Avocado toast: the combination, in its infinite varieties, has been popular fodder among Pinterest and Instagram users for a long time now. But we’re not talking about just slicing up the green fruit, dressing it, and arranging it artfully on toast. No, we’re talking about flavorful mashed avocado toppers that add that special touch to any sandwich creation.
Here are a few delicious versions to bring your sandwiches to a whole new level.
Whether you’re about to tuck into smoked turkey on rye, silky smoked salmon on a bagel, or thick slices of roast beef piled on a kaiser, consider adding a layer of flavor with a creamy avocado cilantro sauce.
The sauce is made super smooth thanks to a generous dollop of Greek yogurt and half an avocado. Add a small splash of apple cider vinegar for just a hint of acidity, then pulse it all, along with some garlic and fresh cilantro, in a food processor to whip up edible magic.
Slather it on your sandwich and experience the creamy goodness (Hint: It’s great as a veggie dip, too!).
But now you’ve got half an avocado to store, right? Problem solved! Just rub the half with some lemon juice, wrap in plastic cling film, and store in your fridge for a few days.
The same base ingredients that make the creamy topper so delicious can be used for a chunky variation on this theme. Add a dash of salt and a squeeze of lime or lemon juice to all of the ingredients above; then, take your fork, mash until chunky, and you’re good to go. This tasty topper is perfect for a sandwich in which you want a little more substance and texture.
Want your kids to stop staring at the screen and help out in the kitchen? With this topper, you can put them to work! They’ll have fun playing sous chef as they smash a can’s worth of chickpeas along with a perfectly ripe avocado, lemon juice, and a small handful of dried cranberries. You can keep it vegetarian or add some flaked tuna, hard-boiled egg slices, or smoked honey ham. The sky’s the limit!
And because we know you’ll eventually want to make all three, here are some handy tips to help you pick your avocados for the week, so that you get delectably ripe avocados at home, just when you need them.