Avocado Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free)

Who said salad had to be boring?  Well…me.  Trust me, it took a LONG time to get used to eating so much salad after I went Paleo–a lot of the time it’s just the easiest option whether you’re packing your lunch or just trying to order something at a restaurant.  But its not the salad part that gives people fits, it’s the lack of good dressing.  Oil and vinegar gets real old, real quick.

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This dressing is good for more than salads, though.  I use it on sweet potato fries, on top of chicken and fish, and I made a killer casserole with it that I’ll be sharing soon.  There’s a reason we all love the original Ranch dressing, just not all the nasty chemicals, additives, seed oils, and dairy.  Clearly I’ll be keeping this stuff around!

Avocado Ranch Dressing
Author: TGIPaleo.com
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Ingredients
  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 can Full-Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 T Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 t Salt
  • 1/4 t Black Pepper
  • 2 T Fresh Dill
  • 2 T Fresh Chives
  • 1/4 t Paprika
  • 1/4 t Cayenne Pepper
Instructions
  1. Pulse the avocados in a food processor until broken up.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Pulse to combine, then puree till smooth.
  3. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

 

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25 thoughts on “Avocado Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free)

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  2. Teresa

    This recipe is amazing. Made some this morning and it was fabulous. Looking forward to putting it on everything. Super yummy!

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  3. beckie w

    Whole30 compliant, idiot proof & super yummy! My kids love it. They want it for salads, dips & with wings.
    I froze half of it in smaller containers since I don’t think we will use the whole thing before it goes bad.

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  5. Derek

    I wasn’t impressed with this recipe. It was very spicy compared to conventional “avocado ranch” and I had a VERY hard time getting my kids to have seconds. I wish I had a good recommendation for an improvement, but I am currently at a loss. Unfortunately, I give this a thumbs down.

    Will post later regarding potential improvements, if any….

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  6. Shane

    I’m wondering if Derek used cayenne powder or chopped cayenne…HUGE difference in the amount of heat – at least in my house. My cayenne powder packs quite a punch so I’ll be adding a bit less than the 1/4 tsp. that’s called for…

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  7. Ciellle

    I think you’re on to something! Since going Paleo I have been on a quest for a delicious salad dressing with healthy oils. Vinaigrette is OK now and then, but I like to eat 2 salads a day and it is just too much. The texture of this is PERFECT. I will continue working with the spices to suit my taste, but I wanted to say thanks because I think you have saved me. I either needed to give up salads (love them) or cheat on the dressing (bad idea!).

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    1. tgipaleo Post author

      Sure…it just won’t be as rich. Add about a 1/4-1/2 cup less so the consistency stays the same…

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  8. Alex

    I made a jalapeno & cilantro version last night because I didn’t have any of the herbs for a ranch and it was incredible. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. tgipaleo Post author

      That sounds incredible…how much of each did you put in? I think that might be perfect for the Super Bowl!

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  10. Teeky28

    I usually saute or roast my veggies because I don’t like dressings. But I bought steaks and locally-grown greens today and really wanted a salad. I am thrilled with this recipe! Very tasty. I’m going to try it on my eggs in the morning. Thank you!!!

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  14. Amanda Hunter

    I have been hesitant to try any avocado Ranch recipes because I was afraid the avocado would go bad before we ate it all. So, this really keeps in the fridge for 2 weeks and the avo is OK?

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