As you may recall I received a pouch of AvoPure avocado powder for the purpose of creating DIY beauty recipes. While I was creating my DIY Avocado Pre-Poo Treatment, I thought “hmmm this would probably make a good salad dressing” and I was determined to find out.
I use a basic balsamic dressing recipe whenever I am making a salad for dinner and my typical salad includes nice chunks of creamy avocado. I used my balsamic dressing recipe as a base and simply added a bit of the AvoPure avocado powder. My imagination did not let me down.
Avocado Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1/2 c Safflower oil (or a mild flavor oil)
- 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup)
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp AvoPure avocado powder
Add all ingredients, except the oil, to a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine. Then slowly add the oil while whisking quickly to incorporate thoroughly. This will yield a medium viscosity creamy dressing.
for the Garden Salad
- 1 head of green leaf, red leaf or Romaine lettuce
- 1 cucumber
- 6-8 Campari tomatoes (or one large tomato)
- 1 avocado
- 1 ounce blue cheese crumbles (optional)
Rough chop the lettuce discarding the core or base and place in a large bowl. Quarter the cucumber and add to the mixing bowl. Quarter your Campari tomatoes, or slice your regular tomato into bite-sized pieces and add to the bowl. Slice your avocado in half, removing the pit. Then make vertical and horizontal slices into the flesh to create bite sized piece and add to the bowl. Sprinkle in blue cheese crumbles. Add your dressing and toss. Yields four servings.
I serve this salad several times a week and it is very easy to make. I like the Campari tomatoes because they have a low acidity and aren’t filled with tomato goo. They are also small which makes them easy to use. Do not use iceberg lettuce, in fact don’t even eat that crap. It is the just solid water with no nutritional value and no taste. I love blue cheese and it belongs in this salad, but it is just as good without it.
For the dressing you can substitute pretty much anything. I use whatever I have on hand. If I am out of honey I will use maple syrup, agave nectar or even brown sugar. For the mustard you need it to act as an emulsifier so do not exclude it. This dressing also makes a great marinade for chicken or beef. You can make it ahead of time and store in your fridge if you like but it is very easy to make on the fly.