An avocado toast bar is one of my favorite entertaining breakfasts. It comes together quickly and everyone is always happy. An avocado toast bar is perfect to put together for out-of-town guests staying with you, or for a get-together like a bridal or baby shower. It is also easily adaptable for all dietary restrictions, making it extra stress-free for a host to not have to make multiple breakfasts.
What should I include in an avocado toast bar?
There are endless options for toppings for avocado toast. Below are some recommendations-- including it all would be a ton, just pick a few of your favorites. The more people you are serving, the more options you may want to include. If you are serving anyone with allergies, just be sure to keep those items separate, including toasting the gluten-free bread on a separate baking sheet.
To prep ahead, most of these items can be portioned into serving bowls the day before and kept covered in plastic wrap, or you can simply pour them into bowls before serving.
- See notes below for how to serve the avocado
Bread and alternatives
- Sliced sourdough (not negotiable in my kitchen)
- Sliced whole wheat
- Rice cakes or gluten-free bread
Vegetables and fruit
- Sliced radishes
- Sliced red onion or pickled onions
- Thinly sliced basil
- Tomato slices
- Sliced cucumber
- Sliced strawberries
Spices and oils
- Kosher salt (a must)
- Black pepper (another must)
- Everything but the bagel seasoning
- Red pepper flakes
- Balsamic glaze
- Chili crisp
- Good-quality extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
More fun stuff
- Toasted pine nuts
- Sliced almonds
- Crumbled feta cheese
- Crumbled goat cheese
- Bacon slices
- Eggs (see note below)
How should I prepare the avocado?
To keep the line moving along, I like to mash the avocado in a big batch right before serving. I mix in lemon juice to keep the avocado from turning brown. I leave salt and pepper next to the avocado for people to take care of on their own, but you could also go ahead and season the avocado if you'd like. When not using the avocado, keep it in the refrigerator with plastic wrap pressed against it.
Realistically, each person will eat about ½ an avocado. I like to shop for each person eating ¾ an avocado in anticipation of any brown spots or seconds. You can always start by mashing a few avocados and mashing more as you start to run out. Perfectly ripe, unopened avocados will keep in the refrigerator for several days.
How should I prepare the bread?
To avoid everyone slowly waiting to use the toaster, I like to place a bunch of pieces of bread on a sheet pan and broil on high for 3-5 minutes per side, or until toasted. If guests will be grabbing their breakfast as they wake up (as opposed to everyone eating all at once), a toaster should be just fine.
Most people will probably have 1 standard size slice of bread. If you are using a wide boule-shaped bread, you could cut the slices in half for guests to take two pieces and try two different topping combinations. If you are using small slices of bread or rice cakes, anticipate guests taking two.
How should I prepare the eggs?
If serving a lot of people, hard-boiling eggs and peeling them the day before will be simplest. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge and when it's time to serve, slice the hard-boiled eggs and serve on a platter. If you are serving just a few people you can quickly cook a few over-easy eggs. If guests will be grabbing their breakfast in a slow fashion as they roll out of bed, you can also let them fry up their own egg as they top their toast.
I'd love to know what you think in the comments below if you make this avocado toast bar! And I would love to hear your favorite toppings. I hope you and your guests love it!
Avocado Toast Bar
- 4-8 slices of bread or rice cakes
- 3 medium avocados
- 1.5 tablespoon lemon juice
- your favorite toppings see above for ideas
- Toast bread in a toaster or broil in an oven on high for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown (watch carefully!).
- Mash together the avocado and lemon juice.
- Serve toast, avocado, and your favorite toppings for guests to make their own avocado toast.
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