Creamy Avocado, Cilantro and Lime Salad Dressing Last week I talked about why making your own salad dressing is without a doubt the wiser thing to do. It is cheap, easy and eliminates a lot of the unwanted sugars, salt, oils and other icky stuff that store bought dressings contain. You can create so many fantastic flavors to go along with any meal; your options are virtually endless. Last week’s recipe Sweet and Citrus Salad Dressing was just one easy option. This week I want to show you a totally different flavor. Just as easy, with some added healthy fats in the form of avocado that give the consistency an incredibly creamy texture.
An avocado on its own provides all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Because they are also high in fiber this means the protein is easily absorbed through the digestive process. Animal meat is very difficult to digest, so in actuality it isn't always the most efficient way of obtaining protein in the body (contrary to popular belief).
Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats (HDL), which the body NEEDS. The whole “no fat/low fat” diet trend has really caused a great deal of confusion when it comes to this topic. You absolutely need fat in order to absorb many of the nutrients required to keep your body and mind functioning properly. For example vitamins A, D, E and K are all fat soluble vitamins, so with no fat whatsoever entering the body those nutrients do not get absorbed. That being said, chasing your multi vitamin with a large fries is not the best way to get it done.
My son and I eat avocado every single day whether it is on its own, as butter replacement smeared on bread or crackers, chopped in burritos or salads, on sandwiches, in smoothies or in baked goods (try my Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with Butterscotch Frosting). There is no shortage of ways to ensure that you get a daily serving of this awesome fruit. If you are vegetarian or vegan this is an absolute staple to ensure you are getting the dietary fats and protein that your body requires.
A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that a vegetarian diet, which includes HDL fats (“good” cholesterol), can reduce levels of LDL (“bad” cholesterol) as effectively as statin drugs. I have seen this first had with my Mother. She was having issues with cholesterol, cut meat clean out of her diet and reversed the problem within 30 days. The proof is in the pudding, or the salad dressing in this case (hardy-har-har!).
Creamy Avocado, Cilantro and Lime Salad Dressing
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
1/4 of cilantro (chopped) pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup of water (this can change depending on how much juice the lemon and lime yield)
Add all of the ingredients in to a food processor (I use a Vitamix variable speed blender). Blend until liquefied. Store your dressing in a mason jar or any other air tight container. This salad dressing will keep for a few days in the refrigerator.