Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing

This avocado salad dressing packs a punch of flavor from the cilantro and lime. It’s full of healthy fat from the avocado and adds a delicious Southwestern twist to any salad!

Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing recipe

You know, I whined an awful lot about our big move to Nebraska, but secretly I was a little excited. You see, there are so very many Mexican joints out here and y’all know how I feel about a good taco. And enchiladas. And queso. Also, salsa. Homemade tortillas. Freshly fried chips. Hand smashed guacamole.

Oh, sorry. I got a little carried away.

Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing recipe

Anyway, I’m a fan of Mexican food as you all have probably noticed.

I decided that I need to Mexican-ify my salad dressing. This dressing was super easy to whip up, full of flavor, and is so much healthier than bottled dressings! We all loved this stuff.

Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing recipe

I just ripped open a bag of lettuce, topped it with some sliced tomatoes, shredded cheddar, and a few slices of juicy chicken. I coated my chicken breasts in a mix of ranch seasoning mix and taco seasoning before cooking them in a bit of olive oil in my cast iron skillet. Perfectly quick and easy lunch for a lazy day at home!

Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing recipe

Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing recipe

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Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing

Yield: 1 1/2 cups dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup cilantro
juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon ranch seasoning powder (homemade or storebought)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Slice the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh from the skin. Add to a blender along with all of the other ingredients. Blend together until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate for one hour before serving.
Keeps in the fridge for 3 days.

 

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19 Responses to “Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness February 10, 2014 @ 6:27 am (#
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    I love a creamy avocado salad dressing and the Southwestern spin on this is FAB! Yum!

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  2. Joanne February 10, 2014 @ 7:00 am (#
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    I’m totally jealous of all your good Mexican eats. NYC is strangely devoid of all things delicious Mexican food!

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  3. Jenny Flake February 10, 2014 @ 7:46 am (#
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    The perfect salad! That dressing is sooooo calling my name :) Happy Monday!

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  4. Melanie @ Carmel Moments February 10, 2014 @ 8:22 am (#
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    Wow. You sure know how to make a salad look good girl! Would totally try this today but bummer…no cilantro. Gotta add that to the list cause I can’t wait to try this!

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  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 10, 2014 @ 8:35 am (#
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    Oh man, this dressing looks FAB! I love adding avocado to stuff, but have never thought of this before!

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  6. Angie | Big Bear's Wife February 10, 2014 @ 9:44 am (#
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    that dressing looks wonderful!!

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  7. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 10, 2014 @ 9:50 am (#
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    I want a salad so bad right now just to have as a vehicle for that dressing!

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  8. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron February 10, 2014 @ 10:22 am (#
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    I love Mexican food, it’s my favorite! Love the sound of this dressing Karly!

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  9. Marcie February 10, 2014 @ 11:07 am (#
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    This dressing definitely deserves a post of its own — I think I could make a meal out of it alone! ????

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  10. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 10, 2014 @ 11:29 am (#
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    I feel like I’m on a sweets overload so I definitely could use this salad! Which is totally gorgeous btw.

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  11. Julie February 10, 2014 @ 4:37 pm (#
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    Are you in Omaha? We do have a LOT of great authentic Mexican restaurants here…let me know if you’d like any recommendations! This dressing looks awesome BTW, I love that there is no mayo! :)

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  12. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen February 10, 2014 @ 5:12 pm (#
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    You totally get my tex-mex cravings, I need to make this right now!

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  13. Laura @ The Salty Kitchen February 11, 2014 @ 8:25 pm (#
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    OMG.OMG.OMG!
    I’m in love with this recipe! Thank you so much!!! :)

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  14. Fructe uscate February 17, 2014 @ 10:32 am (#
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    Perfect, healthy dressing!

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  15. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen February 18, 2014 @ 9:04 am (#
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    Seriously gimme that spoon! Love this one, Karly!

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  16. Julie @ Table for Two February 19, 2014 @ 11:45 am (#
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    Oh wow, this looks ridiculously good. I’m drooling just looking at that first photo!

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  17. DeltaLassie February 28, 2014 @ 3:05 pm (#
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    This recipe looks great, but I’m not a fan of Ranch.
    Could you please suggest a teaspoon of some other seasoning OTHER than Ranch that might work as well? Thanks

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    • Karly replied: — February 28th, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

      @DeltaLassie,

      I would probably just swap in some garlic and/or onion powder to your taste. :)

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  18. Stephanie June 11, 2014 @ 1:22 pm (#
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    Just made this dressing and it is amazing! I didn’t have chipolte powder so I used chili lime seasoning

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