A jar and spoon with creamy avocado dressing. A salad in the background.
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Creamy avocado dressing

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This creamy avocado dressing is a new favorite of mine. In fact, I may be just a wee bit avocado obsessed! Salads certainly don’t have to be boring. And this dressing helps take a salad with grilled chicken from ordinary to avocado-may-zing! Creamy avocado dressing is simple, fresh and healthy. It also makes a delicious and simple dip for vegetables or a wonderful topping for fish tacos.

A jar and spoon with creamy avocado dressing. A salad in the background.
Creamy avocado dressing

It’s super easy to make this creamy avocado dressing.  I use a large ripe Haas avocado. Simply combine all the dressing ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until it is smooth. If it’s too thick add a little water (one tablespoon at a time) until it is thinned to the consistency you prefer. )  I prefer the dressing rather on the thick side. You can also swap out the lemon and use limes if you prefer.

A salad with chicken and creamy avocado dressing
Creamy avocado dressing pairs great with grilled chicken or shrimp

According to Medical News Today, “avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.” That’s allot of nutrient power in one little fruit. Most of the calories in an avocado come from fat rather than sugars. But, don’t despair. It is a healthy fat that not only helps you feel full, but is essential for developing healthy cells in the body.

Creamy avocado dressing and an avocado on the side.
A healthy and easy homemade dressing

I start this salad by marinating chicken breasts in a little olive oil, cilantro, garlic, lemon and salt and pepper. Let the chicken marinate for at least an hour in the fridge while you prepare the dressing. Next, prepare your salad greens. You can use any type of salad greens and veggies you prefer in the salad. This particular salad pictured had mixed baby greens, cucumbers, grated carrots, sliced mushrooms, radishes, scallions, cilantro and broken corn tortilla chips on top for additional crunch. It’s what I had in the fridge and it worked out great. Finally, grill the chicken, slice and serve along with the salad. It’s a healthy meal loaded with vitamins and protein.

I am absolutely in love with this creamy avocado dressing. It’s homemade flavor is so much better than any bottled store bought dressing. Plus there are no artificial preservatives or additives to upset sensitive tummies. The avocados pair perfectly with the cilantro, citrus, cumin and garlic. Are you an avocado lover too? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

Happy cooking!

Michelle

Creamy avocado dressing brightens up a salad

Resources: 12 Health benefits of avocados, Medical News Today, September 2017.

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Creamy avocado dressing

Creamy avocado dressing is simple, fresh and healthy. It also makes a delicious and simple dip for vegetables or a wonderful topping for fish tacos.

Dressing:

  • 1 large Haas avocado
  • 1 juice of a lemon (or lime)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (chopped)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 small to medium sized garlic clove

Grilled chicken:

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp lemon (or lime)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

Salad greens:

  • mixed baby greens (amount to taste)
  • 1 cucumber (sliced to taste)
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 5 mushrooms (sliced to taste)
  • 3 radishes (sliced to taste)
  • 2 scallions (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
  • corn tortilla chips (broken to taste)

Dressing:

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor. Pulse a couple more times. Add additional water one tablespoon at a time as necessary until you achieve your desired consistency.

Salad greens:

  1. Wash and prepare your salad greens. You can use any type of salad greens and veggies you prefer in the salad. Adjust amounts and quantities suggested above to your taste.

Grilled chicken:

  1. Use a zip lock bag or glass bowl. Combine the marinade ingredients, add the chicken and marinate it for at least an hour in the fridge while you prepare the dressing.
  2. Grill the chicken. Once cooked through, let it rest a few minutes before slicing. Serve along with the salad.

For vegan alternative, simply leave out the sour cream for the dressing. Use alternative source of protein to taste in the salad.

Did you try this recipe? Please leave me a comment about your experience and how you liked it at northwestspoon.com/creamy-avocado-dressing

 

 

30 Comments

  1. I love making my own salad dressings! They are so much healthier than the junk you buy at the grocers! This one looks awesome! Can’t wait to give it a try!

     
  2. Hi Michelle
    This salad dressing sounds divine. I love all the combinations in here – I would love this for dinner today. It’s a super healthy one – recipe pinned and will make this super soon.

     
  3. I always make my own dressings as they’re so much fresher and better for you usually. These are definitely flavors I’d like.

     
  4. Oh, and I must give this recipe a super and well deserved 5 *. It’s defini a winner over here. 👍👌

     
  5. I love the idea of avocado salad dressing, it’s creamy but healthy and I’m a sucker for creamy salad dressings! Thanks so much for sharing!

     
  6. This dressing sounds so good! It looks so creamy, and I can think of so many different salads that I want to slather it on top of. Yummmm

     
  7. I get a similar dressing at my favorite fast food place and I am so excited to try making it myself at home!!

     
  8. Avacado and Tahini are my two lifesavers when it comes to salad dressing. I love creamy dressings and these two bases work a treat. This sounds so yum.!

     
  9. this looks like a super versatile dressing!

     
  10. This would be perfect for me to bring to work to top my weekly salads with! I’ll set some aside to top grilled chicken, too – yum!

     
  11. This really is an avocado-may-zing salad. I love avocados and I’m always looking for new ways to use them. I have been known to just slice them in half and eat them with a spoon. This salad has so many great flavors going on and I love that the garlic, lime, and garlic are in both the dressing and the marinade for the chicken. This will be making multiple appearances on our table this summer. YUM!!

     
  12. The avocado dressing totally makes that salad. I love making my own dressing, too – though since moving this winter I’ve just stuck to oil and vinegar. Good, but – time to get out of that rut!

     
  13. What a fantastic dressing! I can think of so many uses for it, and I love the suggestion for fish tacos. The flavors are fantastic–I’m such a fan of cumin especially!

     
  14. This looks really yummy! I can’t wait to try your recipe with an early spring salad!

     
  15. Oh yes! we are big avocado lovers! Avocado is always on our breakfast plate and i even startetd both of my kids solid food with avocado))) Would love to try the dressing now!

     
  16. I have to tell you my son has an avocado tree in his yard in California. It was a requirement. I live in NY and that is the one thing I wish we could grow as we eat avocado multiple times a day. Just love your dressing and the salad is awesome. I am adding into my rotation.

     
  17. Yum, I bet the addition of the sour cream makes this so creamy, can’t wait to try!

     
  18. This is a great way to use an avocado. I love the taste and healthy too. Easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

     

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