This Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing is the perfect, dairy free salad dressing recipe – a delicious alternative to ranch dressing!
I love salad dressing. I can’t imagine life (or my salads) without it. But better still is when a good dressing can double up as a dip or even sauce for pasta!
A while back, I made a healthy recipe for Avocado Pesto Alfredo Sauce, and it was hit in the McCauley household. So I started thinking about different things I could do with avocados simply because they provide such a smooth, silky texture.
Since giving up dairy, a good, homemade Ranch Dressing is the dressing I miss most. So I got creative with some avocados and came up with this delicious, dairy free avocado lime dressing!
How To Use Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing
I love this avocado lime ranch dressing recipe because it’s not just good on salads but it also makes a great dip as well. Homemade French fries, sweet potato fries, veggie platters, or even some pasta would go well with this!
And no, it doesn’t turn brown in the fridge. At least not quickly. With a 1/4 cup lime juice in there, it holds up quite nicely, though it’s probably best to use this avocado dressing up within a week or so. If you have to, cut the recipe in half, but do give it a try. I would say it’s better than regular ranch! But that might be my dairy free palate talking…
How To Make Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing
This is a super easy dressing to make. Simply place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until you reach a smooth consistency. You will need to add water in small amounts (about 1 – 2 tbsp. at a time) to reach your desired consistency. I don’t give a measurement on the water because the amount needed will vary from recipe to recipe. So start slow and add water as needed until you like the consistency.
You can make this thicker or thinner, as you wish. How much water you add will also depend on what your intended use is. A dip will need to be thicker, while a pasta sauce will need to be a bit thinner, with a salad dressing falling somewhere in the middle.
Finally, season with some salt and pepper, then transfer to a storage container with a tight fitting lid.
Store this in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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Yield will vary depending on how much water you use. Note that serving size listed below is for 2 tablespoons and is based on a 2 cup yield for this recipe.
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- Food processor
- 2 medium avocados
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. dried dill
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried chives
- Water as needed (I ended up using about 3/4 cup)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Place avocados, lime juice and spices in a blender and blend until smooth, adding water as needed until you reach your desired consistency.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer to a container with a lid and store in the fridge.
This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally published 7/18/15.