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Cafe Style Smashed Avo

September 13, 2019 (Last Updated: December 10, 2019) by Chris Collins

With a few simple tips and tricks I’ll show you how to turn a boring Smashed Avocado on Toast into something beyond delicious. A Cafe Style Smashed Avo in the comfort of your own home!

smashed avocado on toast with yolk pouring out of poached egg on top

Smashed Avocado on Toast

If living in Melbourne taught me one thing, it’s that eating overpriced smashed avocado on toast was a weekly occurrence for everybody. No matter your location or bank balance, you will find the most over the top smashed avo and pay a ridiculous amount of money for it. It’s just the way of life whether you like it or not, a disease that takes over you the second you land in the city.  I’m here today to show you that you don’t have to part with $20 for a delicious smashed avocado on toast.

We’ll get to the smashed avocado toppings in just a sec, but firstly let’s talk about the smashed avocado itself.

Tips for the perfect smashed avocado

  1. Perfectly ripe avocado: Nothing worse than an underripe avo. You want it soft, but not bruised. The skin should be dark and soft (but not mushy) to touch. Here’s a great article on how to pick and buy fresh avocados.
  2. Be gentle with the avocado: The key is to lightly smash, not completely mash. Leaving chunks in the bottom layer holds the whole dish together once you start stacking. I much prefer the rustic kinda style of smashed avo rather than a purée smeared on the bottom. Each to their own!
  3. Season well: Be sure to bring out the best in the avo with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice BEFORE you start stacking. Keep the avo the star of the show by enhancing its natural goodness.
Did you know – A Californian Chef created a gold-topped avocado toast that costs a whopping $100 😱 

smashed avocado on toast without poached egg with feta sprinkled around

Avocado Toast Toppings

Right, here’s where things get a little crazy 😂 In true cafe style, slightly  (very) over the top, yet classy enough to want to face plant. The great thing about this dish is you take it as far as you like, there are no rules with the smashed avo and that’s the beauty of it. 

The perfect concoction contains a variety of textures and a gorgeous balance of sweet, salty and sour. You can truly follow your heart with what to top smashed avocado with, but just for a guide, here’s what goes down in my household:

Ingredients for the best Smashed Avocado

  • Toast – I always go for Sourdough, but whatever you choose make sure it’s a nice, thick slice.
  • Smashed Avo – As discussed, lightly smashed, with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, s&p.
  • Streaky Bacon – Must I really justify this!?
  • Feta – One of the very few cheeses that goes nicely with avocado. Also adds a nice saltiness to the dish. Substitutes for this could be halloumi (more salty) or ricotta (less salty)
  • Radish – Adds a nice sweet and slightly peppery flavour, alongside a crunchy texture. No subs for this, just leave out if you don’t have it.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – Adds a nutty flavour and little crunch. Can sub sunflower seeds or leave out.
  • Cress – Finishes the dish. Can sub any other micro salad i.e pea shoots.
  • Roasted Cherry Tomatoes – These are a must to serve alongside! Adds a nice bit of sweetness to the dish.
Simple Avocado Toast Recipe – If you’re after a simple smashed avocado recipe, just lightly smash the avocado in plenty of salt and pepper (and extra virgin live oil and lemon juice if you have it) and top with chilli flakes.

How to make smashed avocado on toast - 6 step by step photos

Avocado and Egg on Toast

Just ooooooone more ingredient. The egg of course (sorry, I felt like this needed it’s own section 😂). Avocado and egg is a match made in heaven, and smashed avocado on toast is no different. 90% of the time i’ll go for a poached egg on top of the smashed avocado, just so all that gorgeous yolk pours down, but sometimes i’ll switch it up and go for a fried egg. For a more in depth tutorial of how to poach an egg, check out my perfectly poached egg!

Hey, whilst you’re here why not check out my other recipes?

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into this smashed avocado recipe shall we!?

closeup shot of yolk pouring out of poached egg down smashed avocado on toast

How to make Smashed Avocado on Toast (Full Recipe & Video)

Cafe style smashed avocado on toast Yolk dripping down

Cafe Style Smashed Avocado on Toast

With a few simple tips and tricks I'll show you how to turn a boring Smashed Avocado on Toast into something beyond delicious. A cafe style Smashed Avo in the comfort of your own home!
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Servings (click & slide): 2
Course: Breakfast / Brunch / Lunch
Cuisine: Original
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories per serving: 522kcal
Cost per serving: £4 / $5


  • Pot & Boiling Water (for poached eggs)
  • Baking Tray (for tomatoes)
  • Frying Pan (for bacon, or bake with tomatoes)
  • Toaster/Grill
  • Sharp Knife

Ingredients (check list):

  • 2 large slices Sourdough Bread, toasted
  • 1 large Perfectly Ripe Avocado
  • 4 rashers Streaky Bacon
  • 4-5 small Radishes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup / 35g Feta, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 pinches of Cress
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 10 Vined Cherry Tomatoes to serve (5 on each vine)
  • sprinkle of Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • Drizzle your Tomatoes with a little oil and a pinch of salt and pepper, the place in the oven at 200c/400f for around 10 minutes until the skin begins to wilt.
  • Meanwhile in a bowl combine your Avocado with a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a squeeze of Lemon Juice and a pinch of Salt & Pepper and lightly smash with a fork. Place to one side.
  • Fry your Bacon until crisp (or bake on same tray as tomatoes), pat with a paper towel to absorb excess fat if necessary. Begin poaching your Eggs.
  • Whilst your Eggs are poaching, evenly distribute your Smashed Avocado on each slice of toast. Stack with Bacon followed by Radish, Feta, Pumpkin Seeds and Watercress.
  • Carefully place your Poached Egg on top, sprinkle with Toasted Sesame Seeds and cut just before serving.
  • Serve with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and a wedge of Lemon.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Poached Egg - For the easiest way to poach an egg check out my Perfectly Poached Egg guide.
b) Hot Toast - There's nothing worse than a gorgeous smashed avocado on toast recipe, which is served on cold, chewy toast. Make sure you leave toasting the sourdough until the last moment so it's served hot and toasty!
c) Simple Avocado Toast - If you're after a simple smashed avocado recipe, just lightly smash the avocado in plenty of salt and pepper (and extra virgin live oil and lemon juice if you have it) and top with chilli flakes.
d) Substitutes - You can of course follow your heart (or fridge) with any toppings you desire, but if you're looking to replicate this smashed avo, these subs might be helpful:
  • Feta: Halloumi (more salty) or Ricotta (less salty).
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Sunflower seeds or use a seeded bread.
  • Cress: any other micro salad (like pea shoots)
  • Radish: no sub for this, just leave it out if you don't have it. Not a deal breaker.


Nutrition Facts
Cafe Style Smashed Avocado on Toast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 522 Calories from Fat 366
% Daily Value*
Fat 40.71g63%
Saturated Fat 7.549g38%
Trans Fat 0.026g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.229g
Monounsaturated Fat 15.608g
Cholesterol 180mg60%
Sodium 487mg20%
Potassium 1018mg29%
Carbohydrates 25.39g8%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 5.76g6%
Protein 18.6g37%
Vitamin A 1392IU28%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 176mg18%
Iron 3.26mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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