Elevate Your Avocado Toast Game: 5 Amazing Variations
Avocado toast: a culinary sensation that has stood the test of time, proving itself as more than just a trend. As someone who enjoys this delightful dish for breakfast or lunch regularly, I can attest to its enduring appeal. It’s quick, healthy, satisfying, and, most importantly, a canvas for an array of seasonal and flavorful toppings. Today, I’m excited to share my basic avocado toast recipe, along with five delightful variations that will take your avocado toast experience to the next level.
Basic Avocado Toast: A Blank Canvas
Before we dive into the mouthwatering variations, let’s revisit the basics:
Ingredients for Basic Avocado Toast:
- Good quality bread (sourdough or whole grain work well)
- Ripe avocados
- Lemon juice
- Flaky sea salt
- Toast your chosen bread until it’s perfectly golden brown.
- Halve the avocado, remove the pit, and score cubes of the flesh without piercing the skin. Drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
- Scoop and mash the seasoned avocado onto the toast or fan the avocado slices onto the bread. No need to over-mash; we’re aiming for texture, not guacamole.
Now, let’s dive into the exciting variations:
1. Banh Mi Avo Toast
- Inspired by banh mi sandwiches, this tangy toast features pickles, cilantro, and optional sriracha mayo.
2. Toast-ada Toast
- Tex-Mex flavors shine in this spicy creation with toppings like pico de gallo, cotija cheese, pepitas, and pickled red onions.
3. Roasted Chickpea & Harissa Toast
- Harissa is the star here, creating a creamy and crunchy texture with roasted chickpeas, feta, and microgreens.
4. Sushi Toast
- A personal favorite! This variation combines sushi fixings for a fresh, sweet, and savory twist, featuring cucumber ribbons, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, scallions, and optional sliced nori.
5. Everything & More Toast
- A dairy-free twist on the loaded everything bagel, this toast uses mashed avocado instead of cream cheese. Top it with carrot ribbons (instead of lox!), everything seasoning, diced red onion, capers, and chives.
Top Tips for Avocado Toast Mastery:
- Start with the best bread you can find. Sourdough or whole grain slices work wonders.
- Elevate the flavor by rubbing each toasted slice with a halved garlic clove.
- Mash the avocado directly onto the toast for texture, or slice and fan the avocado for a different presentation.
- Don’t forget the lemon juice and flaky sea salt. They enhance the flavors and add brightness to your toast.
Whether you enjoy your avocado toast solo or as part of a heartier meal, these variations will add excitement and variety to your culinary repertoire. Avocado toast is not just a trend; it’s a versatile canvas waiting for your creative touch. So, let’s toast to the endless possibilities of this beloved dish and enjoy every flavorful bite!