Monday, January 17, 2011

Snack time- Tomato Avocado Toasts

Sometimes, let's be honest..once a month I am tormented with violent cravings for salt and vinegar chips..My preferred brand is Lays and it is very much true that "you can't have just one". I can eat an entire bag of salt and vinegar chips. I giggle with delight as I merrily stuff fistfuls in my mouth as if in some sort of trance- only stopping upon the realisation that I'm left with crumbs. At this point I grab a plate, empty the greasy bag of its sparse contents and begin to mine- wet-fingered for whatever crispy bits I can salvage.

Why are you writing about chips when your post is titled "Snack time- Tomato Avocado Toasts" you may ask? Good question. The only tactic I have from preventing such a desperate act is making a DELICIOUS and healthy alternative snack that will take my mind off its craving. And what better way to do that than with this divine, fresh and flavourful sandwich. All this requires is having the best- the best tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, good quality bread and firm avocados. Thankfully having the best of these things is relatively inexpensive! This sandwich is perfection- crunchy bread, lemony garlic olive oil, sweet fresh tomatoes finished with creamy avocado... I LOVE!

1 ripe but firm tomato
1.5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (you can get away with 1 tablespoon but i love it)
1 small clove of garlic smashed
1/2 avocado sliced
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 slices good quality bread...nothing that comes pre-sliced with an expiration date months away...good fresh baked bread (i used multi grain)
salt and pepper to taste (don't be shy with your salt)

Immediately mix garlic and oil in a bowl to let the flavours mingle while you prep. Add the tomatoes, avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Gently mix. Toast bread. You can rub the bread with a peeled garlic clove for extra garlic flavour. Arrange tomatoes and avocado on one slice of bread and drizzle (or in my case pour) the remaining sauce over and top with another slice of bread. Wear a bib or an ugly shirt and enjoy...


  1. Love it! What a good idea!
    I get great satisfaction in just dipping bread (yes it has to be the good stuff)in olive oil!
    Do you mean they have salt n vinegar crisps over there!?
    In Holland they don't- only Pringles or balsamic vinegar flavour- which are good but don't quite hit the spot!

  2. Then you'll absolutely LOVE this! We do have salt n vinegar over here. They're addictive. I agree, the balsamic kind is sub par!