Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing
This recipe is my new favourite. Seeking out replacements for inflammatory foods like dairy can be difficult for some people and it’s hard to feel like you’re not missing out. This superfood salad dressing contains a ton of ingredients that are key for reducing cancer risk, healing cells, and improving your digestion- so that you can reap the benefits of the aforementioned goodness. As a bonus, it is incredibly delicious and works on any salad to make it taste rich and feel satisfying.
Avocados (aguacates) are abundant most of the year here in the Dominican Republic. Most people in North America are most familiar with the black, rough-skinned Hass variety from California. Here we’re lucky to enjoy huge watery green ones, small creamy purple ones and everything in between. In fact, there are more than 900 varieties of these delicious fruits worldwide. These ancient fruit take 9 months to mature on their large trees, and very first cultivated by the Aztecs tens of thousands of years ago. They have long been called the world’s best food, for many reasons. Yes, avocados have a lot of fat- but the fat contained in avocados is monounsaturated, which is heart healthy and won't raise cholesterol. In fact, the good fat in avocados can reduce cholesterol and increase the ratio of HDL ("good") cholesterol to LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Avocados also are a good source of fiber, and they provide glutathione (an antioxidant important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease), folate, and more potassium than bananas. You can use avocados as a healthy substitute for most other types of fat, including butter, mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, cream cheese, and cream. Wooo, sorry, got a little food-nerd on ya there!
Anyway, the fresh herbs in this recipe add important volatile oils and chlorophyll, the garlic and pepper lend delicious taste, and the combination of apple cider vinegar and honey make this recipe probiotic as well. All in all you can’t go wrong.
Now, as I really dislike googling a recipe and finding a blog with a huge meal photoshoot and long story about said recipe creation, I’ll give you the good stuff:
Caesar Avocado Dressing (GF + DF)
Makes about 2 cups of dressing
Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until creamy. You can add more water for a thinner consistency. I like to let it sit a bit in the fridge before eating, so the flavors can really come together. Store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge, it will keep well for about 5 days. This recipe can also double as a white sauce recipe for fish or pasta, so enjoy often, and however you like!
Ariel Richards, R.H.N.