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
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 flakes.