An avocado dressing is a good choice for those who are trying to make healthier choices when it comes to eating. The avocado is flavorful and filling, offering many health benefits. Instead of purchasing a store bottled product, you can make your own dressing with just a few ingredients.
Basic Avocado Salad Dressing
- 1 avocado--peeled, pitted, and mashed
- 1 cup fat free mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- Salt and pepper to taste
Simply place the avocado, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor. Mix until smooth. Add the salt and pepper as you like. Chill for at least an hour before using.
Spicy Avocado Dressing
For an interesting twist to any salad, you can add a few ingredients for a spicy dressing. This combination tastes great with taco salads, or on any chicken or fish salad.
Simply substitute the mayonnaise for fat free sour cream. Add 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and a jalapeno that has been seeded and diced. Blend in the food processor until creamy. Chill prior to serving.
Substitute silken tofu for the mayonnaise to make a vegan recipe. You can also add fresh parsley and a teaspoon of spicy mustard for a wonderfully flavorful vegan dressing. This dressing is great on salads, or as a dip for other veggies.
Avocado Ranch Dressing
For those who enjoy the traditional flavor of ranch dressing but want to eliminate the fat, you can create a tangy avocado dressing that will satisfy your craving. Use fat free ranch dressing in place of the mayonnaise. Another option would be to use a fat free sour cream and use a few tablespoons of a dry ranch dressing mix. Add some minced red onion for a more authentic flavor. This versatile dressing is perfect for any type of salad, and is familiar enough in flavor for the whole family to enjoy.
Asian Inspired Avocado Dressing
If you are having a meal with Asian influences, this dressing will be perfect. Substitute fat free plain yogurt in place of the mayonnaise. Add 1/4 cup of coarsely chopped watercress, 1/4 teaspoon dill, and 1/4 cup minced parsley. Scallions can be added if you wish. Combine everything in a food processor or blender for about a minute. Chill the dressing before serving. This is a great dressing for fish, or salads with fruits.
Hearty Avocado Dressing
If you are serving a salad as a main dish, you can use this variation to create a heartier meal. Prepare the basic avocado dressing listed above. Once it's chilled, add 1 can of drained, sliced black olives, 3 tomatoes that have been cubed or wedged, a dash of Tabasco sauce, 2 chopped green onions, and low fat or fat free cheddar cheese (optional). Mix everything together gently, and serve over a bed of romaine or spring greens.
You can create your own variations to the basic recipe using your favorite vegetables and spices as well. As long as you stick to a low fat base, you can't go wrong with an avocado based dressing.