Springtime Strawberry Basil Avocado Toast
Avocado toast, a culinary trend that’s here to stay, welcomes the changing seasons with open arms. In spring, we embrace the delightful combination of creamy avocado, balsamic-infused strawberries, and fresh basil. This light and refreshing twist on the classic is perfect for a spring lunch or a delightful appetizer. Let’s dive into the recipe that will have your taste buds celebrating the season!
Ingredients for Strawberry Basil Avocado Toast:
- Sliced strawberries
- Balsamic vinegar (for drizzling)
- Ripe avocado
- Fresh lemon juice
- Sea salt
- Toasted bread (opt for your favorite; pictured here is Udi’s Gluten-Free Millet Chia)
- Fresh basil
- Optional: Hemp seeds for added protein
- Begin by placing the sliced strawberries in a small bowl and giving them a gentle toss with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Allow them to sit for about 5 minutes to soak up that delightful flavor.
- Now, it’s time to prepare your avocado. Slice it in half, then score the flesh into cubes. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the avocado, add a pinch of sea salt, and mash it right onto your toasted bread. The goal is to achieve a creamy and seasoned avocado base for your toast.
- Once your avocado is perfectly spread, it’s time to layer on the strawberries, fresh basil, and, if desired, a sprinkle of hemp seeds for an extra protein boost. Don’t forget to add a touch more sea salt to taste.
Top Tips for the Perfect Avocado Toast:
- Begin with good-quality bread and toast it to crispy perfection. A crisp base will provide an ideal contrast to the creamy toppings.
- When selecting avocados, aim for ripe but not overripe ones. They should yield slightly to gentle pressure without being overly mushy.
- To make the avocado easier to spread and to ensure it’s seasoned, score it within the peel, season with salt and lemon juice, and then mash it onto the toast.
- Don’t be afraid to get creative! Experiment with different toppings like fresh herbs (mint or dill would be delightful), roasted veggies, a fried egg, a touch of feta cheese, or pickled onions or radishes. Spices like red pepper flakes or cumin can also add a zesty kick.
Welcome the flavors of spring with this Strawberry Basil Avocado Toast, perfect for a light lunch, a snack, or a delightful spring dinner appetizer. Whether you enjoy it solo or with a smoothie, salad, or soup, this toast celebrates the essence of the season in every bite. So, raise a toast to the beauty of spring and savor this fresh and vibrant creation!