Cilantro Avocado Dressing

cilantro avocado dressing

Cilantro Avocado Dressing

Spruce up your salads with this avocado cilantro dressing. It’s great for a taco salad or even drizzled over a piece of fresh grilled fish or chicken.

This recipe comes together in under 10 minutes and has so many uses other than just as a dressing to your favorite salad.

Let’s Talk Ingredients

All you need for this creamy cilantro avocado dressing is:

  • Avocado is what makes this dressing nice and creamy. This the perfect solution for those overripe avocados.
  • Dairy Free or Regular Greek Yogurt provides some creaminess and tanginess to the dressing. If you don’t have Greek yogurt on hand you can substitute sour cream.
  • Cilantro provides a nice herbaceousness to the dressing. Parsley is the perfect substitute if you don’t have any cilantro.
  • Lime Juice adds brightness and tang to the dressing. Lemon juice can be used as a substitute for lime juice.
  • Garlic Powder provides flavor. If you prefer fresh, two cloves of raw medium garlic are approximately equivalent to ¼ of a teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Olive Oil adds a little bit more richness to the dressing and helps it all bind together.
  • Salt and Pepper are those spices that every dish seems to need. The salt will help enhance flavors but also act as a preserving agent. Fresh black pepper will add some additional depth to the dressing.

How to make the dressing

  • Remove the skin and pit from the avocado. Put the avocado flesh, cilantro, minced garlic, lime juice, olive oil and greek yogurt into a food processor, small chopper or blender.
  • Add a tablespoon of water at a time until you reach the desired consistency. I used ¼ cup water.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Leftovers of the dressing can you in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Tips and Variations

cilantro avocado dressing
cilantro avocado dressing
  • If you don’t cilantro, replace with parsley or leave it out
  • You can make this dressing a bit thicker and serve it as a dip.  Just add less water.  Keep it a little more liquidly for the salad dressing.
  • You can substitute Greek yogurt with sour cream but it wont be dairy free anymore.
  • If you are making an oil-free dressing you can leave out the olive oil.  Just add more water.
  • You can omit the yogurt all together by adding water or using almond milk as a replacement. You will use 1/2 cup of almond milk or water.
  • To make it spicy, add 1 diced up jalapeno in the dressing. You can blend it up with the other ingredients or mince it.

IDEAS FOR USING AVOCADO DRESSING

When you think “dressing,” you probably think salad, right? And while salad is a totally valid and delicious option, you can also use this cilantro-flecked Avocado Dressing for so much more!

  • On tacos. Generously drizzle this dressing over tacos instead of (or in addition to) sour cream for a lovely layer of flavor.
  • On a burrito bowl. Skip the chain restaurants and make your own, healthier, budget-friendlier burrito bowls at home. Start with rice, beans, and your choice of protein. Then layer on your favorite toppings and finish with this avocado dressing.
  • As a dip. Dial back the water to make this dressing thicker so it can hold up to all of your raw veggies or Tex-Mex appetizers. Mini tacos, taquitos, or Southwestern egg rolls, anyone?
  • On a burger. Full-sized or slider-sized, this dressing is magical dolloped on top of a burger.
  • Over eggs. If you like avocado toast topped with a fried egg, I think you’re going to love this dressing drizzled over eggs of any kind.
  • With seafood. Pour over shrimp skewers or salmon. Or use it as a dip to entice your kids to try a new kind of fish!

Cilantro Avocado Dressing

Recipe by Lucy ChesnaCourse: Dressing, SauceCuisine: American
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Blending Time

5

minutes
Calories

63

kcal
Total time

10

minutes

Spruce up your salads with this avocado cilantro lime dressing. It’s great for a taco salad or even drizzled over a piece of fresh grilled fish or chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup avocado, about 1 medium avocado

  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, dairy free yogurt or sour cream

  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp lime juice

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 gloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ tsp black pepper

  • water or milk, as needed for thinning (check for notes above)

Directions

  • Remove the skin and pit from the avocado. Put the avocado flesh, cilantro, minced garlic, lime juice, olive oil and greek yogurt into a food processor, small chopper or blender.
  • Add a tablespoon of water at a time until you reach the desired consistency. I used ¼ cup water.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

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