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Simple Glorious Avocado Toast

Reprinted with permission from 'Basic Bitchen' by Joey Skladany.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 1


For the Pickled Onions

  • 1 red onion peeled and thinly
  • sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced

To Assemble

  • 1/2 ripe avocado thinly sliced
  • 1 slice whole-grain bread toasted
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed
  • lemon juice from 1 small lemon
  • Pickled red onions for garnish
  • Micro cilantro for garnish
  • Flaky sea salt for garnish
  • Red pepper flakes for garnish


  1. First make the pickled red onions: Add the red onions to a large glass bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium stockpot, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, water, bay leaf, coriander, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, and garlic. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat and pour over the red onions. Let sit until the liquid reaches room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  3. Mash the avocado slices onto the toast. Drizzle with lemon juice and season with salt. Top with pickled red onions, micro cilantro, flaky sea salt, and red pepper flakes. Serve.

Recipe Notes

You’ll want to use perfectly ripe avocados for your toast. If there are any brown spots, cut them out.

Salt and acid are key when making avocado toast. Whether you are mashing the avocados or slicing them, make sure that you are seasoning as you go.

There are a world of possibilities on how to make your avocado toast, so don’t limit yourself! If you prefer a more guacamole vibe, mash your avocado in a separate bowl with the addition of some lemon and salt before spreading it onto your toast. If mashed avocado isn’t your thing, feel free to thinly slice and fan out the avocado. It not only looks pretty but tastes great!

Looking to add more protein to your avocado toast? Mash up some chickpeas with your avocado or add a fried egg.