Avocado Lime Dressing

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We truly have a love affair with fresh avocados.  Cool, refreshing, and so versatile.

Of course, avocado has long been the reining rock-star ingredient in guacamole.  But it’s so wonderful when used in other recipes. This dressing is ideal for slaw and for a lovely Southwestern salad. Just the best!

A spoon drizzling avocado lime over the top of a chopped salad in a white bowl topped with grilled corn, cherry tomatoes, and pinto beans.


This recipe is simple to bring together.

We use our blender to purée the dressing, but you can easily use your food processor, or even a simple wooden spoon (with a little elbow grease) will do the trick.

It’s so delicious, it’s tempting to just eat spoonfuls of it before you even serve it!



This dressing is really fresh and very straight-forward, yet deep in flavor. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two ripe avocados
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Lime juice
  • Jalapeno (Pickled)
  • Salt and pepper

EXPERT TIP: Non-fat yogurt can be substituted for the mayonnaise, if desired. If you want more heat, go with chopped fresh jalapenos. The more seeds you leave in from the pepper, the more heat you will have.

Ingredients for avocado lime dressing on a grey board including a cut open avocado, cut limes, a head of garlic, fresh cilantro, and a small bowl of mayonnaise.

We love going with Haas avocados, which are readily available in the produce section of most well-stocked markets.

Besides being downright delicious, avocados also are loaded with good nutritional value.

EXPERT TIP: When selecting avocados for this avocado lime dressing, they should be ripe, but not mushy. The skin should be a bright green that is just starting to turn a darker brown. If the flesh is very soft, and the tip of the avocado is dark brown, chances are, it’s over-ripened and will be brown.

An overhead view looking into the bowl of a blender with an avocado dressing inside.

We use this dressing on so many dishes.

Have you checked out our Mahi-Mahi Tacos?

We use this dressing in the slaw for the tacos and it is AMAZING!

Three mahi-mahi tacos in a taco holder with a fresh jalapeño nearby.

And, of course, it’s incredible on a salad.

We love going with cold iceberg lettuce, chopped, and topped with grilled corn, pinto beans, cherry tomatoes, and tortilla strips.

Mix together with about ¼ cup of the avocado lime dressing, and you’ll have one of the best salads you’ve ever made or eaten!

A spoon drizzling avocado lime over the top of a chopped salad in a white bowl topped with grilled corn, cherry tomatoes, and pinto beans.

Ready to make one of the most versatile and satisfying dressings in the world? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post it to Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!

A small glass jar holding freshly made avocado lime dressing next to a small spoon and a bunch of fresh parsley and a cut avocado in the background.

Avocado Lime Dressing

This avocado lime dressing is so vibrant in taste and is perfect for a Southwestern salad, or mixed with slaw, served on grilled seafood, and more!
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Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American Southern, Tex-Mex, Mexican
Keyword: best avocado dressing recipe, dressing for slaw, easy avocado dressing recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 282kcal


  • Food processor, blender, or whisk/wooden spoon


  • 2 avocados ripe, peeled, split in half, with pit removed
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro fresh, chopped
  • 4 tbsp jalapenos pickled, chopped
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper ground


  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until fully combined. This can also be done with a large spoon in a wooden bowl, mix until desired consistency.
  • The dressing can be used immediately or transferred to a container with a tight-fitting lid and chilled in the refrigerator. Let dressing sit on the counter for about half-hour before serving, if chilled.



Be sure to select avocados that are not overly ripe.  They should be a bit soft to the touch, but still a little firm.  See video for how to remove the skin and pit safely. 
Yogurt can be substituted for the mayonnaise.  
This dressing is not spicy at all.  However, if you want absolutely no heat, omit the pickled jalapenos and add a tsp of vinegar, such as white, Sherry, or apple cider.  For extra heat, go with chopped, seeded fresh jalapenos.  For even more heat, include some of the seeds from the fresh peppers.
This dressing is nice and thick, which we think is ideal, but that's our taste. If you prefer it a little thinner, add a tbsp (or more) of milk or cream until desired consistency is reached.
The dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and freezes for up to 2 months. 


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 252IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • 5 stars
    Hi y’all,
    This is BB from your extended foodie family in Texas !
    Our family just loves loves loves the avocado lime dressing…
    Today is Cinco de Mayo and we have been cook in’ it up, tacos, stuffed poblanos, tamales and an enchilada bake, and we’re tryin’ it all with your avocado lime dressing (and your guacamole recipe) !!!
    It is a hit !
    We love it, it goes so well with everything!
    You two are culinary genius’s…..
    Even Nana said; butter my butt and call me a biscuit this stuff goes with everything we all fixed !
    Another great family (quarantined) celebration with fixin’s created by y’all.
    From your extended family in Texas…
    Happy Cinco de Mayo
    Love ya both a bushel and a peck & a hug around the neck

    • Dear BB…you have officially just made us the happiest boys in Texas today!! We absolutely LOVE everything about what you just said…especially fabulous Nana!! Give her a big ole kiss on the cheek from Kris & Wesley for us. Sounds like you had an epic Cinco de Mayo…even while quarantined!! Thank you again for all of your fabulousness and please stay in touch!!!! Much love xoxoxo Kris & Wesley

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