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The Avocado Toast Fan Club

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As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty -- even if they're eaten while our eyes are on the screen. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.

Today, Marian finally gets to talk about her favorite food.

Avocado Toast

Marian says:
Avocado toast might be the perfect food. It's got the crunch of toast against the buttery smooth avocado, the bite of flaky salt if you're smart. It's the perfect breakfast (add a hard-cooked egg if you need some protein, why don't you). And it's the perfect lunch to throw together at work when you only have five minutes. Just toast, slice, and sprinkle. Before eating, I mash up the avocado -- it's better that way, albeit less pretty. 

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over 1 year ago Tammy Wik

I do mine with vegenaise, salt, pepper, and chili powder!


over 1 year ago kulsum Kunwa

I'm usually so lazy to comment but this got me all excited. Like someone said one of the things I thought I invented :) Just the other day, this is how I had it - and if I may say so - its AMAZING. Though I had it on well toasted bread - its equally good on toast - spread of basil pesto, sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, arugula and pine nuts. A light drizzle of honey, salt and pepper all topped with a fried egg.


over 1 year ago Marian Bull

Topping with a fried egg is always a good choice. Love the pesto idea -- I'll have to try it! Thanks for commenting!


over 1 year ago JJ

What's the difference between "well toasted bread" and toast?


almost 2 years ago e_williams

Did anyone mention arugula? I love arugula, egg salad and avocado toast.


almost 2 years ago carswell

Slices of crispy bacon make a perfect addition as well.


almost 2 years ago ragebil

Too good with a sprinkle of salt and some hot sauce.


over 1 year ago lisaripley

Yes! I use sriacha or harissa (just a little) if I want it really hot, or tabasco and an egg.


almost 2 years ago Darcyb

it's good with sun dried tomatoes.


almost 2 years ago LucyLovesToCook

Oh my god I love avocado toast, I can't get enough of it, I'd have it everyday if I could. If you fancy something different smash the avocado with some chickpeas and spread on toast - so good!


over 1 year ago Marian Bull



almost 2 years ago Lisa21012

I like a little granulated garlic and arugula on mine and indeed it is one of my favorite lunches.
Keep in mind that those watching their weight should limit themselves to half an avocado though because of the high fat. Avocados are supposed to be "healthy" fat but fat is still fat.


almost 2 years ago creamtea

We always have to have a squeeze of lemon & sprinkle of salt on our avo. One of the few breakfasts my daughter will tolerate, scooped out of the half-shell. I like the toast-as-a-base idea!


almost 2 years ago Julie Nathan

My breakfast most mornings! Yum.


almost 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Well clearly this lunch idea was a home run today !


almost 2 years ago Miss Mellie

Avocado and Vegemite on hot buttery toast is the ultimate snack for me at work. I know I'll provoke the ire of many a foodie with that statement, but it's so very delicious. Vegemite provides the kind of saltiness you'd normally get from sea salt — and it's tasty!


almost 2 years ago Vaneats

Also fabulous with chili oil or good ol' goes with everything Cholula!


almost 2 years ago Carol Sacks

I'm obsessed and try to use as many local ingredients from the Santa Barbara Farmers Market (including olive oil) as possible. Here's a recent shot:


almost 2 years ago Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

How many of us thought we invented this one? I'll raise my hand. I usually go for the flaky sea salt, occasionally a squirt of something hot.


over 1 year ago Marian Bull

Flaky salt is key!


almost 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

ditto on the love! i like aged balsamic drizzled over the top!


almost 2 years ago amyc

Yes! I especially like my avocado on toasted olive bread for breakfast. Clearly, I am just looking for more salt.


almost 2 years ago Marian Bull

Oh my gosh. Olive bread is some kind of magic.


almost 2 years ago Michele Hays

Lifelong member, and one of my son's first foods as well.

Traditional Argentine Pan con Palta or Paltapan, on which I was raised, is served with a drizzle of good olive oil and the crusts removed (me, I like it on crusty bread - but the EVOO takes it to a whole new level. Eat it several times a week.)


almost 2 years ago sticksnscones

I love that I am not alone with the beloved Avocado Toast. I often add a slight wave of Stonewall Kitchens Maple Mustard before topping with the avocado slices.


almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

We love this in my house! Makes a great breakfast, too!