Avocado Dressing Recipe

Posted on 15 May 2017

By Dr. Denise Cooluris, ND

This recipe is one of Deborah Madison’s as published in her cookbook, “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone”, which has become a very stained, frayed, and dearly loved landmark of our family’s cookbook library and kitchen. I tried this recipe early in the spring and it’s become a mainstay of the season in our home that I’m excited to share with all of you.

This dressing has a great nutrition profile that is rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fats. The cilantro supports detoxification, just in time if you’ve decided to detox this spring. It is also versatile with many salad, vegetable, and protein combinations. My first salad was of massaged kale (de-stem the leaves, gently scrunch them together for about 2-4 minutes until they start to soften and turn a brighter green – this process essentially physically breaks down the kale and makes it easier to digest), roasted golden beets, pumpkin seeds, and roasted chicken. A later vegetarian version substituted Rancho Gordo garbanzo beans, which was equally fabulous.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and that your spring season brings lots of beautiful green, fresh, nutrient-rich foods to your table.

Avocado Dressing*
by Deborah Madison

½ cup fresh lime or lemon juice
1 small avocado, peeled and seeded
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeno chile, seeded and diced, optional
3 scallions, including an inch of the greens, coarsely chopped
¼ cup chopped cilantro
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive, avocado, or sunflower seed oil

Put the lime juice, avocado, garlic, chile, scallions, and cilantro in a blender and puree. Gradually pour in the oil with the machine running. Season with salt to taste.

 *Dr. Denise Note: This dressing is very detox friendly, but should be augmented if following an allergen-free diet: if you are eliminating citrus, you may substitute vinegar for the acid, or leave out the jalapeno if avoiding nightshades.

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