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25 reasons why avocado is the world’s most perfect food

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We’ve raved about quinoa, jumped on the chia seed bandwagon and pinned more Brussels sprouts and asparagus recipes than we thought possible; but at the end of the day, the healthy food that truly steals our hearts is the avocado. And the only way to show you why, while giving the avocado the love it deserves, is with photos and recipe links.

1. Avocado deviled eggs!

1. Avocado deviled eggs!

Lately there have been a myriad of unusual and tasty deviled egg recipes floating around Pinterest, but this one from Mother Thyme took the cake for us.

2. Creamy avocado salad dressing!

2. Creamy avocado salad dressing!

There are so many delicious salad dressing recipes that use avocado to replace the bad fats you usually find in creamy dressings with good fats. This recipe from Global Table Adventure is one of our favorites.

3. Hass Avocado’s amazing recipe site!

3. Hass Avocado’s amazing recipe site!

Hass Avocado, we salute you for developing a brilliant marketing scheme that we can actually benefit from. The company's Avocado Central website offers every avocado recipe you could ever imagine.

4. This sandwich!

4. This sandwich!

Gabrielle Hamilton’s summer sandwich is one of our favorite warm-weather lunch solutions — it's topped with ricotta, avocados, grape tomatoes, red pearl onions and lemon zest, and garnished with sesame seeds.

5. You can make mac & cheese with it!

5. You can make mac & cheese with it!

No words. Get the recipe, from Two Peas And Their Pod, here.

6. Who needs cream cheese when you have avocado?

6. Who needs cream cheese when you have avocado?

The California Avocado Commission shared this recipe for avocado-cilantro bagel spread, and the only downside to it is that we’re now bummed our favorite New York bagel joints don’t offer it.

7. You can use it to make a chilled soup when you’re tired of gazpacho!

7. You can use it to make a chilled soup when you’re tired of gazpacho!

This chilled avocado cucumber soup recipe from Framed Cooks is refreshing AND nutritious on a hot summer day.

8. It's a nutritious substitute for mayonnaise!

8. It's a nutritious substitute for mayonnaise!

Replace bad fats with good ones in such dishes as egg salad — like this one from Skinnytaste — or potato salad.

9. It makes eggs benedict even yummier!

9. It makes eggs benedict even yummier!

This recipe for California eggs benedict from the Curvy Carrot tops English muffin halves with tomato, avocado, Monterey Jack cheese and hollandaise.

10. It can give your boring traditional bruschetta an upgrade!

10. It can give your boring traditional bruschetta an upgrade!

This guacamole bruschetta recipe from Just A Taste uses French bread, garlic, tomatoes, avocados, onion, cilantro, olive oil and lime juice — yum!

11. This loaded avocado recipe!

11. This loaded avocado recipe!

Who wants a loaded baked potato when you can have this incredible mix of shrimp, tomatoes and avocado from the Spicy Stiletto?

12. It goes with quinoa!

12. It goes with quinoa!

The Diva Dish concocted this awesome recipe for lemon quinoa cilantro chickpea salad with avocado, and we were suddenly reminded that salad can be yummy.

13. You can throw it in soup!

13. You can throw it in soup!

Avocados make a great garnish for soups, like this Mexican lime soup with chicken from Williams-Sonoma.

14. You can make hummus with it!

14. You can make hummus with it!

An ingenious combination of guacamole and hummus, this guac hummus from Martha Stewart accompanies us to many a summer picnic.

15. It’s great for smoothie fanatics, too!

15. It’s great for smoothie fanatics, too!

This avocado smoothie from the Little Kitchen is a mix of avocado, sweetened condensed milk, almond milk, sugar and crushed ice.

16. AVOCADO FRIES!

16. AVOCADO FRIES!

17. You can grill them!

17. You can grill them!

It turns out grilled avocados are delicious — make sure you add a dollop of sour cream and salsa where the pits used to be after grilling. Click here for more unusual foods to throw on the grill.

18. These avocado truffles can trick your kids into eating healthy!

18. These avocado truffles can trick your kids into eating healthy!

These avocado truffles from the Golubka blog are not only absolutely beautiful, but they’re also coated and stuffed with healthy ingredients. The recipe stuffs an avocado with a filling of mango, cilantro, black sesame seeds and lime juice; then it coats the whole thing with dried mango, black sesame seeds, pistachio and freeze-dried corn, peas and red bell pepper, ground together with a mortar and pestle.

19. It makes healthy dips!

19. It makes healthy dips!

We all love dips — but our waistlines usually don’t. Enter the creamy avocado yogurt dip from Two Peas And A Pod, which cuts the bad fats by using avocados and Greek yogurt.

20. It can be used as a filling for just about anything!

20. It can be used as a filling for just about anything!

Our obsession with healthy summer finger foods led us to these avocado pesto-stuffed tomatoes from Better Homes & Gardens.

21. It greens up our grilled cheese!

21. It greens up our grilled cheese!

Get some greens with this Green Goddess grilled cheese sandwich from Taste Spotting, which uses herb pesto, mozzarella, baby spinach, avocado and goat cheese.

22. You can bake with it!

22. You can bake with it!

Eliminate some of the butter you usually use in baked goods by using avocado instead — like this this avocado pound cake recipe from Joy The Baker.

23. It fills that annoying pasta alfredo craving you keep having!

23. It fills that annoying pasta alfredo craving you keep having!

Instead of making some cheesy pasta dish, try using an avocado pesto on pasta. Check out this recipe from the Comfort of Cooking.

24. It makes the perfect container for baked eggs!

24. It makes the perfect container for baked eggs!

Get creative with your breakfast and bake your eggs in the empty space of an avocado where the pit used to be.

25. You can wrap it in delicious things!

25. You can wrap it in delicious things!

These avocado witches' fingers from Domestic Fits are simple and yummy: avocado slices stuffed with goat cheese and then wrapped in prosciutto.

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