Creamy Avocado Caesar Dressing (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
Your salad has never been sexier, generously covered in a Creamy Avocado Caesar Dressing that only takes 5-minutes to make. One of the reasons I love to make my own dressings is so I can tweak the flavors to what I like, and in this recipe I add plenty of tangy and bright lemon to dance up the richness of the avocado.
Why do I make so many of my salad dressings? It all comes down to ingredients. Too many condiments and dressings in the grocery stores contain ingredients that are inflammatory and/or ultra-refined. These include canola oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, sugar, refined salt, and emulsifiers or thickeners like soy lecithin or gums.
Taking a few minutes to make a homemade dressing ensures only whole, nutritious ingredients are going in, plus it opens up the ability to alter the flavor profile based on your mood that day (sweeter, spicier, more acidic, etc.). So if you want the most epic Caesar salad ever, try making your own dressing and taste how much better homemade tastes!
Why Avocados are So Good For You!
These amazing green beauties are a staple in my house every week, not just because I love them with almost everything, but because they are a nutrient powerhouse and it is a no brainer when feeding and fueling a busy family of 5!
Let’s talk macros. We all know our macronutrients to be our carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but did you know that the fourth macronutrient is water? An avocado is a great source of all four macronutrients!
Macro Breakdown: 1/2 of an average avocado
- 70%-75% of the avocado is water: Great for hydration!
- 2 grams of protein: Plant based protein is a great source of amino acids.
- 9 grams of carbohydrates: Fuel to keep you going!
- 15 grams of good fats: Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats that support healthy cholesterol and are essential in cell health!
Vitamins and Minerals
- Multiple B Vitamins: essential in the conversion of food into energy and many other bodily functions.
- Vitamin C: Powerful antioxidant that neutralized free radicals and reduced oxidative stress
- Vitamins E (fat soluble): Antioxidant and nutrient that supports healthy skin, vision, and brain health .
- Vitamin K (fat soluble): Essential in clotting and conversion to K2 in the gut to support bone and heart health.
- Copper: Necessary in the production of red blood cells as well as nervous system and cardiovascular health .
- Magnesium: Essential in detoxification, smooth muscle relaxation, and supports anti-inflammation.
- Manganese: Supports healthy brain and nervous system function.
- Potassium: Key nutrient in heart health, healthy blood pressure and in metabolic function .
And if this wasn’t enough, half of an avocado has up to 7 grams of fiber! The fiber found in avocados is both insoluble and soluble.
- Insoluble fiber supports healthy digestion and movement through the GI tract.
- Soluble fiber supports a healthy microbiome and supports health blood sugars.
So grab some a creamy ripe avocado and let’s get cooking!
Creamy Avocado Caesar Dressing Ingredients
Makes 12 ounces
½ Large Avocado
¼ cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp No Sugar Dijon Mustard
2 tsp Aged Balsamic Vinegar
1 large Pasture Raised Egg Yolk*
1 Clove of Garlic
½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/3-1/2 cup EVOO
*Consuming raw eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness
How to Make Creamy Avocado Caesar Dressing
1. In a food processor, add all of the ingredients except the EVOO and process until smooth.
2. With the processor running, slowly drizzle in the EVOO.
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Q: How long does avocado Caesar dressing last?
A: Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, homemade caesar dressing will keep for 3-5 days.
Q: Will avocado Caesar dressing taste good without an added salt?
A: The anchovy filets and Worcestershire sauce are fairly salty, however, if once you’re finished making the dressing, season as desired!
Q: Can I make avocado Caesar dressing without the egg yolk?
A: Yes, you may not get the same emulsified texture, but the flavors will still be awesome!
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