We have recently decided to make the move to a more plant-based diet. I am keen to get the family eating nutrient dense meals and not just assume things are healthy just because they are vegan. (Ahem, Oreos.) I have been doing a lot of research on the most nutrient-dense foods and it will obviously come as no surprise that the dark green leafy veg of this world come out top notch. So, I have turned my attention to the wonderful world of salads. Spring is here now (finally!) and it seems like a natural progression to enjoy lighter meals. The warmer weather makes it more important to eat hydrating foods and let’s face it eating a few more plants may help those white pre-summer legs look a little more shapely too!
Now, let’s be realistic. I have two young children and with the best will in the world getting them to eat a salad every day is not only a mission in itself it’s also important to make sure they are getting enough calories and fat too. This is why my attention fell on salad dressings and on avocado dressings in particular. Avocados are an amazing fruit boasting substantial amountsof healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They are nutrient-dense and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. To name but a few they are loaded with vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin B6. Aside from all of these amazing qualities they also make things very creamy. Making them perfect for pasta sauces, smoothies and yes, you got it, salad dressings.
So to the recipe!
Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing
Ingredients – serves 4
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup dairy-free milk (We used coconut)
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- Squeeze of lemon
- Squeeze of lime
- Seasoning to taste (optional)
- Pop all of the items into a food processor (like this one) and blend until creamy.
- Add more milk or citrus if you prefer a looser salad dressing but I like it thick and creamy to bind all of the salad together.
So there you have it. Keep an eye out for more salad dressing recipes as I’m a plant-based woman on a mission to fill my kids with green! Let me know of any tried and tested salad dressings you know of too, please!!
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