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Creamy Avocado Dressing (aka Guacamole Buttermilk Dressing)

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For a new salad that I have been thinking about I wanted a nice and cool and creamy dressing and I was thinking about trying something a little bit different, an avocado dressing. I am so totally addicted to avocados and I am always looking for new ways to enjoy them! I was originally planning on including diced avocado in the salad but I liked the idea of a creamy avocado dressing even more. For the avocado dressing I was thinking about starting it off a lot like a guacamole with plenty of fresh ingredients like cilantro, lime juice and even some jalapeno peppers to add a touch of heat. A quick search of the internet for these ingredients turned up a recipe for an avocado dressing pretty much just like the one that I was thinking about on Skinny Taste. I did make one quick change to the recipe by including some mayonnaise which goes fabulously well with avocados. I have to say that this avocado dressing is amazingly good; nice and creamy so so fresh and vibrant! Now I just need to resist eating it all by the spoonful so that it can make it into the salad!

Avocado Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing (aka Guacamole Buttermilk Dressing)

A cool and creamy avocado dressing with tangy buttermilk, fresh cilantro and lime juice along with some spicy jalapeno pepper.


Servings: makes 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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Ingredients
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 small jalapeno*
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk**
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (completely optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Puree everything in a blender until smooth. Store in fridge and finish within a few days.

* Leave the seeds in for more heat or remove them for less.
** Use more buttermilk to make it thinner or less to make it thicker.

Use in:
BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
Chipotle Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Cakes with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Chipotle Roast Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

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63 comments:

Susan Bryant said...

Thank you for posting! I'm going to make this - looks fabulous!

Lynda said...

this looks so good....I'm addicted to avocados too and love them in salads. Having them in the dressing is a wonderful idea!

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles said...

Oh, yum! This sounds really, really good!! I love avocado with cumin, and creamy dressings.

Holly | Beyond kimchee said...

What a great dressing! I love avocado and this will be perfect to add on my green salad. Thanks for the recipe, Kevin.

Anthony Coachman said...

This would go great with some home made ceviche.

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes said...

I love all things avocado lately...this looks great!

Anonymous said...

See, otherwise I really like your blog, and your food is very inspirational, but this one, nah. It just sounds like the stuff I have been trying to NOT get for years and years - in Scandinavia where I am from this is a very common way of ruining the guacamole, I guess the reason is that it is difficult to get ripened avocados especially during the winter, and people don't have time to ripen them at home, it takes too long. And because of that guacamole is almost ALWAYS with buttermilk or sour milk. I find it utterly boring. Could be because I ADORE the taste of avocado and don't want it diluted though
/Ann-Katrin

Joanne said...

Dare I say you MIGHT even get me to eat mayonnaise in this salad! Quite a feat.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This sounds absolutely fantastic!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Great idea. I've played with avocado dressings, but haven't always been happy with them. You have nailed the method. We all want healthful oils on our salad and sometimes you just get tired of olive!

Jim said...

Kevin your such an Avacodoian kind of Super Chef !

Glad I found you

Carole said...

Nice use of avocado. It would be super if you linked this post in to Food on Friday Series which is all about avocado this week.

Alyse said...

Did you mean 'add less to make it thicker' in the note at the end? Can't wait to try this!

Angie's Recipes said...

I am going to make this too!
Looks fabulous!

The Steaming Pot said...

What a beautiful jar to dress up the dressing!

Landed here via foodgawker, going through your blog archives and loving it.

ה-E said...

A Nice Recipe

--rock over london said...

Will the dressing go brown quickly?

ASH said...

I made it. My husband doesn't it salad, but with this dressing his comment was: This isn't salad :)

R said...

Yummy!
This sentence doesn't make sense though...
Use more buttermilk to make it thinner or less to make it thinner.

kitchen renovation said...

Wow. This is a new dressing. I want to try this out to some of my dishes.

Joseph Brogan said...

Kevin ..

Now this is a kick-a$$ way to center-piece your Creamy Avocado Dressing. Rather than detract from the dressing, I omitted the BBQ Sauce, Corn and Black Beans and threw in a small bit of some very thinly sliced red onion. A salad to die for !!! I think next time I might try some cubed cucumber and maybe some cappers, but with care as not to upset the Creamy Avocado Dressing. Awesome job young man, just awesome !!!

Pat ..

P.S. Thanks for correcting the “Gillette Venus” pop-up problem.

Recipe Addict said...

There's nothing like homemade salad dressing (or dips, for that matter) of any kind. I haven't bought a bottle in years. This is a true keeper! Thanks for sharing. Your site is awesome!

Cheree' Smith said...

Losing weight would go much faster for me if you would stop posting - BUT DON'T. I love your creations and my desire to cook is definitely back with so many new options. Bravo!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just made it and it's amazing! Used cream cheese & a little olive oil instead of mayo & buttermilk. I think any variation would be great... So tasty!

Ruth Daniels said...

This one has me drooling and since I'm always looking for ways to "hide"avocados from my husband... this one is definitely a keeper!

K.West said...

Made this the other night! It was fantastic, I didn't add the mayo ( ew) I absolutely loved it, however no one else is big on spicy foods and the jalapeño did give it quite the kick even without the seeds so for their sake I added 1/2 tsp of sugar and it was perfect!!! Perfect pairing to my taco salad!

K.West said...

I made this the other night and loved it!!! I'm not huge on mayo so I 86ed that but it was fantastic!!! Besides myself no one in my family is big on spicy food so I left the seeds out on the jalapeños and it still did have quite the kick so I added 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of sugar and it was perfect!!! Perfect pairing to my taco salad!!! Yummy!

Rebecca @ Tanzania Trio said...

I just made this and will eat it tonight. It's amazing! How long did yours keep in the fridge?

Kevin said...

Joanne: You can easily skip the mayo and the dressing will still be amazing!

Kevin said...

--rock over london: The lime juice in the dressing ill prevent it from turning brown. It will stay nice and green and can be kept in the fridge for a few day, no more than 5-7.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: A cream cheese version would be good!

Kevin said...

Rebecca @ Tanzania Trio: It will keep in the fridge for a few days, no more than 5-7.

Kevin said...

K.West: I am glad that you enjoyed it! You can cut back on the heat by using less jalapeno. Only add part of the jalapeno pepper to the blender and taste test adding more until you get it to the desired level of heat.

Karen said...

The dressing sounds wonderful. I was wondering where you found that lovely salad dressing cruet?

Kevin said...

Karen: I got it at the kitchen supply shop at the Saint Lawrence Market here in Toronto.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

I'm so glad you tried it Kevin! Of course if I wasn't going for Skinny I too would add mayonnaise.

Anonymous said...

Any buttermilk substitute ideas for this recipe??

Kevin said...

Anonymous: You can replace the buttermilk with a combination of sour cream for tanginess and milk to get the dressing to the consistency that you want.

Jen said...

Just made this....delicious! To get it to the tanginess I like, I added 3 limes-worth of juice. I think next time I'd skip the mayo so there was less richness to balance. But thanks! Half for my family, half for dinner for the overwhelmed-this-week neighbors.

Lynde Foy said...

Anonymous: You can add lemon juice or white vinegar to white milk for a buttermilk substitute-Google it for exact instructions;) I have used it with both & it works like a charm.

Kevin said...

Lynde Foy: That will also work!

Anonymous said...

I made this for a BBQ but I used this dressing as a topper for burgers, Amazing!!! Thank you

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Looks tasty! I've bookmarked this one to try. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-4.html Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Anonymous said...

Any way to make this dairy free?

Yvearl said...

I loved the recipe...found it on Pinterest today, made it and posted a pic on my blog. I changed it a bit, but I am totally addicted. THANK YOU!!!

Avocado Diva said...

YUM! I ship avocados all over the USA to people's door step. Check it out at www.AvocadoDiva.com

Anonymous said...

Omgosh! Cant wait to make this!!!! I too am totally addicted to avocados!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Served it with a salad and grilled salmon. Heavenly! Thank you!

Jen @ Savory Simple said...

This looks wonderful!

Nancy said...

This looks awesome. I love avocado (and mayo). Where did you get the beautiful little decanter?

Kevin said...

Nancy: I found the decanter at a market here in Toronto, the Saint Lawrence Market.

chiobaby said...

I'm about to make it with gluten free mayo to use with buffalo wings, I don't like the blue cheese dressing Options I have GF at the store and I think this would be 10x better And way cheaper too, I love all of the ingredients! Thank you for the recipe :)

Artsy VaVa said...

Sounds delicious! Pinning!

Anonymous said...

It should also be noted that seeding the peppers will not affect the heat, as the capsaicin (the compound that causes the "heat") is mostly concentrated in the placenta of the pepper (the fleshy membrane which holds the seeds to the inner wall of the pepper) rather than the seeds themselves. If you would like to reduce the heat, you must not only remove the seeds, but also scrape out the white membrane from the inside of the pepper.

Sabrina said...

When I saw this, the first thing I thought was: holy crap that container is going to be so hard to clean.

Kevin said...

Sabrina: It is! :)

Unknown said...

I made tonight and even my 5 year old son liked it.
It's a great lite summer dressing (I omitted the mayo).

Angelina Anderson said...

OMG i just realised i folow you on instagram i think! and our blogs have the same concept! I live in hong Kong and my kitchen is 1.5m by 1 m deep. Its probably smaller then your closet! haha
Im such a fan! theres so many questions i would love to ask you!

Vicki Bensinger said...

I agree I can't seem to get enough avocados this time of year. They're so good for you that it makes perfect sense to cover our salads with it. Nice recipe, in fact I could see using this on fish and chicken as well. Why stop there, how about drizzled over roasted veggies. Good stuff.

Judy Goldin said...

Helmansl's? Do a light mayo. I only use that. Gluten in mayo? Please what is Chipotle? I can't get it here. What can I use instead. Also I'll have to use lemons instead of limes sigh.

Kevin Lynch said...

Judy Goldin: Chipotle chilies are a hot chili pepper that is nice and smoky. They come dried, ground into a powder and in cans with an adobo sauce. You should be able to find them in the Mexican section of your local grocery store. Depending on the recipe you could use cayenne, or another chili, for the heat and some liquid smoke or smoked paprika for the smokiness.

Pat said...

I bet if you bought some of those cute containers you could sell them. I know i would buy one or 2 :)

Cass said...

Happy National Guacamole Day! Such an interesting look at avocados. I'm linking to your post from my website www.meettheshepherds.com.

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