Saturday, May 3, 2008

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dressing

How could I not be inspired by this fabulous head of butter lettuce and bunch of Easter Egg radishes?

On my friend Jenni’s recommendation, I picked up a bag of mixed pepitas, pine nuts, and slivered almonds at Trader Joe’s. I then found these wonderful salad fixings in the organic section of a nearby food co-op, and just had to make a gorgeous spring salad. I had made a creamy avocado salad dressing the previous day, and it was the perfect touch.

I developed this salad dressing because I had one extremely ripe avocado which needed to be used immediately. Dinner was already planned, and precluded adding anything made of avocado to it. So I mixed up the dressing, using plain fat-free yogurt for creaminess, pressed plastic wrap on the surface and, lo and behold, it stayed nice in the refrigerator for 5 days.

Maybe I will subsequently experiment with different seasonings (cumin comes to mind, or powdered chipotle to make a more “zingy” dressing for topping fish) but for now I leave it as is because the taste of the avocado really shines through.

*Exported from MasterCook *

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Recipe By: Vicci

Servings: 6

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

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1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic -- increase to 2 teaspoons for a real garlicky punch!

6 ounces avocado -- chopped (approximately an 8-ounce avocado minus pit and peel)

1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt

2 tablespoons (or more) skim milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

In a blender or small food processor, process all of the ingredients until creamy. Taste and adjust for seasonings. Add more skim milk if a thinner texture is desired.

If not using immediately, this will keep, in a tightly-covered glass container, for 3 or 4 days. "Fruit Fresh" can be added (about 1/2 teaspoon) to prevent darkening.

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Per serving: 46 Calories (kcal); 3g Total Fat (1g saturated); (59% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; trace Cholesterol; 106mg Sodium

Food Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates