Avocado-Bacon Toasts


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Today I wanted to share one of my new favorite treats for breakfast or lunch – Avocado-Bacon Toasts. These are right up there with tomato sandwiches as evidence of just how sublimely delicious the simplest sandwiches can be. Who would ever guess that smashing a creamy, ripe avocado on grilled bread with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkling of salt could be so…well, actually when you start to visualize it in your mind it’s easy to imagine why avocado lovers fall for this treat.

For me, a few slices of crisp, smoky bacon take these toasts up one impressive flavor notch, but if you prefer to leave the bacon off you’ll still have something simply incredible.

Avocado-Bacon Toasts


Avocado-Bacon Toasts

Recipe by Kathy Strahs, PaniniHappy.com

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 4 minutes | Total time: 9 minutes

Yield: 4 toasts


  • 4 slices rustic white or wheat bread
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 slices crispy cooked bacon
  • 2 ripe medium avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1 lime, cut into quarters
  • Coarse salt to taste


  1. Heat the panini maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over each slice of bread and grill the bread, two slices at a time, until they’re toasted, about 2 minutes.
  3. For each toast: Criss-cross two slices of bacon on a slice of grilled bread. Lay an avocado half on top of the bacon and smash it with the back of a spoon to spread it around the toast. Squeeze lime juice over the top and season the avocado with coarse salt to taste.


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  1. JulieD wrote:

    Kathy, this looks awesome! I love avocados!! I love how simple this. Congrats on your cookbook!

    Posted 5.21.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Thanks, Julie!

      Posted 5.21.12 Reply
  2. Kathy,
    I’ve been doing this with a poached egg instead of the bacon. But tonight? I’m going to try it your way. I am getting excited just thing about it. Thanks for the idea.

    Posted 5.21.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Awesome – I hope you love it!

      Posted 5.21.12 Reply
  3. Oh how I love avocado!! And you’re right…a squeeze of lime puts it absolutely over the top….INSANELY good! Especially with a sprinkle of sea salt and grind of pepper. These paired with bacon on toast are a dream come true. 🙂

    Posted 5.21.12 Reply
  4. Angela wrote:

    Yum! What’s better than avocado AND bacon!!

    Posted 5.21.12 Reply
    • Kitty wrote:

      Nothing. Nothing is better than bacon and avocado together. 🙂

      Posted 9.7.12 Reply
  5. Carolyn wrote:

    I’m just going to say mmmmm, because what else can you say to this???

    Posted 5.21.12 Reply
  6. oh looks divine!

    Posted 5.21.12 Reply
  7. Yep. I’m pretty sure you discovered the best toast ever. Yum!

    Posted 5.21.12 Reply
  8. Hahaha! Just read Russell’s comment, which was exactly what I was going to say. Seeing that I don’t eat meat, I may have to change this up a little… though, I wouldn’t mind serving it with some bacon for my meat-loving husband.

    Posted 5.22.12 Reply
  9. myfudo wrote:

    Looks delicious…filling and healthy. Breakfast, definitely for me. The colors make it really appetizing too.

    Posted 5.22.12 Reply
  10. What a wonderful breakfast this would be for me. Love it!

    Posted 5.23.12 Reply
  11. What a lovely, simple appetizer with great flavors. This would be a big hit at my neighborhood happy hours! Thanks for sharing, Kathy, and huge congrats on your cookbook, how exciting!!

    Posted 5.24.12 Reply
  12. Kate wrote:

    I’ve been trying to get my boys to try avocado for months! I think this recipe will do it. They love bacon and I don’t think they’d be able to resist. Thanks! ~Kate

    Posted 5.24.12 Reply
  13. That is my ideal lunch. I so love a ripe, squishy avocado smeared on toast with a sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Add bacon and I’m even happier! 😉

    Posted 5.24.12 Reply
  14. Mindy wrote:

    One word: delicious!

    Posted 5.25.12 Reply
  15. joe wrote:

    The best thing I liked about this post is the series of pictures which explains everything in detail.
    And I like food in which lime is squeezed 🙂

    Posted 5.27.12 Reply
  16. I too would say same as Joe. The pictorial description is the best thing about this recipe. Makes the whole thing so clear.

    Posted 5.29.12 Reply
  17. Bacon and avocado are a magical combinaton!

    Posted 6.12.12 Reply
  18. sue wrote:

    I am going to make a pizza using this method, and I’ll top the avocado and bacon with a little buffalo mozzarells, and grilled chicken, and some fresh cilantro. Thanks for the idea. It just keeps feeding the m ind, doesn’t it. sue

    Posted 10.17.12 Reply
  19. Rocquie wrote:

    I saw this on Pinterest, made them, and just blogged about them and linked back to yours. Thanks for the great idea!


    Posted 2.3.13 Reply
  20. Des wrote:

    Ahhh avocado toast. I adore avocado toast. It is one of those things that is so simple yet so delicious. In fact, I just might have it for breakfast this morning 🙂

    Posted 6.22.13 Reply
    • Kathy Strahs wrote:

      Isn’t it the best?

      Posted 6.22.13 Reply