Avocado spread is a gorgeous, creamy, and appetizing spread made with avocado, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and black pepper.

You can have it like hummus, as a dip with warm pita bread, veggie sticks, or in a sandwich.

Thanks to the brilliant combination of tahini and avocado, you can expect a velvety, creamy texture and a rich, nutty, and buttery flavor.

Avocado spread on a blue plate with parsley

Dietary Note: this recipe is suitable for a vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diet. It’s low in cholesterol and saturated fats.

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What is avocado spread?

Avocado toast with chickpeas and red onion
Avocado spread on toasted sourdough bread topped with marinated chickpeas and red onion.

Avocado spread is not guacamole. If that’s what you are looking for, here’s our guacamole recipe.

This recipe is more like hummus. Thanks to the addition of tahini, it’s creamier, nuttier, bolder, and richer than guac.

Creamy Avocado spread on a blue plate with lemon on the side

If you haven’t tried avocado and tahini together yet, you are in for a treat: they are delicious and produce one of the best spreads/dips we tried.

Ingredients for avocado spread

Ingredients for avocado spread

Quantities are in the recipe box at the bottom of the page.

Avocado

Try to pick ripe avocados.

We compiled a short guide on picking avocado in our guacamole post.

Lemon juice

Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds freshness.

Please do not blend the lemon seeds; they are bitter when blended. We haven’t tried lime juice in this recipe.

Tahini

When buying tahini, choose one made from 100% hulled sesame seeds with a light beige color and pourable consistency.

Tahini is the secret to many creamy-dreamy dips and sauces, such as tahini sauce, lentil hummus, and mutabal, making this avocado spread irresistible.

Since we are using tahini, a dense, smooth, and relatively (healthy) fat ingredient, there’s no need for extra-virgin olive oil (except a few drops for drizzling on top), greek yogurt, mayonnaise, or other ingredients.

Garlic

Preferably use fresh garlic as opposed to garlic powder.

It adds a zestier taste and a fresher aroma. Don’t add too much garlic; start with half a clove.

Salt and Pepper

Try to use sea salt or kosher salt.

You can also add a twist or two of freshly ground black pepper to the avocado mixture.

Fresh herbs

Fresh herbs are optional. Before serving it, you can sprinkle fresh flat-leaf parsley or cilantro (coriander).

Other ingredients

We tested many variations of this spread, but the basic recipe is our favorite.

That’s why we decided not to include herbs, bagel seasoning, red onion, spices, and other ingredients.

If you’d like to add more stuff to this recipe, we recommend a pinch of ground cumin for a Middle Eastern spin and red pepper flakes for a touch of heat.

Creamy Avocado spread on a blue plate with lemon on the side

How to make avocado spread

US cups + grams measurements in the recipe box at the bottom of the page.

Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop the pulp into a food processor.

Add garlic, tahini, fresh lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.

Don’t have a food processor? No worries. You can make this recipe with a blender, potato masher, and even a fork, mashing the avocado first and then adding the other ingredients.

ingredients for avocado spread in a food processor before blending

Blend until you reach your desired texture. You might have to stop once or twice to scrape down the sides of the food processor.

We think the avocado spread should be almost entirely smooth.

Avocado spread on a spoon after blending

Taste, adjust for salt and lemon juice, then transfer to a bowl and serve as a dip or a spread.

Optionally, you can garnish with a few drops of olive oil and a pinch of sesame seeds.

Creamy Avocado spread on a blue plate with tomatoes and lemon on the side

Serving suggestions

Appetizer or Breakfast

Avocado toast with chickpeas

Brunch tip: use this recipe to make avocado toast and top it with our tofu scramble for a delicious protein-packed brunch.

Snack or Lunch

avocado spread in a wrap

Serve it as a sandwich spread, use it to fill up a bagel, or drop a few tablespoons in a wrap.

If you prep it in the morning, you might want to squeeze some lemon juice on top, then wrap it well in the film to slow oxidation and prevent the avo spread from turning brown.

Dinner

roasted eggplant with avocado spread, Italian tomato salsa, roasted chickpeas

Apply a thick layer of avocado spread on top of roasted eggplant boats, and top it with chopped cherry tomatoes, air-fryer chickpeas or roasted chickpeas, and plenty of freshly chopped parsley.

Questions

What is avocado spread made of?

Avocado spread is made with avocado, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Is avocado spread healthy?

Avocado spread is a whole-food plant-based recipe rich in heart-healthy fats and an incredible source of nutrients, thanks to the combination of avocado and tahini.

It contains vitamins C, E, K, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds and might reduce the risk of certain diseases.

Avocado and tahini help promote satiety, thanks to the high fiber and healthy fat content (which means you’ll eat less junk).

Is avocado spread the same as guacamole?

Avocado spread is not the same as guacamole. Guacamole is a Mexican avocado-based dip seasoned with lime, cilantro, garlic, and salt.

Avocado spread, while similar, can be made with many other ingredients, and everyone does it differently. We make ours with tahini, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic.

Is avocado spread healthier than butter?

Yes. Avocado spread is healthier than butter.

Storage

Make Ahead: avocado spread, like most avocado-based recipes, is best eaten soon after it’s made.

Avocados are hard to store once they are out of their shell because they contain many antioxidants that turn brown as soon as they come in contact with air.

Refrigerator: to store avocado spread leftovers, transfer them into a bowl, level it with a spoon, and cover it with a thin layer of lemon juice.

Next, cover it with plastic wrap, pushing down the wrap with your fingers to ensure it’s in contact with the avocado. Keep in the fridge for a maximum of 38 hours.

When you remove it from the refrigerator, remove the wrap and stir the spread well with a spoon to mix in the lemon juice.

Freezer: We don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

More avocado recipes

Avocado spread on a blue plate with fresh parsley in the middle

Avocado Spread

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 10 votes
Avocado spread is a gorgeous, creamy, and appetizing spread made with avocado, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and black pepper.
You can have it like hummus, as a dip with warm pita bread, veggie sticks, or in a sandwich.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Dip, Spread
Cuisine: American

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados ripe
  • 3 tablespoons tahini pick one made from 100% hulled sesame seeds, with a light beige color, and pourable consistency
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice or more to taste
  • ½ clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Cut 2 large avocados in half, remove the pit, and scoop the pulp into a food processor.
    Add 3 tablespoons tahini, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ clove garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper.
    ingredients for avocado spread in a food processor before blending
  • Blend until you reach your desired texture. You might have to stop once or twice to scrape down the sides of the food processor.
    We think the avocado spread should be almost entirely smooth.
    Avocado spread on a spoon after blending
  • Taste, adjust for salt and lemon juice, then transfer to a bowl and serve as a dip or a spread.
    Optionally, you can garnish with a few drops of olive oil and a pinch of sesame seeds.
    Creamy Avocado spread on a blue plate with lemon on the side
  • Serving tip: Spread it on toasted sourdough bread and top with chickpeas marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and parsley. Add mixed seeds, thinly sliced red onion and enjoy.
    Avocado toast with chickpeas

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 large portion of avocado spread out 4.
TIPS
Don’t have a food processor? No worries. You can make this recipe with a blender, potato masher, and even with a fork, mashing the avocado first, then adding in the other ingredients.
STORAGE
Make Ahead: avocado spread, like most avocado-based recipes, is best eaten soon after it’s made.
Avocados are hard to store once they are out of their shell because they contain many antioxidants that turn brown as soon as they come in contact with air.
Refrigerator: to store avocado spread leftovers, transfer them into a bowl, level it with a spoon, and cover it with a thin layer of lemon juice.
Next, cover it with plastic wrap, pushing down the wrap with your fingers to ensure it’s in contact with the avocado. Keep in the fridge for a maximum of 38 hours.
When you remove it from the refrigerator, remove the wrap and stir the spread well with a spoon to mix in the lemon juice.
Freezer: We don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 302mg, Potassium: 553mg, Dietary Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 155IU, Vitamin B6: 0.3mg, Vitamin C: 15mg, Vitamin E: 2mg, Vitamin K: 21µg, Calcium: 30mg, Folate: 95µg, Iron: 1mg, Manganese: 0.2mg, Magnesium: 41mg, Zinc: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Enjoying your recipes & creative ideas & variety
    Thank you so much, love following you & how easy you make it all come together with your great enthusiastic smile & reflected joy in your face preparing the food selections!

    1. Thank you, Mary – you’re very kind!

      We’re so happy you enjoy our food, thanks so much for your review and your comment. All the best,

      Louise

  2. 5 stars
    Am anxious to try your recipes. Love the great visual and printed directions. Best site ever for new ideas. Thank you

    1. Hi Ann,
      Thanks so much for your kind comment. We’re delighted you got inspired, that’s exactly how we want you to feel <3 Have a wonderful rest of your day! Cheers, Nico