Avocado Chili Lime Dressing

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Avocado. Chili. Lime. You’re welcome.

Cool, creamy avocado dressing. Yes, summer is here!

Actually, we went from having the heat on to having the a/c on in 24 hours. Bye, bye, crazy winterish spring–early summer has arrived and bumped you out of the lineup. North Carolina has mostly wonderful weather, but it lacks some delicacy in the transition. Overcoat one day and bathing suit the next? But of course! Why dilly dally with easing into the new season when you can just…BLAM…smack people with a wall of heat.

Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I love summer. Love, love, love lazy weekend days at the pool or the beach, popsicles, grilling dinner, fresh tomatoes, corn and yes, salads.

This salad dressing/grilled chicken topping/sandwich spread/replacement-for-sour-cream-on-your-taco-salad is just the cool, creamy and slightly spicy food accessory for summer. It started with an idea I saw on Pinterest for taco topping, and morphed into something even more delicious. My version is more of a pourable guacamole. Yum! We had this on salad with grilled chicken and it was so good I was tempted to just eat it with a spoon. Really. That good.

Try this as a salad dressing or as a dip for fresh/grilled vegetables. Or as a sandwich spread. Healthy, cool, creamy and delicious!

Avocado Chili Lime Dressing (makes 6-8 servings)

Each serving has 170 calories and 5 grams of protein

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (we used Chobani)
  • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil
  • Juice of two limes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Cut open the avocado, remove the pit and scoop the flesh into a stick blender-safe container.
  2. Add all the other ingredients to the container.
  3. Using a stick blender, blend all ingredients together until creamy. Depending on the thickness of your yogurt, you may want to thin this mixture out with a bit of milk or buttermilk (or soy milk for that matter).
  4. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. I like this dressing with lots of lime, but you could pull back on the lime and add more yogurt to make it more creamy and less citrus-y.

Other optional add-ins: you could change this up by adding a little chipotle in adobo to this dressing or by adding some cooked, chopped bacon!

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