A creamy avocado cilantro sauce with a kick! This is the perfect dipping sauce for all avocado lovers and can be served alongside rice paper rolls, party platters, or turned into a creamy avocado salad dressing. This recipe is packed with healthy fats and can be made dairy-free and vegan.
Creamy guacamole, it’s time to step aside because there’s a new avocado dip recipe in town. Okay, so it’s not that new – I’ve been using it for years. However, this avocado cilantro dressing is super delicious and definitely worth adding to your recipe repertoire.
This creamy green dip was originally posted on this Pick n’ Mix summer rice paper rolls post, but definitely deserves a post of its own. Especially as it’s super versatile and takes just minutes to prepare. Plus, this dip can be made dairy-free, vegan, oil-free, and from mild-to hot in heat depending on just a few tweaks to the recipe.
I also have a long list of suggested usage and serving suggestions below too. Whether you’re wanting a thick sauce, dipping sauce, or even salad dressing. This recipe is easily adaptable to all those needs, and more. Plus, it takes just minutes to prepare.
- Avocado – The star of the show. Avocado makes for a rich and creamy dipping sauce that pairs wonderfully with a massive array of foods. Make sure to use ripe avocados with no brown spots, if possible.
- Plain yogurt – You can use homemade natural/Greek yogurt or a dairy-free yogurt (such as coconut yogurt). Sour cream could also work.
- Lime juice – or lemon juice. This adds flavor as well as helps to keep the avocado a lovely vibrant green color.
- Jalapeño – If you don’t like spice then feel free to omit this ingredient. If you like lots of spice, then increase it, until you reach the desired level.
- Garlic clove – No need to mince or crush. Chuck into the blender and the blades will do the job for you.
- Cilantro – Called coriander in the Uk. This herb adds tons of color and flavor.
- Salt & Pepper
- Water or neutral oil (optional) – to thin your avocado dipping sauce to the desired consistency. Olive oil may work but choose a light one.
Read the recipe notes below for more ways on how you can use/change these ingredients and adjust the recipe, to your tastes.
First, prepare the avocado and juice your lime.
Place all of the ingredients (apart from the water/oil) into a small food processor or blender.
Blend until smooth.
Then, add just with a tiny piece of jalapeño and increase, as needed.
Use some warm water or neutral oil to help thin the sauce to your desired consistency. Add a teaspoon at a time and pulse to combine.
When ready, you can serve this creamy avocado sauce immediately or transfer to an airtight container and place in the fridge.
How To Store
This avocado cilantro sauce is best used immediately. However, any leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. make sure to cover tightly as the avocado will brown over time, due to oxidization. You may have to add more lemon/lime juice to keep it from turning brown.
How To Serve
If you’re someone that eats avocado as much as I do, then you probably know how versatile it truly is. The creamy consistency but fairly neutral flavor makes it perfect for pairing with tons of different food. The same can be said for this avocado dip recipe.
Mexican Dishes: scoop this avocado sauce into enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, and nachos. Like these Rainbow Vegan Tacos or Meat-free Tacos: 4-ways.
As a Condiment: For burgers, wraps, and sandwiches. Like this Mushroom bun burger.
As a dipping sauce: For finger food like spring rolls, Rice paper rolls, and more. It also tastes wonderful with The Guide to Perfect Crispy Baked french Fries.
As a Salad Dressing: For example this Simple quinoa salad with walnuts and avocado or Mexican Inspired Salad.
For Party Platters: Serve alongside toasted pita, tortilla chips, Fall Leaves Healthy Crackers or Seeded Crackers. You can also serve alongside a variety of dips like Rainbow Hummus 6 ways, Gluten-free Muhammara Dip (Roasted Red Pepper Dip), Simple Spinach Yogurt Dip (Borani), or Smoky Eggplant Dip (Baba Ganoush).
Other Recipes You May Like
For more condiments and ‘sauce’ recipes, look no further. I have several recipes that you may like, including:
- DIY Simple Homemade Ketchup Recipe
- How To Make Mustard: Homemade Mustard DIY
- 5 Ingredient Simple Homemade Mayonnaise
- Peanut Dipping Sauce
- Mango Sweet Chilli Hot Sauce
- How to Make Chili Oil
If you give this Avocado Cilantro sauce recipe a go, then let me know your thoughts and any questions in the comments. Also, feel free to tag me in your recreations @AlphaFoodie.
Avocado Cilantro Sauce (Dipping Sauce)
- 1 cups cilantro leaves +stem
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt plant-based if wanting a vegan recipe or dairy
- 1/2 lime juiced
- Small piece of jalapeño more or less depending on how spicy you like it
- 1/2 garlic clove
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pinch pepper
- 1/4- 1/2 cup water or oil to thin or less depending on the consistency
For The Sauce
- Prepare the avocado and juice your lime.
- Place all of the ingredients (apart from the water/oil) into a small blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Start with a tiny piece of jalapeno and increase, as needed.
- Use some warm water or neutral oil to help thin the sauce to your desired consitency.
How To Store
- This avocado cilantro sauce is best used immediately. However, any leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. make sure to cover tightly as the avocado will brown over time, due to oxidization. You may have to add more lemon/lime juice to avoid browning.
- Feel free to use lemon juice instead of lime juice. I prefer to use fresh juice, but you can also use bottled if that’s all you have.
- If you don’t like the flavor of raw garlic then feel free to either roast it lightly or chop/crush and leave in the lime juice for half an hour or so, to mellow the flavor.
- You can substitute the natural yogurt with Greek yogurt or even sour cream.
- If you can’t get a hold of cilantro then you could sub in parsley. Basil may also work – however, obviously, neither will taste exactly the same.
- If you want a dip for chips and veg, you can leave it at a thicker consistency. For a salad dressing or thinner dipping sauce then use either warm water or neutral oil to thin ( you can use olive oil). The oil will help turn it into an avocado dressing consistency and texture, too.
- To adjust the heat of the creamy avocado sauce- Leave the jalapeno seeds out for more of a mellow taste or some-all in for extra spice.
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