In case you hadn’t heard, avocado is the new butter and there’s not a healthier or more delicious way to top off your toast or upgrade a sandwich.
Buttery and bright, you only need 5 minutes and 3 ingredients to whip up this crazy delicious Avocado Spread. With just the right quantity of each ingredient, avocado, lemon juice, and salt come together in perfect harmony for a healthy spread that adds extra creamy, delightful vibes to absolutely everything it touches!
If you’ve ever made guacamole, you’ve essentially made an Avocado Spread. The only difference? Guacamole is made with limes and typically has some add-ins like tomatoes, cilantro, and onion.
Avocado Spread is seasoned with a simple mix of fresh lemon and salt, and is a versatile topping for more than just toast!
Use it in a sandwich, add it to a burger, salad, nourish bowl, or serve it as a veggie dip!
HOW TO MAKE AVOCADO SPREAD
Avocado Spread is so extremely easy to make, it only requires one step and three ingredients. Just add the flesh of an avocado to a mixing bowl, along with freshly squeezed lemon juice and salt. Mash the mixture together, stirring intermittently, until you’ve reached a nice, smooth consistency.
THE EASIEST WAY TO CUT AN AVOCADO
- To cut into an avocado, lay it on a cutting board, and have ready a sharp Chefs knife. Ready the blade of your knife so it is parallel with the cutting board, facing the stem of the avocado.
- Cut into the avocado starting at the stem end, and using a gentle sawing motion, run your knife from the stem end all the way to the pit.
- Then, leaving the knife in its place, carefully turn the avocado until it has made a full circle.
- Pull apart the avocado halves, and lay the pitted side on the cutting board, with the pit facing the ceiling. Carefully, tap the blade of your knife into the seed just firmly enough so that it locks into the seed.
- Twist the knife slightly, and using a dry dish towel, carefully pull the seed away from the blade.
WAYS TO MASH AN AVOCADO
There’s certainly more than one way to mash an avocado. Typically, I just grab a fork and mash away, but if you’d like to let technology do the work for you, you could use an immersion blender or a food processor. Either of these devices will make for a much smoother consistency, one almost closer to puree.
From time to time, when I’m making a big batch of Avocado Spread, I’ll go for the potato masher. This tool is great for mashing in a jiffy!
HOW TO SPREAD AVOCADO
The easiest way to spread Avocado Spread is to use a spoon to add a large dollop of it onto your toast (or whatever might be getting the benefit of avocado that day), and then, go for a butter knife or small offset spatula and spread it to the edges.
- Avocados | Hass avocados are known for their soft, creamy texture and are the best choice when it comes to making Avocado Spread!
- Lemon Juice | There’s not much that can add a fresh burst of acidity to a dish quite like a freshly squeezed lemon. If your avocados are on the larger side, you might find you need more lemon juice. If this is the case, feel free to add more lemon, but add just a little bit at a time so you don’t overpower your spread.
- Salt | This recipe calls for Kosher salt. If you are using a standard-sized, table salt, cut the quantity of salt down to half a teaspoon.
HOW TO PICK A PERFECT AVOCADO
In order to snag the perfect avocado from the produce bin, you’ll need to rely mostly on your sense of touch. Run your fingers over the skin. The avocado should be without any noticeable dips or crevices under the skin.
When you apply gentle pressure to the avocado, it should feel somewhat firm, but give slightly to your touch.
HOW TO KNOW WHEN THEY’RE BAD
Avoid mushy avocados with a white powdery coating across the dark leathery skin. This is an indication that the inside is overly browned and no longer good.
NOT RIPE ENOUGH? DO THIS:
If you need your avocado to ripen in a hurry, add it to a paper bag along with a banana and roll it shut. The bananas will release a natural gas that hurries along the ripening process!
HOW TO STORE AVOCADO SPREAD
Contrary to what some might believe, the pit of the avocado does not keep it from browning. If the flesh of an avocado is exposed to air for an extended period of time, it is going to turn brown…pit intact or not.
If you want your Avocado Spread to stay nice and green, plastic wrap is your best friend. Place the spread in a container and cover it directly with plastic wrap. Note: The wrap should actually be laying on the spread, coming into direct contact with it. You can keep your Avocado Spread stored in the refrigerator this way for up to three days, but you should expect a decline in freshness after day 2.
6 FUN AVOCADO TOAST IDEAS
If you’re making this spread for Avocado Toast purposes, here are a few ideas for taking your meal to the next level:
- Eggs | Top it with over-easy, scrambled, or chopped, hard-boiled eggs!
- BLT | Sliced tomato, bacon, and baby arugula would make for a nice and filling open-faced sandwich!
- Tex Mex | Like it spicy? Add some roughly chopped pico de gallo and finish off your toast with a sprinkle of Queso Fresco or Cotija cheese.
- Greek | Top your toasts with chopped cucumber, red onion, Kalamata olive, and a sprinkle of Feta cheese for a Greek twist!
- French | Do it as the French do. Butter and sliced radishes with a sprinkle of salt are a classic French snack. Swap out the butter for Avocado Spread, add in some fresh Watercress and you’ve got a simply delicious masterpiece on your hands!
- Caprese | Last, but not least, who can say no to fresh mozzarella? Add fresh mozzarella or burrata cheese, chopped tomatoes, and basil for a yummy take on Caprese salad!
Avocado Spread adds healthy, extra creamy, delightful vibes to absolutely everything it touches! Perfect for avocado toast, sandwich spread, burger toppings, and more!
- 2 ripe Hass avocados
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
Add the flesh of the avocados, lemon juice, and salt to a small mixing bowl. Use a fork to mash the avocado and mix until you've achieved a smooth texture or a consistency of your liking.