The 29 Best Avocado Recipes for Every Meal (Even Dessert!)
Avocado toast is popular for good reason: No other fruit is credited with spot-reducing belly fat, warding off hunger, boosting nutrient absorption, lowering cholesterol, and fighting free-radicals. They're best known for their high healthy fat content—9 percent!—and it's this richness of monounsaturated and oleic fatty acids that gives the amazing produce its viral-worthy status. There are plenty of other easy to make avocado recipes that are not only good for you, but are perfectly Instagrammable, too.
Our obsession with avocado is why we rounded up some of the best avocado recipes. With different options like avocado pudding, avocado ice cream, and a classic guacamole recipe, we promise you won't be disappointed.
Here are 29 photo-ready avocado recipes you'll love to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
Avocado Crab Salad
An avocado half makes for the perfect vessel for this salad, as its rich, creamy texture boosts the sweetness of the crab. The cucumber and onion make for a nice crunch, and the chiles add a hint of heat to this healthy lunch.
Get our recipes for Avocado Crab Salad.
Why not try sipping on some avocado? Adding the healthy fat to this lime smoothie is a great way to start your morning with a filling breakfast you can take on the go in smoothie form.
Get our recipe for an Avocado-Lime Smoothie.
Prepare to whip up the easiest and tastiest guac you've ever encountered. You just need two avocados and a few spices for this one. You can serve this along with some chips or even use it as a condiment on a burger or alongside some quesadillas, too.
Get our recipe for the Best-Ever Guacamole.
Avocado Ice Cream
Now, this is one cool way to add more avocados to your diet. You will need an ice cream maker, but it's worth the investment and much better for you than digging into a pint of Ben and Jerry's.
Get our recipe for Avocado Ice Cream.
This recipe calls for one can of chickpeas, as well as half of an avocado and plenty of seasoning, so you're getting a ton of flavors in this creamy hummus that makes a healthy appetizer option for your next party. And thanks to the chickpea/avo combo, you're getting six grams of protein from each serving of this dip.
Get our recipe for Avocado Hummus.
Spicy Tuna and Avocado Fish Taco
Your taco night will never be basic again! Here, the combination of rare tuna and creamy avocado fit a boatload of healthy fat and flavors in each bite, coming together for a taco that is truly elevated in flavor.
Get our recipe for a Spicy Tuna and Avocado Fish Taco.
Blackened Fish Sandwich With Avocado and Cabbage
This version of a fish sandwich ditches the fried, processed patties with fresh, blackened tilapia fillets, and tartar sauce with creamy avocado and crunchy cabbage. This blackened fish slathered in avocado is one sandwich that packs a punch for lunch.
Get our recipe for a Blackened Fish Sandwich With Avocado and Cabbage.
Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad
According to a study published by the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, adding a monounsaturated fat such as avocado to a salad can actually help when it comes to consuming more healthy nutrients from a meal, so you simply can't go wrong with this protein-packed salad. What sad desk salad?
Get our recipe for a Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad.
Grilled Mexican Steak and Avocado Salad
We're just going to keep adding avocado to every salad! In this dish, we pair a leaner cut of meat with a wide variety of tasty and complex flavors for a bowl with some kick to it.
Get our recipe for a Grilled Mexican Steak and Avocado Salad.
Avocado Basmati Rice
Eat rice and lose more weight? We're not bluffing. Researchers from the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka found a way to enhance weight loss by consuming rice. All you have to do is let it cool for 12 hours after cooking and then pair it with a fat. When you eat rice this way, it fights rapid digestion and cuts calorie absorption by as much as 60 percent!
You've probably never combined peanut butter and avocado (let alone throw egg and pomegranate seeds into the mix). However, when it comes to crepes, anything goes if you're daring enough. Salty, sweet and satiating? Yes, please.
We love pesto, especially when it's free of questionable additives. With just four wholesome ingredients—avocado, parsley, lemon juice, and S&P—you can fancy up any dish and ditch the love handles.
Strawberry Avocado Toast
Flaxseed toast topped with mashed avocado, chia seeds, sliced organic strawberry and a drizzle of honey—talk about a power breakfast. This wholesome creation will nix your sugar craving and be almost too pretty to eat.
Blueberry Avocado Muffin
To boost the nutrition of a tasty pastry (like these Blueberry Avocado Muffins), without compromising flavor, blend an avocado into the batter. These are vegan, too!
Bacon Wrapped Avocado
Ever notice how finger foods always seem to taste better? No matter how old we get, we never pass up an opportunity to eat with our hands, and we've got the perfect excuse: these Bacon Wrapped Avocado Slices!
Avocado Spring Rolls
Just because winter has arrived doesn't mean we have to stop consuming light, refreshing meals! Stuffed with carrots, cucumbers, avocado, and lettuce, these bite-size rolls are the perfect diet-friendly appetizer, snack or side to any protein.
Seared Tuna Teriyaki Sauce Salad
Cold water fish like tuna contain two types of fatty acids—DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)—which researchers claim have the profound ability to turn off abdominal fat genes. Along with flab-fighting tuna, this salad is topped with avocado, rice, and wasabi mayo. However, if you're looking to cut calories and fat, skip the mayo.
Ham, Egg, And Cheese Stuffed Avocado
Breakfast for dinner never disappoints–especially when it involves ham, egg, cheese, and avocado! This recipe is an ingenious low-carb spin on the traditional breakfast sandwich (without the empty carbs).
Sunny Side Up Avocado Toast
What better way to start your day than with a slice of avocado toast? And the best part is, you can dress it up or dress it down and still be super satisfied. But if you're looking to shed a few, try topping each slice with a protein-boosting sunny side up egg and fibrous sprouts. For more slimming morning fuel, check out the 50 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss—Ranked.
Key Lime Avocado Pudding
It's not often a dessert causes you to eat less, but in a study published in Nutrition Journal, participants who ate half a fresh avocado with lunch reported a 40 percent decrease in desire to eat following the hours afterward. With just four simple ingredients and a whole lotta nutrients, this avocado-based pudding can do laps around its sinful cousin, key lime pie.
Avocado Basil Dressing
You know to put avocados in your salad, but have you tried dressing it with them? According to the Journal of Nutrition, adding avocado to salad increased the absorption of carotenoids or disease-fighting compounds associated with improved weight and fat loss. This homemade avocado basil dressing has a thick and creamy texture and guiltlessly pairs with any salad.
Pulled Pork Lettuce Boats
Lettuce boats (or wraps) are one of the best weight-loss weapons ever, allowing you to enjoy all the flavors of your favorite sandwich without the starchy, nutrient-void bread. This recipe calls for homemade pulled pork, bell peppers, cheddar and avocado on lettuce. Heavy on the flavor, light on the calories!
Mediterranean Chickpea & Tahini Stuffed Grilled Avocados
Grilling chickpeas and avocados? This Instagrammer isn't the only mind that's blown. Fibrous chickpeas are stuffed into an avocado, grilled and topped with tahini (sesame paste). We're willing to bet you'll brave the winter temps to create this one.
Avocado Greek Salad
Generally, the rule is that the more colorful the meal, the more flavor, and nutrients. (We're talking nature's food here, not Fruity Pebbles!) This dish tosses avocado into a traditional Greek salad to create a nourishing bowl bursting with heart-healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Zesty Shrimp and Avocado Salad With Miso Dressing
Shrimp is a great source of lean, low-cal protein and pairing it with a fat burning superfood like avocado creates one skinny dish! Together, the two can help boost your metabolism and suppress your appetite. Want more ways to turn up your calorie burning oven? Check out these
55 Best-Ever Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.
You know fries are a diet sabotager, but what if they don't have to be? Alternate versions, like these Avocado Fries, do more than diminish your waistline. Just make sure to bake them. You can still achieve a crisp outside layer by broiling them for the last few moments.
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If you have never heard of this guilt-free version of spuds, you've been missing out. Cauliflower is a low-cal, versatile vegetable that takes on the consistency of a mashed potato when pureed. Throw avocado into the mix and you can say sayonara to your gut.
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Okay, this one's not as healthy. Crispy bacon, creamy avocado, and melted cheese sandwiched between two slices of bread make this one dangerous combo. And you won't do yourself any favors by opting for turkey over pork. Despite the measly 13 calories and a gram of fat per slice it saves you, turkey bacon contains more sodium. To spare your nutrition bank, opt for just one slice of bread, so it's just half a sandwich or an open-face one.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies
You had us at dark chocolate and avocado. Whether you're trying to shed belly fat or just maintain the weight you're currently at, these superfood brownies will help you achieve your goal. They're loaded with fiber, antioxidants, flavonoids, and monounsaturated fats! Just keep your portion in check; this isn't a free pass to eat the entire batch.