The Deconstruction of our Avocado Toast

Quite possibly the most simple, yet most Instagrammed, dish around these days is a slice of avocado toast. Even for those who aren’t into cooking or designing beautiful, tasty meals, avocado toast is a staple, and a delicious and healthy one at that. Of course, Team Nourish couldn’t resist adding this to our menu, but we don’t do it like everyone else. In fact, we love our unique avocado toast so much, we thought it deserved a tribute.

We’ve already bragged about our amazing locally made bread, and we’re more than happy to do it again, but we’ll keep it short. It’s a whole-grain levain style loaf, which means it uses a sourdough starter, and mixed in are oats, rye, millet, and flax and sunflower seeds. We prioritize our bread because it’s the vehicle for many of our menu items, especially our avocado toast.  

The first layer on top of the bread,  one of the main attributes that sets Nourish’s avocado toast apart from all the others, is our house-made miso tahini spread. You might be asking what in the world that is. Well, it’s simple - just miso, tahini, oil, and water. Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans, which breaks the soybeans down and creates the characteristic uniquely salty flavor. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds, common in Middle Eastern cuisine - think peanut butter, but no peanuts, and sesame seeds instead.

And now for the star of the show: the avocado. This soft, creamy, almost buttery (but not actually) fruit has become the “it” fruit. Despite its lack of sweetness, yes - it actually is a fruit by definition, which begs the question: what nutrients does it contain? How is it nutritionally beneficial?

One half of an avocado - the typical serving size - contains almost 6 grams of fiber to promote feelings of sustained fullness. Additionally, the fruit is rich in vitamins C, E, and K, all of which are antioxidants, and vitamin B6, which helps maintain healthy blood vessels. Magnesium and potassium are two electrolytes found in avocados, and these help regulate hydration and muscle contraction and relaxation. Perhaps most significantly, the fruit contains omega-3 fatty acids - a anti-inflammatory nutrient crucial in promoting eye health and brain function, among other things.

Not only do the brightly colored pickled onions and carrots add a burst of flavor, they also provide a substantial dose of probiotics - the healthy bacteria that up-regulate digestion and absorption, and strengthen the immune system. What’s more, these veggies are an additional source of fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and antioxidants.

To top things off, we sprinkle a touch of our house-made Dukkah. This crunchy, nutty topping - a blend of almonds, pistachios, sesame seeds, coriander, cumin, and salt and pepper - is just one more flavor and texture dimension to take our avocado toast to the next level.

Have you tasted our avocado toast yet? If so, we only hope this makes you love it even more. If you haven’t… well, let this be your mouth-watering inspiration to come in for a slice! As always, we love you and are happy to help nourish you.

Jessica McLin