This is the best Avocado Toast you’ll ever make. No need for fancy, over-the-top toppings, all you need is toasted bread, smashed avocado, a little lemon juice, olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
The secret to achieving perfect avocado toast? Simple, fresh, quality ingredients – that’s it.
Of course, there are countless ways to dress up avocado toast. From thick-cut bacon to drippy fried eggs, sliced tomatoes to smoked salmon. You can even top your toast with beans, salsa, and fruit.
But before the toppings, comes the toast and this is the best-tasting avocado toast recipe you’ll ever make (in my humble opinion). Let’s make it!
What is avocado toast?
Avocado toast is an open-face sandwich made with toasted bread topped with smashed (or sliced) avocado and (typically) fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and simple seasonings like salt and black pepper.
How to Make Avocado Toast
- Pick your bread…then toast it! You may use any bread, but one that is sliced thick enough (at least 1/4-inch) is the way to go. I love everything, but especially love sourdough bread and multi-grain or whole-grain bread.
- Smash or slice the avocado. Smashed or sliced avocados are both great, but avoid over-mashing and keep in mind that sliced avocados can be somewhat slippery. If you’re mashing, add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to the avocado mixture to prevent the avocado from browning prematurely.
- Divide and spread. Spread the smashed or sliced avocado over each slice of bread and drizzle with olive oil.
- Season or pile with your favorite toppings. I highly recommend a little flaky sea salt, black pepper, and just a pinch of red pepper flaskes.
How many avocados?
Plan for 1/2 an avocado per slice of toasted bread. The amount needed may vary depending on the type/size of your bread as well as the size of your avocado.
How to Pick the Perfect Avocado
Will you be smashing or slicing your avocado? There’s no wrong answer, although I find smashed avocado to be a little easier to eat. Anyway, when shopping for ripe avocados pick ones that give just slightly when squeezed in the palm of your hand. Too much give or soft spots indicate that the avocado may be rotten, so I’d pass on those – this is especially important if you plan to slice your avocado. Slicing avocado calls for avocado that is ripe, yet firm.
What to Put on Avocado Toast?
Just about anything can go on top of avocado toast, but here are some of the most popular:
- Eggs – scrambled eggs, poached eggs, hard-boiled eggs, easy-over eggs
- Smoked salmon – especially delicious with a couple of slices of fresh tomato and capers (you can even add cream cheese if you want)
- Feta cheese
- Pickled red onions
- Chickpeas – roasted chickpeas are even better
- Balsamic vinegar – with cherry tomatoes, mozzaralla cheese, and fresh basil
- Fresh greens – arugula is my favorite, especially when it’s this super easy arugula salad with shaved parmesan (see image below)
Have you tried making Avocado Toast?
Tell me about it in the comments below! I always love to hear your thoughts. And tag me #theforkedspoon on Instagram if you’ve made any of my recipes, I always love to see what you’re cooking in the kitchen.
- 2 slices bread - toasted (multi-grain, sourdough, wheat, gluten-free, etc.)
- 1 large avocado
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds - to taste (optional)
- In a small bowl gently mash the peeled and pitted avocado with approximately 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.
- Divide and spread the mashed avocado across the two slices of toasted bread.
- Drizzle each slice of avocado toast with approximately 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds (optional, to taste).
- Best enjoyed immediately.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)