Avocado toast is fabulous and fabulously popular. Even though there are countless different and delicious spreads you could put on top of toast, there’s a reason that Americans spend about $900,000 on avocado toast every month — because avocado toast is delicious! Whether you enjoy eating avocado for a quick snack, or are the type to enjoy a slice or two of the dish for dinner, there’s never a wrong time to eat it.
While there’s nothing wrong with plain avocado toast (especially with a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of olive oil), there’s also nothing wrong with elevating your base to make it a little fancy. Here are five ways to change up the way you eat avocado toast (and five ways to eat non-avocado toast!):
1. Mexican Avocado Toast
This one is a natural choice — there are countless ways to enjoy Southwestern and Mexican cuisine. And since so many of our avocados come from south of the border, why not pile other Mexi-goodies on top, too? To make Mexican-inspired avocado toast, smash a half avocado onto a slide of toast, and then sprinkle your base with sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, crushed up corn chips or fried tortilla strips, salt, and lemon.
If you’re really in a D.I.Y. mood, go ahead and swap the corn chips with these homemade Corn and Black Bean Chips!
2. Pad Thai Avocado Toast
Pad Thai is undeniably awesome, but sometimes it can be a little heavy. Pad Thai avocado toast has all Southeast Asian flavor in a much lighter package. You can recreate this recipe by using half an avocado and then topping your toast base with shredded purple cabbage, yellow bell pepper, cilantro, crushed up peanuts, Sriracha, lime, and salt.
Finally, fish sauce is an integral part of a lot of Southeast Asian cuisine. It has a strong, salty, fermented flavor that is unmistakable. Luckily, you can also make it vegan! Learn how to make your own vegan fish sauce by clicking here.
3. Strawberry Mojito Avocado Toast
If you didn’t realize that toast could be refreshing, you are in for a treat because this one definitely is. To assemble it, just use half an avocado on your toast as a base, and then add a small handful of mint leaves, one or two sliced strawberries, poppy seeds, and sugared lemon or lime. Perfect for those warmer days!
To make the sugared lime/lemon, pare off the skin and slice up the citrus. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of white sugar into a small skillet over medium heat. Lay the citrus slices over top. Cook for one minute, tenderly flip the slices and then cook for one minute on the other side.
4. Crown Heights Deli Toast
Out of all the dressed-up avocado toast varieties I tried, this was probably my favorite. The mixture of sharp and pungent-but-not-too-pungent flavors goes so well with the creamy avocado. To assemble, create a base for your toast with half an avocado, and then add carrot lox (learn how to make carrot lox below!), a few thin slices of purple onion, a sprinkle of capers, and caraway seeds.
To make the carrot lox, use a vegetable peeler to slice about 8-10 ounces of carrots into thin ribbons. Douse with 2 tablespoons liquid smoke and 2 tablespoons coconut aminos, and then add just a freckle of salt. Spread out on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 400°F. Enjoy!
5. Tropical Sunshine Toast
I mean, you might as well be eating this one on a beach. To assemble, use half an avocado as a base, then top your toast with fresh sliced pineapple, strawberries, and salted caramel coconut.
Salted caramel adds an amazing flavor (learn how to make dairy-free salted caramel sauce from coconut cream here), and to make the salted caramel coconut in this recipe, just use thick-cut strips of dried, unsweetened coconut. Place the coconut strips in a small skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons maple syrup and about 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Stir to coat, and add a pinch or two of salt. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Sugars will caramelize and darken around the coconut strips.
Avocado-less Toast Varieties to Try
After all that you might be thinking: why would anyone want to eat avocado-less toast? Well, first, we’re human, so we tend to like variety. Second, avocados can be super finicky. Sometimes you’ll only find ones that are granite-stiff and other times, you only come across the ones that are brown and smashed like moldy bananas. In any case, you might be needing a few alternatives.
6. Savory Pea Toast
Tarragon and peas are a classic combination. To make this toast, defrost a handful of frozen peas. Set 1/3 of them aside. Smash a little garlic into the rest, along with lemon zest, salt, black pepper, and a few drops of lemon juice. Mix in a few leaves of chopped-up tarragon. Spread the smashed peas on the toast and sprinkle the unmashed peas on top. Add more tarragon and lemon zest. Top with thinly-sliced radishes.
If you like this recipe, you might also like this recipe for Avocado and Pea Smash.
7. Asparagus Toast
No, you’re not looking at eggs — the recipe above is completely vegan. Don’t worry: we’ll teach you how to make it down below. For this toast, take a few spears of thin asparagus, and cut off the point ends and set them aside. Steam the remaining parts briefly — 2-3 minutes at most, and purée them with about 1/4 cup of white beans, along with a small piece of shallot and a light squeeze of lemon juice. Set aside. Lightly fry the asparagus tips in coconut oil and garlic. Spread the asparagus puree over the toast and top with the fried tips. Add a vegan trompe l’oeil egg and you’re done.
Trompe l’eoil egg: Pipe some cashew cream onto the toast. Slice up a yellow grape tomato and nestle it in the center of the cream.
For another asparagus toast variation, try out this recipe for Buttery Porcini Mushrooms and Asparagus on Toast!
8. Creamy Eggplant Toast
If you love Middle Eastern flavors, you’ll dig this toast. Slice up a small eggplant lengthwise (about 1/2 pound of eggplant) and sprinkle salt over it. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then blot off the salt and bake for 20 minutes at 400°F. Purée it with a small garlic clove. Spread the purée over the toast, and top with tomato, lemon juice, capers, cucumber, parsley, and a very generous drizzle of tahini.
If you don’t feel like roasting the eggplant, you can always use baba ganoush instead.
9. Smoothie Toast With a Banana Base
If you love a healthy fruity smoothie, but also like something with a crunch in it, this is for you. Slice a banana onto toast, and then drizzle your base with melted peanut butter and sprinkle blueberries over the top. Add granola of your choice. We recommend checking out our vegan granola recipes page for ideas!
10. Smoothie Toast With a Coconut Base
Okay … this is totally more of a dessert, but who cares? It tastes awesome, sweet, and indulgent. Take two tablespoons of coconut milk fat and smash in 2 tablespoons of blueberries. Add some maple syrup to sweeten. Spoon it over the toast. Add strawberries and lots of sweet, crunchy granola.
For more inspiration, there are an abundance of great plant-based recipes on the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to 10+ new recipes per day. Make sure to continue your plant-based toast journey by checking out the following eight toast recipes:
- Rainbow Toast
- Mushroom Avocado Toast
- Squash Blossom Toast
- Roasted Garlic Tomato Toast
- White Bean Cauliflower Toast
- Naan Dukkah Avocado Toast
- Garlic, Cashew and Lima Bean Toast
- Nori Scallion Avocado Toast
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