This 10-minutes-to-make and vegan creamy avocado salad dressing is an easy way to freshen up your salads and pasta dishes. You can even serve it as a dip with chips on the side. It is made with everyday ingredients like ripe avocados, scallions, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and lime juice.
There is a lady at our farmer’s market, who only sells avocados. It is easy to tell that she is not from here. I have never been good at guessing where people are from looking at their appearance, but if I have to, I would say she is from somewhere in Central America. Her English is not very good, but her energy is enough to make me go back to her stand every week. Her avocados are more expensive than anywhere else. However, you pay what you get for, because I have never had a bad avocado from her. One time she even told me that in the morning before she comes to the market she carefully examines every single avocado to make sure it is exactly how it should be. I love people, who takes pride in what they do and she is such a good example.
Last week, in addition to her usual avocados, she had another basket full of them on the side. There was a sign on it saying, “10 for $5.00”. I don’t know what part of the world you are living, but here in Atlanta Georgia, that is a pretty good deal. When I asked her why, she said they were more ripened than she would like and since they have a shorter life she put them on sale. I picked one and it wasn’t bad at all so I came back home with 10 avocados. It reminded me of our Caribbean life, where we would buy avocados from the Dominican farmer stand. They were so fresh and delicious while being so inexpensive compared to where we currently live.
I knew I was going to make a chicken salad to help you prep for the Labor Day weekend, but I had not made up my mind on the flavors yet. With the help of these avocados, I decided to make a Southwestern flavored chicken salad with creamy avocado dressing. So this is the first part of that recipe.
About the Recipe:
I know that I have been talking about this recipe as a dressing, but it could also be used as a pasta sauce or even as a dip. It is one of those lifesaver dressings; if you have it in your fridge, you can put dinner on the table in no time.
The process of making it could not be easier and quicker. Basically, put avocados, scallions, jalapenos, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, seasoning, and lime juice in a food processor and process until creamy. If you are calorie conscious and want to avoid adding additional fat in the dressing, feel free to add water instead of olive oil. If you like heat, keep the seeds of the jalapeno pepper, or if you are not a fan, omit the seeds. Finally, I know that there are a lot of people, who do not like cilantro. If you are one of them, you can always add more of the green parts of scallions to compensate. Either way, I think this is a fantastic salad dressing/dip/pasta sauce you can make year round that makes the best use of ripe avocados.
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Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 1/2 cups
- Category: Dressing
- Cuisine: Mexican/Southwestern
- 2 ripe avocadoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 4 scallions, roughly chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
- ½ cup cilantro, rinsed and roughly chopped
- juice of a lime
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Place avocados, scallions, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and black pepper into the bowl of a food processor. Process 4-5 minutes or until creamy. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula a few times during the process.
- Taste for seasoning and add if necessary.
- Place in a jar, place a piece of stretch film on top of the surface of the dressing to keep it from browning, and close it tightly with a lid. As long as it is kept in the fridge, this dressing will be good for 4-5 days.