Looking for a new way to enjoy avocado toast? In-season radishes add a refreshing crunch to a classic recipe. With a few sprigs of dill to enhance flavor, you’ll fall in love with avocado toast all over again.
This vegan avocado toast is perfect for morning or afternoons! Whether you serve it for breakfast or as a midday snack, you’re certain to be satisfied and sustained. Grab some ripe avocados, crunchy radishes, and fragrant dill to begin.
Buying The Ingredients
The key ingredient in this recipe is buttery avocados. Avocados are on the Clean Fifteen so feel free to buy conventional avocados instead of organic. They tend to be more affordable, especially if you live in a region where avocados have to be imported. When buying avocados, feel for any soft spots. You’ll want to skip soft and bruised ones. Instead, look for ones that are mostly firm with a slight give. Another trick to finding ripe avocados is to pick off the stem and see if it’s a neutral yellow which indicates its ripeness.
Spring brings with it an abundance of produce options. Radishes make a great addition to avocado toast since they peak from April to May. Red radishes work wonderfully on this toast but watermelon radishes will add a vibrant touch. But unfortunately, those are a bit trickier to find. You may be able to find the gorgeous pink and green roots at your local farmers market or co-op. Regular red radishes, on the other hand, can easily be found at grocery stores.
Though of course, it’s always preferable to buy and cook with organic produce, you can safely choose conventionally grown radishes, too. The reason is, radishes aren’t on the Dirty Dozen list and generally aren’t farmed with pesticides. Their natural compounds suppress pests and pathogens on their own eliminating the need for pesticides in most cases.
Dill is another seasonal ingredient for spring. Dill can be found year-round but you’ll find in spring it tends to have a more potent flavor and smell. I always buy my herbs (and greens for that matter) organically grown to avoid pesticide residue.
Avocados boast a number of health benefits that will make you feel good about eating them. The monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado have anti-inflammatory benefits and have been suggested to lower cholesterol. Avocados are also a great source of fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, and vitamin C.
Radishes also boost this recipe’s nutrition profile. Radishes have detoxifying benefits and may purify the body and blood of harmful substances. Radishes also contain the flavonoid, anthocyanin, which in a study was linked with scavenging free radicals, improved eyesight, lowered blood pressure, and decreased cancer cell production.
This recipe is fairly simple so fortunately not too much preparation is required. But to make the process flow more smoothly, follow these suggestions. Have a cutting board and sharp knife handy on the counter. Also, have a toaster oven or preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven ready for use.
You can also slice up the radishes the night before and store them in a refrigerated airtight bag or container until ready to use. The dill may also be prepared in advance by rinsing and then mincing it and storing it in the refrigerator.
How To Make Avocado Toast
- 2 pieces of bread of choice
- 1 medium avocado
- 3 radishes, rinsed and scrubbed
- 1 sprig of dill, minced
- Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
- Sea salt and pepper
- Toast bread until lightly golden brown around the edges.
- Meanwhile, slice open avocado and remove pit. Put each half in a bowl and smash until thick and spreadable with texture remaining. Slice radishes and set aside.
- Cover each piece of bread with half of the avocado mixture. Spread until bread is completely covered. Top with sliced radishes and sprinkle with mixed dill. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Nutrition facts based on using organic whole wheat bread.
While You Cook
While your bread toasts, take the time to prepare the avocado. If you haven’t prepared your radishes and dill yet, you can also use this time to do that. Keep an eye on the toast though so it doesn’t burn. Keep your oven on keep warm with the toasted bread inside while you finish prepping the toppings.
Experiment with your toppings. As the season changes, reach for what’s in season or what you have on hand. Here are other alternate topping ideas:
- Vine-ripe or heirloom tomatoes: Slice them up and serve over the smashed avocado for a juicy bite.
- Steamed asparagus: Elevate your toast with this elegant vegetable. Squeeze with lemon juice to bring the flavors together.
- Artichoke hearts: No fresh fruits or veggies on hand to garnish? Reach for jarred artichoke hearts. The vinegary flavor will make your toast even more savory.
- Strawberries: Put a sweet twist on your avocado toast with fresh, sliced strawberries. Garnish with basil and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
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