10 Creative Toast Recipes That Don't Involve Avocado

by Kaila Stein
Sep 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET
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We can all agree that avocado toast — basic as it might be — is delicious. But the flood of recent attention to this once humble food is getting a little stale. It seems like as good a time as any to shake things up and broaden our toast horizons. The key to creating a great toast situation is starting with good-quality bread — something sturdy that will toast nicely and hold up to your fresh, flavorful spreads and toppings.

Let these 10 toast recipes provide the inspiration you need to create the toast of your dreams. Full of flavor and unique ingredients, these recipes would make a satisfying breakfast, lunch or even dinner.  From a decadent cashew butter, banana and bacon toast to a breakfast toast topped with lemon ricotta and fresh figs, these recipes might become your new avo toast.

Let's journey together as we expand our toast empire beyond the familiar green pastures.  

1 /10: Cucumber-lox toast

1/10 :Cucumber-lox toast

This recipe is basically a lightened-up version of your favorite bagel with lox and cream cheese. Whole-grain bread is topped with high-protein Greek yogurt and thinly sliced smoked salmon and cucumbers for crunch. 

2 /10: Peanut butter & berry toast

2/10 :Peanut butter & berry toast

Fresh berries take the place of jam in this twist on a classic PB&J. If you’ve never spread peanut butter on a piece of toast, you’re in for a real treat.

3 /10: Golden beet hummus toast

3/10 :Golden beet hummus toast

Challah toast = the best kind of toast. Thickly sliced challah toast is topped with a schmear of beet and carrot hummus and a Dijon mustard and mayo mixture. Top with microgreens and a fried egg if you’re feeling fancy.

4 /10: Mushroom toast

4/10 :Mushroom toast

Seared mushrooms, crème fraîche, a splash of wine and a few herbs mounded on top of grilled bread — it’s no wonder this dish from LA hot spot Gjelina is so popular. The good news: You can make this gourmet toast at home.

5 /10: Cashew butter Elvis toast

5/10 :Cashew butter Elvis toast

This clever spin on Elvis’ favorite sandwich swaps creamy cashew butter for peanut butter and is topped with sweet bananas, salty bacon and a drizzle of honey. It’s pretty much the most perfect piece of toast. 

6 /10: Whipped ricotta & roasted tomato toast

6/10 :Whipped ricotta & roasted tomato toast

Quick! Make this toast before all the summer tomatoes are gone. Creamy and decadent whipped ricotta slathered onto your favorite crunchy bread and topped with the most intensely flavored slow-roasted tomatoes... yeah this one’s a keeper!

7 /10: Butternut squash & ricotta toast

7/10 :Butternut squash & ricotta toast

These butternut squash-ricotta toasts are topped with pumpkin seeds, making them the perfect fall breakfast.

8 /10: Honey-lemon ricotta breakfast toast

8/10 :Honey-lemon ricotta breakfast toast

Just toast a slice of your favorite bread, spread on an easy whipped honey-lemon ricotta and top with fresh figs and pistachios. This beauty is nutritious and a cinch to make.

9 /10: Smoked trout toast

9/10 :Smoked trout toast

Looking for an appetizer to serve at your next party? These smoked trout toasts are creamy, light and pair well with a glass of crisp white wine. 

10 /10: Radish & goat cheese toast

10/10 :Radish & goat cheese toast

A perfect breakfast or lunch treat, this toast is made with tangy goat cheese and topped with crunchy radishes and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Sometimes the simplest toasts are the best.