In my little town by the sea, finding a good place for brunch can be a bit of a challenge. After growing up and living in cities like Austin and Seattle where avocado toast is abundant, breakfast tacos dominate the table and top-shelf smoothies make you feel like a million bucks, brunch favorites may be missed, but not forgotten. In fact, they are almost always cheaper and arguably more delicious when you make them at home.
Effortless and satisfying, this simple avocado toast is ready in 5 minutes or less and makes the most of vibrant purple daikon radishes. Topped with a bit of sesame oil, sesame seeds, fresh chervil and flaky sea salt, this simple avocado toast is akin to brunch-spot offerings, but without the hour wait! Best of all, it’s accessible, customizable and available to you whenever creamy, smashed avocado toast cravings arise.
Colorful radishes are one of the first signs that spring is nigh—along with gentle rains, unfurling leaves and crocuses galore. They also give a nod to Pantone’s 2018 color of the year (Ultra Violet).
Early spring daffodils, crocuses and hellebores from my garden.
Even though a bevy of brunch spots are no longer within reach, I am incredibly grateful to live in a place where seasonal produce is abundant thanks to amazing local farmers and growers.And if you can’t find (or don’t like) radishes, you can still customize this avocado toast to your liking. Simply use the framework of this recipe and modify based on what’s available to you or what you enjoy!
1 purple daikon radish, thinly sliced or shaved (I used a mandoline for this)
a drizzle or two of sesame oil
black sesame seeds
flaky sea salt
Toast the bread. While the bread is toasting, slice the avocado in half. Remove the pit and peel. Place the avocado halves in a bowl, splash with lime juice and use a fork to smash. Add flaky sea salt to taste.
Evenly distribute the smashed avocado between each piece of toast. Top with shaved radish slices. Drizzle with sesame oil and top with sesame seeds, flaky sea salt, and chervil as desired.
Can’t find purple radishes? Radishes of any kind will work just as well!
Feel free to get fancy and experiment with whatever other toppings your heart desires on this toast. Crushed red pepper flakes are one of my other favorite toppings.