17 August 2013

It's time again for The Salad Bar, hosted by Wendy of The Weekend Gourmet.  

This month's theme was avocados.  I had always wanted to try making an avocado dressing, so this was my opportunity.  I found a great recipe at Skinnytaste and changed it just slightly.  I omitted the jalepeno and used a little bit of dry ranch mix instead of salt and cumin. That gave it really great flavor.  Here's my version.

Avocado Buttermilk Dressing

1 cup low fat buttermilk
¼ cup of fresh cilantro
1 medium avocado
1 green onion, sliced
1 tbsp ranch dressing mix
Water to thin, if necessary

Combine all the ingredients except the water in a blender and blend until smooth. Add water to thin it out if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

This dressing is awesome.  It comes out really thick, but I didn't mind so much. I thinned it out with about 1 oz. of water.  I had it on a salad and loved it.  I stuck some carrot sticks in it and gave it to my five-year-old as a veggie dip and she raved about it.  

I just love the flavor of this dressing.  Obviously you can really taste the avocado.  The buttermilk gives it a really great tang, and the cilantro makes it all taste bright and fresh.  Using the ranch dressing mix instead of salt brings even more flavor to the party.

The original recipe called for the juice of 1 lime, but I forgot to get a lime at the store.  I thought the dressing would lose its color by the next day, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it still bright green for several days.  I'm guessing the acid in the buttermilk kept it from browning.

Check out all of the other great avocado salad recipes below and come back next month to see what kind of Asian salad I make. Yum!

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  1. Just mouthwatering…looks delicious!

  2. Yummy in my tummy!

  3. Your avocado dressing with the addition of buttermilk sounds so sinfully delicious. our photo, stunning.

  4. What a pretty dressing! I love making my own dressings, and I can see how this would work as a dip, too.

  5. I wondered whether anyone else would make avocado dressing! I like the idea of tangy, creamy buttermilk combined with the avocado.

  6. Lesa, this salad dressing would be magnificent on so many salads! It sounds amazing!

  7. Michelle Rushing HiltonAugust 18, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Your dressing sounds yummy!