It's brunch time! Avocado Toast with Tomato is a delicious brunch recipe and it's very customizable. With just a few small tweaks, you can have an entirely different toast. I've included the recipe below, as well as a few ideas for further variations!
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There are a few key ingredients you'll need to make Avocado Toast with Tomato. The ingredients really shine here, so make sure you're choosing good-quality, ripe ingredients!
- Ripe avocado: Even if the avocado is a little bit over-ripe, avocado toast is a great way to use it up!
- Tomato: I like to use smaller tomatoes, like tomato-on-the-vine or Roma tomatoes, as they fit on a piece of toast better. Of course, if you only have large Beefsteak tomatoes, those will work too! You can always slice them to fit better on your toast.
- Lemon juice: This helps give the avocado toast a bit of tang, but also keeps the avocado from turning brown once it's been mashed.
- Crusty bread: I like to use sourdough, but you could use any kind of bread here! They key is to use a thick slice of crusty bread that will hold up well once you mash your avocado on it. No one wants a floppy toast!
- Bacon: This is optional, but I think a wonderful additiona and you can use as much or as little as you like!
- Basil: A little goes a long way, but adding some fresh basil to garnish this toast is such a nice flavor.
- Flaky sea salt: You'll also need a little flaky sea salt (I like to use Maldon Salt for their extra-large flakes), black pepper and red pepper flakes to garnish.
See full recipe below for detailed directions.
There are just a few simple steps and you'll be ready for brunching!
Toast your bread and let it cool slightly. Then use a fork to smash approximately half an avocado on the piece of toast and drizzle with lemon juice.
Slice your tomatoes and layer on top of the smashed avocado.
Sprinkle with shredded fresh basil, salt and pepper.
You can also top the avocado toast with crumbled bacon (on top of the tomatoes as well!).
Hint: You'll want to serve (or eat!) the avocado toast quickly. If you let it sit, the toast will start to get soft and soggy.
How to mash the avocado
I like to cut the avocado in half, remove the seed and skin, and then mash the avocado directly on the piece of toast with a fork. If you prefer, you can also mash the avocado in a bowl or on a plate, and then transfer it to the toast.
This is also a great way to use over-ripe avocados. They'll mash well and you won't even be able to tell if there were soft spots!
You can make so many delicious variations of this avocado toast, but below are a few of my favorites:
- Fried Egg Avocado Toast: Add a fried egg (or scrambled, if you prefer!) for some additional protein with this recipe.
- Avocado Toast with Everything Bagel Seasoning: Smash the avocado, drizzle with lemon juice, sprinkle with Everything Bagel Seasoning, flaky sea salt and pepper.
- Champagne and Dill Avocado Toast: Smash the avocado, and instead of lemon juice, give it a splash of champagne! It sounds crazy, but it's delicious and the acidic properties in the champagne work in a very similar way as the lemon juice. Garnish with a bit of fresh dill, flaky sea salt and pepper.
- Prosciutto Avocado Toast: Instead of topping with crumbled bacon, try baked prosciutto! Bake the prosciutto on a parchment paper-lined tray in the oven at 400 degrees (F) for 9-12 minutes. Let cool, then crumble.
You only need a few things to make Avocado Toast with Tomato: a sharp knife, a cutting board, and a toaster (to make the toast!). You'll have brunch ready in no time!
Avocado Toast with Tomato is something that needs to be eaten fresh and isn't great to prep too long beforehand (or keep afterward). You want to eat it while everything is crisp and crunchy! If it sits too long, the toast will get soggy, and you'll lose some of the snap of the tomatoes and bacon.
If you want to make this in advance, I recommend prepping the ingredients individually, then assembling just before you're ready to eat (or serve).
Since there are only a few ingredients needed to make avocado toast, it's important that you use fresh, high-quality ingredients. You'll really taste the flavor of the avocado and the tomato, so you want them to be as delicious as possible! Also, don't forget the bread: a really wonderful, crusty slice of bread will make a big difference with this recipe.
Yes, I recommend it. It adds a nice tangy flavor, and also keeps the avocado from turning brown after it has been mashed.
I like to mash the avocado directly on the piece of toast with a fork. You can also mash the avocado in a bowl and then transfer that to the toast.
If your tomatoes are small enough, I recommend slicing and layering them on top of the avocado. If you're using bigger tomatoes, you might find it easier to dice the tomatoes and then add on top of the avocado.
Avocado Toast with Tomato
- 3 slices bacon
- 4 slices crusty bread toasted
- 2 avocados ripe
- 2 Roma tomatoes sliced
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- flaky sea salt & black pepper to taste
- fresh basil shredded, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread the bacon on the sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until desired crispness. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and let cool.
- Toast your sliced bread and set aside to cool slightly.
- Halve your avocado and remove the seed. Use a spoon to remove the avocado from the skin. Place ½ an avocado on a piece of toast. Use the back of a fork to mash the avocado directly on the toast.
- Drizzle with lemon juice, then add sliced tomatoes in a layer on top of the avocado. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
- Place tomato slices on top of avocado. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and shredded fresh basil.