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Avocado Rye Canapés - An easy and delicious recipe that is great as an appetizer or a light lunch!

These days, more and more of our friends and family (as well as us!) are watching what they eat and trying to make some healthier food choices.

So as we’ve been entertaining this summer, Jack and I have been trying to serve some lighter (but still very delicious!) fare that will help our guests stay on their diets as well as impress their taste buds! These Avocado Rye Canapés are a perfect option.

Avocado Rye Canapés - An easy and delicious recipe that is great as an appetizer or a light lunch!

The idea behind these delicious little appetizers came about after I made avocado toast as part of a light lunch for Jack and myself a few weeks ago. I wanted to use up the last few slices of some dark rye bread we had on hand, as well as a very ripe avocado – and we also had some of our delicious pickled red onions in the refrigerator.

The dark rye bread was a perfect flavor pairing with the lightly seasoned, mashed avocado and the bright and zesty flavor from the pickled red onions gives a great kick of flavor.

Avocado Rye Canapés - An easy and delicious recipe that is great as an appetizer or a light lunch!

We love the flavor combination so much, we decided to turn it into an appetizer – and that was the inspiration behind this avocado rye canapés recipe!

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Avocado Rye Canapés

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 triangles


Note: Prep time does not include time to make the pickled red onions


  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 34 grinds of freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices dark rye bread
  • Pickled red onions (see recipe here)


  1. Slice avocados in half lengthwise and remove pit (we show you an easy way to do it right here). Using a spoon, scoop the avocado flesh from the skin and place in a bowl. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper, then using a fork, mash the avocado (I like to leave some chunks) and mix until blended. Set aside.
  2. Trim the crusts from the slices of rye bread. Then cut in half diagonally to form triangles.
  3. When ready to serve, lightly toast the rye bread triangles. Once toasted, spread the avocado mixture onto the rye toasts. Garnish with slices of pickled red onions.

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Avocado Rye Canapés - An easy and delicious recipe that is great as an appetizer or a light lunch!

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  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet wrote:

    Pickled red onions have such an amazing flavor! I bet it goes well with this!

  • Rose | The Clean Dish wrote:

    This is definitely a light snack! It looks and sounds amazing. I love canapes! Avocado is a great choice for a topping.

  • Angie | Big Bear’s Wife wrote:

    The pickled red onion on the the first picture looks just like a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon! These sound perfect and I’m going to save them because even though I don’t think it was meant to be, it would be perfect for October when the cancer society here does their lunchin!

    • Martha wrote:

      LOL – I thought so too when I we took that photo Angie! But it looked so nice – I didn’t want to change it! 🙂 Great idea for a breast cancer awareness luncheon appetizer!

  • heather | girlichef wrote:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had rye and avocado together before, now I want to try it. Love the creamy smooth avocado with the tang of that onion. Plus, the colors are just so vibrant!

  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition wrote:

    I would eat these for lunch and dinner!

  • Paula – bell’alimento wrote:

    What a perfect and pretty party bite!

  • Doug wrote:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing – I have been getting whole wheat bread lately, so rye will be a nice change, and just about anything goes well with avocado!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Doug!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    I love how healthy this is and still remains delicious! Kuddos!

  • Stephanie @Back for Seconds wrote:

    I love that these are healthy – but really, they look like a treat to me! YUM

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    Now THIS is healthy food that I won’t mind eating! Love the colors here!

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