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Creamy Avocado Dressing (Paleo, Dairy-free, Vegan)

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This creamy avocado dressing is a tasty, healthy alternative to dairy or mayonnaise-based dressings, and is suitable for paleo, AIP,  and vegans salad recipes.


Creamy Avocado Dressing (Paleo, Dairy-free, Vegan)

This creamy avocado dressing is both versatile and delicious and would go well with many types of salads. It’s a tasty, healthy alternative to creamy dairy, egg or mayonnaise-based dressings, and is suitable for paleo, AIP and vegan recipes.

One whole, ripe avocado will make a batch large enough for around 3 salads (less or more, depending on the number of servings). I stored it in an airtight container and it lasted well for up to 5 days in the fridge.

I have a quick and easy red cabbage slaw salad, which uses this dressing, on the blog. You can also add this avocado dressing to make a creamy chicken salad, prawn salad, Caesar (add some chopped anchovies to the dressing), Mexican quinoa salad, grilled or roasted vegetable salad and more. It’s also thick enough to serve with a plate of cut-up vegetables for dipping.

Creamy Avocado Dressing (Paleo, Dairy-free, Vegan)

The ingredients are pretty simple and the key is getting that perfectly ripe avocado.

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For a smooth and creamy dressing, I recommend using a small blender or a food processor. I used my Magic Bullet blender, which is perfect for making dressings, sauces and other condiments (as well as smoothies). If you don’t have a blender, you can mash the avocado together with a fork and then whisk with the other ingredients. It might not end up as smooth as my dressing but it will still be delicious.

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I like my avocado dressing thick and creamy but you can also dilute it with a little more water and lemon juice, or even some coconut or almond milk.

Creamy Avocado Dressing (Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, AIP)

Store the dressing in an airtight container or a jar with a tight lid. The dressing will keep its lovely green colour as it contains lemon juice.

Creamy Avocado Dressing (Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, AIP)

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Creamy Avocado Dressing (Paleo, Dairy-free, Vegan)
 
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Recipe type: Condiments
Serves: 1- 1.5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, stone removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • ½ cup water (a little more if using a large avocado)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional, sub with maple syrup or coconut syrup for vegan version)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or yellow mustard
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in a blender or a food processor. Process and blend until smooth and creamy. Add a little more water, if you prefer it to be a little thinner. Taste for lemon and salt, and add more, if preferred.

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31 Comments
  1. Wow!! I made this exactly as recipe says and it was delicious !! I couldn’t stop licking the bowl! I made a simple salad of mixed greens, one slice of pickled beet, one slice of mango sprinkled with a pinch of paprika, some pumpkin seeds and drizzled this avocado dressing on top! OMG

  2. Very yummy and great that you do not need any non dairy milk. I only put an 1/8th of a lemon and even that was a LOT of lemon. I would personally just take it out.

  3. I want everyone to know how much I love this recipe. I use it as a dressing for a simple green salad, a dip for chips and it replaces mayonnaise in sandwiches. It elevates a simple tuna sandwich to something I could never have imagined

  4. I just made this and omitted the honey and mustard (cannot have either) I absolutely Love the taste!! I want to eat it on everything!!! :) thanks for this recipe!

  5. So delicious I licked the bowl. Had this on coleslaw mix with tuna. Really quick Whole 30 compliant lunch. Thank you.

    1. I might even try some smidgen of maple syrup but I never cease to be surprised at how many people think honey is vegan. Thanks for reminding me about honey, Mico.

      1. Hey JS,

        I know honey isn’t vegan but the recipe is vegan friendly because it is so easy to substitute with another sweetener. I will add suggestions for vegans in the recipe.

        Cheers,
        Irena

  6. My son cannot eat mustard due to a food intolerance. Should I just leave out that ingredient, or should I replace it with something else?I thought perhaps mayo, but it would have to be dairy free at the very least.

  7. Fabulous recipe thank you. I tweaked by using sweet chilli sauce instead of honey. I also added some sour cream (I’m not a vegan) as I found it a bit salty, will omit salt next time as I definately be making it again and again!

  8. We have a lot of greens coming up in our garden right now so I’ve been searching for the perfect salad dressing and this one should fit the bill! One problem I usually have with salads is that there isn’t enough fat in them to keep me full, and I’m not a huge fan of avocado by itself. But in a dressing – I think I will love it!

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