I’m writing this on my laptop from a bar seat in Minneapolis on Friday evening. I’m afraid I’m cramping everyone’s Friday night work-is-done style with my laptop. I’m feeling awkward, so I’ll keep this quick. I’ve rounded up twenty-five of my favorite recipes featuring avocado, everyone’s favorite creamy green fruit.
I actually hated avocado for a while when I was younger, but I think it’s because I had been served a brown, stringy, over-ripe avocado—blech! If you have any avocado haters in your life, please present them with the guacamole below and tell me if they still feel the same way about it. I dare you!
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, which are the delicious good-for-you variety. Apparently, adding avocado to your meals can actually improve your absorption of carotenoids—yet another reason to love the sweet potato and avocado combo you’ll see a few times in the list below.
We’re starting off with guacamole, of course, and running through a variety of Mexican-inspired recipes, plus avocado pesto toast (you really must try the “everything” avocado toast in my cookbook), and a delicious variety of others. As always, you can peruse my entire library of avocado recipes here.
“Best. Guac. Ever. And the onion trick worked perfect. Made it on Monday and finished on Thursday. It was uncovered daily and still did not turn brown. And now I have the half onion for my next batch. Thanks Kate! Oh, and my husband can’t do cilantro (the genetic soap thing) so I just omitted. Thankfully he doesn’t hate coriander.” – Heather
“I wish I could attach a photo of how beautiful this came out. This breakfast is delicious! It’s easy to make, and the different flavors are incredible. I may never make pesto other than like this again! Even my insanely picky husband (who has never eaten an over easy egg in his life) loved It!” – Meghan
“These tostadas are AMAZING! I have made them many times now, and they are the most perfect and satisfying dinner. The flavors sing so harmoniously together. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!” – Kiara
“I’ve made this twice now and love it! The lime juice-marinated kale totally converted me to eating raw kale! This is a perfect recipe to make for weekday lunches in the office because it’s easy to pack and reheat and leftovers taste just as great. Thanks!” – Lauren
“Made this last night for dinner and…AMAZING! Everybody loved it, even the teenager who was like “ew radishes” and then took the corn salad leftovers for lunch today. Thanks, Kate!” – Rebecca
“I had some coconut bacon in the freezer, so this was one of the times I had all the ingredients on hand to try the recipe. Not much to the recipe, but, oh my! Who woulda thunk it would be soooo good? My only regret was that I ate it too quickly and wished I could eat it again. Thanks Kate!” – Colleen
“This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! Super filling and absolutely delicious. Seriously need to add the Love and Lemons cookbook to my shelf… and yours, as well!” – Zoe
“Fantastic recipe! It was fish Friday so no meat and too hot outside to dealwith the density and weight of meat. Husband, confirmed carnivore, looked at the black bean, avocado taco plate with deep suspicion… But both the kids (teens) and spouse absolutely loved them! Will make again.” – Angelique-Marie
“Thank you, Kate, this is fabulous! I was looking for some new taste and inspiration and your recipes never fail me. The dressing is fantastic and the dried tomato is a must. I will definitely make this again. Thanks again” – Sandra
“This recipe is… INCREDIBLE. My foodie boyfriend said…and I quote… ‘this is amazing. this is restaurant quality”
The feta makes it, it’s filling, it’s colorful, it’s just wonderful. Do yourself a favor and make it… right. now.” – Carolyn
“I made these Spring rolls this weekend and they we fabulous. We don’t like too spicy so i left out the jalapenos and I substituted the Arugula with Baby Spinach. This was my first time using rice paper and it was so easy and I will definitely make again” – Monika
12) Kale Guacamole
“My husband and I love this guacamole! He’s not as big a fan of kale as I am, but he always loves this when I make it!” – Kathryn
“Made this for my teenage brother who upon seeing the ingredients asked me if there was pizza in the fridge… And ended up eating the whole thing! Great recipe !” – Sophie
“Made this last night and we LOVED it, even though I was out of black beans. Can’t wait to make it again with the beans! Definitely going into the rotation, that avocado sauce is dynamite!” – Eve
“Love this recipe, thank you! I’ve been making this for my wife for months now, and decided to try it with home made salsa verde. Even better!” – Chris
“These tacos are absolutely delicious and make great leftovers. My husband and I both agreed that they are probably the most tasty tacos I’ve ever made.” – Aubrey
“This is such a lovely veggie filled meal. So fresh and delicious, and not to mention super healthy too! I love all the flavors together. This will become a weekly meal! Thanks for the recipe:)” – Kiara
“Tabbouleh is one of my favorite salads. I couldn’t wait to try this recipe and loved it so much! The avocado really brings it a new twist. The only ingredient I added was some cumin and it was delicious!” – Sharon
“This was my first recipe I made after discovering your wonderful website. I made these last night (vegan version) and fed them to a die-hard meat and potatoes college kid, and they were a hit! Delicious recipe that I definitely will be making again!” – Becki
“Wow, just wow! I made this for supper tonight with salsa chicken burgers, and I am SO glad that I made enough pico, avocado dressing and black bean puree to have leftovers, because this ROCKED!I didn’t add any crumbled feta, and I don’t think it needed any, it was soooooo flavourful. Thank you SO MUCH for developing and sharing this!” – Denise
“We made these tonight – quick, fresh and fantastic! FIVE STARS!!” – Cathy
“I can’t really exaggerate how good this is. The taste and texture are fantastic. The marinade really pushes the already yummy ingredients over the top. We ate our fill with tortillas then used the leftovers scrambled in eggs the next day. So, so delicious. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!’ – Marta
“This was our very late Labor Day weekend Sunday brunch, with Swiss slices and minced jalepeño (and bacon on the side). So good, and eye-opening, too: here I thought I knew all the egg sandwich tricks. Not so!” – Cara
“Absolutely fantastic, made I for the 10th time tonight, one of our go to meals now… thank you very much!” – Sandee
“I tried this tonight partly because I wanted to use the fresh bread I had and I also had fresh pesto and an avocado on hand. It turned out very well. Also it opened my eyes to all the vegetables one can use for sandwiches.” – Sally
More resources you might appreciate: 13 healthy make-ahead breakfast recipes, 16 recipes that pack well for lunch and 20 simple weeknight dinners. You might also like my monthly seasonal produce guides and healthy kitchen essentials. View all roundups and resource posts here.