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Avocado Dressing (Keto)

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Avocado Cilantro Dressing is a deliciously rich way to pour those veggies right on your…veggies!

Keto-friendly, this homemade avocado cilantro dressing gives you every excuse to indulge, and in only 10 minutes to make and pour, even a cooking novice can handle recreation! For anyone that loves avocado, this creamy cilantro lime dressing is for you. Nothing makes an amazing salad quite like the dressing you put on it. 

And homemade dressings are SO easy to make. Plus, when you make dressings at home, you can make them with whole30 ingredients, vegan, low carb – it’s so easy to be you! 

tall bottle of homemade avocado dressing.

Keto Avocado Cilantro Dressing

Healthy Creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing is a must-have for me right now. It’s super creamy with just the right amount of tang from lime juice and cilantro. The avocado adds that healthy fat to make this dressing even more delicious. This homemade version has less than half the calories compared to most commercial brands.

It’s also very easy to whip up and tastes amazing over salads, vegetables, meat, fish, and eggs. I love using it as my main dipping sauce for fresh-cut fries and tortilla chips. If you are an avocado lover looking for a new fix, give this one a try!

You can enjoy this avocado cilantro lime dressing right over a leafy green salad or a way to dress up a chicken sandwich. Doesn’t matter HOW you enjoy it, it’s so easy to make, and homemade dressing is worth a few dirty dishes.

With only 5-10 minutes from start to finish, this creamy avocado dressing has no excuse to be traded for a store-bought bottle.

creamy avocado dressing in a food processor.

Ingredients

*this recipe was reworked in 2021, please note new flavors in recipe card*

  • fresh avocados– One large avocado should give you plenty of chunks of avocado for dressing. We like Hass avocados (no coincidence that our name is Haas) for this recipe. 
  • minced garlic – I like to purchase jars of minced garlic as we use it nearly every other day in hour home. If you keep cloves garlic in the house instead, about 1 medium clove of garlic equals 3/4th tsp. of minced. There is no doubt that fresh garlic is powerful so if you are someone that likes to tone it down, its fine to add 2 tsp of garlic powder as a substitution. Add more as needed and to taste. 
  • fresh cilantro leaves – Nothing can take the place of FRESH herbs in dressing. After all, that is why you make your own at home! I highly recommend using fresh cilantro because the leaves are fragrant, blend well, and taste super homemade. If you add dried cilantro the taste wont be as powerful and the seasonings will need longer to sit before the dressing picks up the flavors. 
  • sour cream
  • fresh lime juice
  • kosher salt & black pepper, virgin olive oil
homemade avocado salad dressing ingredients on a table and labeled.

Creamy Avocado Dressing Nutrition

This green avocado salad dressing is keto-friendly and low carb, making it a perfect additive for chicken (or any protein), fresh salad, and yummy sandwiches! Salty Side Dish uses Carb Manager that automatically inputs the ingredients into the system and gives out an estimated nutritional value.

Please always be careful to double-check with your own apps and add the number of ingredients you eat.

How to make Avocado Dressing

This healthy salad dressing takes under 10 minutes to make. 

  1. First peel avocodo skin and place fresh pieces of raw into food processor or upright blender.
  2. Add and blend ripe avocado, minced garlic, fresh herbs (cilantro), sour cream, unflavored Greek yogurt, juice of lime, minced onion, olive oil, bit of salt and black pepper into a food processor and process for 10 seconds.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and process dressing ingredients for another 10 seconds. At this point, the dressing mixture will be too thick to pour. Now you can stop right here if you want to use this as an avocado sauce or even a dip for fresh vegetables or roasted vegetables, it’s a great recipe with healthy fats to compliment all the flavors that burst in a salad. However, if you want it to be a dressing and need it to be liquid to pour, keep going!
  4. Add water, starting with 1/8 cup and processing for 5 seconds. If dressing is still too thick and you need a thinner consistency, add additional 2 tablespoons of water and process until mixed well, smooth, and pours easily.
4 image collage of how to make perfect avocado dressing.

Expert Tips

  • When using fresh herbs, like fresh cilantro, it can be confusing how to handle the stems versus the leaves. Make sure to do your best to use leaves only in this dressing, but it won’t be a huge deal if a few tiny stems make their way in as it’s a very blended dressing. 
  • This dressing is already super thick so adding additional veggies can bring flavor but also make it super thick. Try mixing up flavors by changing out spices instead. For example, a bit of dill over cilantro makes it more like Green Goddess Dressing or changing out the lime for fresh lemon juice instead. 
  • Everyone has a different feeling on how thick a dressing should be. For example, I like to scoop out my ranch dressing so it really coats the salad. It’s so easy to make rich avocado dressing super creamy, thin, thick, and scoopable – from dips to dressings, just blend to the texture you love, adding a tiny bit of water if needed to thin. 
  • Serve this creamy dressing in all its avocado goodness as a smooth line down some fresh salmon. Yum! 
holding a bunch of fresh cilantro leaves in a hand.

FAQ’s

What if I do not have a food processor? 


An immersion blender or a regular household blender works great for dressings. Use what you have. 

How to prolong fresh avocados for later use.


Avocados ripen right on the kitchen counter but they slow down a bit in the cold of the fridge. You can usually get a few extra days, or even up to a week, by adding avocado into a vegetable drawer. Just don’t forget about them! 

Can avocado dressing be frozen? 


No, this is not recommended. 

What do I do with extra avocados?


Let’s face it, avocado has a time limit to it. If you have extra ripe avocados, try strawberry Caprese salad, avocado deviled eggs, avocado tzatziki dip, or cucumber tomato avocado salad.

Bottle Storage for Salad Dressing

If you enjoy making your own salad dressing (I DO!) you may want to keep some empty salad dressing containers with lids on hand. You can grab them at amazon.

Here are a few choices of bottle types: 

Green avocado dressing in a dressing bottle.

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Avocado Dressing (Keto Friendly)


Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Avocado Cilantro Dressing is a deliciously rich way to pour those veggies right on your…veggies! Keto friendly, this homemade dressing gives you every excuse to indulge and in only 10 minutes to make and pour, even a cooking novice can handle recreation!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt unflavored
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice (or squeeze 1/2 half fresh lime, be careful of seeds)
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic fresh, jarred
  • 1 tsp minced onion dried*
  • 1/2 cup cilantro fresh, leaves only
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup water varies for consistency

Instructions

  • First, peel avocado skin and place fresh pieces of raw avocado into a food processor.
  • Add and blend ripe avocado, minced garlic, fresh herbs (cilantro), sour cream, juice of a lime, olive oil, minced onions, unflavored Greek Yogurt, salt, and black pepper into a food processor and process for 10 seconds.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and process dressing ingredients for another 10 seconds. At this point, the dressing mixture will be too thick to pour. Now you can stop right here if you want to use this as an avocado sauce or even a dip for fresh vegetables or roasted vegetables, it’s a great recipe with healthy fats to compliment all the flavors that burst in a salad. However, if you want it to be a dressing and need it to be liquid to pour, keep going!
  • Add water, starting with 1/8 cup, and process for 5 seconds. If dressing is still too thick and you need a thinner consistency, add additional water and process until mixed well, smooth, and pours easily. Make sure to add water slowly as not to go overboard.
  • The minced onion needs time to soften up in dressing in the fridge before serving. If serving immediately, use 1/2 tsp onion powder OR 1 tablespoon freshly minced raw white onion for the same flavors.
  • See tips and notes for storing avocado dressing.

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Notes

Expert Tips
  • **This recipe contains dried minced onion, which needs time to soften in the dressing to lose its “crunch”. If wanting to serve this dressing immediately, dried minced onion can be substituted with 1/2 tsp. onion powder or 1 tablespoon raw white minced onion for a similar flavor profile.
  • When using fresh herbs, like fresh cilantro, handling the stems versus the leaves can be confusing. Make sure to do your best to use leaves only in this dressing, but it won’t be a huge deal if a few tiny stems make their way in as it’s a very blended dressing. 
  • Try mixing flavors by changing out spices. For example, a bit of dill over cilantro makes it more like Green Goddess Dressing or changing the lime for fresh lemon juice.
  • Everyone has a different feeling on how thick a dressing should be. For example, I like to scoop out my ranch dressing, so it coats the salad. It’s so easy to make rich avocado dressing super creamy, thin, thick, and scoopable – from dips to dressings, just blend to the texture you love, adding a tiny bit of water if needed to thin. 
Can you substitute sour cream for mayo in Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing?
I believe sour cream provides such a rich base, but try mayo for the same creamy texture if you need to substitute.
What if I do not have a food processor? 
An immersion blender or a regular household blender works great for dressings. Use what you have. 
How to prolong fresh avocados for later use.
Avocados ripen right on the kitchen counter, but they slow down a bit in the cold of the fridge. You can usually get a few extra days, or even up to a week, by adding avocado into a vegetable drawer. Just don’t forget about them! 
Can avocado dressing be frozen? 
No, this is not recommended. 
Tips on storing Avocado Dressing
  • Store dressing tightly covered in the refrigerator.
  • Remember that avocado turns brown when left in the air, so your dressing can turn brown at the top if not properly sealed in an airtight container.
  • One trick I use is to put a covering of plastic wrap over the top of my stored dressing to help keep more air out. Then peel off the plastic wrap, scoop or scrape off any oxidized avocado and serve.
  • A Mason jar is a great way to create and store homemade dressings!
  • If the dressing does brown a bit, it typically does not affect flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Servings | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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4 Comments

  1. Lily Ashley militaryfamof8 says:

    I tried guacamole, therefore avocados, for the first time this year, add the fact that this has cilantro and I am in love!!

    1. THE FIRST TIME? Thats just a shame. How long you have been missing out on the goodness of avocado!

  2. Vivian guest says:

    Can you tell me how many net carbs are in this avocado dressing

    1. You can typically add ingredients in an app or carbmanager, but I dont calculate as I am not a nutritionist and don’t ant to give you the wrong advice.