Beyond Smashing: Avocado Recipes for Every Meal
Step aside, apples -- avocado love is ripe for the picking. Fans have rallied around this once-feared source of healthy fat, and even better, recent studies have touted a positive trend between avocado consumption and overall diet quality. There are many domestic varieties of avocados, but the most common is Hass, grown primarily in California. It is covered with a pebbly, leathery skin, which changes from dark green to deep purple (almost black) as the fruit ripens.
In Season: Avocados are available in the supermarket year-round.
What to Look For: Choose heavy, undamaged fruit. An avocado that yields slightly to pressure is best for slicing and dicing; if pressure leaves a small indentation, the avocado is best mashed. Avoid very soft avocados, as they will be overripe and unusable.
How to Store: Keep unripe avocados at room temperature. To speed ripening, place in a paper bag with an apple or banana; to stop ripening, refrigerate for up to two days.
Fruit Salad with Avocado
Most of us wouldn’t call fruit salad a meal. This version, made hearty with walnuts and topped with a dollop of yogurt or fromage blanc, is an exception.
Grilled Avocado on Toast
Avocado toast is having a moment -- the mild fruit is a perfect foil to just-crunchy-enough bread. For a summery twist, lightly grill your avocado before dousing it with quality olive oil, fresh Parmesan shavings, and a squeeze of lime.
Avocado, Caper, and Pickled-Onion Toast
This is avocado toast for the ambitious: crunchy, salty, briny, and bright. Extra prep notwithstanding, we wouldn't forgo a single element.
Avocado and Coconut Oil Toast
Avocado toast is a trend and for good reason; rich, creamy avocado is a perfect foil for crunchy toast. It'a healthy, delicious snack and quick to make snack for any time of day. Adding coconut oil gives a rich, tropical taste that really elevates this heart-healthy snack.
Hard-Boiled Egg Whites with Avocado
You’ve heard it before, and we’ll say it again: Fat is not the enemy! Avocados replace egg yolks in this heart-healthy riff on egg salad.
Southwest Egg Scramble
For a heartier morning meal, use avocado to accent a veggie-packed Southwest scramble. Wrap in a whole-grain tortilla, and voila! Breakfast to go.
Like a drinkable face mask, this barely sweetened smoothie will help you glow from the inside out. Elixir of life, indeed.
Spring Green Soup
Spiced Avocado Sandwich
For a veggie 'wich that strays beyond the standard sprout variety, call on cucumbers and radishes for crunch. Green Tabasco (made with jalapenos) and orange juice add flavorful intrigue.
The beloved BLT is elevated by a creamy green accent (a BLAT, if you will). See our take, served on focaccia with herbed oven-dried tomatoes.
Avocado, Feta, and Cabbage Wrap
Low-carb-sandwich lovers, rejoice -- this Mediterranean roll-up brings together the best of all worlds. Spelt or kamut tortillas make this wrap a nutritional powerhouse.
Smoked Salmon Cobb Salad
There’s something fishy about this Cobb salad. You’ll love the explosion of flavors and textures -- not to mention the hunger-eradicating protein boost. For more salads with the heft of a meal, we recommend Chicken Salad with Grapes, Avocado, and Almonds over Spinach; Shrimp and Avocado Salad; and Quinoa and Corn Salad with Pumpkin Seeds.
Spinach Salad with Pomegranate and Avocado
Lighter appetites will find much to love about this fruit-and-veggie-based bastion of antioxidants. Consider adding Pink-Grapefruit and Avocado Salad and Avocado Salad with Beets, Green Olives, and Scallions to your rotation as well.
Avocado with Lemon and Olive Oil
When snack time rolls around, avocados don’t need much to make them sing. Feeling adventurous? Opt for a drizzle of honey or Sriracha (rooster sauce) instead.
Lemon Tuna Avocado Snack
If you find yourself flagging between meals, try this tuna salad that's lightly dressed, Italian-style. Equal parts protein and healthy fat are sure to revive you.
Avocado Bruschetta with Green Sauce
Another avocado toast recipe? Don’t be silly -- this one’s bruschetta.
Banana Avocado Dip with Plantain Chips
Banana and avocado? You won’t believe you’ve never put them together before.
Caribbean Pork with Avocado-Pineapple Salsa
Give the jerk chicken a rest and opt instead for a tropical-inspired tenderloin at your next backyard soiree. Tiki torches not included.
Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Avocado Pasta
Salmon with Sweet Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Relish
Seafood enthusiasts will flip for these light but flavorful fillets. Also for the must-try list: Seared Scallops with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado Puree.
West Coast Grilled Vegetable Pizza
Even pizza gets the avocado treatment. Another fast-food-turned-health-food we adore: Portobello Mushroom Burger with Spicy Avocado Sauce.
You can probably guess the base of this updated childhood favorite. Don’t be nervous -- the taste is all cocoa, minus the puff.
There’s no hiding the green in this refreshing and unusual dessert. If you can drink a smoothie, you can handle this.
And speaking of smoothies, this one brings our day full circle -- sweet enough to enjoy as dessert, but healthy enough to call breakfast.