This all-purpose 4-ingredient Avocado Spread stays fresh and green for days! Spread it on toast, burgers, and sandwiches, serve it with any Mexican dish, or enjoy it as a party dip with chips.
You never have to waste ripe avocados when you put them to use in this Avocado Spread recipe. It’s a creamy and dreamy all-purpose spread that’s incredibly easy to make using 4 simple ingredients. Plus, it stays fresh and green for days!
Why I love this recipe
- It makes my avocado toast a breeze in the morning!
- Only 4 ingredients and stays fresh for 4 days in the refrigerator.
- If you have ripe avocados that are ready to be used, make this spread; it will last for days. No more wasted avocados because they all ripened at once.
- It’s a super-simple party dip or after school snack.
How to make avocado spread
Slice the avocados in half, remove and set the pits aside, and scoop the avocado flesh into a bowl.
Mash the avocado flesh until it’s as chunky or smooth as you like.
Stir the lime juice, garlic, and salt into the mash. Use it right away or store it for later.
Frequently asked questions
There’s nothing worse than brown, oxidized avocado. The flavor is off and it looks very unappetizing! Thankfully, using lime juice and pressing the avocado seed into the mashed avocado keeps it fresh and green for up to 4 days. This technique is sometimes known as a myth but I’ve tested it and it works!
This isn’t the only method for keeping avocados green. If you’re still worried about browning, press a layer of plastic wrap directly on top of the mash before sealing the container lid on top. You can also pour a thin layer of cold water on top, then drain it before serving the spread.
Both guacamole and avocado spread start with a base of mashed avocados but are finished with different add-ins, making these two recipes not quite the same. This spread only has 3 add-ins to boost the avocado’s flavor and help preserve it for longer. Guacamole, on the other hand, is made with diced tomatoes, onions, cumin, lime juice, cilantro and garlic.
You can give it a little texture and more flavor by stirring in chopped red onion, cilantro, garlic powder, or halved cherry tomatoes.
Give it a subtle spicy kick with a pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes. A diced jalapeno would be delicious, too!
Want a creamier, more luxurious avocado dip? Stir in a dollop of vegan mayo, plain yogurt, cream cheese, or tahini.
The spread will stay fresh, green, and flavorful for up to 4 days in the fridge. To store it, transfer the spread to an airtight container, place the avocado pit in the center to prevent it from browning, and then seal the lid on top.
Yes! Transfer the spread to a ziplock bag and press it into a flat layer. Freeze for up to 1 month.
- Toast – Spread a generous layer of the mashed avocado on a piece of toast from a crusty, artisanal loaf. Top it with tofu scramble, pickled red onions, tempeh bacon, sliced tomatoes, arugula, or any of the delicious toppings listed in my Avocado Toast recipe.
- Burgers – The mashed avocado is a fantastic substitute for mayo on veggie burgers.
- Sandwiches and wraps – Use it as a creamy, garlicky spread for any kind of sandwich or veggie wrap, from breakfast sandwiches to BLT’s to vegan egg salad sandwiches.
- Party dip – This is a delicious last-minute party dip or snack. Pour the spread into a serving bowl, top it with a scoop of tomato salsa for extra flavor, and surround it with tortilla chips, pita bread, crackers, and vegetables for dipping. Yum!
- Mexican-inspired recipes – You can serve this with practically any Mexican-inspired recipe, just like guacamole. Spoon it into Jackfruit Carnitas tacos, use it as a dip for Vegan Quesadillas, or use it as a topping on these Loaded Vegan Nachos. Anything goes!
- 2 large ripe avocados
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or lemon
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Slice the avocados in half and remove the pit (but save it for storing the leftovers). Scoop the avocado flesh into a medium bowl.
- Mash the avocado with a fork, leave it chunky if desired or mash it smooth.
- Stir in the lime juice, garlic and salt to taste.
- To store for up to 4 days, transfer the spread to a container with a lid. Place the avocado pit in the spread; this will help prevent browning.
Leave out the garlic if desired. Could also add in chopped red onion, cilantro, garlic powder or halved cherry tomatoes.
- To freeze – Transfer the spread to a ziplock bag and press it into a flat layer. Freeze for up to 1 month.