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A bowl of avocado salad dressing and a plate of salad | Hurry The food Up

It’s time to go back to basics. And this avocado salad dressing is really where it’s at.

I don’t think it would be unfair to say many people find salads boring, or that the idea of lettuce and tomatoes isn’t everybody’s dream meal.

But what if it could be? What if you could make a salad dressing so good, so tasty, that you want to smother all your food with it? So moreish you’ll be dreaming up new ways to eat it?

That’s where this avocado salad dressing comes in. I’m sure I’ll quickly run out of superlatives, but it just makes any salad taste INCREDIBLE.

It’s ripe, it’s tangy and if you’ve been looking for a way to spice up your lunch life then well, you’re in luck. But that’s not even the best part…

Avocado dressing ingredients bird's eye view | Hurry The food Up
Salad and nachos ingredients bird's eye view | Hurry The food Up
The salad ingredient in a bowl: beans, tomatoes, romano salad and red onion | Hurry The food Up

Avocado salad dressing = guacamole with a bang

Avocados are self-regulating little bombs of health.

One of the key things to remember about vegetables (and salads) is that for the body to absorb the good stuff inside (like vitamins and carotenoids) properly they need a little of the good fats to go with them.

Avocados are full of them, and this study shows just how successfully avocado helps the body to absorb fats.

By adding this creamy avocado dressing for salad you are literally improving the benefits of the rest of the ingredients – which is already awesome, of course!

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What are avocados good for?

Avocados work well in literally everything – salads, toasts, smoothies, dips, even ice cream. But are they really healthy and weight loss friendly?

Definitely! It’s a very unique fruit (yeah, fruit) rich in nutrients and high in fiber.

One medium avocado contains about 21 grams of fat. It may sound a lot but the monosaturated fats in it are actually healthy.

The high-fat content doesn’t mean avocados are bad for weight loss. It means you’ll stay full longer and won’t get any unnecessary calories from snacking too much.

Studies show that people who regularly eat avocados may gain less excess weight over the long term. So the high amount of fat and fiber makes food release slowly from your stomach and therefore promote healthy weight loss.

Our avocado salad dressing recipe aims to provide all these incredible avocado benefits for your body.

If you want more tips on how to lose weight on a balanced vegetarian diet, check out this free vegetarian weight loss meal plan.

Vegan avocado salad dressing in a bowl. The salad and nachos are nearby | Hurry The food Up

We’re not done yet

Still looking for more? As this healthy avocado dressing is only the finish for your salad, you can make the salad any way you want – use your favourite ingredients or whatever you have just laying around. It pretty much goes with anything.

Of course, we felt it would be rude not to test the avocado dressing salad recipe several times, and we came up with our favourite combo.

Beans, tomatoes, lettuce and red onion was a simple but great salad mix with the avocado dressing, and a few self-made nachos on the side really finished things off.

You can get the five-minute nachos right here.

As we said at the beginning, sometimes it really pays to find ways to get back to basics. Cut the junk, and start eating real, whole foods again.

You’re almost guaranteed to feel better. For the record, this particular avocado salad dressing is vegan, too.

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Enjoy all the avocado healthiness and citrus richness while devouring this vegan avocado salad dressing!

Avocado dressing
4.75 from 4 votes
Ready to take your salad up a notch with this avocado salad dressing? It’s vegan, healthy and dreamily tasty.
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes
Servings:4 people
Calories:357kcal
Author: Cristina Parés & HurryTheFoodUp

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ orange
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ shallot (or 1/2 shallot = 1 spring onion)

For the salad:

  • 1 can black beans (15oz = 435g)
  • 1 head romano salad
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • ½ red onion

For the nachos:

Instructions

For the dressing:

  • Peel the ripe avocado, roughly chop the shallot and add them to a food processor.
    1 ripe avocado, ½ shallot
  • Grate in some orange zest and lemon zest.
    ½ orange, ½ lemon
  • Add the lemon juice, the orange juice, the olive oil, vinegar and salt. Blend.
    3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, ½ tsp salt
  • Add a little water, a tbsp at a time, to get the desired consistency. Blend again if neccessary.
    2-3 tbsp water
  • That’s it! Drizzle over salad as appropriate.

For the salad:

  • Drain and rinse the beans.
    1 can black beans
  • Give the lettuce a quick rinse and roughly chop it or rip it.
    1 head romano salad
  • Dice the onion.
    ½ red onion
  • Assemble together, along with the tomatoes.
    10 cherry tomatoes

For the nachos (not generally gluten-free):

  • Using scissors, layer the tortillas on top of each other and cut into triangles (halve, halve, and halve again).
    2 tortillas
  • Sprinkle the salt and cayenne pepper over the tortillas.
    1 pinch cayenne pepper, 1 pinch salt
  • Place on a tray and bake for 5 minutes in the oven. Ready!

NOTES

Nutritional information is provided for one serving of the salad and nachos with the avocado dressing.
After more salads and dressings? This peanut butter salad is one of our all-time faves, and this vegan tuna salad is so unique (and tasty) it really should be tried!
And some more recipes with avocado for you:
Your fitness fix – Avocado Spinach Smoothie
Divine dip duo – Avocado Hummus
A perfect summer salad – Avocado Tomato Salad
Level up your lunch – Avocado Chickpea Salad
Low carb stuffed eggs – Avocado Deviled Eggs

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Avocado dressing
Amount per Serving
Calories
357
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
13
g
Sodium
 
427
mg
19
%
Potassium
 
1050
mg
30
%
Carbohydrates
 
39
g
13
%
Fiber
 
14
g
58
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
Vitamin A
 
13967
IU
279
%
Vitamin C
 
38
mg
46
%
Calcium
 
111
mg
11
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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9 comments
  1. This does look super easy and convenient! I’m always looking for ways to make eating a salad a less depressing experience, so hopefully this does the trick.

    1. Hi Kay! I’m sure it will 🙂

  2. The freshness of this post had be absolutely salivating.

    1. I thought the same when I saw the final recipe post, glad it made the same impression on you 😀

  3. Can’t wait to try this!

  4. This salad is gorgeous! I can’t wait to make it for family.

    1. Glad you like the look of it, Kim. Enjoy!

  5. 5 stars
    Looks super delicious and healthy too.

    1. Cheers, definitely is!

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