Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing

August 14, 2013Katie

You guys – this Creamy Avocado Citrus Salad Dressing – No Cream, No Oil is amazing, healthy and you won’t even believe it has no oil or cream in it!

Not too long ago, we were finally blessed in Oklahoma City with a Whole Foods store which opened our options up to a whole new world of ingredients to use. I fell in love with their salad bar and usually pick up a salad when I shop there on the weekends. I also fell in love with a bottled dressing on their salad bar – a rich and creamy and also healthy avocado citrus dressing that has a bit of spice in it. I sought it out and found out it was for sale in the produce section but after buying it once for $8/bottle, I just haven’t been able to keep springing for that price tag again. Wow, I wanted that recipe!

Avocado Citrus Salad Dressing

This week, I started experimenting with a recipe for it and the one I came up with is delicious. I think I like it even better than the one from Whole Foods. And the kicker is, it’s WAY easier on your pocketbook as well! If you are a lover of all things avocado? You are going to adore this dressing!

Creamy Avocado Citrus Salad Dressing - No Cream, No Oil! - Dishin & Dishes

I’ve made this three times, once in my food processor and twice in my Magic Bullet blender. It works beautifully in both so I’m positive a regular blender would work also. This Creamy Avocado Citrus Dressing will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator. I was amazed that the avocado remained a bright green as well, I suppose, due to the lime juice. This is an added plus!

Start out by scooping out one fully ripe avocado. Slice it in half, stick a knife in the seed, twist, and toss out the seed, which looks like a wooden ping-pong ball.   Take a large soup-size spoon and scrape the avocado flesh right out of the peel and into your food processor.

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Warning! You might want to use gloves for this next step to save yourself from misery later!  Lop off the ends of a jalapeno pepper. Take a small spoon with a pointed end and scrape out the seeds and ribs.  Add this half of the jalapeno  into the processor (save the rest for another day). I loved the subtle heat of one-half with the seeds scraped out. It wasn’t hot at all as this is where the heat of a jalapeno lies. But you can adjust to your preference. Want it hotter? Use a whole one or leave some seeds and ribs in.

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Cut a good size lime in half.

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Squeeze it into the food processor (you’ll need about 3 tablespoons). Also add in one-fourth cup of honey and one-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar.

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Grab a hunk of cilantro. It’s hard to measure cilantro. If you stuffed it into a cup, it’d probably fit nicely into one-fourth to one-half cup measuring cup (I’d lean towards 1/2 as I love cilantro! ) Toss it into the food processor along with a clove of garlic. I usually like to help the processor out just a bit by roughly chopping the garlic. That way you don’t end up with a hunk somewhere. Whole garlic cloves can tend to flip around in your food processor at times.  Now, add in a sprinkle of salt and pepper and you’re done!  There is no added oil, but believe me, you won’t need it!

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Then pop the top on your processor and let it whir for about a minute.

Creamy Avocado Citrus Salad Dressing - No Cream, No Oil! - Dishin & Dishes

Because of the avocado, I added some water just to thin it a bit. Don’t worry, you won’t notice it at all. I ended up using 1/4 cup of water, but you’ll have to work with the size of your avocado, as some will be larger or smaller. Just drizzle it a bit at a time and check it. You want it to pour, like bottled salad dressing does.

When you’ve finished thinning it, pour it through a funnel into a pretty bottle or even a mason jar (serve it with a small ladle).

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It’s almost a necessity to serve this on a salad that contains bite size chunks of avocado, but a simple salad of greens and tomatoes is wonderful too.

Creamy Avocado Citrus Salad Dressing - No Cream, No Oil!

We served it over this Avocado Salmon Salad with Arugula and it was superb!  I also think it would be fabulous over fish tacos or grilled fish or chicken. What do you think would be good as well? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Creamy Avocado Citrus Salad Dressing - No Cream, No Oil! - Dishin & Dishes

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4.6 from 8 reviews
Creamy Avocado Citrus Salad Dressing - No Cream, No Oil!
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Salad dressing
Serves: 8
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ c apple cider vinegar (use less if you like less vinegar)
  • ¼. c. honey
  • 3 T. lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ c. cilantro
  • ½ small jalepeno (or your preference)
  • ¼ c. water or more, to thin to preference
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Add all to food processor or blender and whiz up about a minute or until smooth and creamy. Add a drizzle of water (for salad dressing) to make it thinner. Keep it thicker to spoon on top of fish or chicken or pasta.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 recipe Calories: 455 Fat: 15 g Carbohydrates: 93 g Sugar: 71 g Fiber: 10 g Protein: 2 g Cholesterol: 0 mg



  • Dina

    May 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. Can't wait to try it!!
  • DishinandDishes

    May 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Dina - You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
  • Brandi

    August 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Wow! We ate at a salad/soup restaurant the other day where I had an avocado lime dressing and fell in love. I am so glad I cam across your recipe because I made it tonight and it is absolutely amazing! Thank you!!!

    1. Katie

      March 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Brandi - so glad you loved it! We do as well!
  • Hilda

    August 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Omg! I love avocados and this is an awesome replacement to store bought dressing. Mine came out great & my family loved it!!! Thank you :)

    1. Katie

      March 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Hilda -Yippeee!
  • Kristin

    August 25, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Where did you get that awesome bottle?
    1. DishinandDishes

      August 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Kristin, it's a vintage milk bottle I found at an antique shop. I love to collect bottles of all sorts!
  • Rachel Marans

    August 28, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Thank you! I just made it, very very yummy!

    1. Katie

      March 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Rachel Marans - Yay!
  • Cassandra Crawford

    September 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

    How long will this keep in the fridge?

    1. DishinandDishes

      September 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Cassandra, I have kept it for almost a week.
  • marcy

    October 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

    this sounds good, but how would it be without the honey? not so crazy about sweet salad dressings.
    1. Katiejbaugh

      October 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Marcy it's not overly sweet but because of the lime juice, I feel it needs some. You could try it and just add to your own taste.
  • Marla

    January 30, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I am so excited to try this! Thanks for sharing.
    1. Katie

      March 6, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Marla - you are most welcome!
  • simona

    March 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Found on pinterest just now. Dropped everything. Made it. A bit thick. Eating it on toast. So very good.

    1. Katie

      March 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      simona - glad you enjoyed it! Did you see where I mention to thin it with just a bit of water to make it into salad dressing? It doesn't affect the flavor at all!
  • Ana J

    April 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I'm craving a salad just looking at this dressing. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. ♡
    1. Katie

      March 6, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Ana J - it sure makes salads YUMMY!
  • erin

    April 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Love it! I used 1/2 the amount of honey and added fresh ginger and loved the results- not quite as sweet with a little kick, too! Thank you for sharing!!!

    1. Katie

      April 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      erin - Oh I will try the ginger...LOVE ginger! Glad you enjoyed!
  • Kristen

    May 6, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    This was super yummy and I really didn't need the honey!

    1. Katie

      March 6, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Kristen - good to know! Glad you enjoyed!
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  • Amanda Davis

    July 21, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for sharing! I added Fruit Fresh to keep the color of the avocados for several days in the fridge. I used it with Pork Carnitas, corn tortillas & coleslaw - this dressing was drizzled (ok, heavily:) over the slaw
    1. Katie

      July 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Amanda, so glad you enjoyed it! never thought of fruit fresh!!!
  • Gay

    October 26, 2014 at 5:50 am

    This dressing is amazing! It has quickly become one of our family's favorites!
    1. Katie

      October 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Gay- I'm so glad you enjoyed the dressing! I think it's a keeper!!!
  • Laurie

    December 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Definitely making this but since I am not a fan of cilantro I'll probably use flat leaf parsley and some green onion or chives.
    1. Katie

      December 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Laurie, sounds like a plan! let me know how you like it!!!
  • Daureen Matera

    January 29, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    This dressing sounds like it would go very well with salad of citrus fruits and beets. But, since I avoid using honey, could you suggest an alternative?
    1. Katie

      January 29, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Daureen Matera - pure maple syrup or Stevia? Or Agave nectar?
  • Nancy Laster

    March 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Do you know the calories of this dressing? Looks wonderful.
    1. Katie

      March 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Nancy Laster - I added the nutritional value to the printable recipe - it is for the entire recipe, however. I would say it makes 4-6 servings, depending on the size of your avocado (this is for a medium sized Hass avocado).
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    May 25, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    This recipe is so yummy!! I did tweak it a bit. Since I didn't have honey, I just added a pinch or two of brown sugar. I also added more water. Probably half a cup. It still was missing something so I squeezed half a lemon in it as well and it came out perfect. Next time I will use honey. Can't wait to try I on my salad! Yum!!

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  • Nancy

    September 19, 2015 at 7:07 am

    What would you suggest as a substitute for the apple cider vinegar? I have other vinegars in the pantry, just not apple cider. Thank you, sounds wonderful.
    1. Katie

      September 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Nancy - try rice wine or even red wine vinegar. Both are mild.
  • Tammy

    January 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Made this tonight and I love it . So glad I found the recipe . I used 2 avocados because mine were somewhat small but probably should've stuck to one. Thanks for the recipe . It's a keeper?
    1. Katie

      January 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Tammy - so glad you liked it! You can never go wrong with too many avocados :)
  • Ana S

    February 6, 2016 at 4:50 am

    This looks delicious and I can't wait to try it! How would it be if I skipped out on the apple cider vinegar? I'm not a fan of it, or of any type of vinegar for that matter. Anything non-vinegary I can replace it with? Thank you!
    1. Katie

      February 9, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Ana S- How about lemon juice? That would probably do the trick for you?
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  • Paul

    March 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    This was the first result when I searched for "Citrus Avocado Dressing" this afternoon, and I'm so very glad it was! This is the first time I've ever made my own salad dressing, and it was delicious. I used it on my own (fairly basic) garden salad - romaine, spring mix, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons. Add this fantastic dressing to it, and it's one of the best salads I've ever had. Thank you very much for posting it!
    1. Katie

      March 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Paul - I'm so glad you loved it! You're making me want to make it today! Yay!
  • Gordon Mckay

    March 28, 2016 at 5:37 am

    I was wondering how long itd keep in the fridge before id have to throw it out.
    1. Katie

      March 28, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Gordon I've kept it 4-5 days and up to a week which surprised me because of the avocado not browning!
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  • Sherry

    May 17, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    How long can you store this dressing?
    1. Katie

      May 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      Sherry - It's kept for almost a week for me even though the avocado is in it. I think the lime blending keeps it fresher than you would expect!
  • Martie

    August 6, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I made this dressing for my sister's birthday party, where she invited several health-conscious friends. It was GONE. We all loved it, and I will make this again!
    1. Katie

      August 8, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Martie - yay! I'm so glad your party loved it!
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    March 18, 2017 at 6:49 am

    How long will this dressing last in the refrigerator?
    1. Katie

      March 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Rose - I would say a week - but it won't last that long!
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    August 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Could you provide the calorie count on this dressing...looks yummy and probably a great use on my salads for my diet. Thanks Stacie
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    March 16, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Delish!!! I made this tonight to dress my kale, arugula, mango, sweetcorn, blueberry salad. It was amazing!
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      March 27, 2018 at 11:34 am

      flgirl - so glad you loved it! It's my favorite!
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    June 4, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I am eager to try it the way you developed it. But, for now, my daughter and I are planning to do a 5 day cleansing fast, and though we can have most of the ingredients, I had to eliminate the salt... :-( and the honey. I substituted with 1 stalk of celery for the salt and 7 chunks of frozen mango for the honey. My dressing has okay/good flavor, the jalapeno adds a nice, subtle bite. I will be pairing it with a variety of things, but am hoping that it will be particularly good with a veggie stuffed baked sweet potato.
    1. Katie

      June 6, 2019 at 7:04 am

      Jan MacWilliams - that sounds so good! I hope you love it!

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  • Michael Black

    January 7, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    This recipe is my go to for salad and other dishes. Easy to make and tastes great. Thank you!
    1. Katie

      January 13, 2020 at 1:15 pm are most welcome. So glad you like?
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  • Kris

    July 7, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Omg! Can’t believe this recipe has been around so long! A new favorite of mine and now our extended family. I’ve made 3 times in 2 weeks….thanks so much!! Thank goodness for Pinterest!!
    1. Katie

      July 8, 2022 at 8:18 pm

      Awesome! And I am so glad it’s so healthy!
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    Delicious! Goes perfectly with my blackened shrimp tacos.
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      Jonas, Yum that's a great idea!

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