If you are 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.
To see just how much love, check out the following Instagram posts where I bought and processed loads and loads of avocados.
This was our first purchase of a whole bunch of the Green Lovelies:
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THIS is what your pantry looks like when avocados are on sale 3/$1 at @freshthyme Market! Our new FAVORITE store. We've been making my Grasshopper Bars, AIP Guacamole, Tuna and Avocado Salad, and hope to try an Avocado Ice Cream in our @vitamix soon! This household of #Avocado Lovers is so happy! Can you guess how many we bought? #lowcarb #aip #avocados #realfood #healthyliving #paleo #primal #jerf #justeatrealfood #cleaneating #glutenfree #grainfree #autoimmuneprotocol #autoimmunepaleo #autoimmunepaleoprotocol #paleoapproach #eattherainbow #frugal #frugalliving
Following is a photo of the avocados all lined up as we were getting ready to work on a much larger purchase.
My youngest was very excited to set up an “Avocado Processing Line”.
And good thing he was excited, because we had a lot (and I do mean a lot) of avocados to process. There was an amazing 3/$1 sale at a nearby store, so I took advantage and stocked up.
We washed, sliced, removed the pits, and scooped out the flesh. Then we bagged up the avocados and sealed them with a clip, and popped them right in the freezer.
Sounds like a great idea, but….I took the advice of the wrong blogger about how to freeze avocados properly. Yes, freezing avocados really does work but not if you don't know how to do it the right way.
So make sure to learn from my errors and read my post on freezing avocados before you attempt this at home :).
Anyhow, back to the recipe….
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Let the Avocado Processing begin! We got an amazing deal on avocados and bought — well, can you guess how many we bought? Hint: there are waaaay more than what you see in this photo. We're freezing them to make my AIP Guacamole (link in profile >>>> @thewholenewmom). #paleo #aip #wholefood #healthy #lowcarb #autoimmuneprotocol #paleodiet #frugal #avocado #wholefoods #guacamole #whole30 https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/aip-guacamole-autoimmune-paleo-guacamole
And this was taking in the midst of the above Very Large Avocado Purchase processing:
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All the Avocados!! This is what our cutting board has looked liked for the past few days as we've been processing all of the avos that we got for a song. Now we can have guacamole on demand. I also developed a new Avocado Dressing Recipe that I'll be sharing on the blog soon. ? #paleo #paleodiet #paleolifestyle #avocado #aip #lowcarb #keto #ketogenic #allergyfriendly #whole30 #wholefoods #healthy #healthyfood
Can you guess how many avocados we bought?
Not sure I'm telling how many, but it was a lot.
Let's just say that I think we're set with avocados for a very very long time.
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
Problem 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
So many problems in there.
First of all, the Vegetable Oils are almost for sure GMO.
Sugar is a problem, of course.
Less than 2% of the rest and avocado is in that “less than 2%” category?
Monosodium Glutamate is a terrible ingredient and it's an excitotoxin.
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 for sure don't want Disodium Inosinate in my food. It's a flavor enhancer like MSG, and so is Disodium Guanylate.
So how about a wonderful Vegan Avocado Dressing Recipe instead — sans the MSG?
This vegan avocado dressing recipe 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 Can I Make this Recipe Whole30 Compliant?
- Omit the stevia.
Recipe Notes for this Avocado Dressing Recipe
- Here is a great brand of stevia scoops. Also, see How to Use Stevia for more tips on stevia.
- You can substitute 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup for the stevia (read Choosing Maple Syrup).
- This recipe qualifies as an “S” on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
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.
For some other great avocado recipes, see: