creamy avocado dressing paleo recipe

Creamy Avocado Dressing

The other night I was craving a simple, rich and super creamy dressing for our salad.  I also wanted something dairy free, so decided I would use avocado as a base.

This dressing is great for both green salads and chopped salads, and I made a combination of both to serve with our salad, using greens from our garden and cubes of cucumber.  My husband gave this dressing his seal of approval, emptying out the mason jar in which I had served the extra dressing.  Hooray!

Creamy Avocado Dressing
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place avocado, olive oil, lemon juice and water in vitamix
  2. Puree until smooth then blend in salt and pepper
  3. Serve over green or chopped salad

I was so happy to have my book featured in the September issue of Colorado Parent Magazine as part of a great article on children’s food allergies.  They are also holding a contest to win a copy of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.  Very cool!

In breaking mobile dessert news, yesterday I was reading one of my favorite blogs, CeliacChicks, by one of my favorite bloggers, Kelly and came across a post about a cupcake truck in NYC that she had visited with friends.  Much to my surprise one of Kelly’s cohorts thought that my Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes trumped those from the cupcake truck.

In the community department, Cindy from has a great gazpacho recipe up on her site right now, and she’s looking for others to submit their favorite gazpacho recipes to share. I’ve participated myself, by adding my recent Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho recipe to her carnival.

Finally, today’s Friday freebie is a copy of the GAPS Guide, Simple Steps to Heal the Bowels, Body and Brain by Baden Lashkov. So, leave a comment for your chance to win.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. The winner of the GAPS Guide was Jeannette. Thanks to everyone who participated!


  1. Michaela Rosenberger says

    Thank you for this avocado salad dressing recipe. I have often thought that avocado would make a great dressing. I will also add some fresh garlic as well! Your recipes are a wonderful support.

  2. Louise Baker says

    Perfect timing! I have a ripe avocado and we’re all tired of guacamole all the time. This will be a lovely change, and hopefully I can convince the kidlets to try a bit of salad.

  3. claudia says

    I’m not surprised in the least that your cupcakes trumped the truck cupcakes. Most gluten-free bakery products are gross! I seriously (discreetly) have spit out more than one sample–completely inedible–and these were commercial products! Thank you for making gluten-free scrumptious and nutritious!

  4. says

    This is a very nice dressing of course I love avocados so I may be a bit biased :) Either way it’s a recipe I’ll be using again in the future!

  5. Laurel says

    Funny thing I was just considering doing this exact thing with half a jalapeno as well to use as cole slaw dressing! You just saved me a lot of time in figuring out the proportions. Thanks!

  6. stefy says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I find my boyfriend often making faces at my lemon and olive oil dressings, this will give him the creaminess he craves without all the preservatives and dairy that he should be avoiding. Thanks!

  7. Tiffany says

    I would love to have a copy of that book! Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes that enable me to enjoy dessert once in a while :)

  8. says

    What is the difference between GAPS and SCD? And I’m assuming GAPS is an acronym? What does it stand for? I’m familiar with SCD, but this is the first I have heard of GAPS.

  9. karen c. says

    I am always look for ways to sneak in avocados into our kids diets. This looks wonderful.
    I hope to start GAPS after the holidays so this book would be great for our family.

  10. Pennyf says

    hey Elana,

    This sounds so good — worth a trip to the coop to buy an avocado.

    The GAPS diet is fascinating and effective — I read their yahoo e-mail string every day, and I have learned so much. I began making my own sauerkraut recently, inspired by the importance the GAPS diet places on fermented foods. Have you done this? It is amazingly delicious. I, too, would love to have Baden’s book.

    Made another loaf of your 2.0 bread yesterday. It is my weekly staple. Thanks for all you do. Oh – and my 11-year-old son says your chocolate cupcakes are “the bomb.” :-)


  11. Heather says

    Not sure if I’m too late to be counted in the givaway “pot” but I’ve been very interested in the GAPS diet lately.

    • says

      I never heard of this diet but just looked it up. Interesting that some of the foods that should be avoided are agave nectar, baking soda, arrowroot, and chocolate with sugar in it, ingredients that are in a lot of these recipes.

      Has anybody come up with substitutions for agave, baking soda and arrowroot? I can do w/o the chocolate w/sugar but I would like to try some other ingredients to see if my digestive problems go away. Thanks for any help!

  12. says

    Thank you for a recipe that doesn’t use soy instead of dairy.

    I am in the lengthy process of healing my colon, so, the giveaway book would be really appreciated.

  13. Olinda Paul says

    I have been trying different sugar substitutes and came across Xylitol. It tastes great, measures cup for cup, doesn’t promote cavities, leaves no aftertast and seems to bake well. However, I only LICKED the spoon when I was done making cookies and 3 hrs later I looked like I was 4 months pregnant.

    I went to the website emerald and they said it MAY promote some bloating. I was so sick I can’t tell you. Then I had a friend tell me that she read where a little dog had died because he ingested Xilitol. I felt like I should have died. I put 1 tsp of baking soda in very warm water and drank it down and that helped a bit. But for 3 days I was miserable. Now they claim that this product is safe however with the reaction that I had I don’t think so. Has anyone else had this problem with Xyliltol? Have you tried it? What is your take?

    Yes, I threw away the cookies, they are unfit for human consumption.

  14. ashley clark says

    I would love to have this book. My child has food allergies and sensitivities which I would love to heal him of. Thanks!

  15. Aerienne says

    The avocado dressing looks awesome! I am going to make this tonight. I’ve beeen doing a yeast-free diet and only using olive oil with salt and pepper for dressing because I’m not eating vinegar, and all the ingredients in this one are on my list of good things :) Thank you!

  16. mandy says

    awesome that your cupcakes trump those of the cupcake truck! i shall buy ingredients and make THEM instead of hunting down the cupcake truck.

  17. says

    This is perfect, and so easy! I might substitute coconut milk, whole raw milk or cream for the water and then it will be SUPER thick and delicious. Like avocado ranch!

  18. Junecutie says

    Thanks Elana,
    I made this and now that I have eaten it on salad, I am thinking about serving it over vegetables like steamed broccoli and cauliflower and maybe baked potatoes with some chopped tomatoes on top. I wonder if a spoonful of pesto stirred in would be good? This is what I love most about your recipes. They always start me thinking of all kinds of other ways to use them that I might not have thought of all by myself. Anyway, YEA! to avocados in anything! Much love and many blessings, June

  19. Jeanne Marie Crall says

    I have some avocados waiting to be eaten… I think they will become this yummy dressing!! I was just looking for a new twist on dressing…. Thanks Elana…

  20. Tanya says

    My family has been enjoying all your recipes. Thanks to your website we are all eating a lot better, in turn we have so much more energy.

    Thank you again for all the work you put into helping so many people.

  21. Andrea says

    Now you’re talking my language; anything with avocado in it is divine! Though I am tempted to add a clove of garlic to it…

  22. Denise says

    Elana, thanks so much for sharing your recipes. I found your site several months ago when I was told my 4 children need to be gluten-free. They were feeling better eating GF, but my 10 y/o daughter was still not completely well, so I was told to take her off of all grains. It has been challenging, but not impossible thanks to your recipes. She is so excited to be able to eat things like muffins and pancakes made with almond flour. We also really like your breakfast bars for a quick snack on the go.
    Thanks again-we really appreciate it!

  23. veggievixen says

    wow, so much good news! it’s pretty cool that your chocolate cupcake recipe seems to trump that of the cupcake truck–that’s a huge compliment!

    i am obsessed with avocados, therefore i should try this dressing. thanks for making it dairy-free :)

  24. sandyfinch says

    This sounds yummy, I love the Green goddess dressing so I’m excited to try it. I can’t recall the last time I bought salad dressing in the store so I appreciate it.

  25. Melody says

    Perfect! I have avocados on my counter right now! YUM!

    Would love to get this GAPS book! I had my son at a dr. appt. today…and the dr. recommended I get Dr.Campbell-McBride’s book. It was the first I had heard of her….and now this post from you! WOW!

    Thanks so much for your yummy recipes! It helps tremendously to be able to have “good” food for my children who can’t eat like their friends!

  26. says

    It’s wonderful to hear about all the success your cookbook is generating, Elana. I love it and am having fun trying your healthy, delicious recipes. I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet while I was in the area. Tomorrow I’m coming to the Boulder Farmers’ Market with a friend and then Bill and I are leaving for CA on Tuesday. Continued success with such a welcome contribution to cookbookland. <3

  27. Deb says

    I actually adapted your green goddess salad dressing just last night using exactly these ingredients after discovering your blog only a few days ago– it was delicious! We made the curry shrimp and the brownies for dessert, and everything was a hit (with a hard to please crowd!)
    I just wanted to say thank you for your recipes and your website – my 4 year old daughter can’t eat dairy, gluten, soy, potatoes, corn, or sugar — so we were just thrilled to find you- thank you thank you thank you!!

  28. Renee says

    I would love to receive your book giveaway. I have read the GAPS book by McBride – I see much of myself and my children in this book! I also know a few families with autistic children who would love to read my copy!!!
    Elana – Thank you for your wonderful recipies. Many are now family favorites!

  29. Emily says

    The wonders of the creamy avocado! So many uses for these delicious healthy guys. My favorite way to eat an avo is in a smoothie. They make a more luscious creamy consistency than dairy ever did! Thanks for continuing to share your yummy recipe creations with us. I appreciate your hard work and willingness to share! Woo hoo for your book being featured in Colorado Parent Magazine too, how fun.
    Ohh and I have heard good things about the GAPS diet, I am intrigued!

  30. Julia says

    Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes! This dressing looks really good. I will have to try it this weekend.

  31. Lenee says

    Congratulations on your book being featured in the Colorado Parent Magazine! I am so excited that your book is a success!
    I’m thrilled that I have found your website and purchased your cookbook! You have taught me to pay attention to the quality of food and the nutrients needed to keep our bodies healthy. You have also made me aware of buying in bulk and larger quantities to save on packaging cost!

    I appreciate all the time you spend on your recipes. This dressing looks delicious! I am looking forward to your next wonderful recipe!

    Thank you for your website, cookbook and great recipes,

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