I love avocados. We use them all the time and have a few favorite avocado recipes. Everyone gravitates towards guacamole when they think of an avocado recipe (and I actually have a delicious guacamole recipe), but there are other ways you can use avocados in recipes too. To help you add avocados to your meals, I put together a list of our favorite delicious avocado recipes.
Choose one of these tasty avocado recipes below to use your avocado on (I would push your towards the bacon and avocado mayo sandwich, but you do you).
At the bottom of the post, we have some avocado questions and answers for you, about picking a ripe avocado, storing avocados, and what’s the deal with those large Florida avocados.
10+ Delicious Avocado Recipes
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These Pastina-Stuffed Avocados are such a light and fresh dinner recipe.
The only thing you cook is the pastina. The other ingredients are stirred in raw. That leaves the recipe with a lot of varying textures. It has a really good mouth feel that way, and definitely something you want to keep eating.
Avocado Toast Bruschetta
Avocado Toast is a really popular breakfast recipe. But what if you want it other times of the day?
Just make this Avocado Toast Bruschetta. It’s the perfect appetizer. It’s accidentally vegan, which is a happy accident. If you’re making this for a party, just be sure to make double. These are really popular and are always eaten quickly.
Avocado Potato Salad
Potato Salad is usually vegetarian (except my loaded potato salad). But it’s not often vegan because of the eggs used to make mayo.
Enter this Avocado Potato Salad.
The creaminess comes from the avocados, rather than a mayo. So it’s mayonnaise free, and vegan, and delicious.
Bacon And Avocado Mayo Sandwich
This Bacon And Avocado Mayo Sandwich is probably my favorite recipe on this list. At the very least, it’s in the top three.
Everything is better with bacon, and this sandwich is no exception. But what makes this so good is the sprouts. They have such a fun texture and really mesh well with the other ingredients. Plus, you rarely find them on an everyday sandwich, so they really stand out here.
One of our favorite condiments is avocado mayo. It’s really just a mixture of avocado and mayonnaise, but it’s so good and unexpected.
Plus, you can feel a little better about putting this on your sandwich instead of just plain mayo.
Jalapeno Jack Guacamole Burgers
The cool guacamole balances out the spice in these jalapeno burgers, resulting in a really tasty of bite of food.
These burgers are made using a pre-made, frozen jalapeno burger, so don’t get intimidated by this thinking you have to make a homemade burger. You can, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. So it’s easy and delicious. Both great qualities in a meal.
Homemade Chunky Guacamole
Guacamole is the most popular avocado dish to eat, but it actually takes a lot of finesse to make a really tasty batch.
More than a decade ago, a lady I met at a farm stand in Florida who taught me and my cousin all the guacamole secrets. The most important … the avocado must be chunky. She actually (jokingly) refused to sell us an avocado unless we promised to make chunky guac. We did, followed her suggestion, and never looked back.
Mediterranean Grain Bowl (Panera Bread copycat)
This Mediterranean Grain Bowl is filled with a ton of ingredients, including a scoop of mashed avocado. These are ones that you might not have thought to put together on your own, but it all works, trust me.
This is a copycat of a Panera Bread recipe that is incredible … but also incredibly overpriced. This version is pretty cheap to make on your own. And it’ll definitely become one you make often.
Lentil And Cauliflower Vegan Tacos
Even if you’re not vegan, you should make these Lentil And Cauliflower Vegan Tacos. Meat eaters won’t miss the meat in these at all.
Instead of meat, there’s a delicious lentil and cauliflower mix. It sits on top of a bunch of mashed avocado. The creaminess and freshness balance out the richness of the lentil and cauliflower mixture.
Guacamole Wonton Cups
Wonton wrappers are baked to become the perfect vessel to fill with homemade guacamole.
You can use your own guacamole recipe, the recipe in the post, or just buy guacamole at the store. Either way, this is a delicious appetizer.
Avocado Recipes: Frequently Asked Questions
A Florida avocado and Hass avocado are pretty different, from color, size, shape, place of growth, and more.
Color: Florida avocados are a really bright green, almost a lime green skin. Hass avocados are a very dark green to nearly black (when ripe).
Size: Florida avocados can grow up to 13-inches in length. A Hass avocado is about two-thirds the size of a Florida avocado.
Shape: Florida avocados are a pear shape; Hass avocados are an oval shape.
Skin: Florida avocados have a smooth skin, while Hass avocados have a bumpy skin.
Place of growth: Florida avocados are grown in Florida, obviously. Hass avocados are grown mostly in California and Mexico.
Fat content: Florida avocados have a lower fat content than Hass avocados.
Taste: Florida avocados have a more mild taste than Haas avocados do.
Recipe use: You can use either avocado in any any avocado recipe. Just be sure to keep in mind that you may need to increase the amount of seasoning in a recipe if you choose a Florida avocado. The lower fat content results in less flavor, so you’ll need to compensate for that.
Leftover avocado recipes can be stores in an air-tight container in the fridge for two to three days. Be sure that the containers is completely air tight. If not, the air will cause the avocado to oxidize and turn brown.
How do you pick a ripe avocado?
To pick a ripe Hass avocado, you need to look at three things: color, texture, and firmness. The avocado should be dark green to nearly black. The skin should be bumpy. And it should be firm, but with a little give.
Hass avocados that are black, bumpy, and squishy are too ripe and shouldn’t be purchased. Hass avocados that are light green, smooth, and hard are not ripe enough. But, you can purchase those and ripen them at home.
How do you ripen an avocado really fast?
If you need to quickly ripen an avocado that’s not ready yet, place it in a brown paper bag. Close the bag at the top and let the avocado sit in the bag overnight. By the next afternoon, it should be soft enough to use.
How do you stop an avocado from ripening?
If you bought an avocado that is ripening quickly, and you’re not ready to use it yet, put it in the fridge to stall the ripening process.
How do you stop avocado from browning?
Avocado browns when it’s exposed to air. So if you can prevent air from getting to it, you can prevent avocado from browning.
Easier said than done, though, right? The simplest way to do that is to keep the avocado — slices, mashed, etc. — in an air tight container until you’re ready to serve it.
If you’ve made guacamole, cover the entire batch in a layer of lemon juice (which you should add to guacamole anyway). Let the lemon juice layer sit on top and don’t stir it in. It’ll act as a barrier between the air and the guacamole. When you’re ready to serve it, stir the lemon juice in.
Does keeping the pit in guacamole keep it from going brown?
The biggest myth out there is that does keeping the pit in guacamole keeps it from browning. That’s not true. It keeps the very bit of guacamole that’s under the pit from browning, but it actually does nothing to prevent the rest of the guacamole from browning. So skip this method and instead, use our hack of a layer of lemon juice on top.
How does an avocado slicer work?
If you want, you can easily scoop avocado using an avocado slicer. The back of the tool easily removes the pit. The front is a plastic blade that’s smooth to the touch that easily slides through the fruit of the avocado.
The blades do only cut the avocado into slices. But, if you’re gentle with it, you can go from end to end, carefully removing only the avocado slicer, then go from the other end to end to cut the avocado into chunks.
Generally, I use a knife to do this, which you have to be really careful about because you don’t want to puncture the skin of the avocado and then puncture your skin. The avocado slicer is a lot safer.
Unfortunately, an avocado slicer is a unitasker, so you’ll (probably) never use it for anything but slicing avocado. If you don’t mind having a tool with a single function, then you should definitely get an avocado slicer.
How do you sprout an avocado seed?
It’s so easy to sprout an avocado pit without using toothpicks. Check out our How To Sprout An Avocado Seed Without Toothpicks post to find out how.
Which of these 10+ Delicious Avocado Recipes will you try first? Let us know in the comments.