Dorm Cooking 101: Avocado Toast

It's quick, easy, delicious, and can be prepared in the comfort of your own dorm room. What's not to love?
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It's quick, easy, delicious, and can be prepared in the comfort of your own dorm room. What's not to love?

Although I'm still in disbelief that summer flew by so quickly, I'm pretty excited to head back to campus. Starting a new school year can be daunting and overwhelming, but it can also be thrilling and joyous.

However, despite my aforementioned excitement, the one thing I'm not looking forward to is the college food. It's true, being a foodie doesn't help here, but I'm sure you can all relate.

So today, I'm sharing a recipe that's quick, easy, and something you can make without even leaving your dorm room:

Avocado Toast

avocado toast

Yes, that is my college desk and yes, you can make this in your dorm room!

That's right, avocado toast. I know what you're thinking: I've seen that all over my Instagram and Tumblr feeds. It's fancy. It's gourmet. I dream about that while I'm away from home. How can I ever make that in my own dorm room?

Well, today's your lucky day because I'm here to tell you that avocado toast is indeed delicious, it feels elegant no matter how you make it, and it is incredibly easy to prepare, which makes it the perfect dorm room food. Move aside ramen noodles, this toast is coming for you.

What You'll Need:

  • A slice of bread (I love Ezekiel bread, but use whatever you like!) 
  • 1/2 an avocado 
  • A drizzle of olive oil 
  • Red pepper (if you can handle spice; cayenne works well) 
  • A sprinkle of chia seeds 
  • A pinch of salt
  • Optional: A drop of lemon juice

How to Make It:

Dorm cooking hack #1: Always keep a loaf of bread in your freezer. I know it sounds odd, but once you try it, you'll never go back. Doing this allows you to always have bread on hand and to never have to worry about it getting moldy.

When you're ready to make your avocado toast, simply grab a slice from the freezer and heat it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds, give or take a few. 

Once your bread is ready to go, it's time for the avocado. Although you usually won't be able to grab avocados from your dining hall, they're very easy to find at a local supermarket, and they're really cheap (usually about $1/avocado).

avocado sliced in half

The star of the show. Photo: ELLE

Grab your avocado and cut it in half. I usually use the side without the pit first because it's easier, but if you'd like to use the pitted half, just remove the skin from the outside and cut around the pit to cut avocado slices. If you're using the half without the pit, remove the skin from the avocado and then cut even slices

Now comes the fun part: arranging. You can arrange the avocado slices however you like, so feel free to add your own personal touch here!

Lastly, it's time for the toppings. Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil on top of the toast (dorm cooking hack #2: always have a bottle of olive oil on hand, you never know when you'll need it), splash a tiny bit of lemon juice on it (if you want), and then sprinkle some chia seeds on top.

If you enjoy spice, sprinkle some cayenne or red pepper on top (as you can see from the photo, I really like spicy food, so I add a lot, but you should obviously add as much or as little as you are comfortable with), and a pinch of salt. And there you have it! Your avocado toast is ready to eat.

Variations

avocado toast with egg

Put an egg on it!

If the classic avocado toast isn't quite your style, try these variations to kick it up a notch. They might not be as easy to make in your dorm room, but they can give you something to look forward to preparing when you're back home!

  • Toast, avocado, feta, and blueberries
  • Toast, avocado, and a soft or hard-boiled egg
  • Toast, avocado, and fresh tomato
  • Toast, avocado, and salsa 
  • Toast, avocado, mango, and lime (add some jalapeño if you're a daredevil)

Who's Ready?

easy to make avocado toast

There's my desk again...

Are you ready to give this recipe a try? I can assure that you won't be sorry you gave it a shot. If you're tired of the dining hall and aren't feeling your instant mac, this is the perfect solution. Let me know how it goes in the comments!