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


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.

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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 it 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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Total time
Recipe type: Condiments
Serves: 1- 1.5 cups
  • 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)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or yellow mustard
  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.

Related: 10 More Paleo Salad Dressing Recipes

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


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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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