This is the best Avocado Toast Recipe you’ll ever try that’s simple and oh so delicious! All you need is toasted bread, ripe avocados, a dusting of salt and pepper, and 5 minutes.

Other 5 variations and 10 toppings ideas are up to your time and included below!

Six avocado toasts with various toppings on a serving board.

What Is Avocado Toast?

Avocado toast is a delicious open-faced sandwich that’s both healthy and indulgent. Made with your favorite crusty bread, mashed buttery avocados, and seasoned to your liking. Yum!

This perfect avocado toast recipe is creamy, crisp, and full of flavor. We enjoy it at any time of day. A simple breakfast, light meal, savory snack, or an effortless addition to our weekend brunch menu.

If you haven’t joined the avocado toast trend, this is the recipe that will get you hooked!

What to Put on Avocado Toast?

All you need for this basic avocado toast recipe are a few simple, fresh ingredients. See recipe card for exact measurements.

You’ll also find a variety of optional toppings below.

Avocados, sliced bread, salt and pepper.
  • Bread: Use your favorite quality loaf of bread, not pre-sliced. Anything from artisan bread to whole wheat bread is perfect. You can even use gluten free bread loaf or protein bagel!
  • Avocado: Ripe, fresh avocados make the best avocado toast.
  • Seasonings: All you need for this basic recipe is salt and ground black pepper.
  • Toppings: Keep scrolling for my favorite toppings that easily switch up flavor, texture, and add color.

Recipe Tip

When following this recipe for avocado toast, plan 1/2 avocado per 1 slice of bread. Amount may vary based on size of bread and avocado.

How to Make Avocado Toast

Here is how to make avocado toast as simple as spreading creamy avocados onto a toasted slice of bread. One of my favorite quick meals that’s ready in 5 minutes or less.

How to mash avocado, toast the bread and make avocado toast step by step.
  • Toast bread: Slice your bread of choice and toast until golden brown.
  • Prep avocado: Cut avocado in half and remove pit. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh and place into a bowl. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for dicing avocados.
  • Mash avocado: Using a fork, mash the avocado to a buttery texture. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, mix, and taste. Adjust to taste keeping in mind your additional toppings.
  • Spread avocado mixture and add toppings: Divide and spread mashed avocado on each slice of bread. Add topping of choice and serve immediately.

How to Pick Ripe Avocados

For the best avocado toast recipe you’ll want an avocado that’s perfectly ripe. One that’s too firm will not mash easily and an overripe avocado is past its prime. Here are the best tips for picking a ripe avocado.

  • Check the stem: Look under the little stem ‘nub,’ to quickly tell the ripeness of your fruit. If it’s hard to pull off, the avocado is unripe. If it’s browning beneath the stem, it likely has brown spots and is overripe. If it comes off easily and is green beneath, your avocado is ready!
  • Gently squeeze: A ripe avocado should have just a little give. You don’t want one that is rock hard or gives way too easily. 
  • The color: Generally an avocado is ripe when dark on the outside with just a few specks of green. Careful with this method as there are different varieties of avocado with different coloring. Underripe will be very green, and overripe are completely dark, and starting to look wrinkled.
Avocado toast topped with smoked salmon, red onion and ground black pepper.

What’s the Best Bread for Avocado Toast?

Any bread in a loaf such as artisan bread, sourdough bread or any whole grain bread, rather than square soft pre-sliced bread, is best for the avo toast.

A thick-sliced bread gives you a sturdy base that stays soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside, and pairs wonderfully with creamy avocado spread.

Avocado Toast Variations

Here are a few different ways you can enjoy easy avocado toast every day:

  • Everything bagel avocado toast: Sprinkle everything bagel seasoning on top of mashed avocado, place a slice of tomato and top with more everything bagel seasoning.
  • Smoked salmon avocado toast: Slices of wild smoked salmon lox topped with red onion slices and optional capers.
  • Bruschetta avocado toast: Halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion and garlic mixed with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Breakfast avocado toast: Add protein with scrambled eggs or hard boiled eggs topped with crumbled baked bacon.
  • Pico de gallo avocado toast: Top with homemade pico de gallo or store-bought. Jarred salsa could work too.

Enjoy the versatility of avo toast. You can keep it simple or take it to the next level, here are more topping ideas:

  • Add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt
  • Arugula and shaved parmesan cheese
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice or lime juice and red pepper flakes
  • Pesto and balsamic glaze
  • Make avocado egg toast by adding poached, sunny side, or fried egg
  • Pickled onions
  • Add grated garlic clove to mashed avocado
  • Add seeds such as sesame seeds or poppy seeds
  • Add cheese. Cream cheese, feta cheese, fresh mozzarella, or goat cheese toast
  • Sprinkle fresh herbs on top of your avocado toast

FAQs

How can I ripen avocado faster?

Wrap the avocado in tinfoil and bake in the oven at 200 degrees F for 10-30 minutes, or until it’s softened. Once baked, allow the avocado to chill in the refrigerator, then chop and mash as needed.

Or to speed up ripening, place avocado in a brown paper bag along with a ripe banana, close and wait a day.

Is avocado toast healthy?

Avocado is rich in healthy fats, high in fiber, and also considered brain food. Watch your toppings, smashed avocado toast can go from healthy to not that healthy quickly.

Are avocado and guacamole the same?

Avocado is a fruit and guacamole is a dip generally made from mashed avocados, lime juice, herbs and spices. Try my easy guacamole recipe.

More Avocado Recipes to Try

What kind of toast with pico de gallo, with bruschetta, with bacon and eggs with smoked salmon and everything bagel seasoning.
Six avocado toasts with various toppings on a serving board.

Avocado Toast Recipe

This is the best Avocado Toast Recipe you'll ever try that's simple and oh so delicious! Other 5 variations are up to your time and are included below!
3.67 from 3 votes
Servings 1
Calories 451
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 2 slices of quality bread artisan, sourdough, whole wheat, gluten-free etc.
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Toppings see notes and post

Instructions 

  • Toast bread slices until golden brown.
  • Cut avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out the flesh with a spoon into a large bowl.
  • Mash avocado with a fork, add a pinch of salt and pepper, mix, taste and adjust to taste. Factor in what kind of toppings you will use.
  • Spread on your toasts and top with favorite toppings. See notes for ideas.

Notes

Here are a few variations:
  • Everything bagel avocado toast: Sprinkle everything bagel seasoning on top of mashed avocado, place a slice of tomato and top with more everything bagel seasoning.
  • Smoked salmon avocado toast: Slices of wild smoked salmon lox topped with red onion slices and optional capers.
  • Bruschetta avocado toast: Halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion and garlic mixed with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Breakfast avocado toast: Add protein with scrambled eggs or hard-boiled eggs topped with crumbled bacon.
  • Pico de gallo avocado toast: Top with homemade pico de gallo or store-bought. Jarred salsa could work too.

Nutrition

Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 0.4mg | Sodium: 275mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 3g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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