This Cilantro Avocado Dressing is ready in about 5 minutes and pairs well with a lot of foods. Use it as a salad dressing or spoon it over chicken or fish. It has lots of fresh flavors and is so easy to make.
We’ve been making our own homemade salad dressings since the beginning of this year, and for the last few weeks, I’ve been making this cilantro avocado dressing.
Since I almost always have avocados in my fridge and cilantro in my garden during the summer, this is the perfect summer dressing that I can quickly whip up whenever I need it.
I love this avocado salad dressing because it’s so versatile, and you can use it in so many ways.
- Large ripe avocado
- Fresh cilantro
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- Lemon juice
Avocados: I recommend using a Hass avocado for this dressing because the flesh is really creamy and buttery. Plus, Hass avocados are in season from late spring through mid-fall, which is my favorite time of year to make this dressing.
Cilantro: If you don’t like cilantro, you can swap it for fresh parsley or chives.
Yogurt: Greek yogurt works well because it’s thick and creamy. You can also use the same amount of sour cream, which will make the dressing tangier.
Lemon: You can use the same amount of lime juice instead of lemon if that’s what you have on hand.
How to Make Avocado Dressing
The easiest way to make this dressing is with a food processor*. Peel and remove the pit from one large avocado and place the flesh in the food processor.
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Add the cilantro, garlic powder, onion powder, oil, yogurt, and lemon juice. Blend the ingredients until smooth.
I like to taste the dressing before I remove it from the food processor. Depending on your tastes, you might want to adjust the seasonings, herbs, and yogurt. If your dressing is a little too thick, you can add a few tablespoons of water until it is your desired consistency.
Different Ways to Use It
I love this avocado cilantro dressing on salads, but you can use it as a sauce or dip, too. Here are some ideas:
- I love to drizzle it on my Avocado Buddha Bowls and Burrito Bowls.
- It’s really good with Tomato and Avocado Salad.
- I also like it on tacos like Fish Tacos or Brisket Tacos.
- Serve it as a dipping sauce for Sweet Potato Tots, Avocado Fries, and Zucchini Fries.
- Spread it on sandwiches instead of mayo.
- Or, serve it as a dip with crackers, tortilla chips, or veggie sticks.
The dressing will keep for a few days in the refrigerator. Be sure to store it in an airtight container so it stays fresh. It may thicken when it’s chilled, but you can thin it with a little water.
I’ve been making this creamy avocado dressing at least once a week lately. I love that it’s so easy and goes with so many dishes. I hope you try it!
More Avocado Recipes
Avocado Dressing with Cilantro
- 1 large Haas avocado peeled and pitted (see note)
- 1 cup cilantro leaves and stems (see note)
- 1/2-1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4-1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- juice of one lemon
- Add all ingredients into a food processor. I recommend starting with 1/4 cup yogurt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and juice of half of a lemon. Process until smooth and creamy.
- Taste and adjust as needed, adding more yogurt, garlic powder and lemon juice to taste. If you want a thinner consistency, add a little bit of water as well. Dressing can be stored in fridge 1-2 days.
- A food processor* makes it so easy to make this dressing.
- I recommend using a Hass avocado for this dressing because the flesh is really creamy and buttery.
- I love the flavor of cilantro, but you can also substitute other herbs like parsley or chives which will change the flavor of the dressing, but still add a lot of freshness.
- *Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. Much like referral codes, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product I referred (at no extra charge to you).
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.