After decades of only being used in guacamole, avocado is in the midst of a renaissance. Americans have finally become hip to all the benefits this fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) has to offer. It’s packed with cholesterol-lowering healthy fats, vitamin E, and potassium, adds a creamy, silky texture to foods, and is just plain delicious. Finally, it’s the almighty avocado’s time to shine.
Top 50 Amazing Avocado Recipes
Stuck on how to get more of the green goodness in your diet? I’ve got you covered. From piling it onto your breakfast toast to sneaking it into cookies, I’ve rounded up some of the best avocado recipes around the web featuring the almighty avocado. Remember to stick to organic grass-fed cow or goat cheese in these recipes and sprouted grain bread or sourdough bread.
NOTE: For all of these recipes, I recommend grass-fed dairy, goat milk and following the healing foods shopping list as a guide for your healthy food options. Using sea salt, and a healthy fats for cooking is also key. Remember, what you eat has a direct impact on your health and quality of life. Food is medicine!
AVOCADO RECIPES: for BREAKFAST
Move over, Egg McMuffin, there’s a new breakfast sandwich in town. Just switch the regular english muffin with a sprouted grain muffin and you’ve got a mash-up of awesome flavor and texture. Avocado is added to the standard egg-and-cheese combo and topped with red onions, cucumbers, arugula, and tomatoes for a hearty start to the day.
Skip plain, buttered toast and opt for this heart-healthy version instead. Hummus, smashed avocados, and eggs get spread on toast (stick to sprouted grain!) and sprinkled with chopped tomatoes. Add crushed red pepper or hot sauce for extra heat and dig in.
Veggies and chicken sausage are browned to perfection then cooked alongside eggs and topped with avocado. This recipe makes an outstanding brunch meal — but I think it’d taste just as great for dinner, too. Try replacing the feta with raw sheep cheese.
Chicken- Sausage Frittata With Corn and Feta / Serious Eats
Perfect when you have some extra time in the mornings or as an easy supper meal, this frittata gets comes together in the slow cooker. There’s no flipping or watching the stove, just a healthy, hands-free meal. Add or substitute other veggies as you please; spinach and mushrooms would be especially tasty in this, and switch out the parmesan with some delicious raw grass-fed cow’s milk cheese.
This elegant dish uses just a handful of ingredients to make a sandwich that makes a wonderful brunch for entertaining. Instead of using cream cheese, the usual smoked salmon go-to, this ‘which gets paired with avocado for a creamy texture minus the calories — or dairy. Also switch out apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar, and sprouted grain rye instead of regular bread.
This Mexican-inspired huevos ranchero requires just 5 ingredients but it packs a flavor punch. While you can make the eggs any way you’d like, I vote for serving them over-easy: the yellow yolk combining with refried beans, salsa, and avocado is hard to resist.
Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich / I Wash… You Dry
AVOCADO RECIPES: for LUNCH & DINNER
Forget boring spaghetti sauce and noodles with this insanely good avocado pasta. Avocados, lemon, basil, and garlic are thrown in the food processor with a dash of olive oil for a silky sauce. And you don’t even need to use grain pasta for this one — brown rice noodles or spaghetti squash make a great substitute. Skip the canned corn, and only use organic non-GMO corn if you choose, or just toss in your favorite veggies and you’ve got dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.
Instead of adding the fixings after grilling, these burgers are cooked with all the good stuff right in them. The result is a juicy patty stuffed with fresh avocado and spicy mayo — no need for condiments.
Avocado and Spicy Mayo Stuffed Burgers/ The Healthy Foodie
You’ll never believe how flavorful these ground chicken burgers are with just four ingredients. The avocado and breadcrumbs (make your own with sprouted bread) keep the patties perfectly moist — no dry burgers here. Try dressing them with salsa or crisp lettuce on a fresh Ezekiel bun.
Pasta gets replaced with zucchini spirals while a creamy avocado sauce subs for traditional pasta sauce. The result is a noodle dish that’s low on carbs and high on taste.
Creamy Avocado Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus / The Healthy Foodie
The kid favorite gets a grownup twist in this gooey recipe. Seasonings are mixed with fresh, pastured butter for a spread that ensures bread gets perfectly browned before avocado, sundried tomato pesto, and provolone cheese are added. The result is a creamy, cheesy sandwich with an extra kick thanks to the pesto.
The classic turkey and cheese gets a makeover that’s ripe for lunch or a quick dinner. Protein-packed turkey is paired with cheese and mustard (opt for stoneground) for a taste bud-pleasing quick sandwich. Don’t skip out on the pumpernickel bread; it adds a unique dimension.
Turn a side dish into a main course with this pesto pasta — opt for brown rice noodles to avoid gluten. Adding peas and spinach make these noodles feel more substantial, while the addition of avocado gives them a smooth texture — no need for cheese. Don’t forget to reserve some of the water used to cook the pasta; it’ll make the sauce even richer.
Bunless burgers take on a whole new meaning when they’re nestled in a tomato “bun” and topped with an avocado-yogurt sauce. Choose slightly unripe tomatoes; they’ll hold the patty better and add a bit more crunch. It’s like a burger salad!
Tomato Avocado Burgers / The Iron You
AVOCADO RECIPES: DIPS & SPREADS
I couldn’t have an avocado roundup without including the recipe that introduced the versatile fruit to most Americans — guacamole! Need we say more? Dip your favorite veggies into it for a snack, use it as a spread on sprouted grain bread or, heck, just eat it straight out of the bowl. There’s no wrong way to enjoy guac.
Just five minutes and no cooking for an out-of-this-world dip? Sign me up. The addition of fresh sheep’s cheese will add a salty taste, while jalapenos add a little heat. Throw all the ingredients into a food processor and then dip to your heart’s content.
Avocado Cheese Dip / Two Peas and Their Pod
The texture and taste of this delicious avocado hummus will knock your socks off! Just use sprouted grain pita to make the chips, and you have a great anytime snack that’s sure to please any crowd.
For a salty-tangy-sweet that satisfies all your flavor cravings, try my delicious avocado mango salsa. It is perfect as a chunky salsa on your tacos, or served with sprouted grain chips, or as a relish on grilled or oven-baked fish!
AVOCADO RECIPES: DRESSINGS
Ranch dressing is a longtime favorite topping, but adding avocado takes it up a notch. Use this dairy-free rendition atop your favorite salads, as a dip for chicken, or even as a sandwich spread.
Why buy dressing at the store when you can make your own easily and identify everything that’s in it — no strange ingredients here! This avocado dressing is lick-your-lips good and gets whipped up so quickly, you’ll wonder why you haven’t made it before.
This dressing is packed with your favorite southwestern flavors, like cilantro and chipotle chili, and is perfect for drizzling over a taco salad or using as a dressing for grilled chicken or steak. I think it’d be awesome inside a quesadilla, too — don’t blame me if you want to put it on everything!
Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing / Buns in My Oven
If you love lemon, add this dressing to your rotation. A little sweet and a little zesty, it works just as well on seafood as it does over a traditional salad.
AVOCADO RECIPES: SALADS
Egg salad can get a bad rep, but with avocado standing in for mayo, this version is not only tasty, it’s good for you, too. A squeeze of lemon juice prevents the avocado from turning brown while the corn adds a hint of sweetness. Try it spread bruschetta-style on toast or use it as a grilled cheese spread. Either way, it’s sure to be a hit.
Adding avocado to this Italian staple turns a simple side into a meal-worthy main dish. The fresh arugula gives it extra crunch. Up the protein factor by adding grilled chicken and dig in. Use a raw cheese or make your own mozzarella with raw milk.
Avocado Caprese Salad / Foodie Crush
Talk about having your cake and eating it, too. Avocado shells serve as the base for this quick and easy salad. Scoop out the avocado, reserving the shell, and combine with bell peppers, tomatoes, scallions, and cilantro. Drizzle with dressing and return the mixture to the shell. This is a salad that looks as good as it tastes; serve it as a starter when company visits.
This recipe looks like a lot of work, but it’s comes together super easily. Salmon gets sprinkled with salt and pepper and popped in the oven. While it bakes, prepare the salad: arugula serves as the base and gets tossed with creamy avocado, juicy tomatoes, crunchy radishes. Top with shredded salmon and voila; you’ve got a restaurant-worthy dish in minutes.
This simple salad is bursting with fresh flavors, thanks to sweet strawberries, toasted almonds, and avocado, the star of the show. Pair it with the accompanying poppyseed dressing recipe for a fruity salad alternative.
Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad With Poppyseed Dressing / Gimme Some Oven
Plain ‘ole tuna salad gets a makeover when avocado is introduced. Most of the mayonnaise gets swapped for avocado, resulting in a healthier version of the traditional calorie-laden version. Replace canned tuna with fresh, wild caught tuna; it’s healthier for you and the environment.
When you’re craving a super simple salad that’s bursting with flavor, this is the recipe you’ve been looking for. With just five ingredients and one-step directions, this cucumber, avocado, and cheese delight is on the table for a light meal or side dish in just minutes. Use your favorite raw or low-temperature cheese in place of feta.
This summery dish marries grilled corn and avocado with fresh onions, cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers for a summer-flavors feast. Just always use only non-GMO organic fresh corn. Serve it alongside grilled steak or chicken or eat it on its own: you can’t lose with this one.
Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad / Yummy Healthy Easy
If you like to live on the wild side and combine your fruits and veggies, this recipe has your name all over it. Pineapple slices and chicken get cooked on the grill and tossed with avocados, blueberries, cheese, and onions. The result? A hearty salad loaded with the best of summer. Use a grill pan to cook the pineapple and chicken during colder months.
Black beans make this easy salad more filling, while the lime juice and red onions give it salsa-reminiscent flavors. The result is a fast and easy dish that’s perfect year-round.
Mango, Avocado and Black Bean Salad / A House in the Hills
On nights when you don’t want to turn the stove on, use up leftover quinoa in this colorful salad. Avocado adds richness to this yummy salad; if you’re out of mango, a citrus fruit would work well in its place.
AVOCADO RECIPES: SMOOTHIES
This refreshing beverage (hello, mint leaves!) provides a dose of vitamin C and a whole lot of taste. It makes a wonderful afternoon pick-me-up.
35. Avocado Smoothie
If you aren’t feeling 100 percent, this smoothie is just what the doctor ordered. Packed with healing ginger and nutrient-rich mango, this drink will have you feeling as good as new. For an extra omega-3 boost, add in soaked chia seeds.
It might look like a dessert, but don’t let this smoothie fool you; it’s chock-full of brainpower ingredients like blueberries, pomegranates, and bananas. Plus, I can’t resist that stunning purple color — bottoms up!
Is it a milkshake? Is it a smoothie? And when it tastes this good, does it matter? Bananas provide natural sweetness in this drink. Skip cocoa powder and add a few pieces of your favorite dark chocolate instead. Blend to your desired consistency — you could totally use less milk for a thicker, pudding-like treat — and enjoy.
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie / Texanerin Baking
AVOCADO RECIPES: SOUPS
Crab fans, rejoice: This cool, refreshing soup is a great vehicle for the crustacean and, thanks to the avocado and coconut milk, it’s super rich, too. Not too keen on crab? Use chicken, tofu, or skip the protein altogether. The soup is still top notch.
This bowl of green goodness makes a wonderful appetizer or light and fresh dinner. If you’re not familiar with kefir, a fermented milk drink, feel free to use plain yogurt in its place.
You don’t have to be in South America to enjoy this Colombian avocado soup! Ideal on a cold night, this warm soup uses ingredients you probably have on hand for a fast, filling meal.
This comforting chicken soup combines the flavors of tortilla soup with avocado for a filling, hearty soup. Garnish with your favorite nacho toppings — try fresh cow’s milk cheese, salsa, and black beans — or eat as is.
Chicken Avocado Lime Soup / Cooking Classy
This crockpot soup is lighter than usual slow cooker fare but, thanks to the long cooking time, is infused with flavor. Set it up before heading to work or school in the morning, and dinner will be waiting in the evening.
Forget a weak, broth-based soup. This thick, chilled version is loaded with herbs, cashews, and even green tea. The avocado and dairy-free yogurt combo keeps this ultra smooth and ultra yummy.
What do you get when you roast asparagus, mix it with silky avocado, and blend it with chicken stock and garlic oil? One of the tastiest, good-for-you green soups around. With just a few common ingredients and super quick cooking time, you can go from starving to satisfied in just minutes.
AVOCADO RECIPES: TREATS
45. Avocado Frosting
When you need to bring a dessert, this is a great frosting recipe. No one will believe avocado is the secret ingredient in this delectably spreadable frosting. Swap out the powdered sugar with this homemade coconut powdered sugar for a sweet treat you can feel good about.
Avocado Frosting / Crazy for Crust
Put that ice cream maker to use with this crazy simple recipe. This homemade treat is better than anything you can buy in the stores and comes together as quickly as you can say “Ben and Jerry’s.” Use stevia and fresh cow or sheep’s milk for a guilt-free scoop.
Avocados give these bars their fun color and sneak in a dose of potassium. They’re an excellent choice for people with dietary restrictions, too; they have no grains, gluten, dairy, eggs, or refined sugar, but they’re still delicious.
Fudgy, chocolate-y, and healthy? That’s the case with these brownies. Not only are they finger-lickin’ good, they’re also incredibly easy to make. A handful of pantry staples — yep, including black beans! — get blended into a thick batter and baked. The result is some of the healthiest, tastiest brownies ever. My one caveat: skip the canola oil and choose cold-pressed coconut oil or ghee instead. Don’t forget to share!
Black Bean Avocado Chocolate Chip Fudge Brownies / Ambitious Kitchen
No dairy? No problem. This easy recipe uses coconut milk and avocado to produce a creamy consistency sans milk. You can make this without an ice cream maker or even turn the mixture into popsicles. Whichever way you make it, it’ll taste great.
An awesome alternative to standard chocolate cookies, this six-ingredient recipe uses avocado in place of butter and boy, is it good. They taste better after cooling off completely, so hands off for a few hours after they’re out of the oven!
What’s your favorite way to use avocado?