Avocados are a great source of nutrients. Packed with soluble fiber, they are also a great source of vitamin E and monounsaturated fat. Just half an avocado counts towards your five-a-day. Each of these recipes makes great use of an avocado to ensure you can enjoy those nutrients in something delicious.
As well as being nutritious and packed full of healthy fats, avocados are incredibly versatile when served raw. When they’re just right to the squeeze you can chop them up and mash them in a delicious recipe. You can throw them into smoothies, serve them as dips, even incorporate them into desserts. With so many nutrients, avocados are a great breakfast option to set you up for a busy day.
There are so many recipes to choose from, here are just 15 delicious raw avocado recipes.
As avocados are so creamy they are great in dips. Mash them up and load the dip onto a bowl of chips. These dips are great with friends or simply to indulge with for a few hours.
Ah yes, guacamole. That favorite accompaniment to a night in. Made with a couple of chillis, garlic, and orange juice, this well-known dip is a spicy, flavorful accompaniment to most snacks. With half a red onion and a Roma plum tomato, it is also healthy and incredibly good for dipping, well, just about anything.
Salsa is another great, versatile dip. Using the Mexican husk tomato known as the tomatillo you can create a deliciously healthy dip that can be as chunky (or not) as you like it. Get a batch of them together with some garlic, a jalapeno pepper, and a quartered white onion for a wholly exciting take on salsa.
Avocados are also great in desserts as they add so much to the texture. They also work really well with limes for a creamy dessert that is bursting with citrus flavor.
This mousse recipe really is effortlessly simple for a moreish treat. Ideal if you are wanting a quick and simple dessert for guests. With only three ingredients, this is effortlessly easy to make and incredibly rewarding. Healthy, decadent with a Wow factor you can bask in.
For another delicious avocado and lime combination, there is this classic take on Key Lime Pie. This Avocado Key Lime Pudding makes great use of a couple of avocados with only some lime (obviously) and a few other key ingredients. Simple yet effective with a creamy texture and a crunchy, indulgent topping.
If you have a bit more time then there is ice cream to be made. You only need a food processor and a container to have a few bowls ready to serve in a matter of hours. This is a great option for kids which does not even require an ice-cream maker. Once frozen, leave it out to thaw to allow for a wonderfully soft scoop.
A healthy dessert really should not be too much to ask. It can be so easy to make a mousse that you will wonder why it took you so long to decide to make one. Now you really do not have an excuse as avocados work really well with chocolate for a creamy texture you will want to dive your spoon into. So decadent, so… good for you. This is a paleo, vegan, and gluten-free recipe that you can share around. You could even use a sweetener if you really wanted. Did we mention it was effortlessly quick too?
As well as their nutritional value, avocados are easily prepared to throw into a delicious, healthy salad. With so many colors and textures to choose from, sometimes you may only want to find out which vegetables to go with your avocado. After that, you can have a huge bowl of salad ready to go.
For a salad with a Meditteranean twist, you only need a few easy-to-find vegetables and cupboard ingredients. This Tomato, Cucumber, and Avocado Salad is fresh, easy, and, most importantly, flavourful. There is an indulgent smoothness from the avocado, a crunch from the cucumber, richness from the feta cheese, and an incredibly simple dressing that brings it all together. Great for summer get-togethers.
As we know from salsa and guacamole, Mexican recipes really work for avocados. You should really try this intriguing salad too. Of course, there is lime involved which is another example of this classic combination. The Mexican Avocado Salad really lets the avocado shine and can be served within a few minutes.
With that gorgeous pastel green color, diced avocado simply looks great in a summer salad. Try it here with some other stars of summer in a nutritious, simple salad that has everything you need. Nutrients that come so readily from delicious, in-season vegetables and plenty of texture. There is so much contrast in this salad that you will be trying this recipe again and again. The colors of crisp bell peppers and cherry tomatoes look like a work of art served with the avocado. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
If you like a nice thick smoothie then blend in an avocado and grab a straw. They are also really simple with a powerful blender and a few handfuls of ice when you are on the go.
Smoothies really should be easy and this recipe is no different. You only need a bit of preparation which is a frozen banana as your base. Undoubtedly, the star of your smoothie is the smooth, creamy avocado. That striking bright color comes from whatever greens you like; kale, spinach, or rainbow chard works really well. With healthy fats and fiber, you will wonder quite how such a rich, thick smoothie was healthy for you.
If you want to look after your skin and enjoy a delicious healthy smoothie then try this recipe. Packed full of healthy fats, antioxidants, and flax, your skin will be positively glowing. This recipe also uses a banana as a sweet base with some moreish almond butter for an extra touch of decadence. The blueberries really give it a stunning color too. Pour into a glass and enjoy, your skin will thank you later.
This Avocado Mango Smoothie really does bring back summer. Using Greek Yogurt really adds to the smoothness of creamy avocado. Then there is mango, that sweet, sweet reminder of the sunshine. Blitzed all together with some coconut milk (if you want to go all-in for summer) and some honey, this is a smoothie to sit back and relax with.
Start your day with an avocado and feel the difference. All those nutrients are a great way to kick off your morning. It’s also easy to prepare if you are in a rush or rewarding enough for a long, indulgent brunch.
This recipe really could not be any simpler and uses just three ingredients. Toast a slice from your favorite loaf though sourdough bread pairs really well with avocado. You only need to scoop out an avocado then mash it up with a pinch of salt. What could be easier and equally as rewarding? If you wanted to liven it up then add some finely diced green onion and chili flakes. You could serve it on a toasted bagel or even with a fried egg on top.
For a quick, flavorful breakfast try some deviled avocados. This is an incredibly satisfying way to incorporate some avocados into your breakfast. With only a few spices, a bit of celery, and onion you can serve up this delicious recipe that is simply bursting with flavor. For an added touch, serve it on some lettuce leaves for an interesting contrast of textures.
That’s right. Pizza for breakfast and why not if you are going to throw in an avocado? Don’t worry, this recipe doesn’t necessarily require pizza dough, you could use a flatbread, a tortilla, or even a pita bread. Just make sure your bread is nice and crisp. Instead of pizza sauce, the avocado mix is a new and exciting use for smooth guacamole. Treat it like a regular pizza and serve it with whichever toppings you like. Or simply a fried egg.
Whether for breakfast, a smoothie, a salad, dessert or a dip, avocados are a wonderfully versatile vegetable. With so many nutrients and healthy fats, you really should try them in all sorts of recipes. If you are ever worried about what to do with an avocado then these recipes really do give you some options. No need for cooking either, simply use it raw.