This avocado dressing is deliciously creamy, easy to make, and healthy! With yogurt, olive oil, a bit of cilantro or other herbs, a little garlic, and a squeeze of lime, this salad dressing is super versatile, perfect to have in the fridge at all times for an instant salad upgrade!
Love avocado? Love ranch? Then be sure to check out our recipe for Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing, too!
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- There’s so much flavor in this avocado dressing, and it all comes from really simple ingredients you may very well have in your kitchen right now.
- It’s so healthy! This is a recipe that’s perfect for a wide variety of dietary needs. It’s naturally keto and low carb, gluten free, and vegetarian, and you can make it dairy free or vegan just by using a non-dairy yogurt.
- This is such an easy dressing to make! There’s no cooking involved whatsoever – just toss everything in a food processor (or blender) and run it until you’ve got a smooth, creamy consistency.
Avocado – Avocados are an incredible source of healthy fat and fiber, and thanks to their high vitamin & nutrient content, they tout a ton of health benefits. They’re naturally low carb, so you’ll see them pop up in a lot of keto and low carb recipes. They’ve got this amazing buttery texture that’s absolutely perfect in dressings like this one.
Yogurt – Yogurt makes the dressing thick and extra creamy. Use a full-fat, unsweetened yogurt (especially if you’re keto!) for the best flavor and consistency.
Cilantro – Make sure to use only the cilantro leaves. The stems can make your avocado dressing taste bitter. If you’re someone who thinks cilantro tastes soapy, don’t worry. You can use fresh basil or fresh parsley instead.
- Be sure to use a ripe avocado! Since it’s such a prominent ingredient here, being too ripe or not ripe enough will really have an impact.
- The lime juice will help prevent the avocado dressing turning brown, but the way you store it matters, too. For maximum freshness, you’ll need an airtight container and plastic wrap. Transfer the dressing from the food processor to the jar, then cover the top of the dressing with a sheet of plastic wrap. Press it directly onto the surface of the dressing. Seal the airtight container and refrigerate the dressing. It’ll keep this way up to 5 days!
- You can play with the amount of water you use to get your perfect dressing consistency. More water will give you a thinner, more liquidy dressing that’s great for drizzling over salads or a Southwestern egg roll in a bowl. For a thicker dressing you could spread on toast, use less water.
Even More Delicious Dressings & Sauces
- Japanese Salad Dressing
- Roquefort Dressing
- Creamy Italian Dressing
- Whole30 Caesar Dressing (Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing)
- Cilantro Lime Dressing
- Mango Habanero Sauce
- Hot Bacon Dressing
Creamy Avocado Dressing
- 1 avocado halved, peeled, pit removed
- ¼ cup plain yogurt see Notes
- ¼ cup olive oil or other neutral oil
- ¼ cup water plus more if needed
- ¼ cup cilantro leaves or basil or parsley leaves
- squeeze of lime if using cilantro, ½-1 teaspoon vinegar if using other herbs
- 1-2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- pepper to taste
- Food processor or blender
- Add all ingredients to food processor or blender.
- Process until smooth. For thinner consistency, add more water in 1 teaspoon increments, processing after each addition. Serve immediately or transfer to airtight container and refrigerate until chilled.
- Make it Paleo/Dairy Free/Vegan: Use unsweetened, dairy-free yogurt.
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.
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