Super-hot and showing no signs of cooling down, avocado toast is trendy, splashed across social media and menus of hipster restaurants. Maybe it's time for an upgrade of this breakfast snack that got its start in Australia. Much like the way that a grilled cheese sandwich can be so much more than bread and dairy, avocado toast is easy to reinvent. Let's start with the basic and explore some more advanced versions.

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1. Basic Avocado Toast

First off, you should know that "avo toast" is the preferred slang for the dish, and the hashtag (#avotoast) under which you'll find plenty of gorgeous social media pictures of this simple dish. The easiest way to prepare the dish is with a mashed up avocado spread atop toasted bread, and finished with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

2. Avocado Toast With Cheese

At stage two, we're already flipping the script. This next-level avocado toast leaves the green tropical fruit un-smashed, opting instead to go the sliced route. However, things get creative with slices of cheddar cheese, which get toasted atop the bread before receiving the crowning avocdo wedges to create a gooey, tangy, snackable plate.

3. Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon

Take your basic avocado toast, and marry it with another breakfast classic: smoked salmon. If it works on a bagel as lox or nova, then why not on avocado toast? The creamy avocado matches perfectly with the salty, smoky fish.

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4. Refried Bean Avocado Toast

Take things for a Central American spin with this version, somewhere between your traditional avo smash and something akin to a Mexican tostada or huarache. Cumin, garlic powder, ground chile and hot sauce provide a flavorful backdrop for refried pinto beans and guacamole, all in a relatively healthy preparation.

5. Edamame and Avocado Spread

Take a healthy option like soy beans (edamame) and pair them with avocados for an Asian-leaning spin to the dish. Side benefit to this delicious dish? Edamame are rich in Vitamins C and K.

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