Creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Lately, my brand new secret obsession is avocados. I have them on eggs, rice bowls, bagels, toast, breakfast, lunch, dinner, you name it! They’re in season here and I usually find them on sale, so I’m trying to use them s much as I can before they go out of season. My favorite thing about avocados is their creamy texture and the fact that they are a super healthy source of fat. So I finally realized how ridiculously easy it is to make avocado dressing and how seriously delicious it is!

You know it’s going to be a great day when you dress your salad up with this delicious creamy avocado dressing. Not to hammer all of you vinaigrette salad dressers out there, but I’m on time creamy dressing all the way. Like seriously, who can turn down creamy dressing?! I sure can’t. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always preferred creamy dressings. whether it was Caesar, thousand islands, or the classic ranch, I just can never get enough.

One downside to creamy dressing though is that they are loaded with calories and that sort of defeats the whole purpose of eating a salad. Even a tablespoon or two on a salad can easily pack on at least a hundred calories. Yikes! Luckily, with this healthier alternative to creamy dressing, you can have your salad and eat it too (get it?). Try this healthier dressing on your next salad and I promise your salad will thank you, and you might just come back here and thank me too! 😀

Also, I will be sharing a salad recipe that pairs perfectly with this yummy dressing soon. Keep your eyes peeled for it and give this recipe a try on different types of salads and let me know how it turns out for you!

Healthy Creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

4.64 from 77 votes

Healthy Creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

By: Layla
Prep5 minutes
Cook2 minutes
Total7 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 clove Garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour-cream or greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice, or white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Water


  • Place all the ingredients In a food processor or blender.

  • Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides a few times. Thin the salad dressing out with about 1/3 cup water (give or take) until it reaches a desired consistency.

  • Keep in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.


Serving: 2Tbsp, Calories: 93kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 77mg, Potassium: 121mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 3.3mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. This dressing is delicious. I did stir in about 1/4 cup of cream to thin it out a bit. TFS.

  2. Made this recipe with buttermilk instead of yogurt and it turned out great.

    Mixed the dressing in a Pyrex measuring cup and it worked fine. Nice and smooth.

    Great and easy recipe. 5 stars

  3. Wonderful recipe. Thank you. I kicked it up a notch with a japalano pepper…just the right amount of heat.

  4. Any ideas for a dairy free option? Maybe Mayo instead of yogurt? Can’t do milk products…but this recipe is calling my name. BIG TIME.

    1. I’ve done this with paleo mayo for Whole30 and it turns out AMAZING.

    2. I replace yogurt with cashew nut. I made cashew nut cream first before adding other ingredients. I turned out perfect!!!

  5. Very good.. made and Love it.. Thanks for sharing

  6. Mmmm Soooooooo Good!!! I made tis dressing last night. I used 2 limes, some parm cheese and a tad bit of cajun seasoning. I also thinned it out with some half n half instead of water.

  7. Tried this today, it does not disappoint, omitted the yogurt and just used sour cream and added some chili powder. I will be making this all the time, and yes it is better than el pollo loco.

  8. I made it but I omitted the yogurt , yummy thank you for the idea .

  9. I did it today but I omitted the yogurt , loved it . Thanks

  10. I’m excited to try this! I bought some chiles to for mine! Thinking a little heat will also be yummy!!

  11. I used this dressing tonight with goat cheese, arugula and mangoes. DELICIOUS!

    I added a bit more cilantro because I love cilantro, and can/do eat it plain 🙂

  12. Absolutely delicious. Although I would recommend using a bit less garlic. It was too strong and overpowered the avocado in my taste. Otherwise amazing. So creamy and delicious!

    1. I had to add another smaller clove–not enough garlic for us 🙂

  13. So excited to find this! My favorite burrito place uses a cilantro-lime sauce and this is pretty comparable. This is perfect to add a little variety to low carb diets <3

  14. What is the actual serving size? I dare that it’s 46 calories, but for how much? I LOVE this! It’s so easy to make and SO good!

    1. Apparently it’s a tablespoon. Had to read through all the comments.

  15. I make it today and it’s soooooooo delicious I love it recommended 100%

  16. I added juice of a whole lime, a little more salt and cilantro. This is a great dressing!

    1. YUM! Thanks so much Patrice. I will try adding more lime next time and you can never get enough cilantro!

  17. Due to the high price of avocados at the moment, I took a chance and bought a couple that seemed less than ideal. Sure enough, when I cut into them, there were a few brown spots and one even had some stringiness going on likely due to improper storage. I went ahead and used them in this dressing that I’ve made before and loved, and it was still amazing…and green! My little tweak was to use some of the whey I get from straining my greek yogurt instead of water to thin it out.