Get Your Greens With These 5 Ingredient Toasts

By Camille Styles
avocado toast recipes

Ed. Note: After seeing a snapshot of my sister-in-law Beth’s gorgeous green toast appetizers, I begged her to share the easy breezy recipes on the blog while summer produce is still at its peak. Beth’s vegetarian diet means that she’s always finding creative ways to make meat-free dishes feel inspired, and these apps are no exception – including the most perfect avocado toast that’s simple and delicious.  Plus, you can find all the kitchen tools & serving pieces she used in the photos at her shop, Lemon Gem – an absolute must-stop on any trip to St. Louis. Beth, take it away! 

Even though it’s early August, the back-to-school buzz always seems to start the long goodbye to summer — something I fight with every fiber of my being each year. I can’t quite bring myself to start thinking about warm, cozy meals and cardigans when, at least here in Missouri, the temps still hit the upper 80s, and the backyard beckons us outside for porch dinners with friends.

Photography by Jordyn Dolan

Last summer my husband Collin and I kept planning these elaborate four-course meals when we had guests over — partly because we wanted them to feel special; partly because we missed cooking more complex, time-consuming meals (and I think Collin enjoyed showing off his culinary skills, ha!). But things would quickly go from enjoyable to stressful as we prepped and cooked all these different components, and we’d still be in the middle of the madness when our friends arrived.

It clearly left an impression, because this summer we’ve been all about easy entertaining: multiple courses exchanged for a main, one to two minimal sides, and recipes we can prep the night before. We pretty much always use the grill because, much like a campfire, it has a way of drawing everyone together to sit and sip on cocktails.

Grilling can be a challenge for us though because I’m usually the lone vegetarian in the group, so finding something that’s satisfying for me as a main course isn’t always easy. That’s why I have officially dubbed this season as the “Styles Summer of Toasts.” A thick slice of grilled artisanal bread is the perfect canvas for an endless combination of toppings.

We have a local eatery here in St. Louis called Union Loafers that makes the most delicious artisanal breads, and after trying several different toppings, we keep going back to our green-hued friends: avocado and zucchini.

We keep our avocado toast simple, mashing it with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. The zucchini toast gets a bed of rosemary-infused ricotta, grilled zucchini, red pepper flakes, toasted almonds, mint, and lemon zest salt. My favorite salt is from Jacobsen Salt Co. in Portland. Their salts are consistently a top seller at my kitchen store Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods, and we’ve had so much fun incorporating those flavorful flakes into our own meals.

To go with the toasts, we do a delicious grilled okra. Once all the components are chopped and grilled, we assemble them ourselves, which makes serving a breeze. We use a big bowl for the okra and a pizza peel or cutting board for the toasts. I love that these boards are durable enough to prep ingredients, cute enough to serve food, and dishwasher-safe at the end of it all.

Avocado Toast, Ricotta Toast, & Grilled Okra

Get Your Greens With These 5 Ingredient Toasts

By Camille Styles

Avocado Toast


  • 2 large, thick slices of crusty bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 large avocado
  • fresh lemon juice
  • salt & pepper


  1. Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Grill on high heat until well-toasted on both sides. While bread is still very hot, thoroughly rub both slices with garlic clove.
  2. In a medium bowl, roughly mash avocado with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Spread avocado mixture on toast slices. Dust with finishing salt, if desired.
  3. Quickly eat any remaining avocado mixture with a spoon when your guests aren't looking!

Ricotta Toast


  • 1 pint of ricotta (whole or skim)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 large, thick slices of crusty bread
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • red pepper flakes
  • chopped mint


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, rosemary, honey, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least one hour to allow flavors to marry. The mixture will become saltier as it rests, so add a little less salt than you normally would.
  2. Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Grill on high heat until well-toasted on both sides. Spread a generous portion of ricotta mixture on bread while it is still warm. Sprinkle on red pepper flakes and mint, and dust with finishing salt, if desired.

Grilled Okra


  • 1 pound of whole okra
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  1. If your okra is fairly uniform in size, leave it whole. If you have some pieces that are much larger than others, cut the large ones in half to ensure an even cooking time.
  2. Lightly coat the okra in olive oil and give them a good, strong pinch of salt and pepper. Grill on high heat for 5-7 minutes, turning once. The more color you allow them to get on the grill, the better they taste, so be patient. Serve hot.
  3. If you're worried about the okra falling through your grill grate, a cast iron skillet on top of the grill works just as well.

Comments (8)

  1. Alexis deZayas says:

    Oh my goodness! I’ve never grilled my avocado toast before – this sounds so good!

  2. Marina says:

    I’m not a vegetarian, but who would miss meat when you could be eating these beautiful toasts? Beth, are those jadeite plates?! Might just have to schedule a trip to St. Louis to visit Lemon Gem!

    1. Beth says:

      You’ve got a good eye, Marina! These particular ones are from my collection of vintage jadeite pieces, but we do carry a brand that still produces plates, bowls, mugs, tumblers, S&P shakers, cake stands and mixing bowls. The last three we almost always have in stock and the rest are easy for us to order! 🙂

  3. thismisscooks says:

    I’ve been cooking up some breakfast avocado toast recipes recently, but I hadn’t thought of them as an appetizer before. Clearly I was missing out!

  4. Tori Kristine says:

    Everything looks soooo good, gotta try some of these one day!

  5. A Stylish Adventure says:

    This looks delicious. Thank you! I am definitely going to try.

  6. HomesAndWeddings says:

    oh wow, such yummy ideas. Time to finally try this avocado toast I’m seeing everywhere. The ricotta one sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing these!

  7. Hilary Hahn says:

    I love avocado toast, but am also eager to try the grilled okra toast because it looks delicious.

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