Lonely Planet Writer

Amsterdam is leading the way with the newest food craze - the avocado bun

We’ve had sushi donuts from Australia, chocolate kebabs from England and Doughritos from California, and now The Netherlands has given us a new unusual food creation – the avocado bun. Food stylist Colette Dike of Amsterdam is behind the healthy version of the bun burger, having created a classic cheeseburger in an avocado bun, another containing a chickpea burger and grilled baby sweetcorn, and one with whipped feta, bacon and a fried egg.

The avocado bun is obviously going to be trickier to eat than a classic bunburger, so Colette recommends treating it like a stacked salad and using a knife and fork. She likes to create fresh takes on classics in her work, and her latest creation has polarised people around the world. Some people were shocked at the idea of replacing the traditional bread bun with a fruit, healthy eating fans think it’s an amazing development, and foodies can’t wait to try the whole thing out.

While the avocado bun is quirky, the trend for transforming “junk food” into healthy alternatives has been taken to a new level by Japanese food stylist Mitsuki Moriyasu. She turns vegetables into colourful, eye-catching cakes, which are served at the Vegedeco Salad Café. At this rate, diners will be spoiled for choice with healthy foods that are both fun to look at and eat.

Vegedeco Salad Cafe, in Nagoya, Japan, has has invented the salad cake. Image: Vegedeco Salad
Vegedeco Salad Cafe, in Nagoya, Japan, has has invented the salad cake. Image: Vegedeco Salad