If you're an avocado lover, you are going to love this recipe today -- a Zingy Vegan Avocado Dressing Recipe.
My family just LOVES avocados, and I do mean love.
Whenever avocados go on sale, we stock up, and I do mean STOCK UP.
As in we buy
way too many tons of them.
We let them ripen at room temp, then transfer them to the fridge, and then get busy processing them (freezing the avocados or even freeze drying them) and eating lots of lovely avocado recipes along the way.
One of our fave recipes to use when we have an abundance of avocados is this Vegan Avocado Dressing.
Anyhow, avocados are just wonderful, not only for their great taste, but also for their nutritional benefits.
Health Benefits of Avocados
Here are some of the fabulous nutritional qualities you get in avocados.
- healthy fats
- potassium (more than bananas)
- vitamin K
- vitamin C
- and more (source)
Ingredients in Store-bought Avocado Dressing
I've been making Homemade Salad Dressing for about as long as I can remember. I do it to save money, but also to avoid the unsavory ingredients in so many of the packaged varieties.
I already have a number of Homemade Dressings on my site that we love.
Here are the ingredients in a popular brand of Avocado Dressing:
Water, Vegetable Oil (Soybean and/or Canola), Sugar, Less than 2% of: Dried Avocado, Buttermilk, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Black Pepper, Egg Yolk, Vinegar, Natural Flavors (Soy), Modified Food Starch, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Maltodextrin, Mixed Tocopherols, Phosphoric Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Honey, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Blue 1, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Sorbic Acid, and Calcium Disodium EDTA as Preservatives
Let's touch on some of the ingredients you might wish to avoid.
First of all, the Vegetable Oils are almost for sure GMO. This might be a personal choice, but I prefer to avoid GMOs for our family.
Sugar is something that we all could stand to eat less of.
Less than 2% of the rest and avocado is in that "less than 2%" category?
Monosodium Glutamate has been in the news for a variety of issues.
Maltodextrin is likely from GMO corn.
The Natural Flavors from Soy are likely GMO as well.
The Blue and Yellows are Artificial Colors, which they wouldn't need if there were more avocado in the avocado dressing. Now that's a novel idea, isn't it?
And I don't know about you, but I would prefer to avoid Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate as well (flavor enhancers).
So how about a wonderful Homemade Vegan Avocado Dressing Recipe instead?
This dressing is just wonderful.
I based it off of a recipe from Candida Free Candee, a blog that is no longer active. Her recipe was based off of this one.
We've made it several times and every time there are no leftovers, even when making several batches.
It's that good.
Just get some cut up veggies or some chips, then set some of this out as a dip. It is guaranteed to be gone in a flash.
My husband thought it was possibly a little too "flavorful" but I like my dressings with a lot of flavor.
If you would like a little less zing in your dairy-free avocado dressing, then reduce the garlic or lemon juice. Or you could add in another half or whole avocado.
How To Use this Vegan Dressing
- dressing on traditional salads or even non traditional salads like this Quinoa Garden Salad
- drizzled on cooked veggies
- a dip for veggies, chips, flatbreads (like this Focaccia Flax Bread)
- a sub for mayo with in premade salads (chicken or tuna) or on sandwiches, wraps, or burgers
- as a sauce for tacos, burritos, or fajitas
So many options. You may need to make a double batch!
More Great Avocado Recipes
Chocolate Avocado Truffles - sooo easy and delish!
No-Bake Grasshopper Bars - healthy choc mint bars
Avocado Lime Pudding - refreshing and easy!
Buckwheat Crepe Cake with Chocolate Avocado Filling
AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Guacamole - possibly the best guac you've ever had
Can You Make this Recipe Whole30 Compliant?
- Yes, you can. Simply omit the stevia.
- Here is a great brand of stevia scoops. Also, see How to Use Stevia for more tips on stevia.
- You can substitute 1-1.5 Tbsp honey or maple syrup for the stevia (read Choosing Maple Syrup for more information on selecting a good maple syrup variety).
- This recipe qualifies as an "S" on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
Special Diet Options
- AIP: To make this recipe AIP (autoimmune paleo) compliant, use honey or maple syrup (1 - 1.5 Tbsp) instead of the stevia
Zingy Vegan Avocado Dressing (or Dip) - dairy free, low carb and AIP
- 3 medium (approx. 5 oz each) avocados (this recipe is quite flavorful. If you prefer a more mild dressing, then simply add in another avocado)
- 1/8 cup lemon juice (or juice of 1 lemon. Lime is fine too)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp salt
- 3/8 cup water (add more for a thinner dressing)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley (or 1 Tbsp dried)
- 1 scoop stevia (1/32 of a tsp)
- Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor.
- Combine until smooth.
- Pour dressing over salad and mix to combine, or serve as a dip.
Do you make your own dressing?