20 Ways to Use Avocado in Your Next Meal

Avocado and Pesto Pasta Recipe

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Avocados are a gift from nature. This unique super-food is incredibly nutritious, and adds a creamy flavor and buttery texture to every recipe it's included in. Enjoy the wonderful goodness of avocado at home, and get all the health benefits of this unique fruit, with our collection of the best ideas for cooking with avocado. Whether in a salad or guacamole, tacos or soup, burgers or smoothies, you can have avocado for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even dessert, with these easy and delicious...MORE recipes.

  • 01 of 20
    Avocado and Egg Toast
    Grilled Cheese Social

    Avocado toast is definitely a trendy food. Sure, there are lots of awesome variations out there on the internet, but this one is our all-time favorite. The best avocado toast recipe ever includes toasted sourdough, creamy avocado, a rich soft boiled egg, spicy Sriracha mayo, crisp slices of fresh radish, and bright ribbons of curled scallion, coming together to make this toast incredibly tasty, and totally delicious.


  • 02 of 20
    Buffalo Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado Recipe
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    Buffalo chicken salad made with store bought rotisserie chicken is a healthy choice for lunch, when you stuff it into yummy, creamy, nutritious ripe avocado halves (instead of carb-laden bread). Ready in just 5 minutes, this recipe serves two people an ample portion each for lunch.

  • 03 of 20
    Easy Mexican Guacamole
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    Looking for the best and easiest guacamole dip recipe? Try this authentic Mexican guacamole dip recipe made with ripe avocados and fresh jalapeno peppers. Lime juice adds a zesty kick to this traditional guacamole that's delicious served with crunchy tortilla chips.


  • 04 of 20
    Vegetarian Portobello Mushroom Burger With Avocados
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    Portobello mushroom burgers are a great option for vegetarians at cookouts and backyard barbecues. With their earthy flavor and hearty texture, you don't have to miss the meat. These veggie burgers are made even better with the addition of a perfectly cooling, flavor-boosting homemade avocado and yogurt sauce on top.


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  • 05 of 20
    Avocado Ice Cream
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    If you've never tried avocado ice cream, you won't believe what you've been missing. This incredibly creamy and sweet ice cream recipe combines avocado and coconut milk with salt and lime juice, for a zingy, rich and indulgent flavor that will knock your socks off.

  • 06 of 20
    Corn Avocado Salsa
    Molly Watson 

    Want a tangy, spicy relish for your grilled fish and chicken dishes? Crunchy sweet corn kernels and chunks of creamy avocado are coated with a spicy lime dressing in this fabulous fresh salsa recipe that tastes great on grilled meat and fish, on a bed of greens, as a taco topping, or with chips.

  • 07 of 20
    Avocado, Tomato and Mozzarella Caprese Salad
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    Here's a nutritious, satisfying variation on the traditional Italian Caprese salad that will perk up your appetizer plate. Colorful, pleasing avocado caprese salad shows off the three colors of the Italian flag, with white fresh mozzarella cheese, green avocados, basil leaves, and red, ripe juicy tomatoes.

  • 08 of 20
    Avocado Bacon Breakfast Burger
    Grilled Cheese Social 

    Skip the drive through line-up — we've got the ultimate breakfast burger right here! This inspired, gourmet breakfast burger is topped with avocado, a sunny side up egg, gouda cheese, tomato jam, and bacon, for a melt-in-your-mouth flavor and texture that's out of this world. You'll want to eat it every day!

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  • 09 of 20
    Vegan Hummus Avocado Wrap
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    Here's a great way to use up some leftover guacamole, in an easy and healthy vegan wrap sandwich that's perfect for school lunch boxes, and brown bag lunches for the office. California-style avocado hummus wraps combine creamy ripe avocado with protein-rich hummus and sprouts for added crunch.

  • 10 of 20
    Vegan Avocado Fudge Recipe
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    Fudge made of avocados? You better believe it! Avocado fudge has long been a tradition in California communities where avocado trees are plentiful. This avocado fudge recipe is rich and creamy, yet dairy-free, and suitable for vegans (as long as you use a fully vegan margarine). Kids and adults alike will enjoy this healthy variation on everyone's favorite treat.

  • 11 of 20
    Avocado and Pesto Pasta Recipe
    Larisa Blinova/Getty Images 

    Here's a creamy pesto pasta recipe that tastes indulgent, but is surprisingly healthy, thanks to the goodness of avocados. Easy to make, this delicious avocado pesto pasta dish makes a wonderful weeknight dinner for the family, served with a tossed green salad and some toasty garlic bread.


  • 12 of 20
    Turkey Bacon Avocado Club
    Leah Maroney 

    The turkey club sandwich gets a first class upgrade when you add creamy avocados. Avocado perfectly complements the salty, savory flavors of bacon and deli turkey meat. Combined with an easy homemade garlic aioli, and layered onto crunchy slices of toasted whole wheat bread, this is sure to become a favorite sandwich in your household.

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  • 13 of 20
    Avocado Vinaigrette
    Molly Watson 

    Dress up all your green salads with this lovely, mellow-tasting avocado vinaigrette recipe that's a great, healthful alternative to green goddess dressings. Avocado in the recipe adds creaminess to a simple vinaigrette you can whisk together quickly.

  • 14 of 20
    Chorizo Avocado Rice Bowl
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    Rice bowls are not only a trendy food, they're also a great way to enjoy a delicious assortment of ingredients in a single bowlful. This yummy, filling recipe combines hot cooked rice, chorizo sausage, queso cheese, avocado, tomatoes, and red onion, for an easy, Mexican-inspired dish that makes a great lunch or dinner.

  • 15 of 20
    Avocado and Cheese Vegetarian Empanadas
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    Empanadas are the Spanish name for a Latin American-style turnover. The irresistible stuffed pastries in this recipe are made with a soft homemade dough that's filled with ancho chilies, Mexican cheese, and ripe avocados for a creamy and spicy flavor in every bite. These are baked instead of fried, making them lower in fat than the typical empanada recipe.


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    Chicken Avocado Soup
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    Here's a Mexican-inspired soup that can be enjoyed as a delicious main dish, with tortilla chips instead of crackers. Avocados add a beautiful flavor and texture to this soup, which includes shredded chicken for flavor and protein, along with bright-tasting tomatoes and fresh cilantro leaves.

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  • 17 of 20
    Halibut Tacos with Spicy Radicchio-Avocado Slaw
    Regarding BBQ, Inc. 

    Creamy avocado rounds out the slightly bitter taste of radicchio in a yummy, colorful slaw that's layered on top of buttery halibut, in this super-delicious taco recipe. It's a great dish for enjoying all year round.

  • 18 of 20
    Soba Salad with Salmon and Avocado
    Miri Rotkovitz

    Enjoy a delicious taste of Japan when you cook up a batch of delectable, savory soba noodles for dinner. Here, they're tossed with marinated cooked salmon chunks, fresh, chopped crispy vegetables, and creamy avocado bits, in a sweet, gingery vinaigrette dressing.

  • 19 of 20
    Avocado Gazpacho Soup
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    This raw food and vegan recipe for gourmet gazpacho soup topped with avocados is delicious, refreshing, and healthy. It's gluten-free, too!

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    Avocado Smoothie
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    Avocado smoothies are a popular beverage in Morocco. You'll love this quick and easy, milkshake-inspired drink with heart-healthy avocados, that's deliciously sweet, filling, and nutritious.