Creamy Avocado Dressing (Paleo, 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 vegan 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 meals.

One whole, ripe avocado will make a batch large enough for around 3 salads (less or more, depending on the number of servings). I store this dressing in an airtight container and it lasts 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, any tacos, grilled or roasted vegetable 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.

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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.

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

Creamy Avocado Dressing (Paleo, Vegan)

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1- 1.5 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Blended

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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, stone removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup water (a little more if using a large avocado)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional, sub with maple syrup or coconut syrup for a vegan version)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or yellow mustard

Instructions

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.


Comments

33 Comments
  1. 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!

  2. I love avocado ! This avocado dressing looks so creamy and scrumptious. I can see using it in many different occasions. love it !!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

    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

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. Omitted the honey for a Whole30 compliant sauce. Served over coconut shrimp and fried sweet potatoes. Delicious!

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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