Here are all the very best easy avocado recipes to highlight everyone’s favorite vegetable (er, fruit!), from toast to salads to pizza.
Who doesn’t love the avocado? This healthy vegetable (well, really fruit!) is having a heyday: avocado toast has become almost as ubiquitous as french fries. And for good reason: there are millions of delicious ways to eat it! Not to mention, it’s full of healthy fats and nutrients. Here’s a list of our favorite easy avocado recipes for our favorite ways to use them! Throw them onto California-style pizza, make them into a salad or guacamole, or stuff them into quesadillas and grilled cheese. Why don’t we just get started?
These crispy avocado tacos are destined to be your new favorite avocado recipe! You’ve got avocado fries, breaded and baked in a hot oven until crispy. Then top that with spiced black beans, pico de gallo, and the refreshing crunch of romaine lettuce. Drizzle on a creamy lime and cilantro sauce, and it’s heaven on a plate. It tastes like restaurant tacos, but it’s easy to whip up in your kitchen.
Here’s an avocado recipe that's easy and irresistible: the avocado club sandwich! It's full of umami flavor and so satisfying that it surprised us both. The combination of smoky, rich, hearty, crunchy and savory is so irresistible…you’ll want to eat it all over again once it’s gone. And it just takes a few minutes to put together!
Here's a recipe that will blow you away with its fresh, zingy flavor: this Simple Avocado Salad! Simple, high quality ingredients paired together make magic, and this one is all about those contrasts. Rich avocado pairs with bursts of sweet cherry tomatoes, savory onion, and a zesty citrus vinaigrette.
Here’s a back-pocket sauce every home cook needs: this quick and creamy Avocado Sauce! All you need are 4 ingredients, plus salt. Give them a whiz in a blender, and dip in a spoon. It’s creamy, savory, zingy and magically stays green in the refrigerator for days! No tricks needed: unlike its cousin guacamole. Come, unleash the magic of this green sauce!
Next up in our avocado recipes, a good old standard: avocado toast! It's ubiquitous because as you probably know: it's just that good. Here it's got a unique spin: it's topped with a turmeric egg to add protein and vibrant color. The egg is poached in water with the yellow spice turmeric: it's a fun way to add a bright spin to avocado toast!
Here's one of our favorite avocado recipes: this creamy Avocado Dip! Dip a chip into this luxuriously creamy, intensely savory magic sauce and pow! The meld of avocado, lime, cilantro and cumin is like a heightened version of your favorite guac. Even better: unlike guacamole, it magically stays green in the refrigerator for days!
Want to eat more avocado, outside of loading up on guacamole? Try this avocado smoothie! The words “avocado smoothie” might make you think of a rich, savory puree. (Ew.) But the flavor here is sweet and tropical! Banana and pineapple bring sweet, nuanced flavor to compliment the avocado perfectly. And the texture is so light and creamy from the avocado. Here’s how to make this beautifully bright green, plant-based smoothie!
Of course, there's no more classic of an avocado recipe than guacamole! This one is truly a standout. The ingredients are simple, but the meld of flavors is balanced and smooth. The recipe is so easy to whip up: just chop up the onion, tomato, and cilantro, then mash it with avocado and lime. When we serve it, a chorus of “Wow’s” fill the room. (Really. Not hyperbole!)
You know love French fries, but have you tried…avocado fries? They’re crispy and crunchy, a little tangy, and full of rich avocado flavor. Ideal for mixing up your side dish routine! When Alex introduced this concept to me, I was a little wary. They seemed like one of those trends that isn’t as good as it sounds. But count me a convert, because these crispy numbers are absolutely irresistible! They’re high in good fats and a healthy alternative to the standard fry.
Here’s a fun healthy alternative to mayo: avocado mayo! It’s made from real avocados, which gives it a brilliant green color. It’s plant-based, which makes it a vegan and egg free mayo too. You get all that beautiful avocado flavor and a creamy sandwich spread at the same time. It’s easy to make: here are a few tricks to make it super creamy!
Adding avocado to a grilled cheese recipe takes it from blah to outstanding! This avocado grilled cheese is the perfect special recipe for entertaining that takes no time at all to whip up. Adding tangy tomato and silky avocado makes for a gooey and rich interior.
Next up in our avocado recipes, a tasty and unique way to prepare them: grilled! Grilling avocados infuses a smoky flavor and makes for beautiful char marks. Then eat them with salt, or top them with pico de gallo or black bean salsa for a bright and beautiful side dish. Or, use them as part of this beautiful Grilled Caesar Salad for a zesty recipe for entertaining.
This fresh and healthy avocado tuna salad swaps the classic mayo for nutrient-rich avocado! It will become your new go-to after first bite. It's tasty and creamy and has perfectly balanced flavor. You can also serve it in a wrap, lettuce leaves, crackers, or on a salad.
Why not throw avocado on a pizza recipe? This one is inspired by a California-style veggie pizza. It's topped with the BEST easy pizza sauce, sliced bell peppers, and dollops of avocado and creamy goat cheese. Topped with thinly sliced fresh basil, it's bursting with flavor.
This creamy avocado dressing recipe is out of this world good! It's bright green, tangy and savory, perfect for drizzling on salads and bowl meals! It takes only a few minutes to blend up. Try it on our Best Tossed Salad and throw in some homemade croutons, too.
A quesadilla recipe with avocado? Yes, please! This quesadilla is filled with black beans and corn, but the real star is the avocado! It adds healthy fats and richness to the filling and cuts down on the amount of gooey cheese. Zesty and creamy Chipotle Sauce sends it over the top.
Here’s a salad that won’t take you half an afternoon to prep: this fast and easy Avocado Corn Salad! This one uses our favorite quick trick to a killer salad we use in our black bean and corn salad. It’s got a quick way to shortcut a bunch of chopping and the flavor? Incredible.
How to cut an avocado…safely!
Before you work with avocados, there’s one thing you must know: how to cut it safely! Alex and I have the best method for cutting and avocado and removing the pit that will keep you safe of any knife blades. Here’s the best way to cut an avocado (see the video below!):
Using a large chef’s knife, cut lengthwise around the avocado. Twist the two halves to separate them.
Place a towel in your hand and put the avocado on top. With a gentle but quick motion, tap the knife into the avocado pit.
Don’t remove the avocado pit with your hand! Instead, pull the cutting board close to your body, then place the pit against the far edge of the cutting board and pull back to release it from the knife. (Watch the video for this part!)
Use a large spoon to scoop out the avocado from the peel. Place the avocado with the cut side down, then cut it into slices. To dice the avocado, turn the slices and cut crosswise to make diced avocado.