It is finally summertime here on the Gulf Coast and I could not be more excited. In fact, I think I may be even more excited than the girls are! Summer is my favorite time of year – no alarm clocks, days by the pool, trips to the beach… absolute perfection. Summer also means that the girls are home – all day, every day – so I am back in charge of making sure that lunch is served daily. Thankfully we all love the convenience of throwing together a salad for these hot summer days, but even that can get boring after a while. I have begun experimenting with different salads and homemade dressings trying to spice things up and discovered a new favorite – Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing.
Now I have had Avocado Ranch before in restaurants so I knew it was going to be tasty… but this is beyond anything I have had before. It is the perfect blend of avocado and dill and tastes great on pretty much any salad you wish. I have even found myself adding it to other quick favorites like tacos, quesadillas, and even nachos! For a real treat, try it with my friend Mickey’s Pork Carnitas!
This recipe makes enough dressing for one or two servings – but I have doubled or tripled the recipe to help me with my weekly meal prep. I love that I can cook up a bunch of taco meat and make the dressing so Mike and the girls can assemble their salads in minutes with no hassle! I get to feel good about them eating a healthy lunch and they get the convenience of a fast meal – which keeps us from going out to eat and saves us money! Talk about a win-win!
To make this recipe Whole30 Compliant you can even use coconut milk to replace the milk and sour cream. It comes out a bit thinner, but still just as delicious. Make a bunch – because you are going to want to put it on everything! 😉
A simple and delicious avocado ranch dressing - perfect for your summertime salads!
- 1 large avocado
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsp mayo
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp dill
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried or fresh chives
- 1 pinch salt
- 3/4 cup milk
Remove pit and peel from avocado and cut into chunks.
In a food processor or blender add avocado and dry ingredients.
Add in lemon juice and begin mixing on low.
Drizzle in milk until you reach your desired consistency.
Cover and let chill for at least 10 minutes.
Pour over your favorite salads, chips, and other favorite Mexican themed dishes!