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Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

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DressingsUnder 5 min
This creamy avocado vinaigrette is healthy, delicious, and ready in less than five minutes. Make a batch to keep in your fridge all week.

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Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

This post was updated in January 2016.

At our Valentine’s Day dinner last week, the chef served us a starter salad that was incredible. A bed of roasted purple potatoes, topped with fresh arugula, shallots, shaved asparagus and toasted almonds all dressed in a creamy, tart avocado vinaigrette. It was so ridiculously good that my husband got halfway through his plate, glanced at his beer and said, “This salad is so delicious that I totally forgot to drink the beer.”

Salad trumping beer? It must be something special. Even more so, I thought I hated arugula but in this dish, it was absolutely perfect. Obviously, it was the work of a well-trained, talented chef. The layers of flavors and textures were complex and interesting. And if Babyface actually touched his beer, he would have known that it paired perfectly with the small pour of Upland Wheat we were served.

Basically, it was the god of salads.

Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

I knew immediately I had to try my hand at recreating it. If it was possible to make me want to cram greens into my piehole, I had to harness that genius in my own kitchen. After some thought, I realized the real super star of the salad was the vinaigrette. While all the individual elements were amazing and came together in a beautiful veggie-rific symphony, the vinaigrette was what really set everything off.

I highly doubt I’ll ever pull together a salad of arugula, roasted purple potatoes and shaved asparagus, but I might be willing to spoon some of that vinaigrette on a standard mixture of greens and top it with some toasted almonds. And that I did. Dare I say, it was almost as good as the salad we were served?

Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

The avocado in this dressing makes it so silky creamy that you’ll have a hard time believing there isn’t diary in it. Use good olive oil and fresh, bright lemon juice and you’ll have a new house dressing. This stuff now lives in a bottle (we like these bottles for homemade salad dressings) in our fridge.

On the nutritional front, it’s hard to think of a better salad dressing for you. Avocados are packed with healthy fats, fiber, and vitamin K. Avocado flesh also helps the body to absorb two key antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene. Want to make sure your body gets all the antioxidants it can from your garden salad? Just add some avocado or this dressing and your body will soak ’em right up.

The healthy fats in both the avocados and the olive oil helps the digestive tract to absorb nutrients, help keep inflammation down and help to lower the risk of heart disease. I bet your bottle of ranch dressing can’t say the same thing.

 
Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

Yield: 1 cup dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This creamy avocado vinaigrette is healthy, delicious, and ready in less than five minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • Juice of one lemon (use a good citrus juicer, like this one)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine avocado, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Run processor until very smooth and creamy.
  2. With processor running on low, stream in olive oil through the chute until just combined.

Notes

Some people have said that this recipe is way too tart for their tastes. I've retested the recipe a few times and reworked it to make it a bit less tangy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

 

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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101 Responses
  1. Amy

    This is SO Sour written as is! I thought it’d be okay after reading the note stating it had been adjusted for complaints of it being sour but no. I added another half of an avocado and about a 1/4-1/2 tsp. agave nectar. After that it was palatable but next time I’d cut the white wine vinegar by at least a tablespoon.

  2. Tessa

    So I didn’t have everything so I improvised! I used balsamic vinegar, added a clove of crushed garlic, and 2 tbsp of maple syrup….so delish!

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Yay! Thanks for letting us know how your swaps and improvisations turned out, Tessa! That’s super helpful for other folks who might not have everything or might want to improvise just for fun, too!

  3. Looks wonderful! Would you provide a measurable amount for the lemon juice, since they come in many sizes and some give more juice than others?

  4. Anna

    This is so delicious, made a few changes because of quarantine: Added a clove of garlic which made a HUGE difference in flavor, and substituted Apple Cider Vinegar for the white wine vinegar and only juiced half a lemon. I’ve bookmarked this for later- even better the next day as a dip for raw carrots!

  5. Sue

    Wow. I’m just “getting into” avocados and have found that I really enjoy them! But I also keep a keen eye out on dressings, knowing how many calories they can add to the day’s tally. I put this through a recipe analyzer – using 1/2 rather than 3/4 cup olive oil – and, based on 1 cup total dressing, it came out at over 160 calories/tablespoon. Does that sound right? Ouch!

    1. Cassie

      It could be right! Lots of healthy fats in this dressing, and fats are much more calorie dense than proteins or carbohydrates.

  6. Amy Hockridge

    I made this dressing since I love avocados, but was extremely disappointed. It was so disgusting and acidic. I had to cut it with other dressing just to make it bearable. Really hate wasting food but ended throwing the rest away could not stomach it. I love acidic food, but this was plain gross. Don’t murder your avocado by turning into this dressing.

    1. Julie @ Wholefully

      I’m so sorry to hear that! Just curious – what kind of vinegar did you use? We’ve gotten some reports that other types of vinegar don’t work as well.

  7. Eva

    Hi! Suggest a substitute for the 1/4 cup vinegar.
    Or a lil water may work just as well? I’m doing a SIBO regiment at this time.
    Thanks!

  8. Minette Satterwhite

    If you cut ur lemon in half and grill in, cut sides down, it will be juicier and sweeter. This dressing would be terrific a fajita salad.

  9. Dave

    The food processor has a “chute”, not a “shoot”. Common mistake. Not trying to be a jerk, just FYI.

    I’m still going to make it tonight! 🙂

  10. Martha

    Tried this, came out way too sour, just too strong in general, maybe my avocado was too small? What size avocado would you recommend?

  11. Beverly

    I doubled the avacado and white wine vinegar and used the other ingredients as listed in the recipe. It was way to lemony and olive-oily for my taste. I couldn’t really taste the avacado. Next time I will use half of the lemon and use a quarter cup of olive oil while still doubling the other ingredients.

  12. Rosemary Shew

    Hubby is trying to lose the creamy dressing routine and while I love the idea, many times I have to make dressings for him ahead of time, can I make this one in the a.m. for afternoon or evening salads?

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