Dressed or Naked?

How do you like your salad? 🙂
I love a good salad with nothing more than salt, pepper and olive oil sometimes.
I do get asked often about Paleo or Primal salad dressings and how boring it is if you don’t use commercially prepared dressings.
Here’s one that is tasty and definitely not boring!

Avocado Lime Salad Dressing

1 large haas avocado (about 4 ounces of avocado flesh once it’s peeled and seeded)
2T home made mayonnaise
1/3 cup good quality oil (avocado, olive, macadamia, etc)
1/3 cup fresh lime juice (I like the acidity, start with 3T, taste and adjust if you like it less tangy)
cilantro (I use about 1/3 cup sprigs, stems and all, so call it 6 full sprigs roughly)
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2tsp ground cumin
1 small fresh jalapeno or other pepper, optional*
a few drops of stevia, optional (if you want a little sweetness, add a little fresh or frozen mango or pineapple!)
Water to thin as needed
salt and pepper to taste

Puree everything until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to your tastes.

*If you don’t want to use a pepper, I do suggest adding a dash of cayenne pepper or hot chili powder. It really brightens the flavor. You don’t want it spicy-hot, just a little kick for the taste buds.

I find that it takes about 1/4 cup of water to make it a good salad dressing consistency – not too thick, not too runny.
The addition of fruit makes this a really nice summer salad dressing.

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