brown, about 1 to 3 minutes per side, keep a close eye on the color change.

Simple Avocado Toast

  • Scoop out both sides of the avocado flesh into a small bowl. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Lightly mash the avocado with a fork, leaving some chunks. Divide the mixture onto the toasted bread. Drizzle some olive oil on top, season with salt, pepper, and garnish with parsley.

Caprese Avocado Toast

  • Scoop out both sides of the avocado flesh into a small bowl. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Lightly mash the avocado with a fork, leaving some chunks. Spread the mixture onto the toasted bread slices. Add the tomatoes and cheese on the toast. Drizzle some olive oil and balsamic vinegar reduction on top, season with salt, pepper, and garnish with basil.

Salsa Avocado Toast

  • Scoop out both sides of the avocado flesh into a small bowl. Add ¼ teaspoon lime juice, salt, and pepper. Lightly mash the avocado with a fork, leaving some chunks. Spread the mixture onto the toasted bread slices. In a small bowl combine the diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeno, and 1 teaspoon lime juice. Add the radish slices and salsa on the toast. Season with salt and pepper.

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

  • Scoop out both sides of the avocado flesh into a small bowl. Add ¼ teaspoon lime juice, salt, and pepper. Lightly mash the avocado with a fork, leaving some chunks. Spread the cream cheese over the toasted bread slices. Evenly spread the avocado mixture onto the toast. Layer slices of tomato and cucumber on top. Add pieces of smoked salmon, red onions, capers, and dill leaves. Season with black pepper.

Bacon and Egg avocado toast

  • Cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.
  • Scoop out both sides of the avocado flesh into a small bowl. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper on top of the avocados. Lightly mash with a fork, leaving some chunks. Evenly divide the mixture onto the toast. Place 2 strips of bacon on each piece of toast.
  • Heat olive oil in the nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, crack the egg in the pan, cook until the white is set, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer egg to the toast and repeat with the other egg. Season with black pepper.

Everything Avocado Toast

  • Cut the avocado down the center and remove the pit. Scoop out both sides of the flesh and slice into ¼-inch thick slices. Spread the cream cheese over the toasted bread slices. Layer the slices of avocado overlapping on top. In a small bowl mix together the white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, salt, garlic, and onion. Sprinkle ¼ to ½ teaspoon of the seasoning mix on top of the sliced avocado.

Notes

  • Serving Size: 1 toast
  • Nutritional facts based on 1 serving of the simple avocado toast. 

Want to save this recipe?

Create an account easily save your favorite content, so you never forget a recipe again.

Register now

Nutrition Facts
Avocado Toast (6 Ways!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 443mg18%
Potassium 538mg15%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 147IU3%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tried this recipe?

Tag @jessica_gavin on Instagram. I'd love to see how it turns out!

Tag @jessica_gavin

Filed under:

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Jessica Gavin

I'm a culinary school graduate, cookbook author, and a mom who loves croissants! My passion is creating recipes and sharing the science behind cooking to help you gain confidence in the kitchen.

Jessica's Secrets: Cooking Made Easy!
Get my essential cooking techniques that I learned in culinary school.
Jessica Gavin standing in the kitchen

You May Also Like

Reader Interactions

Leave A Reply

Recipe Rating