Not all avocado toast is created alike. This version tops off layers of silky avocado with piquant olive and caper relish with a healthy dose of lemon.
Who doesn’t adore avocado toast? At it’s most simple, it is a revelation of textures and flavors: salty, creamy, crunch, silky. And because this much-loved snack/breakfast/brunch/lunch item relies on few ingredients, they should be of the best quality. Choose chewy, crunchy-crusted levain, a seed-studded multigrain, or other flavorful artisan bread for the base and make sure to pick out a perfectly ripe, bright green avocado that has a little give but isn’t guacamole-ready.
From there, the avocado toast world is really your oyster. A dusting of flaked sea salt and a drizzle of lemon juice for the purists, or a sprinkle of chile flakes for those who want to spice it up a bit.
On a recent visit to L.A., I had a delicious brunch at The Hart and The Hunter, a cute bistro attached to a boutique hotel on Melrose Avenue. There, they served a transformational avocado toast on super-seedy bread with a smoked olive relish and red onion slivers. It was fresh and tangy and oh-so-delicious.
With memories of that toast, I came up with a lemony green olive relish emboldened with salty-tangy capers and plenty of excellent-quality extra-virgin olive oil. It’s simple and makes for a very elegant breakfast. Serve it with a bit of peppery baby arugula for a light lunch.
Recipe: Avocado Toast with Green Olive Relish and Lemon
Makes 4 servings