Cottage cheese subs in for mozzarella in this healthy and simple avocado toast that’s perfect for a favorite breakfast, lunch and snack, plus 10 more toasts to try.

Caprese Avocado Toast | #breakfast #recipe #healthy #simple #lunch

Does the world really, Really, REALLY need another avocado recipe post?

Likely, not.

I mean, the recipe isn’t really even as much a recipe as it is a formula. Toast. Avocado. Extra stuff you put on top depending upon your cravings and whatever is in the fridge.

And flaky salt. Always flaky salt.

But when I made my breakfast the other day and stopped myself mid-bite to get a snap of it for Instagram, realized that this hum-drum and routine breakfast for me is indeed a blog-worthy recipe/formula to share.

Because often those routine recipes are usually the best. Even if they’ve already cycled through the trend scene.

Caprese Avocado Toast |

If It’s Good Enough for Grandma, It’s Good Enough For Me

Just about every single weekday morning I have one of two things for breakfast: Scrambled egg whites with loads of cooked spinach (at least 4 cups of fresh!) and sliced tomatoes > OR > a tasty slice of nutty wheat bread, toasted, then topped with avocado, cottage cheese and tomatoes.

I pretty much grew up on cottage cheese and toast for breakfast. It was my grandma’s favorite.

When Grandma Frieda would come to visit, her morning started with coffee. Then we’d sit at the kitchen counter, each of us making our own breakfast and copying Grandma’s toast topped with strawberry or raspberry jam and cottage cheese. The sweetness of the jam paired with the tartness of the cottage cheese hooked me right off the bat.

It was years ago that I adopted her affinity for this simple breakfast, and I’ve been eating it ever since, sometimes with a few adaptations along the way.

Caprese Avocado Toast |

About the Recipe

This recipe is really all about your cravings and mine are always tomatoes and basil. Now, a classic caprese sandwich is obviously those two ingredients accompanied by mozzarella cheese. But I for breakfast eats I went with my kiddo cravings and stuck with the tartness I love that comes with a scoop of cottage cheese.

Avocado is obviously center stage of this recipe or else why would it be called avocado toast? Sometimes I mash mine, sometimes I slice it. The ripeness of the avos dictate that part of the equation. To tell if an avocado is ripe, simply pluck off the baby stem of the avocado and look at the hole left behind. If it’s bright green, the avo is ready and ripe. If the stem doesn’t want to budge, it needs more time to rest and ripen. If it’s brown and mushy, it’s time to toss.

A quality cottage cheese is key. I prefer mine low-fat and with a creamy curd. If you’re not a cottage cheese fan, choose a fresh mozzarella or slice a few hard boiled eggs on top. That’s another favorite adaptation of mine.

One of my favorite flavors of this toast is drizzling a bit of Flaxseed Oil on my toast—this is the brand I like. Flaxseed oil gives a nutty flavor to the bread that I absolutely crave and if I skip it, the toast is simply missing something.  Flaxseed oil can be found in the refrigerated organics section of most grocery stores or in health food stores. Like salmon, flaxseed oil is high in omega-3s and fiber and has shown to help in lowering cholesterol, improving the health of hair and nails, and is really helpful to those suffering with colitis or Chron’s disease—hello fiber! However, if you are taking medication, always check with your health care provider for harmful drug interactions.

Fresh plucked basil leaves and flaky salt (this is my favorite) are always welcome finishing touches. During the winter I keep a pot of basil on my counter and summertime I plant it right outside my front door. I sometimes dress my caprese avo toast a bit of balsamic glaze if I’m feeling the mood.

Caprese Avocado Toast |

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Caprese Avocado Toast
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Cottage cheese subs in for mozzarella in this healthy avocado toast perfect for a favorite breakfast, lunch and snack.
Serves: 1 serving
  • 1 slice hearty, whole-wheat toast
  • 1-2 teaspoons flaxseed oil
  • ½ avocado, peeled and sliced or mashed
  • ⅓ cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 small tomato, I like campari tomatoes
  • Basil leaves for garnish
  • Flaked sea salt, I like this one
  1. Toast the bread and drizzle with flaxseed oil. Layer with the avocado, cottage cheese and tomato. Garnish with basil leaves and flaked sea salt and drizzle with a little more flaxseed oil if desired.

Caprese Avocado Toast | #breakfast #recipe #healthy #simple #lunch


There are just about as many avocado toasts flirting with the internet as there are pixels. Here are a few that I think are extra special.

First off, two favorites from my Instagram feed. These aren’t recipes, but are totally notable! on Instagram via

Follow the queen of toasts, The Delicious, here.

Fooddeco on Instagram via

Follow the original avocado rose stylist, Fooddecco, here.

And Now, Links Please!


Japanese Inspired Avocado Toast

Nori, arugula and those delicious little caviar eggs make this toast bursting with flavor.

Get the recipe | I Am a Food Blog

Miso Tahini Avocado Toast with Black Sesame Gomasio from Dolly + Oatmeal on

Miso Tahini Avocado Toast with Black Sesame Gomasio

Umami overfloweth! This toast is an international delight.

Get the recipe | Dolly and Oatmeal

Avocado Toast with Persimmon, Pomegranate and Fennel from The Floating Kitchen on

Avocado Toast with Persimmon, Pomegranate and Fennel

Goat cheese is mashed into this avo toasted marvel. Kicking it up a notch!

Get the recipe | The Floating Kitchen

Avocado Toast with Turkey and Egg from The Lemon Bowl on

Avocado Toast with Turkey and Egg

Boning up on the protein with 3 different ingredients.

Get the recipe | The Lemon Bowl

Mexican Grilled Corn Avocado Toast from How Sweet It Is on

Mexican Grilled Corn Avocado Toast

Limey grilled corn and cotija top this toast. Arriba!

Get the recipe | How Sweet It Is

Avocado Toast with Eggs, Spinach and Tomatoes from Two Peas and Their Pod on

Avocado Toast with Eggs, Spinach and Tomatoes

This is pretty much my breakfast most days of the week. Delish.

Get the recipe | Two Peas and Their Pod

Avocado and Short Cut Beet Hummus from Iowa Girl Eats on

Avocado and Short Cut Beet Hummus

Roasted beets add color and bite to pre-made hummus for a fast twist on traditional toast.

Get the recipe | Iowa Girl Eats

Supper Sized Flatbread Avocado Toast from Beard + Bonnet on

Supper Sized Avocado Toast

Supper-size me!

Get the recipe | Beard + Bonnet

Strawberry Basil Avocado Toast from Love and Lemons on

Strawberry Basil Avocado Toast

Sweet strawberries are the ultimate avocado compliment.

Get the recipe | Love and Lemons


Poached Egg and Avocado Toast with Parmesan

Add a savory indulgence with egg and parmesan to your toasted desires.

Get the recipe | Warm Vanilla Sugar

Thanks for stopping by and getting some love o’ the avo. Here’s to getting into the kitchen to cook something good!

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