What was once relegated to the making of guacamole — fabulous in its own right — avocados are now taking the lunch table by storm. Smooth and buttery and loaded with healthy fat and a good dose of vitamins and minerals, the avocado offers a cornucopia of choices as to how to serve it.
Check out these 10 delicious ways to turn an avocado into lunch.
1. Add it to a bean salad.
Beans are a nutritious and economical base to salads, salsas, and dips. Avocado adds a nice contrast of texture as well as smooth flavor. Stir a chopped avocado into your favorite bean salad for a hearty meatless lunch.
Get the recipe: Spicy Salmon Black Bean Salad
2. Bake an egg in it.
Baked eggs are one of the simplest lunches on the planet. Crack the egg and just walk away — but not before you transform an avocado into the baking vessel. So delicious and easy!
Get the recipe: Egg Baked in an Avocado
3. Top a green salad with it.
Lunch salads can be as fancy as you want them to be. Slicing an avocado atop a bed of greens makes it a feast. Avocado pairs particularly well with fruit and cheese, offering you lots of fun options.
Get the recipe: Ranch Chicken BLT Salad
4. Fill it with your favorite salad.
Again with the avocado vessel. The first time I was served an avocado half, I was in France and the avocado was filled simply with vinaigrette. So delicious, but not exactly lunch. Take it one step further and fill avocado halves with your favorite egg, tuna, or chicken salad.
Get the recipe: Cilantro Lime Sardine Salad in Avocado Halves
5. Blend it into your smoothie.
Avocados add a creamy texture to your smoothies that can't be beat. When you need a quick lunch that really hits the spot, add an avocado to the mix.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Coconut Avocado Smoothie
6. Tuck it into a grilled cheese.
You may be most familiar with avocados served cold or at room temperature, but heating the avocado changes its texture, creating a melt-in-your-mouth experience. Tuck it into your next grilled cheese and see if you aren't a believer.
Get the recipe: Muenster and Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Whiz an avocado or two, some herbs, and a bit of olive oil through the food processor and you've got an instant sauce that goes great on your favorite pasta. Easy yet impressive, it makes an awesome vegan dish.
Get the recipe: Creamy Avocado Pasta
8. Turn it into a dip.
Take three simple things — ripe avocado, soft goat cheese, and lemon juice — and whirl them together to create the creamiest, dreamiest dip you've ever imagined. Serve it with tortilla or pita chips, crackers, or crudité for a snacky lunch, and it will be gone before you blink.
Get the recipe: Creamy Avocado Dip
9. Make breakfast pizza for lunch.
You've heard of breakfast for dinner, but what about breakfast for lunch? This simple recipe calls for some pizza dough, avocado, and eggs for a filling and fun twist on pizza. Just don't forget the hot sauce!
Get the recipe: Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza
10. Make avocado toast, of course!
Avocado toast is ubiquitous, to be sure, but that's because it's amazing. What other three-ingredient — avocado, bread, salt — recipe can achieve such happiness with such little work? If the standard is getting old to you, know that there are plenty of ways to take your avocado toast to the next level.
Get the recipe: 11 Easy Ways to Fancy Up Your Avocado Toast