Creamy avocados are major players when it comes to providing healthy, good-for-you fats. Here, 16 recipes to try today.
Our Favorite Avocado Recipes
Avocados aren't made strictly for guacamole. During the warmer months, they can be paired with a variety of ingredients in salsas, salads, and as a delicious spread. Flip through our gallery to find original ideas for this delicious ingredient.
Every summer, fresh ears of corn pile on roadside stands along the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware. Riki Senn uses this abundance of local produce to bring bright sweetness to this recipe. The cool creaminess of a Hass avocado is the perfect addition to temper the spicy bite from the radishes and add extra flavor and texture.
Spaghetti with Spinach-Avocado Sauce
Move over, pesto: You're not the only sauce worth going green for. Pureed avocado makes this dish positively irresistible. Garnish with extra basil leaves, if desired.
We thought we had explored every way to enjoy the buttery-rich yumminess of avocados. But then we swooned over a photo of the breaded avocado fries in chef Hans Röckenwagner‘s latest cookbook, Das Cookbook. Inspired by the photo, we created our own lighter version, and the results were even more delicious than we’d imagined: When you coat creamy avocado wedges with a crisp breadcrumb crust, that contrast of textures makes the avocado seem doubly silky-rich.
The food processor makes quick work of this basic dip that's rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. We like the heat from leaving the seeds in the jalapeño, but you can seed the pepper for a milder guac. Serve with tortilla chips or crudités.
Tuna Melts with Avocado
You can serve these with carrot and celery sticks and a bit of light ranch dressing on the side for dipping.
Avocado and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Soft, buttery avocado amps up the irresistible gooeyness of this grilled cheese. Tomato brings a bright, acidic contrast to the richness of cheese and avocado. Firm, ripe tomatoes will perform best—giving off some, but not too much, juice as the sandwich grills.
Grilled Pineapple-Avocado Salsa
The sweet pineapple pairs expertly with cool avocado. Whether served with tacos, alongside grilled fish, or scooped on to a tortilla chip you won't want to miss this one.
Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream
Avocado cream provides a cooling counterpoint to the spicy ancho chicken in this recipe. We love what the cilantro slaw does to the texture of the dish.
Pork, Pineapple, and Anaheim Chile Salad with Avocado
Pork and pineapple go together like peas and carrots but, pair cooling avocado and spicy chiles and you have achieved yet another dynamic duo.
Avocado-Buttermilk Soup with Crab Salad
Simple orange-infused crabmeat floats atop a rich, creamy soup. If the soup seems a little too thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more buttermilk.
Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Stack
For the prettiest presentation, choose purple, orange, green, and red heirloom tomatoes. Cilantro lends the dressing peppery flavor and a subtle green hue. Vary the taste of the dressing by using basil and lemon rind. The dressing will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator, so consider doubling the recipe to keep some on hand.
Falafel with Avocado Spread
"These are outstanding! My husband is a big meat eater and when I make these there is no complaining where is the beef! They reheat well for a great lunch the next day!" —SAMJ142
The beauty of this Latin twist on the classic Middle Eastern sandwich is its simplicity, and of course, flavor. Garnish with microgreens and sliced red onion.
Avocado-Tomatillo Dip with Cumin Pita Chips
Tart tomatillos keep this dip a bright green and prevent the avocado from discoloring, even after a day or two in the refrigerator. Look for tomatillos in the produce section of most large supermarkets.
Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
Make the chips in advance, cool completely, and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Spicy Tortilla Soup with Shrimp and Avocado
Chipotle chile and fire-roasted tomatoes lend smokiness to the soup.
Quick Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Salsa
The southwestern ingredients in this recipe scream to be garnished with avocado. Skip the sour cream for an equally cooling condiment.
Chilled Avocado Soup with Seared Chipotle Shrimp
A delicious combination of tastes and textures, this first course soup combines smoky chile heat, crisp sweet corn, and silky-rich avocado.
Fried Egg and Avocado Toasts
Sunny-side up eggs, fresh sprouts, and salsa amp up avocado toast for a fast, no-fuss meal. It's a sure winner at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.