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Avocado Dressing Recipe for Salad

Avocado Dressing Recipe for Salad

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This Avocado Dressing Recipe for Salad is easy to make and also make any salad super tasty! I am making it as a Blackened Tilapia Salad with Avocado Dressing this time, but of course you can make the dressing and add to any salad you want.

I’ve made a lot of salad dressings for this blog so far, and I have to say that this Avocado Dressing with Blackened Tilapia is definitely one of my favorite ones. It’s creamy and  has a nice kick to it, and when you pair it with the spicy fish and the cooling cucumbers and strawberries, it’s going to be a like a perfect summer party in your mouth!

By the way if you’re not a fan of tilapia, you can also make this with any other kind of white fish, just make sure that the fish is cooked thoroughly before serving.

Ingredients

For dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, stems removed
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and core removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp. celery salt
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt

For Blackened Tilapia Salad:

  • Cast iron pan
  • 3 filets of tilapia, about 1/2 lb. each
  • Cooking fat/oil of choice (make sure it’s approved for high-heat cooking)
  • Greens of your choice
  • 1/2 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced

For rub, 1/2 teaspoon each of the following:

  • chili powder
  • dried oregano
  • Old Bay® Seasoning
  • smoky paprika powder
  • ground cumin
  • ground black pepper corns

Directions

Avocado Dressing

Place all ingredients for dressing into blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour dressing into a glass bottle with a good seal and place into the refrigerator so that the ingredients have a chance to meld together. This dressing should stay good in the refrigerator for about 5 days, and it will keep its bright green color during that time as well.

Blackened Tilapia Salad with Paleo Avocado Dressing
Blackened Tilapia Salad with Paleo Avocado Dressing

Blacked Tilapia

Place all ingredients for rub into a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Blackened Tilapia Salad with Paleo Avocado Dressing

Place your tilapia filets out on the counter and pat dry with a paper towel. Rub a very light coating of your cooking fat/oil of choice — I used coconut oil since it’s good for high-heat cooking, and I find the best way to do this with coconut oil is to just grab a chunk of it in its solid state and rub the fish down (the warmth of your hands will melt it a bit as you go). You could also use a coconut oil cooking spray to achieve this. Divide your seasoning into 6 parts in the bowl and rub both sides of each filet with one part of the seasonings.

Blackened Tilapia Salad with Paleo Avocado Dressing

Place your cast iron pan on the stove over high heat to warm up. Coat your pan generously with your cooking fat/oil of choice. Cook the fish for 2-4 minutes on each side, depending upon the thickness of your fish and ONLY flip once (this helps to create a nice blackened crust on the outside of this fish). Make sure to have proper ventilation, as it will get a bit smoky in your kitchen!

Blackened Tilapia Salad with Paleo Avocado Dressing


*Note: As you can see in the pictures, I used a cast iron grill pan, as that’s what BOTH of my cast iron pans are, and you need cast iron in this instance because non-stick pans aren’t great for high-heat cooking like this. I would recommend that if you can stay away from the grill version of the pan, do so. It will definitely still blacken your fish, but if you’ve ever cooked fish before, you know that it’s very flaky when it cooks, and it will definitely fall apart a lot more easily with a grill pan, as there’s no real easy way to remove it from the pan. Since we’re making a salad here, it didn’t matter much to me — but if you’re using this for anything other than a salad, you’re going to want to find a pan with a smooth bottom.

Assembly

Once your fish is cooked, assemble the salad: fill your bowl with your favorite greens, sliced strawberries and cucumbers, chunks of the blackened fish, and a drizzle of that cool, refreshing salad dressing. Enjoy!

Blackened Tilapia Salad with Paleo Avocado Dressing

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Creamy Avocado Dressing Recipe for Salad

Creamy Avocado Dressing Recipe for Salad

Ingredients

For dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, stems removed
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and core removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp. celery salt
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

For Dressing:

Place all ingredients for dressing into blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour dressing into a glass bottle with a good seal and place into the refrigerator so that the ingredients have a chance to meld together. This dressing should stay good in the refrigerator for about 5 days, and it will keep its bright green color during that time as well.

Place all ingredients for rub into a bowl and mix thoroughly.

For Tilapia:

Place your tilapia filets out on the counter and pat dry with a paper towel. Rub a very light coating of your cooking fat/oil of choice — I used coconut oil since it’s good for high-heat cooking, and I find the best way to do this with coconut oil is to just grab a chunk of it in its solid state and rub the fish down (the warmth of your hands will melt it a bit as you go). You could also use a coconut oil cooking spray to achieve this. Divide your seasoning into 6 parts in the bowl and rub both sides of each filet with one part of the seasonings.

Place your cast iron pan on the stove over high heat to warm up. Coat your pan generously with your cooking fat/oil of choice. Cook the fish for 2-4 minutes on each side, depending upon the thickness of your fish and ONLY flip once (this helps to create a nice blackened crust on the outside of this fish). Make sure to have proper ventilation, as it will get a bit smoky in your kitchen!

Once your fish is cooked, assemble the salad: fill your bowl with your favorite greens, sliced strawberries and cucumbers, chunks of the blackened fish, and a drizzle of that cool, refreshing salad dressing. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe makes about 2 cups of avocado salad dressing. 1 tbsp of it is about 53 calories.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 tbsp
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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jennifer

Friday 16th of July 2021

I love this fresh, creamy dressing -- it's amazing and I've been drizzling, dipping and dousing everything with it!

Megan Stevens

Friday 16th of July 2021

Love that you serve your avocado dressing with sauteed fish, so yummy! We love this, btw, thank you! Love all the yummy and simple ingredients, and how pretty and delicious it is.

Donny

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

I have to try this avocado dressing. I'm going to use parsley, basil or mint instead of cilantro but I bet it'll still be amazing!

TinaTsai

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

That also sounds delicious!

Jean Choi

Monday 12th of July 2021

Such a flavorful and creamy dressing! I love that you used an avocado instead of mayo. A delicious option for egg free family members!

Alyssa

Monday 12th of July 2021

I am so happy I found this recipe! I cannot wait to try it on my lunches this week. Thanks for sharing!

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