Many of us enjoy a slice of avocado on our tacos and burgers, or like a scoop of guacamole with tortilla chips. But did you know just how versatile the avocado can be?
This fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, and works with a range of cuisines.
Check out this list of 53 incredible avocado recipes, to discover how you can add more avocado to your life.
Delicious Avocado Breakfast Recipes
Of course, we can’t talk about avocado without talking about avocado toast. This is a quick, delicious, and filling way to start your day.
Simply toast your bread, mash your avocado with a sprinkle of salt, and combine! Other toppings include a fried egg, sliced tomatoes, or a simple dash of red pepper flakes.
Oatmeal tends to be associated with sweeter flavors, but this savory oatmeal does things a little different.
Topping cooked oatmeal with fried sweet potatoes, eggs, and sliced avocado, this is perfect for cold winter mornings, or lazy summer breakfasts. A handful of feta and a sprinkle of za’atar finishes the bowl perfectly.
When you don’t have time to sit and enjoy breakfast. A smoothie can ensure you still get a delicious meal that’s packed full of goodness.
This recipe uses just 5 ingredients: banana, avocado, protein powder, greens, and your chosen milk. The addition of avocado makes for a super creamy smoothie.
For a new take on avocado toast, try this gochugaru (see also ‘7 Spicy Substitutes For Gochugaru‘) and miso recipe. The combination of spicy and umami flavors really wakes you up in the morning, and is best enjoyed with a cup of strong coffee.
The gochugaru has a punch of heat, but it also adds a smoky deliciousness.
Avocados are hidden away in this muffin recipe, adding moisture and goodness without having an effect on the flavor.
Combined with the applesauce (see also ‘16 + Super Tasty Recipes Using Applesauce‘) and plain Greek yogurt, these muffins are a healthy way to start your day. They also make a great mid-morning pick me up.
A good breakfast can really set you up for the day, and one of the best ways to start your morning is with this avocado taco recipe.
It’s surprisingly simple, combining scrambled eggs with diced avocado, all wrapped up in a corn tortilla. Leave as is, or add in a spoonful of your favorite salsa.
Light and refreshing, an avocado smoothie is the perfect breakfast treat when you want a taste of the exotic.
The pineapple chunks bring a touch of sharpness to the otherwise creamy recipe, which, combined with the avocado and coconut, adds tropical flavoring. A pomegranate seed finish looks as good as it tastes.
Incredible Avocado Bowl Recipes
If you’ve never grilled avocado before, then be prepared to make this the star of your next barbecue. It’s really easy to prepare.
Simply slice the avocado in half, and rub the flesh with olive oil and lemon juice. Place it on the grill for roughly 5 minutes, and enjoy!
Avocado is more than just a bowl topping. Rather than slicing and dicing your avocado, mash it up and use it as the base for your delicious bowl. The creamy base is a perfect complement to a range of flavors, and also creates a variety of textures.
California chicken is marinated in a combination of flavors that go incredibly well with avocado.
Creamy avocado balances the heat of cayenne pepper, the tang of lemon, and the smokiness of paprika. Switch the basmati for brown rice to add a nutty dimension.
Sushi is a tricky dish to make at home. Rice sticks to your hand, filling drops out the nori, and when you go to take a bite, the whole thing falls apart.
For an easier option, try making a sushi bowl instead! They contain all the ingredients you expect to find in salmon sushi – including delicious avocado – but can be put together with a lot less effort.
Not sure about the addition of mango in your savory lunch dish? Does it help to remember that avocado is technically a fruit as well? This rice bowl tastes just like summer. It’s bright, fun, and with a kick of heat to finish things off.
Mexican spices and avocado are a perfect match, and they come together in a fajita chicken bowl.
The dressing combines the flavors you expect to find in a fajita: lime, cilantro, cumin, and red chili flakes. Avocado adds a cream texture, while cooling down those hot flavors.
Refreshing Avocado Salad Recipes
Avocado and cucumber are a refreshing combination, and the kind of salad you might find yourself eating every day over a hot summer.
Crunchy cucumber and smooth avocado come together to create an incredible blend of textures. Play around with the dressing, for an adaptable salad you’ll never get tired of.
It’s not often that you get a salad that tastes as much like a party as an avocado corn salad.
It only takes around 30 minutes to put together, and delivers a big punch of flavor. The avocado is diced and stirred through with charred corn, crunchy pepitas, and a handful of salty cheese.
Caprese is an Italian classic, but we love the touch of California sunshine this avocado version has.
Layering avocado between slices of tomato and mozzarella, this is a super simple salad that also makes an excellent appetizer. Alternatively, try it on a sandwich!
Avocado and grapefruit is a fun and fresh salad that makes a delicious lunch, or an unusual side at a potluck. Thin slivers of chile peppers add a burst of heat to the refreshing dish, which has a citrus sharpness thanks to the grapefruit.
Of course, the flavors of this blood orange, avocado, quinoa, and kale salad are exceptional. But it’s the texture that really makes this salad a superstar.
Tender kale absorbs the flavors surrounding it, while the avocado brings a smooth finish. Quinoa makes this a deliciously filling salad.
Okay, this is perhaps a slightly unusual take on the salad, but keep this tuna salad recipe in mind when you’re after something a little different.
An avocado is sliced in half, and used as a boat for an egg. Baked and topped with a curried tuna salad, this is a creamy yet light lunch.
Tofu avocado salad is a showstopper for a summer dinner party. Sliced tofu is layered with sliced avocado, and drizzled in a tangy Asian dressing.
Eat with chopsticks (if you can) and enjoy on a day when you want an impressive meal without turning the stove on.
Tasty Avocado Sandwich And Wrap Recipes
It takes just 10 minutes to whip up this chickpea and avocado sandwich, a vegan meal that’s anything but boring.
Mashed avocado is combined with slightly smashed chickpeas, for a chunky filling that has plenty of room for embellishment. Reach for this recipe when you have limited time, but want something hearty.
Lemon dressing adds a tart bite to this broccoli and chickpea salad that tastes amazing layered on top of smashed avocado, and packed into a warm pita bread.
It’s a fresh lunch, with a slight Mediterranean feel thanks to the combination of zesty citrus and salty feta or olives (see also ‘33 Tasty Feta Cheese Recipes‘).
Egg salad is a sandwich classic, but it can be a little heavy at lunchtime. This no-mayo recipe uses Greek yogurt and avocado to create that creamy texture, while keeping everything light and nutritious.
Leave the avocado a little chunky, to improve the overall texture.
Blending avocado with spinach, goat cheese, garlic, and olive oil creates a creamy filling that’s amazing piled into a grilled cheese sandwich.
Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and this recipe takes things up a notch, while also sneaking in some extra nutrition.
One of the great things about wraps is that you can absolutely pack in the filling, without worrying about it all dropping out the other end.
And you’ll want to pack in the filling when you’re combining chicken, bacon, and avocado with a simple mayonnaise dressing.
Avocado sandwiches often use mashed avocado as a spread that other ingredients are built on. This lemon edamame sandwich (see also ‘Want Great Sandwich Wraps? Try These 28 Recipes!‘) does things differently.
Edamame beans are blended with lemon to create a smooth paste, and avocado slices are piled on top. Delicious!
Crowd-Pleasing Avocado Appetizer Recipes
It takes less than 30 minutes to whip up these garlic shrimp (see also ‘23 Amazing Shrimp Appetizers To Tempt Your Taste Buds‘) and avocado crostini, which are sure to be the star of your next dinner party.
In fact, they’re so good, you might not even both with an entrée! Avocado is diced and stirred with tomatoes and lemon juice, piled onto toasted baguette, and topped with shrimp.
Deviled eggs are given an update with the addition of mashed avocado and a squeeze of lemon juice. Take these along to your next potluck and picnic, and watch how quickly the plate is emptied!
A quick and impressive appetizer, pico de gallo stuffed avocados combine traditional Mexican flavors for a healthy dish. Rub the avocados with lemon juice for added tang, and to keep them green. They look so amazing that the presentation is made simple.
Leave your avocado a little chunky when creating this avocado egg roll recipe, for an incredible texture. This is essentially guacamole wrapped in pastry and deep-fried, so you can imagine just how amazing it tastes. Finish with a spicy dipping sauce.
How can you possibly improve tabbouleh? By adding avocado, of course! Tabbouleh can be time-consuming to make – so much chopping – but it’s worth it when you get a mouthful of freshness. Serve in lettuce cups, or with toasted pita chips.
Burger bites take sliders, which are already amazing, makes them even smaller, and adds a massive scoopful of guacamole to finish everything off. These are sure to be a hit at any 4th of July party, summer barbecue, or even just a midweek get-together (see also ‘33 Spectacular 4th Of July Appetizers You Need To Try‘).
It takes just 15 minutes to make these avocado and cheese dumplings, and the hardest part is not devouring the entire plate just as quickly. Avocado is mashed with mayonnaise and salt, and topped with cheese in a dumpling wrapper. Enjoy with hot sauce.
Fantastic Avocado Dips And Sauces Recipes
It wouldn’t be a list of avocado recipes if we didn’t mention guacamole.
Guacamole is an avocado classic, a dip that tastes just as good on a plain tortilla chip as it does decorating your favorite grilled salmon recipe. Experiment with your mix-ins, for a guac that’s perfect for every occasion.
Citrus avocado salsa is a twist on a Mexican classic, combining creamy avocado with the tang of oranges.
Walnuts and feta give the salsa a Mediterranean feel, which will surprise and delight your taste buds. Best enjoyed with pita chips, it’s also pretty good with a spoon!
If you’re starting to feel a little guilty for drowning your healthy salad in store bought ranch dressing, try this avocado ranch instead! It’s healthier than those you’ll find on grocery store shelves, and deliciously fresh.
Combining hummus and guacamole was always going to be a good idea, and this avocado hummus might just become your new favorite dip. It’s easy to make, as all the ingredients simply need to be added to a blender, and pulsed until smooth.
Looking for a new flavor to add to your burrito? Try this avocado dressing, which uses jalapeños and lime for a hot and tangy sauce. A spoonful of yogurt can be used to increase the creaminess, but the avocado does a good job on its own.
39. Avocado Aioli
It might not be quite traditional, but avocado is a fantastic way to lighten up this traditional sauce. Packed with garlic, the avocado adds a richness and a creaminess. Serve with sweet potato fries or your favorite Mediterranean vegetables.
Amazing Avocado Dinner Recipes
40. Avocado Fries
Avocado fries have everything you want from a good fry. They’re crispy on the outside, soft in the middle, and go amazingly well with a hot dipping sauce. If you manage to resist eating them straight from the oven, they can be used as an unusual taco filling.
Gazpacho is a traditional cold soup that’s best eaten on a very hot summer day (see also ‘28 Easy And Delicious Cold Soup Recipes‘). The addition of avocado gives the soup a greater body, particularly when blended until smooth.
Think of how a spoonful of cream can transform your tomato soup — that’s how the avocado behaves.
Avocado is more than just a taco topping! In these lentil and avocado tacos, it’s key to adding the body and weight to a delicious dinner. If you’re struggling to incorporate more meat-free meals into your routine, give this recipe a try.
Black beans and avocado are mixed together to form the filling of this healthy enchilada recipe. Every bite is packed with creaminess thanks to the diced avocado, which is layered throughout the enchilada.
If you’re ever feeling torn between a big bowl of pasta and a healthy salad, consider trying a zoodle recipe.
Zoodles (see also ‘34 Delicious Zoodle Recipes‘) use spiralized zucchini to form the pasta shapes, which are then quickly boiled. We love this recipe, which coats zoodles in a zesty and fragrant avocado sauce.
A pizza recipe that would also make a surprisingly good breakfast dish, smoked salmon and avocado pizza is a new take on everyone’s favorite comfort food. Cream cheese mixed with garlic and dill is used in place of traditional pizza sauce.
It might seem a little wild to leave the cheese out of a quesadilla, but you’ll understand why when you try this bean and avocado recipe. The avocados add the creaminess of the cheese, while a sprinkle of nutritional yeast brings the umami depth.
Avocado is coated in Panko breadcrumbs (see also ‘Panko Breadcrumbs Substitutes: 5 Top Picks‘) and pan fried in this incredible taco recipe, which is sure to impress at your next taco night. The shrimp is also pan fried, making this a slightly easier recipe for the home cook, with less clean up.
Unexpected Avocado Dessert Recipes
Avocado is so good in sandwiches, salads, tacos, and burgers, but you might be surprised to discover that it’s also delicious in ice cream. Avocado makes ice cream luscious, and this is a great way to use up any avocados that are close to being past their best.
Adding avocado to brownies not only makes them luxuriously rich and moist, but it also takes away some of the guilt when you reach for a second (or third) slice.
Puréed avocado makes brownies extra fudgy, and once you’ve tried them this way, you might never go back to traditional brownies.
You need just 5 ingredients to make these chocolate avocado popsicles, which are certain to become your go-to summer treat.
Condensed milk and simple syrup add sweetness that can be easily adjusted to suit your tastes. Finish with a drizzle of dark chocolate.
A healthier take on the chocolate truffle, this 5 ingredient recipe uses avocado to build a creamy filling. At less than 100 calories per truffle, these are great to snack on when you’re craving something sweet.
Is there anything avocado can’t do? This no bake cheesecake uses avocado and coconut milk for a dairy-free filling that’s packed with chocolate and can be made suitable for vegans.
A quick and impressive dessert, this dark chocolate avocado mousse is made by simply adding all your ingredients to a food processor, and puréeing until smooth. Chill for an hour, and serve!
Frquently Asked Questions
What Dishes Can Be Made With Avocado?
Avocado can be used to make breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert! The creaminess of avocado, combined with the light flavoring, makes it a perfect balance for a range of flavors and textures.
If you’ve never eaten avocado before, try making guacamole or avocado toast. When you’re ready to experiment, start adding avocado to your salads or bowls, or chopping it into your tacos and enchiladas.
How Do You Check An Avocado Is Ripe?
The best way to check an avocado is ripe is by feel. Give the avocado a gentle squeeze. If it yields slightly beneath your hands, then the avocado is ready to eat.
If it feels firm, then it’s not yet ripe. Another way to check is to remove the stem. If it’s green underneath, then your avocado is ready. If it’s brown underneath, the avocado is overripe. And if the stem won’t come away, then the avocado isn’t ripe yet.
How Do You Prepare An Avocado?
To prepare an avocado, you need a sharp knife, a teaspoon, and a tablespoon. Start by inserting your knife into the avocado lengthways. As you slice toward the middle, you’ll feel the stone stop your blade.
Keep the knife in the avocado, and twist the fruit until you’ve sliced all the way around the edge.
Remove the knife, and twist each half of the avocado to pull it apart. Use a teaspoon to remove the stone, and then a tablespoon to scoop out the flesh.
Avocado is an adaptable fruit that can be used to add creamy texture to multiple dishes. We hope our guide has inspired you to experiment with avocado!