Creamy Basil Avocado Salad Dressing Recipe


This is classic basil avocado dressing recipe from my early repertoire, developed during my years of managing the kitchen of a yoga resort in Crete, Greece. This recipe is especially good for those slightly overripe avocados, the ones that are too soft and not really presentable for a salad. You just need a blender or any small food processor. It goes great with all kinds of salads.

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Creamy Basil Avocado Salad Dressing

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lime or 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Generous bunch fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper

The process…

Put everything in the blender except the basil. Start will lesser amounts of salt and lime; you can add more after tasting.


Taste and adjust flavors if necessary. Add more water if necessary. Texture should be thick but pourable.


Add the basil and pulse blend such that small pieces remain.


Serve the basil avocado dressing on the side of your salad or premixed with the salad. If you premix, do so just before serving. Otherwise the salad greens can lose their crispness.



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