Oh, avocado toast... you're creamy, healthy, and so delicious. The (avocado, lemon juice, olive oil, and chili flakes spread on a slice of whole-grain bread) is always a winner.
But these nine recipes with unexpected ingredients—Gorgonzola cheese, mango, chia seeds, and even relish—bring things to a whole new level. Now you have the perfect excuse to eat avo toast every day.
This recipe sticks to the basics but brings a little extra to the table (er, toast) with chia seeds, cumin, and lemon zest—instead of lemon juice. If you don’t have grey salt, you can sub in sea salt.
Avocado and pomegranate don't seem like an obvious pairing, but when you mix thw two with feta, shallots, and pistachios, they quickly become soul mates. The addition of cream cheese makes the avocado mash extra rich, and the nuts and seeds add a nice crunch. Avocado toast will never be the same.
This recipe ditches the olive oil and lemon juice and uses cashew cream and lime instead. It's not a huge departure from the original, but the cashew cream adds in some new flavors. Tip: Add sprouts, cucumber, and tomato slices for an extra dose of veggies.
With fresh basil, ripe tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and seeded bread, this recipe is reminiscent of bruschetta but skips the cheese—a for anyone who’s sensitive to dairy. If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, mix dried basil into the smashed avocado.
Tuna melts are one of those super-easy, super-delicious staples. And while they tastes great on their own, adding fruits and veggies (avocado, tomato, and cucumber), as this recipe does, never hurts.
This recipe is pretty much guaranteed to hit the spot, whether you're making it for yourself or serving it to guests as a festive appetizer. Decorated with thinly sliced pear and crumbled Gorgonzola, and topped with honey and walnuts, this toast is extra fancy while sneakily being healthy too.
If you love breakfast burritos, you have to try this recipe—it basically dumps the contents on to toast. The slice of bread makes up for missing the tortilla, but if you find yourself craving cheese, add a small handful of shredded pepper jack on top and toast until melted.
If there's one dip that we love more than guac, it's hummus. Here you effectively get the best of both worlds. The protein-packed toast will keep you full for hours—just don’t forget the spice!
Originally published December 2014. Updated March 2017.