Avocado Salad Dressings

Avocado Salad Dressings

Sure, you’re a pro when it comes to adding avocado to salads. Maybe you’ve even graduated to more creative salads in which avocado is the real star, such as this summer squash and avocado salad or this nopales and avocado salad. Does this sound like you? If so, you’re ready to take the use of avocados in salads to the next level, turning avocado into delicious salad dressings.

The creaminess of avocado and its go-with-almost-anything flavor makes it a great base for building a dressing. Here are three recipes we love. Get creative and make them your own!

1. Avocado Cilantro Pesto Vinaigrette

It doesn’t get more Mexican than this vinaigrette recipe, which blends several south-ofthe-border flavors. There’s cilantro, lime, jalapeño, and garlic, along with avocado, of course, and a handful of other ingredients you’re likely to have in your kitchen. This dressing is so delicious, don’t expect to have leftovers.

2. Creamy Green Dressing

If you don’t have sour cream or buttermilk on hand, you can still whip up this creamy green dressing, swapping avocado in for those two ingredients. The Sriracha gives this dressing a spicy accent, but feel free to improvise. You can substitute a few drops of your favorite hot sauce in its place. Blend it all together and you’ll have a dressing recipe you’ll turn to time and again.

3. Avocado Basil Dressing

Say you don’t have cilantro or that you prefer the flavors of other herbs; it’s totally okay. You can whip up an avo-basil dressing instead. All you need is one avocado, its flesh scooped out and put in your blender or food processor, along with a 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves, 2 garlic cloves, the juice of one freshly squeezed lime, a dash of salt and pepper, and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Pulse in the blender until smooth.

Using these basic recipes, let your imagination run wild. If your dressing is ever too thick for your taste, you can add a bit of water or some champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar to improve the consistency. Should you add too much, making the dressing overly acidic, simply add a drizzle of honey or agave to balance the flavors.

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