Packed with healthy fats super easy to make, this easy garlic avocado spread can be a great teammate to your toast, sandwiches and so much more.
The creamy avocado is perfectly balanced with the hint of pungent flavor from the garlic and the acidity from the lemon juice, and comes together into a delicious avocado spread.
If you love your morning avocado toast, you’ve got to give this recipe a try.
All guacamole lovers will enjoy this spread- it is basically avocado in a slightly different, more versatile format.
What’s best is the fact that this spread is vegan, and a great healthier substitute for mayo in most of your recipes.
This spread is great for someone who loves avocados and is on the hunt for a dairy free, vegan, vegetarian recipe that features them as the hero ingredient.
What's So Great About the Recipe?
While I’m a sucker for sauces, spreads and practically any flavor bomb of a condiment, I also like to use healthy ingredients as much as I can when I’m experimenting with recipes.
And that’s exactly what I kept in mind while making this avocado spread.
I’ve tried a lot of dips and spreads, but this one has to be pretty high on the list of my favorites.
Ingredients For the Garlic Avocado Spread Recipe
You’ll need just a few pantry staples to make avocado spread from scratch.
Avocado: You’ll need a fresh, ripe avocado for this recipe. You’ll find some tips to choose the right avocado towards the end too.
Garlic: A couple of fresh garlic cloves can add a nice bit of pungent flavor to the spread, which can nicely balance the creaminess from the avocado.
Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice not only brightens up the spread, but also stops the browning of the avocado mixture aka oxidation.
Olive oil: You’ll need copious amounts of olive oil to bring some more richness to the spread. I would recommend using extra virgin olive oil for best results.
Parsley: I also added some fresh parsley to get the avocado spread to have that nice green color.
Seasonings: I kept the seasoning for this avocado spread pretty simple- just some sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Garlic Avocado Spread
Ready to make this recipe? Here’s all you’ll need to do to make the best avocado spread ever!
Combine the avocado flesh and all the other ingredients in a food processor.
Blitz until you get a smooth, creamy spread.
Substitutions & Variations
- If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder instead.
- To get some more of that zesty flavor to the avocado spread, you can also add a sprinkle of some lemon zest.
- Lime juice can also be a good alternative to lemon juice for this recipe.
- If you don’t have parsley, you can use some fresh cilantro instead, or even some basil if you want to.
To make the spread creamier, you can also add some Greek yogurt into it.
How to Store the Garlic Avocado Spread
If you’re leftover with some of the garlic avocado spread, and you want to store it for later, simply transfer it to an airtight container, drizzle some lime or lemon juice on top, and then refrigerate it.
The spread should last you for 2-3 days.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
- To add some more flavor to the garlic avocado spread, you can also add some red pepper flakes into the mixture.
- If you like a bit of texture, you can combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor, and then add some minced garlic into the avocado mixture towards the end.
- I used a food processor to get the perfect creaminess, but if you want the spread to have a slightly chunky texture, you can use a fork to mash the avocado.
Remember to serve it in a bowl with a little extra lemon juice on the top.
How to Use Garlic Avocado Spread
You can use this healthy avocado spread in tons of ways. Here are a few good ideas to get you inspired.
As a Spread
This healthy spread is perfect as a quick breakfast!
You can just spread a thick layer on your bread toast in the morning, or use it for avocado toast, topped with your favorite microgreens and seasonings, or a drizzle of habanero oil if you like a nice kick of heat.
I also love topping the toast with some of my oven dried tomatoes for some extra texture.
You can also use it as a nice sandwich spread!
With Veggie Sticks
This spread can also double up as a healthy avocado dip that you can team up with your pita bread, pita chips, nachos, tortilla chips and so much more, and serve it as a delicious appetizer for all your get-togethers.
With the spread, I also like to have some of my sundried tomato aioli on the side to make it a fun chip and dip type situation.
As a Dressing
While this avocado spread is a great recipe as is, you can also loosen it up and turn it into a dressing for your salad.
The garlic and lemon, teamed up with the salt and pepper and a dash of everything bagel seasoning can really add some extra flavor to the yummy avocado mash. This can be another great way to get some more healthy fats in your body.
Avocados come with a long list of benefits associated with their consumption.
They’re packed with healthy fats, and are chock full of potassium- even more than a banana. They’re also rich in fiber and antioxidants, which makes them a literal power food.
The simplest way to keep your avocado from turning brown is to store the leftover avocado with the pit still in, and then cover it in cling wrap before refrigerating it.
Another great idea is to drizzle a bit of fresh lemon juice over the avocado- this can help prevent oxidation.
The best way to pick an avocado that’s ripe and ready to be used is to check how it behaves when you add a bit of pressure on its surface.
Ideally, the avocado should be slightly soft to touch, but still firm enough to hold its shape. If the avocado feels mushy, it means it is overripe, and while you can still use it for this recipe, it won’t stay fresh for too long, and you won’t be able to store it for later.
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Garlic Avocado Spread
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ⅓ cup parsley chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pinch black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Combine the avocado flesh and all the other ingredients in a food processor.
- Blitz until you get a smooth, creamy spread.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove