If there’s one bona fide rip-off in the grocery store, it’s the salad dressing aisle. Yes, there are some delicious dressings that come in bottles, but when compared with making your own salad dressing recipe, well, there’s no comparison, really. A homemade salad dressing is outrageously less expensive than the bottled stuff, and you never need stabilizers or preservatives when you make it fresh. Plus, the possibilities are endless, just like this creamy avocado salad dressing that gets a nutritious kick from organic greens.
Avocado may be best known for guacamole, but it’s a wonderful ingredient in salad dressings, giving your salad that creamy texture without heavy dairy. And it lends itself really well to organic greens, like our mustHave greens. Why add green powder to your dressing? Not only does it up the nutrient content of your salad, but it also amps up the flavor, too, giving your dressing a little kick.
This salad dressing also uses miso paste, which comes from fermented soybeans. It gives the recipe an umami flavor and adds creaminess to the texture as well.
You can use this salad dressing recipe on any salad, but it holds up especially well to a sturdy green like kale.
Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing Recipe with Organic Greens
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
1/2 large avocado (or 1 small)
1 tsp green powder of choice
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp miso paste (white or yellow is ideal here, but any will work)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup chopped spinach or parsley (or both!)
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor until very smooth. The miso should give it enough of a salty taste, but you can add more salt if needed.
Once blended, toss with your preferred salad greens and serve immediately. Will store in the refrigerator for about one week.
Image: Pawel Pacholec
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