Garden Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing

3 08 2010


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It amazes me the number of folks who eat a “healthy salad” that is actually swimming in a dressing of fat, sugar, preservatives and artificial flavors. WIth the bounty of summer upon us, it is the perfect time to have a cool  refreshing bit of greens as an appetizer or as a side component to a meal. Some days the salad itself serves as a main course. But if you go to all the trouble of prepping the veggies, don’t screw the pooch by dousing it with a bottle of premade junk. Salad dressings (especially vinaigrettes) are easy and cheap to make, and they can last a bit in the fridge. Here I made a dressing that is somewhere between a spicy green goddess and guacamole. I made a lot (we were eating a lot of the summer bounty) so feel free to cut it in half. It works great as a nice (and healthy) alternative to mayo on a turkey sandwich or such.

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 Haas avocados
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.




7 responses

3 08 2010

wow great salad and your right homemade dressings are always better yum

4 08 2010

C&C: and better for ya;-)
@MoS: Thanks so much!!
@Koek: Yss, clearly great minds, us!
@ToB:Bet it would be good with zataar

3 08 2010
Magic of Spice

I love this dressing! Great salad:)

4 08 2010

Great minds DO think alike! Looks gorgeous – up to your usual standards 🙂

4 08 2010

This IS a fantastic dressing! Love the addition of smoked paprika and chipotle.

12 08 2010
Free recipes

What a stunning salad! I find your blog to be such a joy to see and read. Thank you for sharing another fresh and healthy recipe!

3 10 2010

I’m going to try this dressing tomorrow!

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