In recent years, avocado toast has become extremely trendy—but it’s clear that it’s here to stay. Not only is the dish simple and delicious, but it’s super versatile in terms of toppings. In fact, the endless topping possibilities might very well be the best part! Whether you’re craving something savory, tangy, salty, or even sweet, there’s a topping out there for you.
To start, make sure you know how to cut an avocado. This will save you a lot of time when making avocado toast. From there, customize your toast with this diverse list of vegan and vegetarian toppings:
1. Spices and Herbs
When in doubt, reach for spices and herbs. You can’t go wrong with basic ingredients like ground black pepper or garlic powder, but don’t be afraid to experiment with whatever you have in your pantry. Delicious options include:
- dried or fresh herbs
- chili powder
- dried ginger
- sea salt
- fennel seeds
2. Fresh or Cooked Vegetables
Put leftover veggies to good use by adding them to avocado toast. Since you don’t need much for each slice, this option is perfect for those random bits and pieces. The are also countless possiblities, but here are some tasty ideas:
- leafy greens like spinach, arugula, or kale
- sliced tomatoes
- canned artichokes
- bell peppers
Although avocado toast is often eaten as a savory dish, it also works well with fruits. Avocado, after all, has a neutral taste that compliments sweet flavors. Try pairing the following fruits with nuts, seeds, and a drizzle of maple syrup:
- sliced bananas
- apple slices
- dried fruit (like raisins)
- sliced figs
4. Nuts and Seeds
For an extra crunch, add a sprinkling of nuts and seeds. This option will add even more healthy fats to your meal, along with some plant-based protein. Ideas include:
- sunflower seeds
- hemp seeds
- flax seeds
- pumpkin seeds
5. Cooked Lentils
Make your avocado toast extra filing by adding cooked lentils. These tiny legumes are packed with fiber and protein, making them some of the best foods for increasing satiety and warding off hunger. Use leftover lentils from past recipes or cook them with your favorite spices.
6. Cooked Potatoes
If you love home fries, you’ll love this avocado toast variation. All you need to do is fry (or roast) potato cubes, then add them to your toast. Try this idea with white or sweet potatoes, depending on what you have on hand.
When it comes to vegetarian-friendly toppings, eggs are a must. Try avocado toast with scrambled, fried, boiled, or poached eggs—it’s totally up to you. You’ll need one egg for per toast.
8. Chickpea Eggs
If you’re looking for a plant-based “egg” option, try making eggs with chickpea flour. Simply follow our vegan omelette recipe and scramble the mixture as it cooks.
9. Plant-Based Bacon
Vegan bacon can transform any dish, and avocado toast is no exception. Here are some of our favorite vegan bacon recipes:
10. Roasted Chickpeas
Although roasted chickpeas are often enjoyed as a snack, they taste delicious on top of avocado toast. You can also try this option with sautéed chickpeas—or if you’re in a pinch, chickpeas right out of the can.
11. Cashew Cheese
Add a bit of tang with chunks of vegan cashew cheese. Pair it with crunchier toppings, like raw vegetables or roasted chickpeas, for a satisfying combination of textures.
12. Nutritional Yeast
Satisfy your cheesy cravings with a bit of nutritional yeast. You can mix it into the mashed avocado or sprinkle it on top.
It’s no secret that avocado and salsa go hand in hand, so you’ll definitely want to try this combo. Use your favorite store-bought salsa or try our roasted tomato salsa recipe.
14. Baked Beans
This one might seem a bit unusual, but it’s surprisingly delicious. You can find vegetarian baked beans in cans, but if you want a vegan option, make baked beans at home instead. How’s that for healthy comfort food?
15. Crispy Tofu
For another way to bulk up your toast, add crispy baked tofu. You can even toss the tofu with your favorite sauces, like BBQ or teriyaki sauce.
16. Balsamic Vinegar
Turn your avocado toast into a fancy brunch dish with a bit of balsamic vinegar. It’s exceptionally delicious with sliced tomatoes or strawberries with basil. If you eat a vegetarian diet, add chunks of mozzarella or feta too.
Best Avocado Toast (16 Topping Ideas!)
- 2 slices bread
- 1 avocado ripe
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter or olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder omit for sweet avocado toast
- Salt and pepper omit for sweet avocado toast
- To each slice of bread, spread vegan butter on both sides. Place in the toaster oven. Toast for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
- You can also use your standard oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then place the slices of bread on a baking dish. Bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
- While the bread is toasting, cut the avocado. Add the flesh to a bowl and mash it with a fork. Add the spices, if using, and mix well.
- Spread the mashed avocado on top of each slice of bread. Add your desired toppings and enjoy immediately.