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Top Rated Avocado Recipes
For your next picnic, pack this easy-to-make healthy chicken and avocado sandwich!Click here to see more picnic recipes
This sandwich came about on one of those nights where I came home to almost no food in the fridge, unsure of what I was going to do for dinner. After a little scrounging around, and a lot of "What the hell could I possibly do with this?," it hit me. Bread, avocado, egg, and a block of Parmesan? Perfect.Click here to see Fall in Love with Breakfast Again — at Dinner.
A great homemade dip for chips or to sprinkle over chicken or fish tacos, avocado crema is a fresh, flavorful alternative to guacamole. Blend avocado, sour cream, cilantro, sugar and lime juice in a blender, and a few pulses later you have a delicious dip or sauce for Tex-Mex dishes.
This smoothie is truly the Holy Grail of greens. With apple juice, spinach, kale, and avocado, the healthy properties of this smoothie really pack a punch.This recipe is courtesy of Real Simple.
For the brightest, freshest buttercream, swap the excessive quantities of butter for ripe avocadoes.This recipe is courtesy of Food Network.
Perfect served as an appetizer or for lunch, these sweet and spicy avocado sliders are made with hummus, onion, avocado and cheddar cheese. Recipe courtesy of King's Hawaiian
This light and refreshing summer salsa is made with just four ingredients. The sweet and citrusy flavors are the perfect way to brighten up your summer. Recipe courtesy of Blue Apron
Smashed avocado, jalapeno, bacon and cage-free egg whites on toast is a fun twist on the classic jalapeno popper.Recipe courtesy of Phil's Fresh Eggs
All you need is 5 minutes, a packet of ramen, and a few other healthy ingredients to take your package of instant ramen and totally transform it into a healthy meal.
Yes, avocados really are fruit! And they’re really good for you: packed with mono-unsaturated fats which help increase the good cholesterol in your body, these healthy fats also aid in the absorption of carotenoids and lycopene which is essential for good heart health.Read more about 15 Superfruit Juices You Need to Start Drinking.
One of the greatest tricks to a dinner party is finding menu items that look impressive without actually taking much work. This simple appetizer fits the bill — it only requires a few minutes of prep, but by showcasing it in the avocado shell you get a unique presentation that will wow any guests.Check out Everything You Want to Know About Avocados.
This recipe is a crowd pleaser, especially if the crowd loves avocados. The creamy dressing paired with the bite of arugula, the buttery taste of avocado, and the tang of Parmesan creates a unique and exciting contrast of flavors. It can stand to lose the chicken and can also be spruced up with some frisee or a sprinkle of almonds. If you love avocado, this is a quick and satisfying dish.
25 Fun Avocado Recipes
I’m writing this on my laptop from a bar seat in Minneapolis on Friday evening. I’m afraid I’m cramping everyone’s Friday night work-is-done style with my laptop. I’m feeling awkward, so I’ll keep this quick. I’ve rounded up twenty-five of my favorite recipes featuring avocado, everyone’s favorite creamy green fruit.
I actually hated avocado for a while when I was younger, but I think it’s because I had been served a brown, stringy, over-ripe avocado—blech! If you have any avocado haters in your life, please present them with the guacamole below and tell me if they still feel the same way about it. I dare you!
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, which are the delicious good-for-you variety. Apparently, adding avocado to your meals can actually improve your absorption of carotenoids—yet another reason to love the sweet potato and avocado combo you’ll see a few times in the list below.
We’re starting off with guacamole, of course! Then we’ll run through a variety of Mexican-inspired avocado recipes, as well as sandwiches and salads. Plus, avocado pesto toast (speaking of, you really must try the “everything” avocado toast in my cookbook), and more.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or just an avocado lover, this roundup is for you! As always, you can peruse my entire library of avocado recipes here.
1) The Best Guacamole
“Best. Guac. Ever. And the onion trick worked perfect. Made it on Monday and finished on Thursday. It was uncovered daily and still did not turn brown. And now I have the half onion for my next batch. Thanks Kate! Oh, and my husband can’t do cilantro (the genetic soap thing) so I just omitted. Thankfully he doesn’t hate coriander.” – Heather
2) Avocado Pesto Toast
“I wish I could attach a photo of how beautiful this came out. This breakfast is delicious! It’s easy to make, and the different flavors are incredible. I may never make pesto other than like this again! Even my insanely picky husband (who has never eaten an over easy egg in his life) loved It!” – Meghan
3) Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tostadas
“These tostadas are AMAZING! I have made them many times now, and they are the most perfect and satisfying dinner. The flavors sing so harmoniously together. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!” – Kiara
4) Kale, Black Bean & Avocado Burrito Bowl
“I’ve made this twice now and love it! The lime juice-marinated kale totally converted me to eating raw kale! This is a perfect recipe to make for weekday lunches in the office because it’s easy to pack and reheat and leftovers taste just as great. Thanks!” – Lauren
5) Sweet Corn & Black Bean Tacos
“Made this last night for dinner and…AMAZING! Everybody loved it, even the teenager who was like “ew radishes” and then took the corn salad leftovers for lunch today. Thanks, Kate!” – Rebecca
6) Vegan BLT Sandwich
“I had some coconut bacon in the freezer, so this was one of the times I had all the ingredients on hand to try the recipe. Not much to the recipe, but, oh my! Who woulda thunk it would be soooo good? My only regret was that I ate it too quickly and wished I could eat it again. Thanks Kate!” – Colleen
7) Coconut Rice with Brussels Sprouts
“This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! Super filling and absolutely delicious. Seriously need to add the Love and Lemons cookbook to my shelf… and yours, as well!” – Zoe
8) Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Pepita Dip
“Fantastic recipe! It was fish Friday so no meat and too hot outside to dealwith the density and weight of meat. Husband, confirmed carnivore, looked at the black bean, avocado taco plate with deep suspicion… But both the kids (teens) and spouse absolutely loved them! Will make again.” – Angelique-Marie
9) Lemony Broccoli, Chickpea & Avocado Pita Sandwiches
“Thank you, Kate, this is fabulous! I was looking for some new taste and inspiration and your recipes never fail me. The dressing is fantastic and the dried tomato is a must. I will definitely make this again. Thanks again” – Sandra
10) Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls
“This recipe is… INCREDIBLE. My foodie boyfriend said…and I quote… ‘this is amazing. this is restaurant quality”
The feta makes it, it’s filling, it’s colorful, it’s just wonderful. Do yourself a favor and make it… right. now.” – Carolyn
11) Tropical Mango Spring Rolls with Avocado-Cilantro Dipping Sauce
“I made these Spring rolls this weekend and they we fabulous. We don’t like too spicy so i left out the jalapenos and I substituted the Arugula with Baby Spinach. This was my first time using rice paper and it was so easy and I will definitely make again” – Monika
12) Kale Guacamole
“My husband and I love this guacamole! He’s not as big a fan of kale as I am, but he always loves this when I make it!” – Kathryn
13) Spiralized Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas
“Made this for my teenage brother who upon seeing the ingredients asked me if there was pizza in the fridge… And ended up eating the whole thing! Great recipe !” – Sophie
14) Southwestern Kale Power Salad with Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Avocado Sauce
“Made this last night and we LOVED it, even though I was out of black beans. Can’t wait to make it again with the beans! Definitely going into the rotation, that avocado sauce is dynamite!” – Eve
15) Huevos Rancheros with Avocado Salsa Verde
“Love this recipe, thank you! I’ve been making this for my wife for months now, and decided to try it with home made salsa verde. Even better!” – Chris
16) Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos
“These tacos are absolutely delicious and make great leftovers. My husband and I both agreed that they are probably the most tasty tacos I’ve ever made.” – Aubrey
17) Veggie Sushi Bowls
“This is such a lovely veggie filled meal. So fresh and delicious, and not to mention super healthy too! I love all the flavors together. This will become a weekly meal! Thanks for the recipe:)” – Kiara
18) Maureen’s Avocado Tabbouleh
“Tabbouleh is one of my favorite salads. I couldn’t wait to try this recipe and loved it so much! The avocado really brings it a new twist. The only ingredient I added was some cumin and it was delicious!” – Sharon
19) Quinoa Black Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce
“This was my first recipe I made after discovering your wonderful website. I made these last night (vegan version) and fed them to a die-hard meat and potatoes college kid, and they were a hit! Delicious recipe that I definitely will be making again!” – Becki
20) Heart of Romaine Salad with Pico de Gallo and Avocado Dressing
“Wow, just wow! I made this for supper tonight with salsa chicken burgers, and I am SO glad that I made enough pico, avocado dressing and black bean puree to have leftovers, because this ROCKED!I didn’t add any crumbled feta, and I don’t think it needed any, it was soooooo flavourful. Thank you SO MUCH for developing and sharing this!” – Denise
21) Crispy Mushroom, Spinach and Avocado Quesadillas
“We made these tonight – quick, fresh and fantastic! FIVE STARS!!” – Cathy
22) Portobello and Poblano Fajitas
“I can’t really exaggerate how good this is. The taste and texture are fantastic. The marinade really pushes the already yummy ingredients over the top. We ate our fill with tortillas then used the leftovers scrambled in eggs the next day. So, so delicious. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!’ – Marta
23) Avocado, Egg and English Muffin Sandwich
“This was our very late Labor Day weekend Sunday brunch, with Swiss slices and minced jalepeño (and bacon on the side). So good, and eye-opening, too: here I thought I knew all the egg sandwich tricks. Not so!” – Cara
24) Sweet Potato Burrito Smothered in Avocado Salsa Verde
“Absolutely fantastic, made I for the 10th time tonight, one of our go to meals now… thank you very much!” – Sandee
25) Simple Greek Avocado Sandwich
“I tried this tonight partly because I wanted to use the fresh bread I had and I also had fresh pesto and an avocado on hand. It turned out very well. Also it opened my eyes to all the vegetables one can use for sandwiches.” – Sally
An Avocado Sauce is a far healthier option than a mayo-laden dip! Avocado are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fats! One of the few natural produce that contains a substantial amount of monounsaturated fatty acids which are good fats known to lower cholesterol and promote heart health.
With almost 20 vitamins and minerals, their potential health benefits include improving digestion, good for your heart, lower cholesterol, decrease risk of depression, and protection against cancer.
Avocado is also good for weight loss because it’s high in fibre and (good!) fats which will keep you feeling full for longer. You’re far better off loading up a salad with avocado than cheese, or smushing avocado on your morning toast than peanut butter! But because they are 77% fat, they do need to be eaten in moderation.
SMASHED LEMON AND CHICKPEA CALIFORNIA AVOCADO TOAST
Whether you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, or are trying to work more meatless meals&hellip
25 Healthy Avocado Recipes To Satisfy Every Craving
Are you the kind of person who will always shell out that extra two bucks to add avocado? Hey, no shame&mdashit's so 👏 damn 👏worth it!
Both a rockstar in texture and in taste, avocados enhances savory Mexican fare, breakfast sandwiches, desserts, and so much more. And incredible creaminess aside, avocados happen to be loaded with healthy fats that have protective properties against heart disease and cancer, as well as filling fiber and bone-building vitamin K.
Now, if you haven&rsquot yet hopped on the avocado train, these delish recipes loaded with avocado are bound to convince you to join that $2-extra club for good.
Who needs burgers when you can pop these omega-3 bombs on the grill, too?
Per serving: 206 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated), 17 g carbs, 13 mg sodium, 3 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 5 g protein
&ldquoBLT&rdquo is kind of a misnomer, since there&rsquos not a strip of bacon in sight. However, you do still get that smoky crunch from bacon-style coconut strips, and of course, the creamy goodness of avocado.
Per serving: 637 calories, 70 g fat (6 g saturated), 59 g carbs, 994 mg sodium, 19 g sugar, 27 g fiber, 17 g protein
Yes, that extra remaining liquid in your can of beans can double as a frothy dessert topping once you whip it into shape with a little avocado.
Per serving: 380 calories, 27 g fat (15 g saturated), 36 g carbs, 10 mg sodium, 24 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 4 g protein
Trying to level up your dinner game? This fancy shmancy (yet easy to make!) dinner bowl is loaded with coconut, avocado, and pumpkin seed garnish.
Per serving: 265 calories, 18 g fat (8 g saturated), 20 g carbs, 240 mg sodium, 9 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 7 g protein
What makes this genius dessert a total fiesta in your mouth is cayenne, chili powder, and Mexican vanilla (seriously, the best kind out there). Plus, it&rsquos super high in fiber.
Per serving: 211 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated), 25 g carbs, 26 mg sodium, 14 g sugar, 9 g fiber, 3 g protein
This is the ultimate low-carb weeknight meal that takes so little time to make. Using wild-caught salmon (so you know it&rsquos free of pollutants), the crunchy skin is so decadent yet so full of healthy fats.
Per serving: 362 calories, 29 g fat (5 g saturated), 6 g carbs, 272 mg sodium, 2 g sugar, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein
Maple syrup and butter on your waffles are super delish and all, but if you&rsquore really trying to get the most nutritional bang for your buck, a fresh tomato salad topped with chunks of avocado is totally the way to go.
Per serving: 305 cal, 15.5 g fat (6.5 g sat fat), 8 g protein, 450 mg sodium, 36 g carbs, 4 g fiber
Cocoa, vegan hot fudge, chocolate almond milk, banana, and avocado make this breakfast-dessert hybrid the total package.
Per serving: 302 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated), 35 g carbs, 195 mg sodium, 21 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 7 g protein
This Top Chef-inspired dish is perfect for the fish-hesitant, since tilapia has a super neutral taste. And, of course, the avocado pairing makes it taste infinitely better than it already does.
Per serving: 446 calories, 20 g fat (3 g saturated), 388 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 38 g protein
This plant-based meal topped with corn, cashew cream, beans, and avo simmers slowly&mdashto get it all buttery soft and delicious.
Per serving: 438 cal, 19 g fat (4 g sat), 63 g carbs, 10 g sugar, 518 mg sodium, 13 g fiber, 12 g protein
Think of guac, but with a fruity flair. Whether you pair it with nachos or cut-up veggies, this pre-dinner nibble is basically the most delicious way to up your calcium intake.
Per serving: 115 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated), 9 g carbs, 118 mg sodium, 5 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein
For a lighter take on carb-heavy burritos and tacos, these delicious avocado-stuffed spring rolls will leave you with a little, well, spring in your step.
Per serving: 497 calories, 21 g fat (5 g saturated), 67 g carbs, 781 mg sodium, 11 g sugar, 12 g fiber, 13 g protein
Desk salads get the mason jar treatment, so shouldn&rsquot your breakfast, too? This protein-packed scramble takes just minutes to make, grab, and go.
Per serving: 356 cal, 25 g fat (10.5 g saturated), 6 g carbs, 788 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 26 g protein
This filling burger&mdashheld together with quinoa and oats, and seasoned with a dash of hot smoked paprika&mdashwill totally guac your world.
Per serving: 180 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 34 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 398 mg sodium, 8 g fiber, 8 g protein
This vegan &ldquosteak&rdquo is so flavorful and nutrient-dense you&rsquoll be all like, &ldquoMeat? I don&rsquot know her.&rdquo
Per serving: 354 cal, 33 g fat (5 g saturated), 14 g carbs, 322 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein
Unlike the kind of mango you pop into your morning smoothie, Thai mango has a more tart taste and rigid texture, similar to broccoli slaw. That&rsquos why its refreshing crunch pairs perfectly with avocado in this salad.
Per serving: 170 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated), 25 g carbs, 305 mg sodium, 10 g sugar, 5 g fiber, 2 g protein
Coated in whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs and egg wash, these baked avocado fries make the perfect fiber-packed snack or appetizer&mdashespecially when paired with this sweet and tangy sauce.
Per serving: 376 calories, 26 g fat (4 g saturated), 33 g carbs, 502 mg sodium, 7 g sugar, 5 g fiber, 9 g protein
Haven&rsquot you heard? Jackfruit is the new black&mdasher, meat substitute.
Per serving: 431 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated), 65 g carbs, 1,000 mg sodium, 17 g sugar, 16 g fiber, 12 g protein
It kind of feels like you&rsquore eating sushi, but instead you&rsquore getting chunks of avocado and sprouts, wrapped in pesto and turkey.
Per serving: 333 calories, 18 g fat (4 g saturated), 5 g carbs, 353 mg sodium, 2 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 37 g protein
Tangy, creamy, and easy to make in your Instant Pot, these avocado-topped tacos are the perfect weeknight meal.
Per serving: 442 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated), 80 g carbs, 32 g sugar, 1,405 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 10 g protein
Wait, you can enjoy all those delicious nacho toppings without your blood sugar spiking from excess tortilla chips? Enter: kale chip nachos, which make all kinds of dreams come true.
Per serving: 209 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated), 34 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 69 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 9 g protein
If you&rsquove ever wanted to eat falafel in burger form&mdashand be a total hit at your next BBQ&mdashthis is your chance.
Per serving: 530 calories, 22 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 65 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 644 mg sodium, 15 g fiber, 15 g protein
If you&rsquore looking for the perfect citrus salad to help you unwind after a busy day, try this refreshing avocado and orange combo.
Per serving: 284 calories, 12 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 19 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 196 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 26 g protein
The avocado egg rolls at Cheesecake Factory are higher in saturated fat than many main dishes, so this awesome alternative quite literally lets you have your avocado and eat it, too.
Per serving: 148 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 18 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 304 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein
Two of the world&rsquos best vegan-friendly schmears come together for a breakfast or snack toast of epic proportions.
Per serving: 249 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated), 32 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 467 mg sodium, 8 g fiber, 11 g protein
Ingredients you’ll need
Here is a visual overview of the ingredients in the recipe. Scroll down to the recipe at the bottom for quantities.
- Tomatoes: Feel free to use regular tomatoes instead of the cherry tomatoes. Make sure to remove at least part of the tomato seeds to keep the salad from turning out watery.
- Red onion: This is a must for me, but my children don’t like it. If you have picky eaters, either leave out the onion or serve it on the side.
- White balsamic vinegar: If you don’t have this on hand, feel free to use apple cider vinegar, regular white wine vinegar or even regular balsamic vinegar if you have no other alternative.
- Fresh herbs: Please make sure to stick to softer herb varieties like parsley, chives, cilantro or basil. I most enjoy a mix of parsley and chives in this salad.
Tips to Store Avocados
Now that you’ve got a perfectly ripe fruit, don’t let it go to waste! Use these tips for taking full advantage of that delicious avocado.
- Freeze them whole before cutting into them. To defrost, simply place under running water, then let rest on your countertop for about 30 minutes.
- Leftover slices? Coat with a squirt of lemon or lime juice to keep from turning brown in the fridge. Store in a sealed container.
- Only want part of the avocado? Halve, scoop out the pulp you want to use and cover the other remaining half with the empty skin, including the pit. Or place the remaining half upside down in a shallow bowl of water. Store both techniques in the fridge to stay fresh for later.
Let’s get down to some of those amazing recipes using your newly acquired skills.
Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup
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This wonderful Hungarian recipe for sour cherry soup is traditionally served cold in the summer when cherries are plentiful. Be sure to use tart cherries to prepare this special cold summer soup, that makes a refreshing first course. Or serve it as an elegant dessert at your summer dinner parties, topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Some of your guests probably haven't had anything like it, so it's sure to make a great impression.
Customizing the Dressing
You can follow the recipe as written here. Or you can feel free to customize it according to your own taste preferences and what you have on hand.
- Choose your “tangy” element of choice: I used Chinese black vinegar, but you could also use rice vinegar, white wine vinegar, lemon, lime, or yuzu.
- Change the “umami” element: Instead of (or in addition to) soy sauce, you can branch out with fish sauce, miso paste, oyster sauce, or Sha Cha sauce. Just be sure to stay mindful of your salt levels!
- Use different toppings: I just used scallions here, but you could also add toasted sesame seeds, crushed peanuts, roasted seaweed (laver), pork sung, chili oil, etc.
I hope you give this quick recipe a try! Enjoy!
Cielito Lindo's avocado sauce
It’s hard to walk through Los Angeles’ Olvera Street without making a stop at Cielito Lindo. The restaurant, one of the oldest in the city, has been serving its famous crunchy taquitos since 1934, doused in a thin but spicy avocado sauce. Reader Jim Toomey from Reseda has been enjoying the taquitos for more than 40 years. “I have, on several occasions, attempted to replicate their sauce with little success,” he writes. “Please help! How do they do it?”
The sauce is a combination of fresh yellow chiles, garlic, tomatillos and cilantro, simmered for a few minutes until softened, then blended with avocado. It’s the perfect accompaniment for taquitos and tacos. Cielito Lindo was happy to share its recipe. Enjoy this flavorful little piece of L.A. history, Jim.
In a heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the water, chiles, garlic, tomatillos and cilantro. Bring the mixture to a simmer, loosely cover, and cook until the chiles and tomatillos are softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Drain, reserving the water, and place the ingredients into a blender. Add the avocado and salt. Carefully blend at low speed, adding water as needed, until the mixture is pureed to form a thin sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning if desired. The sauce will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to one week.
Let's play a game: Name a food that doesn't taste infinitely better when you add avocado. Can't think of anything? That's because everything does. Including rice. Pair this side dish with tacos, steak, chicken--pretty much anything--to easily upgrade your meal.
1 avocado, halved and pitted
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1. In a large bowl, mash the avocado with the lime zest, lime juice and garlic until relatively smooth. Season with the cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper.
2. Add the brown rice into the avocado mixture, and mix until the rice is well coated.
3. Add the cilantro and mix to combine. Serve immediately.
Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.