Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing

Thank you to Vermont Village for sponsoring this post and for their fabulous organic apple cider vinegar, a versatile ingredient that brings everything together in this creamy vegan avocado basil dressing.

Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing - great creaminess with no mayo or dairy. Completely vegan, paleo and gluten free | TastingPage.com

If you asked me what product I consume the most on a daily basis, I'd have to answer apple cider vinegar. I barely remember my life before apple cider vinegar. I drink it several times a day and that's not even counting how much I cook with it. It's always the star ingredient in my salad dressings, and today's creamy avocado basil dressing recipe is no exception. 

Vermont Village apple cider vinegar salad dressing

You may remember me talking about Vermont Village's healthy products at the natural food product show Expo West earlier this year. I love their drinking vinegars. Since you know I drink the stuff every day, I like the idea of switching things up with different flavors like lime ginger and lemon mint.

Their organic apple cider vinegar is a great base for so many things. You know what the ingredients are? Organic apples and water. That's what I'm talking about. That's what an ingredient list should look like.

Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing - great creaminess with no mayo or dairy. Completely vegan, paleo and gluten free | TastingPage.com

So why do I drink the stuff everyday? It's a good source of probiotics and acetic acid which can balance your good and bad bacteria, ie., it helps get rid of the bad and grow the good. Guess what that helps with? Clear skin, improved digestion and overall good immune health.

Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing - great creaminess with no mayo or dairy. Completely vegan, paleo and gluten free | TastingPage.com

Of course not all apple cider vinegar is created equally. You want to look for the stuff that has cloudy sentiment on the bottom. That means the "mother" is in tact from a double fermentation process and that all the healthy compounds are included. Vermont Village makes a raw, unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar that has live and intact cultures. It's what you want in your apple cider vinegar.

Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing - great creaminess with no mayo or dairy. Completely vegan, paleo and gluten free | TastingPage.com

You can clean with apple cider vinegar, brighten your teeth, use it as a natural deodorant and generally keep your body running in tip top shape. It's the duct tape of condiments!

Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing - great creaminess with no mayo or dairy. Completely vegan, paleo and gluten free | TastingPage.com

I've got an easy, but tasty cream avocado basil dressing to feature this delicious apple cider vinegar. If you have basil growing like crazy, or simple can't turn away from the fresh smell in the grocery store, grab some and blend it up with a few other ingredients for a great salad dressing. Of course there's no eggs, mayo, cream or dairy in this vegan salad dressing. 

I've thrown this avocado basil dressing on tacos, in place of guacamole for a fun Mexican themed meal. I've also layered it on chicken, steak and fish and love the punch it brings. You pretty much can't go wrong with this creamy vegan, paleo and gluten free dressing.

Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing - great creaminess with no mayo or dairy. Completely vegan, paleo and gluten free | TastingPage.com

Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing {Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free}

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 packed cup of fresh basil, stems removed
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled with pit removed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (I used Vermont Village)
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Water to thin if necessary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the basil, avocado, apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon and half the olive oil in a blender and pulse. Scrape down the sides and slowly add the remaining oil. If you want a thinner dressing, add a tablespoon or two of water until it reaches your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

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Thank you to Vermont Village for sponsoring this post. All opinions are always my own.