Avocado Toasts Plus the Simplest Balsamic Dressing Hack
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Avocado Toasts Plus the Simplest Balsamic Dressing Hack

Avocados have achieved a somewhat god-like status over the last few years, and rightly so! They’re high in good fats and packed with vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients — plus they’re filling and luxuriously tasty too. Today we’re offsetting that delicious creamy texture with salty feta cheese (if you’re feta lovers like us, you’ve got to try this feta-stuffed lamb burger recipe too!), crisp toasted bread and juicy tomatoes. It’s amazing just like this, but the toasts are taken to a new level with a simple balsamic reduction (which makes even the cheaper balsamic vinegars taste great!).

They can be eaten warm or cold, so you can even take them to work for lunch. If you do, it’s best to toast the bread in the morning, then spoon on the toppings just before you eat. Even better, take them on your picnic and serve them up in style in one of these gorgeous picnic baskets. Be prepared to get some attention at lunch time — these toasts are so pretty, everyone will want some! Got any leftover avocado? Try this avocado-honey face mask for a gorgeous spring glow!

Ingredients:

Serves 2-4

— ¾ cup balsamic vinegar

— 1/3 cup brown sugar

— 2 ripe avocados

— 1 teaspoon lime juice

— 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

— pinch of salt and pepper

— 4 pieces of toasted bread, cut in half

— 8 grape tomatoes, sliced into halves or quarters

— 3 and 1/2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions:

1. Place the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar into a small, non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring a few times to help the sugar to dissolve. Bubble for 5-6 minutes until reduced by half. Turn off the heat (it will thicken slightly and go a little sticky as it cools).

2. Peel and de-stone the avocados, slice, then place the slices in a bowl. Roughly mash with a fork (leave some lumps in there for texture). Add the lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper and stir together.

3. Place the toasted bread on a large plate. Top with the avocado mixture, followed by the tomatoes and crumbled feta. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction before serving.

Place the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar into a small, non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring a few times to help the sugar to dissolve. Bubble for 5-6 minutes until reduced by half. Turn off the heat (it will thicken slightly and go a little sticky as it cools).

Peel and de-stone the avocados, slice, then place the slices in a bowl. Roughly mash with a fork (leave some lumps in there for texture). Add the lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper and stir together.

Place the toasted bread on a large plate. Top with the avocado mixture, followed by the tomatoes and crumbled feta. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction before serving.

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