Make this plant-based avocado toast If you have a ripe avocado laying around…it’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, snacktime, or a light dinner, and the possibilities are endless!
Keep it simple with just avocado on toast with a little salt, or amp it up with some sprouts, chickpeas, pickled red onions, and sesame seeds.
There are so many ways to make a unique and tasty avocado toast. Let’s dive in!
The equipment required to make a plant-based avocado toast is pretty simple, especially if you’re willing to be lenient with the term “toast.” The equipment below is for the simplest version of this toast.
- Sharp chef’s knife – you’ll use this knife to cut open your avocado and carefully remove the core
- Serrated knife or bread knife – for slicing your bread if you’re using a bakery loaf
- Spoon – to scoop out the avocado
- Bowl – to mash the avocado
- Fork – not required, but mashes better than a spoon
- Toaster – if you’re sticking with the traditional definition of toast, heat is required. If you don’t have a toaster or toaster oven, you could toast your bread in a frying pan keeping a close eye on it (no walking away). For extra decadence with the frying pan method, add a little vegan butter. Given my experience with broiling this week, I would NOT recommend broiling anything. TL;DR – I unintentionally set my casserole on fire using the broiler.
Side note – it makes me feel a tad better that nearly all of the stories from these pros were broiler related. Do not pass go, do not use the broiler, do not collect $200. This article does a great job outlining the basics of kitchen fire safety.
If you plan to add some extras, you might need additional equipment:
- Jar for making pickled red onions, though a covered bowl will suffice in a pinch
- Cutting board for slicing pickled red onion
- Can-opener for opening can of chickpeas
To make this vegan avocado toast, you’ll need a few basic ingredients:
- Bread slices – I prefer whole wheat. If you’re feeling fancy, grab a bakery loaf
- Ripe avocados – pro tip: if your avocados aren’t ripe (e.g. they’re very hard and don’t squish at all when you squeeze them), place into a paper or plastic bag for 24-48 hours. The ethylene gas that ripening fruit emits will help them ripen. Bonus points for adding a ripening banana to that bag.
- Salt and pepper – season to taste
Now for the fun stuff…let’s talk about things you can add to your plant-based avocado toast
- Pickled red onion – thinly slice a red onion, place into a jar, and cover with seasoned rice wine vinegar. Let marinate on the counter overnight, and in the fridge thereafter. I always have a jar in my fridge for occasions like this.
- Sesame seeds – personal choice, they add a nice little crunch
- Tomato – summer is tomato season, and I love adding fresh slices to my avocado toast
- Chickpeas – nothing like some soft chickpeas to make a protein-packed avocado toast
- Sprouts – sprouts are a great “green” for avocado toast because the leaves aren’t huge like arugula or spinach. They’re still crunchy and add a little bit of earthy flavor too!
Smear these spreads on with your avocado for extra flavor…
- Hummus – if you’re a hummus person, go for it! You’ll get some extra protein and some smooth lemony flavor. It’s a win/win!
- Harissa – harissa is a fabulous spicy mediterranean condiment
- Red pepper flakes – if you like spicy food, add these to your avocado mixture
- Lemon or lime juice – a little citrus juice goes a long way. Bonus: this will slow down your avocado from browning
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you find ripe avocados? Think about an avocado like a potato. If it’s not baked, it’s like an unripe avocado – hard and impossible to mash. Baked, it’s a little soft and mashes nicely. If the avocado is overripe, it’ll feel hollow and too squishy. When you cut open an overripe avocado, it’ll be gooey with brown spots inside, not the bright vibrant green you’d see from a ripe or unripe avocado. Give ’em a little squeeze at the grocery store, and don’t be afraid to buy avocados at various stages between unripe and ripe – once they’re ready, you only have a couple days to enjoy.
How do you keep avocado from browning once served? To slow down the browning, add a little bit of citrus juice when you’re mashing. The avocado browns because flesh of the avocado reacts with the oxygen in the air to produce melanin. Yes, melanin, the same pigment that colors our skin. Science is fun. Moving on.
Can I store avocado toast in the fridge? I wouldn’t recommend it, given avocado tends to brown when mixed with air, and your bread will probably get soggy. If you must store your avocado toast masterpiece, I recommend mixing some citrus juice in with your avocado and storing in an airtight container for no more than 12 hours.
What bread do I use for avocado toast? A fresh bakery loaf with a hard crust is preferred. Personally, I like whole wheat, but you do you! Using a serrated knife, make slices ½-3/4 in thick. A nice reference point is a little thicker than the length of your fingernail.
What is the best way to toast bread for avocado toast? A good old fashioned toaster works, but you can use a toaster oven, a broiler, or frying pan if needed. Make sure to toast the bread before adding the avocado or any toppings to avoid a drippy brown mess.
Is avocado toast healthy? Yes, especially when made with whole grain bread. Avocado is a fruit that has a higher fat content than most fruits, but that’s not a bad thing! The fat will keep you fuller for longer. Add some protein like chickpeas to complete this filling and healthy meal.
What size avocado should I buy? Baby avocados are best, especially if you’re making avocado toast for one. Around here, they typically come in a set of 4. The rounder, fatter part is a little smaller than the palm of my hand.
How do I save half an avocado? First, don’t remove from skin if you can avoid, and leave the pit in. Second, store in an airtight container. Next, if you have some lime or lemon juice, squeeze a little on top to prevent browning. Finally, refrigerate for up to 24 hours. After that, it might be a little too brown. If the top looks brown after 24 hours, try scooping off the top layer. If it’s green below, you’re good to go!Print
- Bread – bakery loaf preferred, but store bought works too
- Ripe avocado(s)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add-ons (all optional):
- Pickled red onion (thinly sliced red onion + rice wine vinegar marinated for 24 hours)
- Sesame seeds
- Tomato slices
Mix-ins (all optional):
- Lemon or lime juice (use less than you think – maybe 1 tsp. Start with a quarter or eighth, depending on how big your fruit is)
- Red pepper flakes
Extra spreads (optional):
1. Toast the bread: if bread is not sliced, slice into pieces ½-3/4 in thick. Using your equipment of choice, toast your bread as desired. If using a broiler, monitor closely.
2. Mash the avocado: slice open the avocado (hotdog style), and remove the pit with your knife carefully. Remove the skin, and place avocado into a bowl. Add desired mix-ins and gently mash with a fork.
3. Add the toppings: to build your toast, add avocado to your toasted bread using a spoon. If you’re using or hummus/harissa, add first. Then add toppings and enjoy!