Avocado Citrus Vinaigrette

This creamy salad dressing is made with avocado, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil and a little jalapeno.  It’s light and creamy and everything a good healthy salad dressing should be!  

This creamy Avocado Citrus Vinaigrette is made with avocado, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil and a little jalapeno

You’re likely to find that this vegan avocado dressing is luscious and light and so completely addicting you’ll want to drink it.  

This creamy Avocado Citrus Vinaigrette is made with avocado, cilantro, orange juice, lime, olive oil and a little jalapeno

Sometimes I think the easiest way to dress a salad is with a little olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.  Often times I’ll just drizzle and squeeze right over the leafy greens.   But other times, I’ll make up a delicious healthy salad dressing like this one!  I almost never add salt to my dressings when I’m making them  just for me.  I try to stay away from salt because it can raise blood pressure, cause fluid retention,  and it’s just not good for our brains. 

This creamy Avocado Citrus Vinaigrette is made with avocado, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil and a little jalapeno

AVOCADO SALAD DRESSING RECIPE

This vegan avocado dressing calls for just a few simple ingredients.

  • Avocado
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Jalapeño, minced
  • Olive oiL

HOW TO MAKE AVOCADO SALAD DRESSING

This citrus vinaigrette with avocado  is super easy to make, and if you’re like me, you’ll likely make it often!

  1. Toss all of the ingredients in your blender and blend until creamy. 
  2. Add a few drops of water or more orange juice to achieve desired consistency. 
  3. Be sure to chill it in the refrigerate for a good 20-30 minutes before using.

This creamy Avocado Citrus Vinaigrette is made with avocado, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil and a little jalapeno

This avocado salad dressing is silky smooth and has a bright fresh citrusy taste with a bit of heat from jalapeño.   I try to eat a large salad at least once a day.  Some days  I’ll do better than others and have a salad for both lunch and dinner.  This habit came from my childhood.  My mom served salads and vegetables at every lunch and dinner.  When I make my green salads – I go for generous portions of greens with a variety vegetables.  I always try to incorporate at least 3 brightly colored vegetables into my salads.  The brighter and more colorful the salad, the better!  The most colorful vegetables often offer the greatest cardio protection.  And I will usually toss in a handful of nuts and seeds for good measure.  I also love to toss in fresh sprigs of herbs, such as flat-leaf parsley.  

This creamy Avocado Citrus Vinaigrette is made with avocado, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil and a little jalapeno

Having a green salad everyday is a simple way to improve your health.  Every type of fruit and vegetable contains different compounds to help your body fight disease.  Vegetables are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals.  So when you’re at the market, reach for a variety of fruits and vegetables, and not just the usual suspects that you typically put in your cart. 

HEART HEALTHY SALAD DRESSING RECIPES

Originally published on 9.2015 – updated 11.2019

This creamy Avocado Citrus Vinaigrette is made with avocado, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil and a little jalapeno
Yield: 4 servings

Avocado Citrus Vinaigrette

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

This creamy Avocado Citrus Vinaigrette is made with avocado, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil and a little jalapeno.  It's light and creamy and everything a good salad dressing should be!  

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2  cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 small jalapeño, minced
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  2. Chill for 20 minutes before serving.

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