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; it adds a creamy, silky texture to foods, and is just plain delicious. Finally, it’s the almighty avocado’s time to shine.
Forget the guacamole and trendy avocado toast recipes, avocado is so versatile, it can be used in everything from burger recipes to salad dressings to brownies … No, I’m not kidding. Let’s take a look at 50 amazing (and healthy) avocado recipes you’ll want to try today.
Top 50 Amazing Avocado Recipes
I’ve rounded up some of the best avocado recipes around the web featuring avocado. Remember to stick to organic, grass-fed cow or goat cheese in these recipes and sprouted grain, gluten-free or sourdough bread.
AVOCADO RECIPES: BREAKFAST
Move over, Egg McMuffin, there’s a new breakfast sandwich in town. Just switch the regular english muffin to 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. The finishing touch? 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 this recipe with goat feta.
Perfect when you have some extra time in the mornings or as an easy supper meal, this frittata 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 cheese.
A modern update to a classic breakfast dish, this low-carb breakfast is high in healthy fats, which are key for optimal health, and anti-inflammatory foods like avocado, tomato and asparagus. You won’t believe how amazing this recipe tastes!
This Mexican-inspired huevos ranchero requires just five 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 runny yolk combining with refried beans, salsa and avocado is hard to resist.
AVOCADO RECIPES: LUNCH & DINNER
Forget boring spaghetti sauce and noodles; this avocado pasta is insanely good. 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 a wheat-based pasta for this one — brown rice noodles or spaghetti squash make a great substitute. Skip the canned corn (or only use organic, non-GMO corn if you choose) and 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.
Photo: Laughing Spatula
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.
The kid favorite gets a grown-up twist in this gooey recipe. Seasonings are mixed with fresh butter for a spread that ensures bread gets perfectly browned before avocado, sun-dried 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 an easy taste bud-pleasing 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!
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 I say more? Dip your favorite veggies into it for a snack, use it as a spread on a slice of gluten-free bread or, heck, just eat it straight out of the bowl. There’s no wrong way to enjoy guac.
Photo: Two Peas and Their Pod
16. Avocado Feta Dip
Just five minutes and no cooking for an out-of-this-world dip? Sign me up. The addition of feta cheese (choose goat feta cheese) will add a salty taste, while jalapeños add a little heat. Throw all the ingredients into a food processor and then dip to your heart’s content.
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, served with sprouted grain chips or as a relish on grilled or oven-baked fish!
AVOCADO RECIPES: DRESSINGS
The concoction of lime, cumin and jalapeño in addition to avocado and goat yogurt gives you the zest, spice and all-around flavor you’re looking for! This dressing is gluten-free and perfect if you’re on the keto diet.
Why buy dressing at the store when you can easily make your own and know exactly what’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!
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.
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 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 and crunchy radishes. Top with shredded salmon, and voilà! 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.
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.
Photo: Gimme Some Oven
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.
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 low-carb, healthy fat-packed smoothie is the perfect keto meal replacement. This smoothie is sure to be at the top of your list of go-to keto recipes!
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!
Photo: Texanerin Baking
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.
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, 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.
Photo: Cooking Classy
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 cheese, salsa and black beans — or eat as is.
This slow cooker 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.
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
Chocolate pudding made from avocados? Don’t worry. You can only taste the chocolate. This dessert is decadent, creamy and full of antioxidants from raw cacao powder. It’s dairy-free, vegan, and Paleo! Feel free to substitute the hazelnuts and sea salt with your favorite fruit or nuts.
Looking for a healthy dessert? Look no further! In this truffles recipe, heavy cream is substituted with avocado to make it dairy-free. You can take the nutrient density of this recipe even a step higher and swap the cocoa powder for cacao powder to add extra antioxidants to this delicious dessert!
Another amazing dessert that’s gluten-free, Paleo-friendly and delicious? Yes, it is. Can you believe there’s no need for oil or butter in this recipe? Avocados serve as a replacement!
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.
Photo: Raia’s Recipes
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.
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!