As a way to boost flavor and add nutrients, these two dressings are amazing. One sweet, one savory and both so very perfect in their own way.
Savory avocado dressing – Avocado pesto
This recipe is really simple! Homemade pesto is much better than store bought. I make mine vegan, without parmesan and sometimes with walnuts or almonds instead of pine nuts.
Half one avocado and add it to a blender or food processor with 1/4 to 1/2 cup pesto (depending on how strong). Blend.
We served this over a bed of millet with lentils and lightly sautéed zucchini and kale. But it would be good with anything – including pasta.
Another variation would be to make a coriander pesto version: In a food processor, blend a bunch of cilantro with 1/2 cup almonds, olive oil and a small amount of jalapeno. Mix the pesto with an avocado.
Sweet avocado dressing
In a food processor or blender, mix:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons lime juice
2-3 tablespoons grape fruit juice
Touch of agave, if needed
Adjust the dressing liquid to preferred consistency.
We served this over a bed of arugula with roasted red and golden beets. I found this a bit on the sweet side. While it was good with the beets, I would have preferred it to be on a salad with more savory items. But if you like sweet on sweet, I highly recommend it. And so do my kids, who totally inhaled it!
This would also be awesome on ice cream!