The Ultimate Avocado Sandwich – An Unbeatable Lunch
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Ah avocado sandwiches. One of my favourite ever meals. Anything tastes better stuck between two slices of bread, especially some mashed avocado and brie.
I know that avocado toast is all the rage, but hear me out on the joys of an avocado sandwich.
The sandwich is attributed to John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. This tasty concoction came about to allow the Earl to eat one-handed in the middle of a 24 hour gambling stint – and I thank him for it.
I practically lived off them during my late teens and early twenties, and as a conservative estimate I’d guess I’ve eaten around 8000 in my lifetime. I’m not kidding.
I have cut down (a little) now, as my culinary knowledge has grown and I know what other sorts of deliciousness are out there.
But when things like this avocado sandwich with brie come along then I tend to relapse and start scoffing away like never before.
I’d say eating 8000 sandwiches does make me a little bit of an expert on them – and this is one of the best vegetarian lunch ideas out there.
The cranberries are the sugar, the arugula (rocket!) brings the spice, and combined with the brie and avocado, it makes for a vegetarian sandwich that is bursting with flavour.
And I don’t just mean taste wise-either – this is a nutritious little thing.
Tasty AND Healthy
Things have come a long way since the Earl’s time, and this avocado sandwich recipe is both a revolution and an evolution in terms of ingredients and nutritional value.
The avocado, especially tasty when mixed with a little salt and balsamic vinegar or lemon, is also responsible for some great nutrient intake.
When eaten in a balanced diet, it’s great because avocados are high in monounsaturated fats (that’s the good kind), potassium, vitamin K and much else besides.
Research shows a link between good heart health and avocados. Mixed with tomato, rocket and perhaps a little cheese like brie, you’ve got a winning combination.
Easy avocado recipes abound on the internet, but the added ingredients make this avocado sandwich recipe healthy too!
How to make an Avocado Sandwich
Honestly, it’s not too complicated of a recipe. The only real catch is making sure you’ve chosen the right avocado.
The trick to finding the perfect avocado is the stem or the place where the stem was. If you flick the little stem out, and the skin underneath is green, your avocado is perfect.
If the skin is brown, your avocado is overripe. And if you can’t get the stem to come out easily, it’s not ripe yet.
While it won’t work every single time (avocados are finicky beasts), this is a tried and true method to find the best time to eat your avocado.
So make sure you check those stems before building a delicious avocado sandwich!
This veggie sandwich recipe calls for half an avocado – which means unless you’re planning on having an avocado breakfast sandwich and an avocado lunch sandwich, your avocado will go bad.
We hate food waste as much as the next person, so here are a couple of ideas to use up that spare avocado:
As a main ingredient in this awesome Avocado Fitness Smoothie
As garnish for this wholesome Spicy Black Bean Soup
As extra for this tangy Guacamole
What Our Readers are Saying
This is one of the best vegetarian sandwiches I’ve ever had!! I added red onion and had to use vinaigrette instead of vinegar but this is such a good recipe. Thank you!Martha⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I made the avocado sandwich. Super easy and super quick. Loved it so much !Anushree ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was SOOOOO good! I think the cranberries really give it that extra special something. I usually put flax oil out on my avocado but I really like the balsamic vinegar too. I made it vegan with some vegan cheese!!Rose Chilibeck ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Thanks for a great recipe!
- 2 slices wholegrain bread (whole wheat)
- 3 slices Brie cheese (3 = about 30g, you can use any cheese you want here really, just check that it uses vegetarian rennet. Low-fat cheese is also awesome)
- ½ avocado (the other half can be used a smoothie or guacamole)
- 4-6 cranberries, dried (6 cranberries = 10g)
- ½ small tomato (the other half could also be used in guacamole)
- 1 small handful arugula/rocket (1 small handful = 10 g)
- ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
- If you prefer your bread toasted, toast it.2 slices wholegrain bread
- While that’s happening, cut the avocado flesh into slices (check this video if you’re not sure how to do it)½ avocado
- Slice up the tomato and brie too.3 slices Brie cheese, ½ small tomato
- Wash the arugula and cut the cranberries in half.1 small handful arugula/rocket, 4-6 cranberries, dried
- Assemble everything on one slice of bread and drizzle the balsamic vinegar on top.½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Now just "close" the sandwich with the second slice of bread. Give it a little squish to stop any naughty bits sliding out…
- … aaaaand you’re done!
Sandwiches are one of my favorites too <3 Lunch for me is always some of the sort!
Like Joey Tribbiani
You really can’t beat a good sandwich. Thank you John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich!!!
Hahaha, yes he was a great man! 😀
I LOVE LOVE avocados. I eat them pretty much daily! I also LOVE arugula (or rocket as you guys call it). The combination of sweet and salty here sounds so amazing!
Indeed it is 😀
I have to say, that it needed many convincing for me to try an avocado sandwich. Simply because I had one slice of unripe avocado many moons ago. But when one of my sneaky friends offered me a sandwich with few slices of avocado without me knowing it, I was hooked.
I make it in many variations now, and I’ll definitely try this sweet and sour combination asap 🙂
Haha yep, unripe avocados suck! They really need to be in the right condition. Cool, let us know what you think after you made it!
This sounds super yummy, minus the cranberries. I’m kind of picky! hahaha
No way! Sorry about that and thanks for pointing it out, Mae!
–> Cut the cranberries in half and sprinkle them on the toast.
Will fix it in the instructions as well. Thanks again!
This is the best sandwich I’ve ever had!! I added red onion and had to use vinaigrette instead of vinegar xD but this is such aq good recipe. Thank you!
Soo great to hear Martha, glad you liked it 😀
I’ll let my friend Claire know, who’s the author of this excellent dish!
All I can say is… WOW! This was the first time I’ve tried avocados and I’ve gotta say, I’m hooked lol. Tell Claire I said thanks!
Ha, so cool Dylan! We’ll pass the message on, thanks! 🙂
Well, looks like it’s off to the store let you know what I think on the other side but just looking is enough to make my mouth water. It’ll be number 1 and I know avocados are good for me but just never think about em as a sandwich.
I loved this but I can never stick to a recipe so…
I had semi-dried cranberries in so soaked them in the balsamic overnight and then tossed them in with the rocket. Mashed the avocado on to both slices of bread, because I was taking it to work and would have dropped the avo on the floor!, and used a Wensleydale-type cheese (for you guys outside the UK, we have the BEST cheeses!)
Best breakfast sandwich ever! Thank you 🙂
Nice!! Haha I know the UK has the best cheese – I brought a kilo back with me after Christmas 😀 😀
The UK make chese!?!?! I gottsa get my hands on that. Thanks for the advice yall
Original mature cheddar. It’s amazing!
Glad you enjoyed it, Stephen! Thanks for writing. What would make it a five star sandwich?
This was SOOOOO good! I think the cranberries really give it that extra special something. I usually put flax out on my avocado but I really like the balsamic vinegar too. I made it vegan with some vegan cheese!!
Thanks for a great recipe!
Really glad you enjoyed it, Rose! And kudos for making it vegan :). Yes agreed, the cranberries are awesome!!
Sorry I meant “flax “oil” on my Avocado. I gotta start proof reading my comments.
Haha, happens to the best of us 😉
Tried it , Loved it, I’m hooked
Woop! Awesome to have you on board, Albert!
I made the avocado sandwich. Super easy and super quick. Loved it so much !
So good to hear, Anushree!!! 😀
Love Avocado in sandwiches but hate the way slices always slide out of a sandwich, making it awkward to eat. So my favorite avocado sandwich is avocado mashed with salt and pepper, topped with crushed walnuts and fresh spinach & sometimes the addition of sliced cherry/grape tomatoes.
Haha, good point! Slippery avocado isn’t much fun :D. I guess I usually give mine a quick squish first, thinking about it, so I’ll add that to the instructions. Thanks for the reminder!
This was the most complex and tasteful recipe. I used the other half of my avocado to makes a smoothie and it was good. I apprecate ya’lls recipe. So darn much
Thanks Jimbo! Really glad you enjoyed. Appreciate your comment, too!
No problemo my dude. I just thinks that a good recipe nets to be shared. Ya know?
Haha fully agree!
Slices of avocado & tomato –too slippery! I smashed the avocado, and substituted finely chopped bottled dried tomatoes.
This is a such a good sandwich. I’m picky so I substituted brie and arugula for mozzarella and romaine. Had trouble woth drizzling the balsamic and then travel with the sandwich to work. The outer bread got soggy. I fixed it by taking an extra piece of bread and soaking it in balsamic and put that in the middle if the sandwich, Monica Gellar Moist Maker style. Total game changer.
Hi Lauren, nice idea!! That actually sounds awesome 😀
Yes, good point, taking the balsamic separately when eating later is a good tip, thanks!