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4 Amazing Avocado Dressing Recipes

4 Amazing Avocado Dressing Recipes

I first heard of smashing an avocado onto your salad as a salad dressing last summer, but other than a “that’s weird”, I didn’t give it much thought.

 

Avocado has long been the star ingredient of my homemade salad dressings, making them thick and creamy and so delicious, and I’m going to share some of my favorites with you today. Avocado is a great source of healthy fats, which are crucial to almost all of our body systems.

 

But when I first heard of this way of dressing a salad, I thought plain avocado would be a little bland by itself, so I kept creating my salad masterpieces, leaving this much simpler solution behind.

 

 

One night, however, I found myself searching my end-of-the-week fridge for anything I could add to my lonely little avocado to make a dressing, when I recalled having heard a girl on YouTube say she’d just taken an avocado and mashed it into her lettuce, so with my only other option a who-knows-how-long-it’s-been-there Italian, I decided to try it, not expecting much.

 

I was so wrong! With the first bite, I fell instantly in love with this simple recipe! It coats every leaf and with the sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, it is super flavorful – not bland at all! I was completely hooked, and from that fateful day on, I’ve not bothered with much else but this simple but oh-so-delicious way to dress a salad. I’m having trouble even calling it a recipe, but maybe if I give it a title and write it on a recipe card it will help. :)

 

avocado smash salad


Avocado smash salad - just smash a plain avocado onto your salad for a simple dressing!

avocado smash salad

(makes 2 servings)

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Make a large salad, approximately 5 cups (greens, carrots, tomatoes, minced red onions, etc).
  3. Put half of a peeled and pitted avocado on top.
  4. Sprinkle it with some salt and pepper.
  5. Mash it into the lettuce with your hands.
  6. Wash your hands again.
  7. Eat your delicious salad.

And, in case you have a phobia of getting your hands dirty, you can use a fork to mash the avocado. ;)

 

 

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The following dressing makes a taco salad feel fancy, and if you add it to a bed of chopped greens topped with some corn and black beans, it will positively glow.

 

simple southwest avocado salad dressing

 

This dressing makes a taco salad feel fancy, and if you add some corn and black beans, it will positively glow.

 

 

simple southwest avocado salad dressing

In a tiny blender, mix:

  • ½ an avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 2-3 T. salsa
  • 1 t. lime juice
  • ¼ t. taco seasoning
  • ¼ c. water

 

Blend, then pour over your greens. Stir. Enjoy your delicious salad.

 

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Here is another salad dressing recipe that I first posted here, that is wonderful as a substitute for sour cream on a 7-layer Mexican dip or tucked into a veggie wrap for lunch. Or on salad. It’s great on salad.

 

 

avocado cilantro lime dressing


Avocado Cilantro Lime salad dressing -Here is another salad dressing recipe that is wonderful as a substitute for sour cream on a 7-layered Mexican dip or tucked into a veggie wrap for lunch. Or on salad. It’s great on salad.

avocado cilantro lime dressing

(makes 2-3 servings)

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pit removed
  • 1 lime, peeled or juice of one lime
  • ½ cup sweet bell peppers
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded (if you like it spicy), optional
  • 2 T. onion
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • ¼ cup cilantro (more or less, depending on your taste)
  • 1 T. nutritional yeast (or pinch of salt instead)
  • ½ c. water

Place all ingredients in a small bullet blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

 

 

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This next dressing is one I like to use on my cucumber noodle lettuce boats, but is also excellent on a salad of mixed greens with halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced bell peppers, and green onion slivers.

 

 

creamy tomato dressing

 

Creamy tomato salad dressing -This dressing is one I like to use on my cucumber noodle lettuce boats, but is also excellent on a salad of mixed greens with halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced bell peppers, and green onion slivers.

creamy tomato dressing

(makes 2 servings)

  • 1 cup tomato, cut into pieces
  • ½ an avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 stalk, celery (adds a salty flavor)
  • 1 T. onion
  • 1T. your favorite vinegar (I use garlic rice vinegar, it’s nice and light)
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • a sprinkle of sea salt, optional

 

Blend in a tiny bullet blender, and then pour over salad.

 

 

 

Quick Note:

While avocados are amazing fruits packed with all sorts of healthy nutrition, they are quite calorie dense, with a medium avocado containing around 234 calories and 21 grams of fat.

 

 

All of my dressing recipes contain a half avocado (around 116 calories, 11 grams of fat) and they all make two servings (around 60 calories, 6 grams of fat per serving).This fat is not in the form of oil, which is quickly turned to stored fat in the body, but is a  slower digesting fat with plenty of fiber to slow absorption.

 

 

As a reference, regular store-bought ranch dressing has around 130 calories and 14 grams of fat for a 2 tablespoon serving. My recipes have serving sizes between 4-5 tablespoons, and you can feel good about eating whole food nutrition without any added ingredients that you cannot pronounce!

Question:

Have you ever heard of the avocado smash “recipe”? Have you ever tried it?

 

 



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