I feel nostalgic for the good old days when avocado toast was something novel, a little breakfast secret to share with friends. Avocado toast these days, well, it's gone mainstream. But that doesn't mean we should take it for granted. Avocados are a water-hungry crop, and with drought conditions being what they are, this wonderful fruit could get rarer and more expensive in the days ahead. So make that avocado toast count — every slice should be extra special!
Here are 11 delicious ways to upgrade your toast into a breakfast treat that is worthy of the avocado itself. And all you need are two ingredients to make any one of these fancied-up avocado toasts.
The Everything Bagel Avocado Toast
Let's get down to business with my favorite, shall we? Smear your toasted bread with cream cheese, add avocado, then a dense sprinkle of everything bagel blend.
Smoky Almond Avocado Toast
Talk about healthy fats! Top your avocado toast with chopped almonds and a drizzle of smoked olive oil. Or flip it by using smoked almonds with extra virgin olive oil.
Bacon Goat Cheese Avocado Toast
Bacon had to show up somewhere, right? Top your avocado toast with crumbles of cooked bacon and a handful of goat cheese.
Za'atar Avocado Toast
This invokes the flavors of Lebanon, Greece, and the Mediterranean. Smear a big dollop of whole-milk yogurt on your toast and top with za'atar, the fragrant herb blend.
Chips & Salsa Avocado Toast
Chips and salsa go together everywhere — even on avocado toast. This is a great use for those last few crumbs in the tortilla chip bag. Drizzle a bit of spicy salsa over your avocado toast, then top with crushed tortilla chips.
Indian Egg Avocado Toast
An egg is essential in this lineup, no? Smash a soft-boiled or poached egg on your avocado toast and sprinkle with garam masala or another Indian spice blend, such as curry powder or a rasam mix. (Here's the recipe I use for garam masala.)
Caprese Avocado Toast
As soon as tomatoes come into season, you better believe they're going on toast! This is so simple — chop up cherry tomatoes and put them on avocado toast with shreds of fresh basil. Black pepper optional.
Hot & Sour Avocado Toast
Sometimes you just need some spice in the morning. Top avocado toast with hot sauce, Sriracha, or sambal olek, and squeeze a slice of lemon over it all.
Strawberry Season Avocado Toast
The toast for when strawberries are in hand. Top your toast with sliced strawberries and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar.
The Feta-Lover's Avocado Toast
Avocado toast for those of you who can't get enough feta. Crumble feta on top and add sliced scallions, which just enhance the taste of feta.
Esquites Avocado Toast
Top your toast with plain corn kernels or leftover corn salad and a squeeze of lime for a vibrant start to the day.
What are your own favorite ways to top avocado toast?
(Image credits: Faith Durand)