Avocado Toast With Ricotta, Olive Oil, Lemon Zest, and Basil Recipe

Vicky Wasik

This open-faced sandwich pairs avocado with Italian flavors like creamy ricotta, extra-virgin olive oil, bright lemon zest, and fragrant basil. A squeeze of lemon juice cuts through the avocado and keeps the whole thing tasting light and summery, no cooking required.

Recipe Details

Avocado Toast With Ricotta, Olive Oil, Lemon Zest, and Basil Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 1 slice country or sourdough bread, approximately 1/2 inch thick

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 medium pitted and peeled Hass avocado

  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste, from 1/2 lemon

  • 4 to 5 tablespoons high-quality ricotta (see note)

  • Thinly sliced basil leaves, for garnish

  • Lemon zest, for garnish

  • Flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Lightly brush bread with extra-virgin olive oil and toast to desired level of doneness. Top with avocado and mash with a fork to cover entire surface. Squeeze lemon juice over bread and add ricotta in dollops across the surface. Drizzle with more extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with basil, lemon zest, sea salt, and pepper. Serve.


The volume of each ingredient will depend on the size of your bread and personal preference. Apply to taste. Look for a ricotta whose only listed ingredients are whole milk, an acid coagulant, and salt (you can find our reasoning and favorite brands here), or make it yourself instead.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
575 Calories
32g Fat
61g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 575
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 645mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 49mg 247%
Calcium 235mg 18%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 1029mg 22%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)