I’m always looking for a new way to dress my salad. I LOVE making my own salad dressings and I just went back to the archives and counted about 19 different salad dressings. Obsessed much?
When I have salad I tend to take the ranch route because I love the way it clings to the lettuce leaves and vegetables. And well it’s ranch and ranch dressing is just plain awesome. The downside is that it isn’t so easy to whip up on a whim. Since I’ve been consuming my weight in avocados lately I wanted to make a salad dressing out of a few ripe avocados that only had a day or so before they became too soft and inedible.
All it takes is 5 simple ingredients plus a salad (duh). Also if you have a mini processor you’ll need it because it will help make this whole process easier. I use mine ALL the time and it’s one essential kitchen appliance I highly suggest having. They’re fairly cheap and I prefer to pull it out of the cupboard instead of lugging out it’s larger version that I dub “the giant beast”.
Got five minutes? Then I suggest you make this healthy salad dressing for sure!
Start by smashing and peeling a clove of garlic.
Drop it into a mini food processor.
Throw in the avocado.
Add a half tablespoon of lemon or lime juice.
And a quarter teaspoon of both kosher salt and black pepper.
Make sure to add it before you drop it all onto your cutting board. Classic Laurie move right here.
Add in the olive oil…
Puree and scrape down the sides as you go.
Add a little water at a time to thin it out to a desired consistency.
And that’s it. You could also add in fun other ingredients like fresh cilantro, hot sauce, or spices like cumin or cayenne. You can dress this up as much or as little as possible.
Add this dressing to your favorite leafy green salad or substitute it in a chicken salad… or eat it with a spoon. Seriously it’s THAT good.
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Creamy Avocado Dressing
A creamy and healthy avocado salad dressing!
Yield: about a cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
1 whole large avocado
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a mini food processor add the peeled clove of garlic, avocado, lime or lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides a few times. Thin the salad dressing out with a little bit of water (1/4 cup to 1/2 cup) until it reaches a desired consistency.
Keep in an airtight container for at least a week, but 3 to 4 days is best.