An easy 5-minute avocado salad dressing recipe with a creamy texture, tangy lime flavor, and cilantro to flavor any salad. Bonus, this keto-friendly salad dressing recipe is also dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free.
Avocado lovers, this easy avocado salad dressing recipe is the most delicious dairy-free, creamy sauce for salads. Make good use of your ripe avocados with this healthy salad dressing and boost your plate with healthy fats!
What’s an avocado salad dressing recipe?
An avocado salad dressing is a creamy, thick dressing for any salad recipe mainly made of ripe avocado, olive oil, lime, and cilantro. It’s a dairy-free salad dressing full of healthy omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids naturally brought by avocado.
How to make avocado salad dressing?
It takes barely 5 minutes to make this avocado lime salad dressing recipe at home. All you need are a few wholesome ingredients, but first, make sure you select the perfect avocado for your dressing.
In fact, you need a ripe avocado for this keto salad dressing recipe, and it’s crucial that your avocado is not overripe or unripe, or the color and taste of the dressing won’t be good.
- Ripe avocado – read the section below to help you pick the perfectly ripe avocado for a recipe.
- Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- Cilantro – this is an avocado cilantro salad dressing but feel free to swap for other fresh herbs if you don’t like cilantro flavor. The best fresh herbs to goes with avocado are mint, basil, or flat Italian parsley.
- Garlic cloves – crushed or finely minced.
- Tahini paste – or swap for Greek Yogurt, coconut yogurt, or sour cream if preferred.
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Black pepper
Cut your avocado in halves, remove the pit, then scoop out the flesh and place it into the jug of a high-speed blender or bowl of a food processor. Top up with olive oil, lime juice, tahini paste, almond milk, salad and pepper, garlic cloves, and fresh herb
Blend for a few seconds on high speed or until it forms a creamy avocado lime dressing.
Stop the food processor or blender, scrape down sides and repeat if pieces of herbs or avocado or not blend processed.
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We all have different tastes when it comes to salad dressings. So now that you processed all the ingredients together taste the dressing and adjust regarding taste.
If your dressing is too tangy, add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt, sour cream, or coconut yogurt to balance.
If too thick, thin out with more almond milk. You can also increase the garlic, salt, or pepper if desired.
This creamy avocado dressing goes very well with any salad recipes like tacos salad. But you will also love this recipe served as a sauce on top of many Mexican dishes like:
Store your dressing in a sealed glass mason jar in the fridge for up to 4 days.
How does avocado dressing taste like?
This is a creamy, thick dressing very similar to a ranch dressing recipe, except it’s dairy-free and it has a tangy lime avocado flavor. This dressing is a must-try to accommodate any keto salad recipes, grilled meat, or Mexican dishes if you love avocados.
How to thin out my dressing?
Depending on the size of your avocado, you may want to thin out the dressing. To do so, add more almond milk, up to an extra 1/4 cup, or until it reaches your desired consistency.
How to tell if an avocado is ripe?
A ripe avocado must be slightly soft but still firm when you gently pressure its skin.
Its color should be dark green but not black either. The best way to tell if the avocado is ripe is to take out its cap.
If the cap takes off easily and the flesh under the cap is flashy green without dark or brown spot showing – you just picked the perfect, ripe avocado!
How to ripen avocados fast?
If your avocado is not ripe enough for the recipe, there are a few tricks to accelerate the process and ripen an avocado at home.
What to do with ripe avocados?
Apart from this avocado salad dressing recipe, there are plenty of things you can cook and bake with your ripe avocados, including sweet recipes.
Below I listed more ripe avocado recipes for you to try and make good use of your ripe avocados at home.
- Avocado spinach dip
- Chocolate avocado smoothies
- Cucumber avocado salad
- Chocolate avocado cake
- Chocolate avocado brownies
Is avocado dressing healthy?
Yes, an avocado salad dressing is a healthy salad dressing for many reasons.
First, it contains healthy fatty acids naturally founds in avocados, including omega-3 and omega-6.
Next, it doesn’t contain added sugar, as you would find in many salad dressing. As a result, this avocado salad dressing is a keto-friendly salad dressing, low in carbs with only 0.8 grams of net carbs per 2 tablespoons.
Finally, it’s a light salad dressing, 100 % dairy-free and vegan friendly, using tahini paste a healthy seed butter, adding plant-based proteins to your sauce.
Best oils for salad dressing
You can use many oils to make this avocado salad dressing. The best healthy oils for salads are non-vegetable oils.
Vegetable oils often contain unsaturated fats and tend to oxidize, resulting in body inflammation. That’s why the best oils for salad should be nut oils, seed oils, or olive oil.
The best 4 oils for salad dressing recipes are:
- Almond oil – light and nutty
- Walnut oil – rich and nutty
- Extra virgin light olive oil
- Sesame oil
Can I freeze avocado dressing?
Yes, you can freeze this avocado salad dressing in one batch or individual portion using an ice cube tray. Make sure the container is air-sealed, or the color of your dressing can darken.
Thaw in the fridge the day before using.
More salad dressing recipes
Below I listed more low-carb, healthy salad dressing recipes for you to try.
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- 1 large Ripe Avocado about 1 cup
- ⅓ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ⅓ cup Almond Milk or more to thin out
- 2 tablespoons Tahini Paste unhulled or hulled
- 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
- 2 Garlic Cloves crushed
- ¼ cup Fresh Cilantro or fresh flat parsley
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Add all the ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor.
- Blend on high speed until creamy. Taste and adjust to taste. If too thick to your linking, thin out the sauce by adding more almond milk or more lime juice to increase the tangy flavor.
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