Pesto Avocado Toast

Oh, I love today’s recipe – Pesto Avocado Toast! I eat this probably 4x a week for breakfast and it never gets old! The toast spread is vegan and made with avocado, fresh basil leaves, pines nuts, lemon juice, garlic and salt.

toast on a plate topped with pesto avocado, tomato, egg and basil leaves

Avocado toast took the world by storm a few years ago, and it even made it onto menus at restaurants. I remember loving First Watch’s Avocado Toast but realizing how much you pay for such an easy to put together meal made no sense to me!

So I stopped ordering it when I went out for breakfast and decided to just step up my own avo toast game at home!

Avocado Toast Tips

As an avocado toast enthusiast, here are some recommendations!

  • Bread – Choose a bread that has texture. One that’s full of seeds, nuts and fiber. I love thick-cut bread, so it’s more filling.
  • Salt – Coarse sea salt is nice touch, but really any salt will do! It’ll bring out the other flavors of the toast and toppings.
  • Lemon – I love bright, citrus flavors! Plus, the lemon juice will help prevent the avocado from turning brown, but let’s be real, that avocado won’t be sitting on that toast for too long before you enjoy it!

Pesto Avocado Ingredients

My basic avocado toast is just avocado scooped out and mashed on the toast with a fork. Sometimes I would spread pesto on top of the avocado, but then I thought, “why not combine the two together?”

Thus, the Pesto Avocado Spread was born!

I use a food processor and pulse the ingredients until they’re blended well. You’ll need one ripe avocado, 1/2 cup packed basil leaves, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon pine nuts, 1 clove of garlic and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

Make sure the basil leaves are packed in the measuring cup, so you get the right amount. You don’t have to chop the basil either; I just add them in whole. It’ll take a few times wiping the sides of the food processor in between pulsing the ingredients to get the smooth consistency.

collage of making pesto avocado in a food processor and then spreading it on toast

Is Pesto Vegan?

Traditionally, pesto isn’t vegan since Parmesan cheese is included. In this recipe, I decided to omit Parmesan so that the pesto avocado is vegan, and those needing a dairy-free toast spread option can enjoy the recipe as well!

Toast Toppings

Toppings! Okay, so there are endless options, but my personal fav is an egg over easy, handful of arugula, Parmesan cheese, salt, lemon juice and a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning….such as savory and satisfying breakfast!

Other topping ideas include: tomato slices, spinach, scrambled eggs, onion slice, chives, radishes, bean sprouts, fresh herbs like dill and basil, other seasonings like za’atar and so much more the list could go on forever!

a runny egg on avocado toast garnished with basil leaves

Storage

This recipe makes enough for two large slices of toast. I recommend making just the amount you need at the moment, so the avocado spread is less likely to turn brown. However, if you live alone then you might need to store it in the refrigerator.

Here’s some tips: place saran wrap on the container of pesto avocado and press the saran wrap until it touches the toast spread. This will decrease oxygen exposure compared to just placing the spread in a glass container.

Health and Nutrition Break Down

This toast recipe is a great, nutritious breakfast option! You have healthy fats from the avocado, fresh veggies if you add them as toppings, protein from the egg and fiber from the toast. You’ll even get some vitamin C if you squeeze some fresh lemon juice!

I usually pair my pesto avocado toast with fresh fruit for breakfast, and it never fails to satisfy my taste buds and hunger! Hope you enjoy 🙂

If you’re in the mood for more tasty breakfast ideas, check out my za’atar bagel recipe for 4 ingredient easy to make bagels or my farro breakfast bowls for a yummy alternative to oatmeal!

Pesto Avocado Toast

Pesto Avocado Toast is the perfect way to upgrade your avocado toast! The pesto avocado spread is vegan & full of basil flavor!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Monica Nedeff

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of toast
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • In a food processor, add the avocado, basil, lemon juice, pine nuts, garlic and salt. Pulse until blended into a smooth texture.
  • Toast two slices of bread and spread the pesto avocado spread on each slice.
  • Add your favorite toppings!

Notes

  1. Topping Ideas: eggs, tomatoes, arugula, spinach, chives, bean sprouts, radishes, cheese, favorite seasonings
  2. Make sure the basil leaves are packed in the measuring cup, so you get enough of the basil in there!
  3. Scoop the sides of the food processor with a spatula to help everything blend well.

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