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Avocado Spread

A quick and easy Avocado spread that is creamy and full of flavor. Delicious with crackers, vegetable sticks, or crusty bread and made in just 10 minutes or less!!

This spread recipe needs just four ingredients and can also be used as a dip or a butter substitute on bread. 

Avocado Spread on two slices of sourdough bread, cherry tomatoes and more spread in background.
Smooth, creamy and buttery!

Preparing a couple of nibbles to have with drinks is a great way to entertain. Antipasto platters or grazing plates are also a fun and casual way to eat. Appetizer recipes like Marinated Eggplant, the Italian classic Bagna Cauda, and this olive dip known as Olivada are perfect. So is this delicious Avocado Spread.

My family loves avocado. We once had a huge avocado tree in our yard that bore heaps of delicious fruit. While we wait for our new avocado tree to grow, I stock up at the local markets. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Versatile – you find so many ways to serve this garlic Avocado Spread. From breakfast to dinner, you’ll find so many ways to enjoy it – as a sandwich spread, with veggie sticks and to make yummy avocado toast.
  • Tasty – It’s surprising how delicious just four ingredients plus salt and pepper are. With just enough zing from the lemon juice and the piquancy of the garlic powder, this is a spread that everyone will want the recipe for!
  • Easy – To top it all off, this recipe is incredibly easy! There’s no cooking, no fancy techniques and measuring doesn’t have to be super accurate to achieve amazing results.

For complete ingredient quantities and full instructions, please scroll to the printable recipe card bottom of the page.

Ingredients

Ingredients for this recipe as in the recipe card.
  • Avocado – I like Hass avocados but choose whatever is good and in season where you are. Don’t use soft, mushy avocados. They’re overripe. If you can only buy hard avocados leave them in a paper bag with a banana or an apple and they’ll ripen more quickly.
  • Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed lemon juice is my preference and will prevent browning.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Any supermarket brand that you like the taste of will be fine.
  • Garlic Powder – this is convenient and easy to find in most supermarkets. Plus I usually keep a jar at home.

Instructions

Making Avocado Spread is so easy with a food processor.

Avocado cut into quarters and being peeled.

Cut the avocado in half. Remove the seed and scoop out the flesh.

Avocado and other ingredients in a mini food processor.

Place all the ingredients into the mini food processor.

Avocado processed until smooth.

Process until smooth.

Smooth green spread being poured out into serving dish.

Taste and adjust seasoning. Pour into a small serving bowl.

Hint: Use perfectly ripe avocados. A hard, unripe avocado won’t become smooth and creamy. Be sure to taste the spread for seasoning. You may need more lemon juice or more salt.

Substitutions

Here’s a few variations to help you if you don’t have the particular ingredients listed or you don’t love a particular ingredient.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – regular olive oil can be used instead
  • Lemon Juice – instead of lemon juice use wine or red wine vinegar or lime juice.
  • Garlic Powder – use minced or finely grated fresh garlic in place of the garlic powder.

Variations

My family loves this avocado spread exactly as it is but you may like one of these variations better.

  • Spicy – Add red pepper flakes while cooking to imbue heat into the dish, or banana peppers
  • Onion – Mix in a couple of tablespoons of finely chopped red onion for crunch and extra flavor.
  • Deluxe – Stir through a tablespoon or two of cream cheese or sour cream for extra creaminess and decadence.

Equipment

A food processor is the best kitchen gadget to make this avocado spread super creamy. Mine is a mini one but any food processor will be fine.

 If you don’t have a food processor, use a potato masher or fork instead. The avocado won’t be as smooth but it will still be delicious!

Storage

Store any leftover avocado spread for 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. I like to smooth the top of the avocado spread and then pour a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil over it. Alternatively, press plastic wrap onto the surface of the spread before sealing with the lid.

Avocado Spread can also be frozen for up to one month. Keep in mind that frozen avocado spread won’t be the same as fresh though it will still be good.

Top Tips

Overhead view of smooth green dip in a black bowl.

Firstly choose ripe avocados but not over ripe ones to make this spread. There are many varieties of avocados though I do like the Hass variety. Some avocados ripen to a dark, almost black color. However, some stay green when ripe so don’t rely on color to check for ripeness.

A ripe avocado should yield a little when cupped in your hand and very gently squeezed. Overripe avocados will feel very soft and when cut open have dark threads running through the flesh.

I like to buy firm avocados which I let sit on the kitchen counter for a couple of days to ripen. If you need to slow the ripening process, store avocados in the fridge. Avoid the avocados that have indentations or dark spots because this indicates bruising.

Use freshly squeezed lemon juice, not the bottled stuff if you want the tastiest spread. And speaking about taste, don’t forget to taste it when you’re done. Salt brings out the flavor in avocados and is important to get it right.

For best results and flavor, serve this spread soon after it’s prepared. It will keep but like anything – fresh is optimum!

FAQ

What does avocado spread taste like?

Avocado spread tastes buttery and creamy with a hint of nuttiness and a little tang from the lemon juice. You’ll also taste the savoriness of the garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Is avocado spread the same as guacamole?

Avocado spread is similar to guacamole but not the same. Guacamole is a Mexican condiment, dip, or spread that’s usually made with lime juice, cilantro, onion, and jalapēno. However this Avocado Spread is made with extra virgin olive oil, garlic

Is avocado spread good for you?

Avocado is known for being quite healthy with a bunch of monounsaturated fats, low in carbohydrates, and high in fiber. This spread includes extra virgin olive oil which is also high in monounsaturated fats and lemon juice with vitamin C, and antioxidants so I’d think it’s quite good for you.

What to put avocado spread on

Green smooth dip being spread onto sourdough bread.

You can put avocado spread on almost anything.

If you love avocado as much as I do I’m sure you will also be happy to eat this Avocado Spread by the spoonful!

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Avocado Spread on two slices of sourdough bread, cherry tomatoes and more spread in background.

Avocado Spread Recipe

A quick and easy Avocado Spread that is creamy, full of flavor and comes together in minutes.
5 from 22 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings:4 people
Author: Marcellina

Equipment

  • 1 food processor

Ingredients

  • 2 Hass avocados ripe but not mushy
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Cut the avocado in half. Remove the seed and scoop out the flesh.
  • Place all the ingredients into the food processor.
  • Process until smooth and creamy.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning. You may need more lemon juice or more salt.

Notes

Tips for Success

  • Choose ripe but not overripe avocado.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Taste for salt and adjust if necessary.
  • For best results serve soon after making.
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Nutritional Estimate Per Serving

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 498mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. For accurate results, it is recommended that the nutritional information be calculated based on the ingredients and brands you use.

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  1. this looks very delicious but i usually like to have some chunks in my avo dips:) Nothing nicer than a beautiful avocado dip.