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“Homestead” Lemon and Avocado Dressing

I really love a good avocado. My favorite way to eat one is sliced in half, core removed, drizzled with olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar, topped with a generous sprinkle of coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Amazing! Actually, this was introduced to me by my German boyfriend. I had never dreamed of eating an avocado by itself, but was amazed by the results. Simple and delicious, I wouldn’t dream of living without this tasty snack.

"Homestead" Lemon & Avocado Dressing

There are countless ways to add avocado to a salad, but what about using it to create a avocado dressing? Although I enjoy a creamy dressing from time to time, I actually can’t say I am a fan of mayonnaise or sour cream-based dressings…or mayo-based anything for that matter. Actually, I am pretty much anti-condiment of any kind. I’m sure homemade mayo tastes lovely, but truth is, I can’t be bothered to make a batch just so I can add few dollops to my salad dressing. Instead, I decided to play around with alternatives. Yogurt and avocado. Plus a little lemon…a naturally good pair to avocado. Together in a dressing, this trio makes for a delicious alternative to classic ranch dressing. Not only is it healthier, but if you suffer from an allergy or sensitivity to eggs or vinegar, then this is the perfect substitute. So what shall we call it. Hmmm yocado….how about homestead? It’s kinda like a ranch.

If you love avocado the way I do, then you will love this dressing. It’s easy to make and full of flavor! Enjoy all it has to offer by serving with mild greens, such as butter or lamb’s lettuce. For added pep, throw in some grape tomatoes and lightly roasted pine nuts.

Yields about 1 cup (240 ml) dressing

1 ripe avocado
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)

1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well-combined.

2. Toss with greens directly before serving.


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