Healthy Holidays: Avocado Toast


We all know that avocado toast can be a healthy and hearty start to the day or an easy midday snack, and at this busy time of year we need all the help we can get. (Heck, add a glass of wine and it’s dinner.) This recipe, adapted from Yeah, It’s Fresh, the debut cookbook from First Watch, is as easy as it is pretty.

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Serves 6

For avocado mash:

3 ripe avocados

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ tsp seasoned salt (see note)

Cut avocados in half and remove pit. With a paring knife, slice an avocado half lengthwise into thirds, and then slice across into fourths. Using a large spoon, scoop out flesh from peel.

In a mixing bowl, mix avocados with seasoning and lemon juice until evenly coated. Mash with a whisk, keeping medium sized chunks. Fold with a rubber spatula until seasoning is incorporated. Transfer to airtight container and seal tightly with a double layer of plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to serving.

To assemble:

6 pieces thickly sliced whole grain bread

½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1 pinch flaky finishing salt such as Maldon Sea Salt

1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs such as chives and parsley

1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

Toast bread, and spread equal portions of avocado mash and into an even layer over each slice, leaving a rustic and chunky look. Slice toast in half on a bias, drizzle avocado mash with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with a lemon wedge.

Note: you can use your favorite “house” seasoning blend—at First Watch it contains coarse salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion salt and paprika—but feel free to get creative!