Monday, January 14, 2013

Smashed Avocado + Tomato + Basil Bruschetta

This recipe is easy, delicious, and is the perfect idea for a midday snack,
an appetizer for a great night with friends and/or family or just as a
healthy addition to your menu/recipe collection. Made with fresh vegetables
and herbs, tomatoes are high in lycopene, basil is a strong iron source, and with
avocados packed with carotenoids, this recipe makes your body and taste
buds happy!

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 loaf whole grain french bread (or 1 petite loaf), sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 avocados, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus exta
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3-4 basil leaves, chopped


Preheat oven on broiler setting.
Place slices of bread on baking sheet, spray with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle with sea salt; broil slices in oven about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and rub with one clove of garlic (make sure to cut it in half before rubbing).
In a medium bowl, mix smashed avocado, lime juice, and 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and ground pepper.
In a separate large bowl, combine tomatoes, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
Mince other garlic clove and add it into tomato mixture.
Spread smashed avocado mixture onto each slice of toast, then generously spoon tomato topping on top.
Garnish with basil and serve immediately.

Images and recipe via AmbitiousKitchen

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