This avocado salad recipe has a delicious lime ranch dressing that will get you excited about eating salad again. And if creamy avocados are involved, how could that be anything less than awesome?
It’s true: guacamole is life, but this salad proves that sometimes all you’ll need to rustle up a tasty meal is to cube or slice avocados.
With avocado slices tossed in a lime dressing and toppings like green onion, radish, herbs, and jalapeno, this avocado salad provides the perfect contrast between crisp and crunchy textures. Not only that but the blend of garden-fresh ingredients perfectly accentuates the avocados’ creamy, lush texture.
Origin of Avocado
The indigenous Nahua people found avocados in Mexico and Central America. In Nahuatl, avocados were known by the word āhuacatl, which also means testicles.
The flesh of avocado fruits is green or yellowish, buttery in consistency, and rich, nutty in flavour.
Ripe avocados have green, brown, purple, or black skin depending on the variety.
How amazing does this avocado salad recipe look!
Avocado Salad Recipe
Avocado Salad Recipe with Avocado Lime Ranch DressingCourse: SaladsDifficulty: Easy
It’s an avocado lover’s salad! Freshly sliced avocados with lime-honey dressing tossed in radishes, a mix of super-fresh herbs, and toasted pepitas.
4 just-ripe large avocados
- Pepita-herb mix
1 chopped medium jalapeno (remove membranes and seeds)
½ cup freshly chopped parsley, cilantro, dill, basil
½ cup chopped green onion
½ cup chopped radish
½ cup raw pepitas
¼ tsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp chilli powder
- Lime Ranch Dressing
¼ cup lime juice
1/2 cup veganaise
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 just-ripe large avocados
½ tsp fine sea salt
Flaky sea salt for garnish (optional)
1 tsp maple syrup
Lime zest for garnish (optional)
- In a large skillet, toast the pepitas over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Continue to stir until they make little popping noises and become golden at the edges.
- Take the pan off the heat and add a pinch of salt, olive oil, and a pinch of chilli powder. Leave it to cool.
- In the meantime, combine the chopped fresh herbs, green onion, radish, and jalapeno in a bowl and set aside.
- Whisk together lime juice, mayo, olive oil, honey and salt in a small bowl to prepare the dressing. Set aside.
- Avocados may be diced or sliced as you like, but for the prettiest slices, first, slice them in half, then remove the pits. Make long quarters by cutting the halves in half again. Slice each avocado quarter into long strips after removing the skin.
- To assemble, place the avocados on a serving platter or bowl. Then drizzle the dressing all over them. Put the toasted pepitas in the herb mix, then mix it thoroughly and spoon it over the avocado. Flaky salt and lime zest are optional finishing touches for the salad.
- Avocado Salad Notes
- 1. Toasting Pepitas – Adding toasted pepitas brings out their nutty flavour, adding another dimension to the avocado salad recipe.
- 2. Buying Avocados – The avocados should be purchased a few days ahead of time so that they can ripen on your counter. Avocados that are soft and have a smooth texture are better for this salad than avocados that are hard and rock-like and found in the produce section.
- 3. Slicing Avocados – Once cut, avocados begin to brown. Therefore, wait to slice the avocados until the salad is about to be served. Since avocados do not always store well, it is best to consume this salad all at once.
Avocado Salad Recipe Tips and Variations
#1. Toss in some veggies
In this avocado salad recipe, you can totally use up any leftover veggies from your fridge. Adding cucumber or some sautéed zucchini or some chopped grilled asparagus also makes a tasty addition. You can add bell peppers instead of jalapenos for a milder, sweeter crunch, or try adding oregano for a more Mediterranean vibe.
#2. Change dressing
Instead of Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing you could try a creamy tahini dressing that will give the gorgeous avocado salad recipe a vibrant, nutty flavour. Even a small drizzle of chipotle sauce, cilantro lime dressing, or pesto will kick your salad up a notch.
#3. Change toppings
The Tex-Mex toppings like cotija cheese, pico de gallo, cilantro and pickled red onions will make your salad fun and spicy. With harissa, roasted chickpeas, and feta, the dish has a delicious tangy flavour as well as a crunchy and creamy texture.
#4. Pick ripe avocados
When selecting an avocado, be sure that it yields just a little when gently squeezed. However, avoid avocados that are mushy or stringy on the inside. You should scoop out any bruised or brown bits when you cut them open so that you don’t get any on your salad. It’s always a good idea when making an avocado salad to buy an extra avocado to ensure you get enough good ones.
#5. Preparation matters
Never toss avocados with other ingredients, as they get fuzzy and transfer green colour to everything else.
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Avocado lovers always explore new ways to use it. So here are some recipes where you can use them:
#1. Avocado Toast
Even simple avocado toast tastes great when it is made with good bread and ripe avocados. There are tons of fun toppings you can put on it. A poached or scrambled egg, chopped super fresh herbs, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, a pinch of black pepper or red pepper flakes will enhance your dish. Even a small drizzle of cilantro-lime dressing, pesto, tahini sauce, or chipotle sauce will transform simply toasted bread into an impressive snack.
Guacamole is perfect for parties, get-togethers, or cookouts at any time of the year. You can make it in no time, and it seldom fails to please. There’s nothing better than this tangy, creamy, salty dish.
#3. Vegan Burrito Bowl
Delicious vegan burrito bowls feature red tomatoes, green avocado, yellow corn and cilantro. Besides being colourful, they have delicious Mexican flavours, a little heat, and are nutritionally beneficial. This recipe contains fibre-rich brown rice, protein-rich black beans and tofu, and healthy fats from avocado. The Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing will be delicious with this option too!
Roasted vegetables tacos are perfect for vegetarians who like tacos that are full of plant-based protein. You can top your tacos with black beans, roasted vegetables, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and avocado tomatillo sauce.
#5. Avocado Sandwich
Spread the lemon edamame spread on your favourite grainy bread, then top it with cucumbers, avocado, greens, and pickled onion slices. Then, have a blast! It’s a sandwich full of flavours and textures.
Slice your veggies thinly so that the centre of the sushi roll will contain a little bit of each ingredient. When making sushi rolls, avocado is an essential ingredient. However, you can experiment with the fillings such as boiled sweet potato, blanched asparagus, scrambled eggs, thinly sliced red cabbage, tofu, etc.
Perfect for quick meals, quesadillas are healthy, flavourful and easy to make. Diced avocado, sliced cherry tomatoes, fresh sweet corn, diced red or green onions, sautéed spinach make for great seasonal choices.
#8. Creamy Avocado Smoothie
This super fresh, bright and tangy smoothie is the perfect choice to start your morning. An avocado smoothie can be deliciously creamy without any dairy. Find more smoothie recipes here.
4 Health Benefits of Avocado:
- Avocado is a fruit whose nutrients are highly valued and whose flavour and texture make it an excellent addition to various dishes. Because of their health benefits, avocados have become extremely popular with health-conscious people.
2. In avocados and avocado oil, monounsaturated oleic acid is high. This fatty acid is heart-healthy and makes avocado oil a healthy ingredient in cooking.
3. Avocados tend to be rich in fibre that may have important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health. Eating avocados improves digestion. In a nutshell, fibre promotes regular bowel movements, which play a vital role in removing toxins from the body daily through the bile and stool.
4. According to a study, avocados may be able to treat cancer as some phytochemicals present in avocados can selectively inhibit the growth of precancerous and cancer cells, causing them to die and encouraging lymphocyte growth.
I’m sure once you try our avocado salad recipe, you’ll keep making it. Do let me know, how this dish turned out for you!
Shristi Patni is a content writer and owner of F and B Recipes. She enjoys creating a list of “Things That Make Happy” or coming up with creative Food Blog Names. Formerly the Chief Content Officer at Raletta, she is currently working on her second cookbook. Follow Shristi on Instagram and Facebook for more delicious recipe ideas.