A healthy salad dressing with lots of fresh cilantro and creamy avocado; silken tofu adds a protein boost and additional creaminess. A healthier alternative to store-bought salad dressing.
Salads where never quite my thing, even after I became vegan 8 years ago. I ate plenty of green veggies and truthfully I never craved salads. If I where to have a salad for lunch it would have to be more substantial then just some leafy greens. It would probably have some roasted sweet potatoes, diced avocados, and some sort of grain-most likely quinoa. For me salads have to have lots of protein and whole grains to fill me up until dinner.
This year, I have been making more of an effort to have more salads through out the week, even if they are just some leafy greens with dressings. I prefer the salad dressings to be homemade without any pesky additives and preservatives. This Creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing is perfect for any weekday salad. It is easy to make and full of healthy ingredients that you'll feel good about eating!
The dressing gets its creaminess from the avocado, but also from silken tofu. If you typically don't cook with tofu, don't be worried. The tofu doesn't have a distinct flavor, allowing the cilantro and avocado flavors to really shine through. Silken tofu can be found in the refrigerator section of your local grocery store. My local grocery store usually has the tofu in the produce section. I like to use the Nasoya Silken Tofu. The salad dressing only calls for 4 ounces of the silken tofu. I like to use the leftover tofu in place of cashews to make a creamy pasta sauce. Store the leftover tofu in a glass container with a little bit of water and it should be used within a few days of opening.
Serve this Creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing with your favorite salads. It is easy to make and only a few simple ingredients are needed. If you give it a try, be sure to tag us #thymeandlove in a photo on Instagram. We'd love to see what you make!
- ½ Large Hass Avocado
- 4 ounces Silken Tofu
- 1 Small Garlic Clove
- Large Handful of Cilantro leaves and stems, about 1 cup or so
- ½ teaspoon Salt, or to taste
- ½ Tablespoon Lime Juice, plus more if desired
- ¾ Cup Water
- Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add any additional salt or lime juice.
- For a thinner dressing add a little more water until desired consistency is reached.