This creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing comes together quickly in a food processor using simple fresh ingredients. A great vegan dressing to use on your favorite salads, on top of proteins, or even as a dipping sauce for potatoes and vegetables. 

a jar of avocado dressing sitting on a counter with half an avocado

If you’re looking for a great summertime dressing, this one checks all the boxes! Not only is it deliciously creamy with the help of avocado, but it’s dairy-free, vegan, and can be used in so many different ways.

The best part is that it takes just minutes to assemble. Simply add all of your ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Use it on your favorite salads, drizzle it on tacos and burritos, or use it as a dipping sauce for chips and raw vegetables. No matter what you use it for, you’ll always want a bottle on hand in the fridge this summer.

You’ll love this recipe for many reasons.

  • It’s a 100% healthy vegan option for salad dressing. 
  • Since it’s homemade, there are no preservatives or additives. 
  • It’s nice and light which makes it a summertime staple. 
  • You can easily turn this dressing into a dip or sauce depending on how much water you use to thin it out. 
  • This avocado lime dressing is completely versatile and can be used in so many different ways. 
ingredients for dressing on cutting board

Ingredients You Need

  • Avocado – Gives the dressing a creamy base and beautiful green color. 
  • Water – Helps to thin out the dressing if needed. 
  • Olive Oil – Emulsifies the dressing and helps keep it smooth. 
  • Lime Juice & Apple Cider Vinegar – Gives a tangy acidity.
  • Fresh Cilantro – Adds a pop of fresh herb kick.
  • Honey or Agave – Adds a hint of sweetness that balances the flavors.
  • Ground Cumin – Gives a slightly smoky kick.
  • Fresh Garlic – Pairs well with the flavors in the dressing.
  • Jalapeno – Adds a natural kick of spice.  
  • Salt & Pepper – Enhances and balances all the flavors together. 
mixing dressing in food processor

How do you make avocado dressing from scratch?

Step 1 – Prepare ingredients. Pit and peel avocado, peel the garlic, and cut a small jalapeno in half. 

Step 2 – Blend ingredients together. Add all of the ingredients including prepared vegetables to a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. Add small amounts of water to thin out the dressing if needed.

Recipe Tips

  • For this recipe, you can also use some of the cilantro stems so they don’t go to waste! 
  • Use a blender if needed. If you have a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix or Ninja, you can also use that to blend up the dressing. 
  • Use as a dip. If you’re using it as a dip, use less or no water to keep it nice and thick. 
  • Slightly ripe avocados works best. Use an avocado that is ripe, but not too ripe as you want to keep a creamy texture. 
  • Store in an airtight container. The lime juice and apple cider vinegar in the dressing will help keep the dressing from turning brown, however, it must be sealed in an airtight container to keep as much oxygen out as possible. 

Variations and Substitutions

  • Make it smoky by adding a dash of liquid smoke or a pinch of smoked paprika. 
  • A pinch of coconut sugar or maple syrup can be used in place of agave or honey if needed. 
  • Blend in some mint or basil along with the cilantro for even more of a fresh herb taste. 
  • Swap out the lime for lemon juice for a different citrus flavor. 
  • If you don’t have apple cider vinegar on hand, you can use white vinegar or white wine vinegar instead. 
a spoon with a scoop of avocado cilantro lime dressing

Storing & Making Ahead

This creamy avocado cilantro lime dressing can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container or sealed jar for up to one week. Ingredients may separate in the fridge. If so, give it a good shake to re-emulsify before using. 

a spoon with a scoop of avocado cilantro lime dressing

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

A nutrient dense dressing that is packed with flavor!


  • 1 large avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 teaspoon agave, or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • Half a small jalapeno
  • Kosher salt and pepper


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor. Puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. You can add more water to thin out the dressing, if needed.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


This recipe makes 1 cup of dressing. Nutritional information is for one cup. One cup yields about 8 servings.


Calories: 754kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 72g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Sodium: 28mg, Potassium: 1137mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 887IU, Vitamin C: 37mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 3mg