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! There’s the ever-popular avocado toast, here topped with a vibrant turmeric poached egg. Throw them onto our California-style pizza, or better yet, stuff them into quesadillas and grilled cheese. And there’s always our very, very tasty guacamole recipe. 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.
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!
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.
Adding avocado always makes a salad recipe more filling and satisfying, and this one is no exception! This cucumber tomato avocado salad is all about fresh simplicity: ripe and juicy tomatoes, cool cucumbers, and creamy avocado. They’re mixed with lime juice and cilantro for a tangy pop that perfectly accentuates their flavors. It's great as a side dish for tacos or any meal with Latin flavors.
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.
This quinoa avocado salad is a tasty main dish salad that's built around stress-relieving foods! There's hearty quinoa, cauliflower and yellow pepper, full of fiber and nutrients. They're nestled on a bed of greens and covered in a a zesty cocoa orange vinaigrette. It's refreshing and a hearty main dish salad that works for dinner!
And to round out our avocado recipes...Cobb salad! The avocado is integral to any Cobb salad, providing just the right richness to offset the other ingredients. This one is a vegetarian spin, featuring hard boiled eggs, tomato, and coconut bacon, topped with blue cheese crumbles and a red wine vinaigrette. It's a satisfying meatless dinner!
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.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.