25 Ways to Use Avocado in Your Next Meal (2022)

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Cathy Jacobs

A freelance journalist and avid home cook, Cathy Jacobs has more than 10 years of food writing experience, with a focus on curating approachable menus and recipe collections.

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Updated on 11/28/21

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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 collectionof 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 recipes.

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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    As long as you're making guacamole, why not go the extra mile and make guacamole deviled eggs. This recipe contains no mayonnaise, so it's a perfect candidate for warm-weather fiestas.

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    These crunchy chili lime and avocadochips are baked to yield a satisfying snack for anyone counting carbs or following the keto diet. Just pair them with your favorite dip and you have a tasty treat.

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    This lightened-up avocado mac and cheese recipe has just enough white cheddar and cream cheese to give you the flavor you know and love that's amped up with the addition of mashed avocado for extra creaminess.

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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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    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.

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    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.

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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.

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    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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    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 hummusand sprouts for added crunch.

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    Straight from the Cheesecake Factory's menu, these tasty appetizers offer a nice change to the traditional egg roll filling. Chopped avocado is combined with sundried tomato, cilantro, and red onion and seasoned with fresh lime juice and salt. Once this mixture is nestled inside the wrapper, the egg rolls are deep-fried until golden brown and crispy. A homemade tamarind cashew sauce is served on the side for dipping.

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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.

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    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.

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    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 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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    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.

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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.

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    Swap the traditional mayonnaise for a mashed ripe avocado for a delicious egg salad. It's healthier but with the texture and flavor you're looking for. Serve on bread or with crackers.

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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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    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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    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.

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

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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 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.

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How do you eat avocado for dinner? ›

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May 15, 2016

What is the best way to use avocado? ›

Avocados make just about anything better, from salads to veggie-packed salsas to smoothies. Smear avocados onto toast, mash 'em into guacamole, or top your morning eggs with a couple slices—just make sure they're perfectly ripe (If they're not, here's how to ripen avocados in a pinch).

How many avocados can I eat in a day? ›

“Usually, I would recommend that ½ to one avocado a day is reasonable,” she says. She notes that since avocados are a pretty significant source of healthy monounsaturated fat, they make you more satisfied and are harder to overdo because they tend to fill you up.

What's the best time to eat avocado? ›

If the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it's ripe and ready-to-eat. Ripe, ready to eat avocados may have a darker color but color can vary so it is best to go by feel as well as color. It will feel lightly soft but it will not feel “mushy” to the touch. Ripe fruit is perfect for that day.

Is avocado good at night? ›

Avocado lovers, rejoice: “Not only are avocados a good source of magnesium, which is helpful in relaxation, but they also contain more potassium than bananas," says Cralle. Boosting your potassium intake can help improve sleep efficiency and reduce nighttime wake-ups.

Is it good to eat avocado for dinner? ›

The increasingly loved avocado is so much more than guacamole, or a fruit to top your breakfast toast. Complete with vitamins (C, E, K, and B-6) and healthy fats, these nutrient-rich green beauties can become the key to your next healthy dinner.

How do you eat avocado for breakfast? ›

14 Ways You Should Be Eating Avocado for Breakfast
  1. The Classic: Avocado Toast.
  2. Baked Egg in an Avocado.
  3. Vegan Avocado Smoothie.
  4. Avocado Egg Salad.
  5. Avocado Brunch Ring.
  6. Avocado Chicken Salad.
  7. Turkey Avocado Panini.
  8. Blueberry Avocado Smoothie.
Apr 9, 2016

How can avocado help you lose weight? ›

If you want to lose weight, try replacing unhealthy fats in your diet with avocados. Dips are often high in saturated fats, so try using an equal amount of avocado in place of mayonnaise or sour cream when you make them. You can also use mashed avocado in place of cream sauce or pesto on your pasta.

How can I use avocado for hair growth? ›

Mix an ounce of avocado oil with three to six drops of peppermint or lavender essential oil for a homemade hair treatment. You can also massage a nickel-size amount of avocado oil onto your scalp. Avocado oil will help stimulate blood flow and unclog blocked follicles. These effects may help fight hair loss.

What happens when you eat avocado every day? ›

Nutritionist Megan Ware, RDN, reports that adding avocado to your daily dietary regimen can help prevent constipation and maintain healthy digestion. Another benefit of this high fiber fruit is that you will feel full longer.

Who should not eat avocado? ›

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  • It May Cause Heart Disease. New research has found that if you have a certain genetic mutation the 'good' cholesterol (HDL-C) in avocado can still do you some serious damage. ...
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  • It's Making Your Carbon & Social Footprint Pretty Huge.
Feb 28, 2017

What happens if u eat too much avocado? ›

Eating too many avocados may also result in gastrointestinal issues. Although avocados are rich in fiber, which can help aid digestion, they also contain polyols. Polyols are small-chain carbohydrates that can cause bloating, gas, diarrhea, and an upset stomach when consumed in large quantities.

What does avocado do to a woman body? ›

The study showed that eating one avocado per day for 12 weeks was associated with a redistribution of belly fat for women. Avocados helped lower women's visceral fat levels, which can reduce the likelihood of several diseases, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Can avocado remove dark spots? ›

Jacknin says avocados may help dark circles disappear if they're caused by dehydrated skin. "The nutritional fatty acids of avocados bring back moisture and elasticity to dry skin.

Is avocado good for anti aging? ›

Avocados are high in inflammation-fighting fatty acids that promote smooth, supple skin. They also contain a variety of essential nutrients that may prevent the negative effects of aging , including: vitamins K, C, E, and A. B vitamins.

Why is avocado good for hair? ›

Like other natural oils, avocado oil has healthy fats that help nourish. Hair Food products with oils like argan and avocado oil are made to help restore hair with healthy fats and moisture, making hair supple, healthy and resilient to damage. They leave hair feeling soft, looking shiny, and resistant to damage.

Should you refrigerate avocados? ›

Countertop, Fridge or Freezer? Until they're fully ripe, avocados should be stored at room temperature. Placing an unripe avocado in the refrigerator will slow the ripening process, but the same concept applies to ripe avocados: put them in the refrigerator to keep them at their prime ripeness for longer.

Do avocados thin your blood? ›

Foods with salicylate, such as avocados, some berries, chilies, and cherries, may also keep blood from clotting. More studies are needed to see if they're as effective as prescription medicines.

Can avocado make you sleepy? ›

Because of the high fat content found in avocados this can increase tiredness.

What does avocado do to males? ›

Avocados are a highly nutritous food that need to eaten by every man. Some of the avocado benefits for men include reducing the risks of heart diseases, boost eye health, improving libido and even aiding in weight management.

Can I eat 1 avocado a day? ›

One avocado a day can help improve bad cholesterol levels in overweight and obese people, a study published in 2015 in the Journal of the American Heart Association found. Make avocados part of your daily healthy eating plan, but consider downsizing your servings to: half of a whole fruit, 120 calories.

Can I eat avocado with milk? ›

The only types of fruits that can be combined with milk would have sweet and buttery properties like mangoes, avocados, figs, dates et cetera. Milk is a type of animal protein which may cause digestive issues, acidity and fermentation in the gastrointestinal tract when teamed with certain fruits.

Does avocado reduce belly fat? ›

Women who consumed avocado as part of their daily meal had a reduction in deeper visceral abdominal fat. An avocado a day could help redistribute belly fat in women toward a healthier profile, according to a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators.

Can you eat avocado raw? ›

Absolutely! Avocado can be eaten raw just like any other fruit. It's delicious enough to enjoy without extra seasoning or cooking. Add a little bit of salt and enjoy!

Does avocado make you poop? ›

Avocados aren't just trendy on toast and guacamole. They're chock full of nutrients and can help with constipation. One cup (146 grams) of sliced avocado contains 10 grams of fiber ( 45 ). This source of both soluble and insoluble fiber can help relieve constipation.

Does eating avocado at night make you gain weight? ›

Limited evidence suggests eating avocados can help you feel more satisfied after eating and may help prevent weight gain. They may even help improve weight loss, though research on this is limited. Eaten in reasonable amounts, avocados are a health-promoting addition to a weight-loss–friendly diet.

How can I lose my stomach fat? ›

Trimming the fat
  1. Eat a healthy diet. Focus on plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and choose lean sources of protein and low-fat dairy products. ...
  2. Replace sugary beverages. ...
  3. Keep portion sizes in check. ...
  4. Include physical activity in your daily routine.

Does eating avocado help skin? ›

Li explained that the nutrients contained in avocados not only help with the repair of damaged skin but, because they contain a high level of antioxidants, support multiple functions in the body. It's similar to the nutritional value of grapes.

What can I mix to make my hair grow? ›

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  2. Banana Mask. ...
  3. Caffeine Treatment. ...
  4. Coconut Oil And Avocado. ...
  5. Curry Leaves And Coconut Tonic. ...
  6. Onion Juice And Honey. ...
  7. Almond Oil. ...
  8. Mayonnaise Massage.

What happens when you eat avocado for a month? ›

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Can I eat 2 avocados a day? ›

According to Dr. Will Cole, a functional medicine practitioner, "For most people a half to two avocados a day is a great idea for a nutrient-dense clean diet.

Is avocado good for high blood pressure? ›

Avocados are rich in potassium. Potassium helps level out your blood pressure by lowering sodium levels in your blood and easing tension in your blood vessel walls. Heart. Most of the healthy fat in avocado is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid.

How many times a week should you eat avocado? ›

New research has found that eating two servings of avocados each week may boost your heart health and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Avocados contain dietary fiber, minerals, and healthy fats known to improve cardiovascular risk factors like high cholesterol.

What food goes well with avocado? ›

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  • 3. ...or just pour dressing on top. ...
  • Make chocolate mousse. ...
  • Fill with crab meat. ...
  • Turn it into gelato. ...
  • Whirl it into hummus.
Jan 8, 2018

Can you eat avocado raw? ›

Absolutely! Avocado can be eaten raw just like any other fruit. It's delicious enough to enjoy without extra seasoning or cooking. Add a little bit of salt and enjoy!

Why avocado is not good for you? ›

Having avocado several times a day and/or adding avocado to meals that already contain fats, can easily add up to more calories and fat grams than you are aware of. When you bring more calories into your body than it burns off in a day, those extra calories will be stored as fat—even if they are healthy calories.

What does avocado taste like? ›

Ripe avocados taste creamy, earthy, and almost buttery. People around the world can't get enough of avocado, and neither can we! This yummy fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats for the body.

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