15 Awesome Ways to Eat Avocados
Avocado is a surprisingly indulgent, good-for-you food. And lately, we can’t get enough of them.
Picking the perfect avocado is key. Avocados that are ready to eat are not mushy, but not hard. They “give” a bit with a gentle squeeze of your hand. If you’re not using them for a few days, buy firmer avocados, which will need 1 to 2 days to ripen.
If the avocado feels mushy when you (gently) squeeze it, or if the skin is broken, it’s past its peak. (For a cool video showing the progression of ripening avocados, check out this short video from the Hass Avocado Board).
Some of our favorite ways to eat avocados are quite simple: Mash them up and spread them on toast or bagels. Slice them up and add them to any salad. Cut one in half, sprinkle with a little salt, and grab a spoon. You really can’t go wrong.
But if you want to take your avocado game to the next level, we recommend enjoying them in…
Avocado gets re-made and re-imagined in these sweet and spicy dips. Translation? This isn’t your typical guacamole.
- Avocado Tomatillo Salsa
- Pomegranate Guacamole
- Green Goddess Dip
- Cobb Salad Layer Dip
- Grilled Guacamole
From spicy south-of-the-border flavors to the Greek islands, avocado features in cuisine that will definitely kick your meals up a notch. Serve these as tasty sides, or even light lunches.
- Mexican Salad
- Chili Lime Avocados
- Chilled Greek-Style Tomato Soup with Avocado Feta Salad
- Avocado Boats
Your Main Event
Avocado makes everything better. Richer. Creamier. These main courses are amazing on their own, but the avocado finishes them off in a way that will have you saying “More, please!”
- BLAST Burgers (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Salmon and Tomato Burgers with Sriracha Aioli)
- Veal and Avocado
- Mexican-Spiced Steak with Chipotle con Queso Sauce and Avocado Salad
- Wasabi-Broiled Black Cod
- Mexican BLT Lobster Rolls
Bonus: In a Smoothie
Healthful greens like spinach and watercress get a sweet punch from agave and honey in this Green Machine Avocado Smoothie that will totally power you through your day.