Who hasn’t faced the all-too-common dilemma of a leftover avocado half lounging in the fridge? Or maybe you’ve got a bit of guacamole from last night’s fiesta staring back at you every time you open the fridge door. Well, it’s time to give these leftovers a deliciously green makeover with this Creamy Avocado Dressing. It’s a game-changer for your salads, Buddha bowls, or even just for dipping those last few tortilla chips. The best part? It’s completely dairy-free and mayo-free, making it a guilt-free indulgence that’ll make you feel good about scraping the jar clean!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Avocado’s Natural Creaminess: The star of this dressing is the avocado’s naturally creamy texture. This means you can achieve that luxurious, rich dressing consistency without needing any dairy or mayo. It’s a healthy, plant-powered creaminess at its best.

  • Versatility with Ingredients: Whether you’re using a fresh avocado or some leftover guacamole, this recipe adapts effortlessly. This flexibility makes it perfect for a quick fix without needing a trip to the grocery store.

  • Easy Customization: Love garlic? Add a bit more. Prefer lime over lemon? Go ahead and switch. This recipe is a breeze to customize to your taste preferences, making it a versatile addition to your kitchen repertoire.

  • Quick and Convenient: With just a few ingredients and a bowl or a Mason jar, you can whip up this dressing in minutes. It’s perfect for those days when you’re looking for a quick yet tasty dressing option.

  • Health Benefits Galore: Avocados are loaded with good fats, vitamins, and antioxidants. This dressing isn’t just about taste; it’s packed with nutrients that are great for your body.


Ingredients You’ll Need for this Creamy Avocado Dressing

  • 1/2 an avocado – ripe enough to mash or blend: You can replace this with leftover or prepared guacamole; just reduce the salt and pepper at the end
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

This recipe is so forgiving, you’ll be hard-pressed to mess it up. Feel free to enrich the avocado with some Greek yogurt or cream cheese for a little extra tang in case the lime or lemon doesn’t give you enough!

From there, just add water until the sauce becomes a proper dressing! Taste and season with salt and pepper, and you’re ready to add this to a multitude of recipes.


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Creamy Avocado Dressing Formula


FAQs: Creamy Avocado Dressing

  • Can I use overripe avocados for this dressing? Absolutely! Overripe avocados may not be great for slicing, but they’re perfect for dressings. Their extra softness only adds to the creamy texture.

  • How long can I store this dressing in the fridge? It’s best consumed within 1-2 days. Since avocados oxidize and turn brown, a bit of lemon or lime juice helps, but it’s still freshest when used quickly.

  • Can I make this dressing without lemon or lime juice? You can, but citrus adds a bright flavor and helps prevent the avocado from browning too quickly. If you’re out of lemons or limes, a splash of vinegar could work as a substitute.

  • Is there a way to make the dressing thinner? Sure thing! Just whisk in a little water, a teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. You could also use olive oil for a richer thinning agent.

  • I’m allergic to garlic. Can I skip it? Definitely. The garlic adds flavor, but the dressing will still be delicious without it. You might add a pinch of onion powder or extra herbs for a flavor boost.

  • Any tips for a chunkier dressing? If you prefer a bit of texture, mash the avocado with a fork instead of blending it, and mix in the other ingredients by hand.

  • What if I don’t have olive oil? Any neutral-tasting oil like avocado oil or even a light vegetable oil would work as a substitute. Each oil brings its own subtle flavor difference to the dressing.


Use this Dressing in Buddha Bowls and More!

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Turn guacamole or mashed avocado into a quick and easy, creamy avocado dressing without dairy or mayo.
5 from 1 vote
Course condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 47 kcal


  • ½ cup mashed avocado or prepared guacamole
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Whisk ingredients together in a bowl or shake ingredients together in a Mason jar until well combined. Add water as needed to achieve desired consistency and season with salt and pepper to taste.


Keep sealed in an airtight container and use within 2-3 days.
Nutrition facts reflect each serving to be a little under 2 tablespoons.


Calories: 47kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 2mgIron: 1mg
Keyword homemade salad dressing
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