Move over mayonnaise, this avocado salad dressing doubles as a sandwich spread and tastes even more delicious.
Avocados have long been the poster child for healthy eating, and this recipe proves that avocado can indeed do it all. If you love creamy, rich textured salad dressings, this recipe will be your new favorite; and you will be swapping out all those empty calories for health-boosting unsaturated fatty acids. The unsaturated oil content of avocados, including oleic and linoleum acid, is second only to olives. These important fats may help to lower cholesterol by decreasing total cholesterol levels, including LDL cholesterol. They also increase healthy HDL cholesterol levels, making avocados an excellent addition to your diet.
When making this dressing, I always double up so I can store some as a thinned down version for my salads and keep a thick batch. The addition of avocado oil streamed into the running food processor turns the texture of the avocados into a mayonnaise consistency. I like to use the thick version as a sandwich spread, it makes a super yummy tuna salad, and can be used to make a crazy-good onion dip. The thinner version is made by adding water to the dressing to thin it down; you can also enhance the flavor profile by adding fresh herbs and additional lemon juice.
This easy recipe is a delicious way to get more healthy plant-based foods and essential fatty acids into your diet, without sacrificing flavor or texture.
Avocado Salad Dressing and Spread Recipe
Makes 1 cup
- 1 whole large avocado
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4-1/2 cup water for thinning
- Chopped fresh herbs-optional
Place all ingredients, except the avocado oil, in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy.
Stream the avocado oil into the food processor until completely blended.
If making dressing, stream water into running food processor until desired texture is achieved. Adjust seasonings to taste.