Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing is a creamy, zesty dressing bursting with flavor. Made with ripe avocados, fresh lime juice, and ranch seasoning, it adds a refreshing kick to salads, tacos, and more. Whip it up in minutes for a tangy, homemade dressing that elevates your dishes with a delightful twist.
If you like Chick-Fil-A Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing, then you’ll also love this healthy copycat version.
Avocados: Opt for Hass avocados, known for their creamy texture and rich taste. They’re easy to work with, with dark green bumpy skin, and widely available in North American supermarkets.
Aromatics: Chopped onion and fresh garlic provide a flavorful base for the dressing.
Creaminess: Achieve a creamy consistency by using yogurt, buttermilk, and Hellman’s light mayonnaise.
Acidity: Add a tangy kick with apple cider vinegar and freshly squeezed lime juice.
Olive oil: A small amount is used to enhance the dressing’s volume.Seasoning: Oregano, salt, and pepper for seasoning.
How to Make Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing
- Start by washing the avocados thoroughly. Slice each avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the pulp.
- In a food processor or blender, combine the avocado, onion, mayonnaise, crushed garlic, yogurt, and buttermilk. Blend until you achieve a smooth consistency.
- Next, add the vinegar, olive oil, oregano, fresh lime juice, salt, and pepper to the blender or food processor.
Blend the mixture again until all the ingredients are well incorporated, and you achieve a creamy consistency.
If you want to adjust the consistency of the sauce, you can add water a little at a time until it reaches the thickness you prefer.You can serve the dressing immediately, or if you like it chilled, cover it and store it in the refrigerator
Easy Avocado Lime Ranch DressingCreamy, fresh, and utterly delightful, this avocado lime ranch is a fantastic addition to bowls, salads, and more! Plus, it's a breeze to whip up in just 5 minutes using a blender.
- 1 avocado, peeled and halved
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 2/3 cup cup water (160 ml)
- 1 tablespoon dried dill
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves (8 g)
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper as per your taste
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley (9 g), chopped
- In a blender, combine the tofu, fresh herbs, water, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powder, apple cider vinegar, and dill. Blend until you achieve a smooth mixture.
- Incorporate the avocado, lime juice, salt, and pepper into the mixture, then blend until a creamy dressing forms.
NotesTaste and adjust the flavor to your liking! Any remaining dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If you don't have a blender, a food processor can be used as an alternative.
Cooking Tips and FAQs
What Makes This Avocado Ranch Dressing So Great
- It boasts a fresher and richer flavor compared to store-bought versions.
- It’s incredibly quick to prepare, taking just 10 minutes of your time.
- By using this Chick-Fil-A Dressing copycat recipe, you’ll avoid excessive sodium and saturated fats. A single-serving package of Chick-Fil-A Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing contains 310 calories, 32 grams of fat, and 520 mg of sodium. In contrast, our version uses lower-fat ingredients like buttermilk and yogurt.
- Avocados contribute heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals.
- The recipe is versatile, allowing you to tailor the ingredients to your preferences. Be creative and enjoy it on salads, tacos, grilled vegetables, or as a dip for tortillas and crackers.
- This dressing is cilantro-free, making it a relief for those who find cilantro tastes like soap due to a genetic quirk.
How to store avacoda?
Here are some handy storage tips:
- Refrigerate Leftover Avocado: To preserve a cut avocado, store it in the refrigerator. Leave the seed inside and cover the exposed flesh to prevent it from turning brown. You can use an avocado holder like the Evriholder Avo Saver, which secures the avocado and includes an indentation for the seed.
- Freezing Avocados: It’s possible to freeze fresh avocados. After washing and slicing in half, remove the seed, tightly wrap each half in plastic, and place them in a freezer bag. Use a straw or vacuum sealing machine to remove excess air. Frozen avocados can be stored for three to six months.
Can you replace the lime with lemon?
Can I substitute a food processor for a blender?
Yes, you can use a food processor instead of a blender. Just be sure to scrape down the sides as necessary, and keep in mind that you might need to process the mixture for a longer duration than you would with a blender.
Adjustments for sauce thickness
If you want to use this as a thick spread or dip, use less water. Start by using half of the recommended amount and gradually add more until you reach your desired texture.If you prefer a thinner dressing, simply add more water along with any necessary seasonings.
Customizing the seasonings
Everyone’s taste preferences vary, so feel free to modify the measurements as needed. Follow the basic recipe and adjust to your taste. For example, if it’s too acidic, add more water or avocado. If it’s bland, increase the salt, spices, or nutritional yeast as desired.
Do you have to use buttermilk?
Two Weeks. To keep your homemade ranch dressing fresh, store it in an airtight container like a mason jar in the refrigerator. When stored properly, your homemade ranch will stay good in the fridge for about two weeks. If you notice any discoloration or strange smells, it’s time to discard it and make a new batch!
Can you prepare ranch dressing in advance?
Absolutely! In fact, it’s a good idea because the flavors need time to blend together, so making it a day or two ahead is even better.
As for storing ranch dressing, simply use an airtight container like a mason jar, and it will stay fresh for up to two weeks.
Here are some variations you can try with this avocado dressing recipe:
- Low-Calorie Version: If you’re looking to cut calories, increase the plain yogurt and use water instead of buttermilk. Add water gradually, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach your preferred consistency.
- Guacamole Dip: To turn this dressing into a guacamole dip, reduce the amount of buttermilk for a thicker texture. It makes an excellent dip for veggies, crackers, or tortilla chips.
- Chick-Fil-A Inspired: For a version closer to Chick-Fil-A’s Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing, incorporate cumin, thyme, and additional mayo into the mix.