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Avocado Recipes That Will Guac Your World

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They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but so can an avocado! This buttery superfood is a source of over 20 vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients, and is a considered a “good fat,” making it a great substitute for butter when baking or as a topping on toast. There are many ways to enjoy avocado outside of guacamole, and it appears the secret’s out – the average American ate almost eight pounds of avocados in 2019, up from just over two pounds in 2000. National Avocado Day, celebrated annually on July 31st, is a good reason to eat avocados all day, and we’ve got you covered with some tasty recipes. Start the day with Salmon-Avocado Toast, have Avocado Hummus Dip as a snack, and round out the day with Allie Lebos’ Extra-Spicy Guacamole.

Salmon-Avocado Toast

Seems like every restaurant has avocado toast on their brunch menu these days but sometimes you just have to mix things up. This variation has become my favorite way to dress up avo toast, and an added bonus is that salmon is also a good source of vitamins and phytonutrients.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, cored and peeled
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 slices of your favorite bread, toasted
  • 2 thin slices smoked salmon
  • Capers
  • Red onions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, smash avocado with a fork until the texture is to your liking. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice according to taste.
  2. Spread avocado mixture onto toast slices.
  3. Top avocado with smoked salmon slices, and serve with capers and red onions on top.

Avocado Hummus Dip

Give regular hummus an upgrade with avocado, and serve with pita chips or fresh veggies on the side for a delicious and nutritious snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, cored and peeled
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, puree avocado, chickpeas, tahini, water, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, and salt until hummus is smooth, about three minutes.
  2. Taste the hummus, and add more salt and/or lemon juice to your liking.
  3. Transfer hummus to a serving bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with cilantro leaves on top. Optional: serve with pita chips or fresh veggies on the side for dipping.


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