Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing

5 minutes is all you need to whip up the Creamy Avocado Dressing! Delicious, healthy and perfect on your favorite salad!

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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 50+ different salad dressings. Obsessed much?

Usually when I have salad I tend to take the ranch route because I love the way it clings to the lettuce leaves. And also because, well it’s ranch and ranch dressing is just plain awesome. The downside is that it isn’t so easy to whip up from scratch on a whim. However, since I’ve been consuming my weight in avocados lately I wanted to make a salad dressing out of a lonely ripe avocado that only had a day or so left before it became too soft, and eventually inedible.

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Got five minutes? Then I suggest you make this healthy and lusciously creamy avocado salad dressing for sure!

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To make this recipe, you will need 1 ripe avocado, 1 clove peeled fresh garlic (sometimes I add 2 cloves), 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice (I eyeball it ad add about 1/2 a lime), 3 tablespoons olive oil and salt and black pepper.

How to get Ripe Avocados to LAST:

The trick to storing ripe avocados so they last is a no-brainer, it’s easy and effective and has saved me SO much money. First  buy hard to the touch, bright green avocados and allow them to ripen on the counter. Once they are black, soft to the touch (NOT squishy) pop them into the fridge. Here is where they will last for quite a few days! You guys this has changed my life and I owe this trick to my sisters. No more wasted avocados!

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Start by scooping out the flesh of an avocado and add it to your mini food processor with the peeled garlic clove, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Alternatively, if you don’t have lime juice, lemon may be substituted.

Having a mini food processor will help make this whole process easier. I use mine ALL the time and it’s one essential kitchen appliance I highly suggest owning. They’re fairly cheap and great for small batch recipes like this one.

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Next, secure the lid and puree until smooth. Also, make sure to scrape down the sides as you go. Lastly, pour in a little water at a time to thin it out to a desired consistency, I like to add 1/4 cup.

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Finally add this dressing to your favorite leafy green salad or substitute it for mayo in a chicken salad! You could also eat it with tortilla chips or even a spoon. With that said, this may be the best creamy avocado salad dressing ever!

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Enjoy! And if you give this Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 1 cup

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing
A creamy and healthy avocado salad dressing!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 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, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • water, as needed (I add up to 1/4 cup)


  1. In a mini food processor add the peeled clove of garlic, avocado, lime or lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. 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 or more) until it reaches a desired consistency.
  3. Keep in an airtight container for at least a week, but 3 to 4 days is best.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 68mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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105 Responses to “Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing”

  1. #
    cheri — April 14, 2014 at 12:46 am

    This avocado dressing looks wonderful, I eat several avocados a week and never seem to tire of them. Will try this dressing next. Looks very healthy.

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    Laura@Baking in Pyjamas — April 14, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I have all these ingredients at home, minus he lime but I do have lemons. This is going on my salad tonight and for the rest of the week. It looks divine. Saved and pinned!!

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    Kathy — April 14, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Love this! Avocado’s are one of my favorite foods! And I’m with you on the ranch dressing. I’m excited to try this soon!

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    Liz@Virtually Homemade — April 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

    This looks amazing and so healthy!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    With snow on the ground this morning, you have no idea how much this dressing makes me happy!

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    Dana — April 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

    That’s funny! My food processor is called “The Beast”. I usually have my avocados in the salad, not on top. Will definitely have to try this.

  7. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I love how creamy this dressing is! Sounds absolutely amazing!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 14, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Gorgeous dressing, Laurie! We adore avos at our house and I cannot wait to make this! Thanks for sharing, girl.

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — April 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    This dressing! Oh my gosh, so beautiful! Definitely making this this weekend—I had a sad experience with an avocado the other day (brown, despite seeming perfect on the outside), so I need to make up for it with this!

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    ashley - baker by nature — April 14, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    That color! Girl, this is avo-friggin-mazing!!!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 14, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    I might have to go the spoon route with this dressing because I don’t think I’d have the patience to wait to even pour it on a salad. It looks too good!

  12. #
    Esther @ Pimpante — April 15, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Does this look delicious or what..!!! I’d love to have this some time really soon. I can truly imagine myself adding this to my summer salads. Thank you!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I am all for consuming more avocados. This gloriously green dressing looks amazing!

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    Kathryn — April 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    All I can say is THANK YOU!! This dressing is amazing. Instant classic for my family!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 11:25 pm

      I’m so completely ecstatic that you made this! Thank YOU Kathryn!

  15. #
    Kelly — April 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I am SO making this Laur! WOWOW!

  16. #
    Amy L — May 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Brilliant idea! I bet it would be great on tacos, as a dip, spread on sandwiches…

  17. #
    Alejandra Perez — May 19, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Delish! Just made it and called Liquid Avocado for Ceviche tostadas. Did not have olive oil so used avocado oil and doubled the lime juice.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 10:35 pm

      Yay! So happy to hear it!

  18. #
    Tina — May 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Yum!!!!! Will this keep in fridge if you make it in advance (or have leftovers)??

  19. #
    Susan Louise — May 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Had a taste for an iceberg wedge with bleu cheese, classic. Wanted to use a perfect avocado with a tang of pico. This is the perfectly light and luscious recipe! I addedroasted garlic, fresh cilantro and slice of red onion when I pureed it. Add chopped Kumato (Trader Joes always has them) tomatoes on top of the dressed lettuce then sprinkle chunky bleu or gorgonzola and a nice warm bagette with a glass of pinot gris, and voila! Elegant, fresh decadent dinner. Macerated balsamic strawberries for dessert. Thanks for the recipe. It is a keeper!

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    Kate — May 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Yummm. This dressing is delish!! Do you have any recommendations of recipes you can put this dressing on? I’m trying to eat more salads and would like to vary them up a bit.

  21. #
    Dave H — June 17, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I wanted some kind of avocado dressing for the salad I made for dinner tonight. I’m so glad I ran across your recipe, my fiancé and I agree that this is freaking awesome! I made asparagus (blanched & shocked in ice water) with cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta. Then I mixed in the avocado dressing, and WOW, what a great combo! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Also – LOVE the idea for using this to make chicken salad, definitely going to try that sometime!

  22. #
    Pamela Grossman — June 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Great picts- love the commentary. How long do will it last in the refrig?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 25th, 2014 @ 10:49 am

      Hi Pamela! If kept in an airtight container in the fridge, it should last about a week 🙂

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    Tao Canuel — August 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Would you be able to post the nutrition facts for this? I tried this dressing on a spinach salad with chicken, cheese and tomatoes and it’s now my favourite! But I am doing Atkins diet and am wondering how many carbs are in it 🙂

  24. #
    Tao Canuel — August 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I also added a little bit of coconut milk to the dressing and it was awesome. Thank you for posting!

  25. #
    Matt Burch — September 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Has anyone tried freezing this? I’m thinking of making a larger batch.

  26. #
    Betty Allen — September 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I made this today.
    My son and I loved it ,will be making this a lot I’m sure

  27. #
    Lorraine C — February 3, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Made this tonight for my salad. Love it…Next time I will make a larger batch!

  28. #
    Laura Schaefer — February 14, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Super easy and delish! I’m going to drizzle it over veg & black bean tostadas. A little cumin would be a good addition.

  29. #
    Liz — February 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    This looks great, and I am definitely going to try making this tonight. I wonder, if you wanted a bit of tang to it, would it taste okay to sub half the water for rice wine vinegar?

  30. #
    george doyle — March 27, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    this looks like the recipe from bon apetite that was served over poached salmon ,chilled.. excellent

  31. #
    Safiya — April 5, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Just made this and it was delish! Thanks.

  32. #
    Deb G — July 24, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Just wanted to thank you for this fabulous recipe. Ever since I had avocado dressing at a local restaurant I’ve been trying to find bottle or a recipe that would do. This fits the bill wonderfully. My avocados were rather small so I used 2, and added a bit more lime juice. Voila! And it even looked like your picture. Thanks again.

  33. #
    Lynne — January 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    How long can I keep this in the refrigerator?

  34. #
    June E. Hulit — January 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Do we know how many calories this is per Tablespoon? We are making this tonight…but was curious about calories.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 31st, 2016 @ 10:11 am

      Hi June! I just entered the ingredients into an app and it’s telling me it’s roughly 100 calories per serving (or 2 tablespoons). I hope this helps! 🙂

  35. #
    Debbie — July 29, 2016 at 2:42 am

    I’ve made this dressing 3 times this week. Also nice with coriander stalks or sub lime for the lemon. So delicious

  36. #
    Diane — August 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    This reminds me of my Avocado Pesto. I love it!

    The only difference is I add a few pine nuts, some basil and a jalapeño.
    Serve at room temperature over your favorite pasta and you can freeze any remaining Pesto in a jar.
    As long as you use a few tablespoons of either lime or lemon (I use lemon), it will not brown.

  37. #
    Lynnea — August 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    This is seriously a 5 minute recipe people!!! I was looking to replace a ranch dressing since I cannot have dairy and just figured out I have a coconut sensitivity….this fit the bill of creamy and tasty!!! I used my immersion blender and it worked just fine.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 17th, 2016 @ 11:02 am

      I’m so glad Lynnea! Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment! <3

  38. #
    andrea — September 8, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    how long does it last in the fridge??

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2016 @ 10:23 am

      Hi Andrea! I’d say it would last up to a week in a container with a tight fitting lid, but in my opinion it’s best within 3 to 4 days. Enjoy!

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    Rayne Saltair — October 5, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I just made this and it was a bit bland for my tastes so I added an 1/8th of a tsp of whole mustard seed, upped the garlic, and a tablespoon of Amatriciana (Dried onion, tomato, and chili pepper). It’s wonderful thank you.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 6th, 2016 @ 6:54 am

      Ooooh I like your additions!

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    Crystal — November 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Thought of this recipe randomly and looked it up to find that it’s a real thing! I added sriracha and paprika and chili powder for extra taste and spice. Also, I was out of olive oil so I used coconut oil instead and still turned out great.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 27th, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

      Hi Crystal! I love your add-ins, especially the coconut oil!

  41. #
    Liz — April 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    A thickened version of this can be used as a non-mayo alternative for tuna salad or chicken salad – so yummy!

  42. #
    Gina — April 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Hello! How long does this keep, and what’s your recommendation for storage? Just want to know if i can make a batch for a week of lunches on Sunday and still have it be good by friday!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 1st, 2017 @ 8:15 pm

      Hi Gina, keep the dressing in an airtight container for at least a week, but 3 to 4 days is best. 🙂

  43. #
    Jesse — May 30, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    OMG so delicious and fast to make.. I can’t stop eating it. ; ;

  44. #
    Helen — June 5, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    This is amazing. Take out the garlic and us apple juice instead of water. Pour to taste and then add water to get the consistency you like.

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    Michelle Sears — June 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Loved your dressing! Thanks for sharing. I’m thinking of the various versions I can make for each week…add cilantro, change up lemon juice for orange juice, etc.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 18th, 2017 @ 8:06 am

      I’m so glad! I’d love to hear which versions you give a try!

  46. #
    Pat Apitz — July 11, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I just made this. It is delicious!

  47. #
    Toni McGlone — July 12, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Never buying vegan mayo again!
    This is soooo good!

  48. #
    Ashley — July 16, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I made this but kept it a little thicker and added on my BLT. Was soooo good

  49. #
    Nicole — August 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I made this today as a mayonnaise for my salad it was so good. Thanks will sure be making it again.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 8th, 2017 @ 8:05 am

      Great idea, Nicole!

  50. #
    Standa — September 8, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Look so good, Laurie. Can it be put on a diet?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 8th, 2017 @ 7:38 am

      Hi there! I’m not exactly sure what you mean, but it is definitely a healthy alternative to mayo-based salad dressings. Enjoy!

  51. #
    Verlene — September 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Just made this dressing and used it on a bed of mixed greens topped with grapefruit and orange pieces, slivered onion, feta cheese and sprinkled with chopped nuts. Very yummy!
    You are right. I could eat the dressing with a spoon!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 21st, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

      I’m so glad Verlene!

  52. #
    Dung cu tap di Jumper Kids — September 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

    The post is useful. The content is clear, detailed, suitable for those who do not know. Looking forward to more useful content soon Thank you.
    Thank you.

  53. #
    Du an Golden Peak — October 12, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Love this! Avocado’s are one of my favorite foods!

  54. #
    Golden Peak — October 12, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Just made this and it was delish! Thanks.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 17th, 2017 @ 8:13 am

      I’m so glad! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  55. #
    Missy Morelli — February 2, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    This is so delicious. i put it on baked salmon with a few diced tomatoes on top. . Yum, yum, yum!!!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 17th, 2018 @ 9:52 am

      That sounds amazing, Missy!

  56. #
    Karenina Cooper — February 21, 2018 at 11:00 am

    OMG! I just made this and I added some sun dried tomatoes from my garden…. so so yummy! I also added more salt and pepper

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 24th, 2018 @ 10:00 am

      Ooooh! I love the sundried tomato addition!! I’ll have to try that next time!

  57. #
    CJ — March 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    I started making my own salad dressings last summer and I can no longer eat the store-bought ones. I found this looking for an avocado dressing without mayo. It is delicious. Next time I’m gonna try adding some herbs or spices to give it a little kick.

  58. #
    Odie — March 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Just added a heaping tbsp of full fat plain Greek yogurt. Yum.

  59. #
    Jackie — March 16, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    This dressing is awesome. Thanks for the recipe. I was looking for something quick and simple for my salad and most of the ingredients I already had. It is

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 18th, 2018 @ 8:45 am

      I’m so glad, Jackie!

  60. #
    Penny — March 25, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Have a question about the food processor will it chop up like chia seeds and other seeds too. Like if you want to make smoothies?

    Can it be used for that too?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 30th, 2018 @ 8:34 am

      Hi Penny, I haven’t had to test that out before so I don’t know. Sorry!

  61. #
    Anonymous — April 12, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Can you use this immediately after making?

  62. #
    Alexia — April 15, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    This is SO good! If you love avocados I definetly recommend making this. It was hard to resist to just eat this as is lol thank you for this great recipe 🙂

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 23rd, 2018 @ 11:04 am

      I’m so happy to hear it, Alexia!

  63. #
    Lori — May 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Looking good! Thanks.

  64. #
    patreese — May 20, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I made this fabulous smooth and tasty dressing today and it came out great.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 21st, 2018 @ 8:47 pm

      I’m so glad, patreese!

  65. #
    standa — June 17, 2018 at 4:09 am

    I just made this and omitted the honey and mustard. I absolutely Love the taste!! I want to eat it on everything! Thanks for this recipe!

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  68. #
    Standa chinh hang — July 5, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Please Laurie McNamara! I am obese, can I drink this water every day. Since weight loss is my biggest concern right now. Have a nice day and look forward to hearing from you!

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    kate — August 11, 2018 at 12:47 am

    How many carbs does it contain?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 16th, 2018 @ 4:27 pm

      Hi Kate! I haven’t figured it out, but I believe there are apps out there that can. 🙂

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    theStones — January 16, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    My avocados were starting to spoil and there was no way to eat them all in one sitting-problem solved! Prepared this avocado dressing and made pasta salad, w/ a few of my fave veggies and grilled salmon: delish! Best part, my littles love it! Thank you!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — January 25th, 2019 @ 9:27 pm

      That’s amazing! I’m so glad you all enjoyed this recipe.

  71. #
    Sue — March 22, 2019 at 6:59 am

    I love your creamy avocado salad dressing, its soo easy to make. Thanks

  72. #
    Kay — April 19, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Is it possible to make your creamy avocado dressing and freeze it in individual portion sizes? Thank you

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 20th, 2019 @ 7:57 am

      Hi Kay! I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure but I would think so!

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    Annie — April 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    I made this today and it was absolutely delicious! I didn’t add the oil since avocados already contain a lot of oil so I just added creamy coconut milk until the whole thing was the consistency I like (didn’t add water, either). It didn’t take much and the coconut flavor did not come through (which I wouldn’t have wanted). I also added a bit of raw onion to the processor. Thank you for sharing the recipe; it’s a keeper, for sure!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 10th, 2019 @ 7:55 am

      I’m so glad to hear it, Annie! Thank YOU for taking the time to make this recipe and leave such a stellar review! I appreciate it!

  74. #
    ArtR — May 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    If this recipe yields 2 cups of dressing and you use 1/8 cup on your salad, the calorie count for the serving is 48. Not bad!

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