Avocado Cilantro Dip

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This avocado cilantro dip is a much loved staple during the summer months. It is easy, delicious, and ready to be consumed in less than 5 minutes.

Vertical view of a jar of heaping avocado dip in it with lemon and cilantro in the backPin

When I came up with this recipe, I thought I was a genius. It turns out I was right. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been making this avocado dip for years and have found it a perfect addition to any chip but it is especially delicious on tortilla chips. It is also great as a dipping sauce, topped on burgers, tacos, nachos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, on sandwiches, wraps, as salad dressing, or spread on toast for breakfast.

It’s one of my favorite green sauces.

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Helpful tips

  • I use fresh lemon juice in this recipe, but a good substitution is fresh lime juice.
  • Want to spice it up? Use some of a seeded jalapeno or up the amount of chipotle powder.
  • You can substitute this creamy avocado dip anywhere you would use guacamole.
  • Whenever you either use the juice of a fruit or add it to the cocktail as garnish, it’s important for you to wash the fruit well. You don’t want to be ingesting pesticides.
  • There are a few ways to clean your fruit (and vegetables). One way is to use a fruit/vegetable cloth, which is rough on one side and smooth on the other. Here’s how to use it: Wet the cloth with cold water, take the fruit in your hand and scrub the skin thoroughly with the rough side. Rinse and dry the fruit. If you want to shine your fruit, (like apples), after you dry the fruit, rub it with the smooth side.
  • You can also wash the fruit: squirt some unscented, natural soap in your hand and rub the fruit between your palms. Take a vegetable brush and scrub the skin, rinse thoroughly and dry.
  • Cilantro usually has dirt or sand on the leaves. An easy way to wash it is by filling a large bowl with cold water and hold the bunch of cilantro upside down and dip it in the water and swirl the leaves around. Shake excess water off the leaves and lay the cilantro on clean paper towels and blot dry.
  • I use garlic paste but you can substitute it with garlic cloves.
  • Want a pourable creamy avocado sauce, add sour cream instead of Greek yogurt and up the oil to 3/4 cup.
  • Want to change up the flavor? You can use either fresh basil or parsley instead of cilantro.
  • This dip stores well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

How to make avocado cilantro dip

Pre-step

Get a food processor or blender, rubber spatula, and glass container.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – avocado, lemon, cilantro, Greek yogurt, avocado oil and kosher salt.

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Step two

Open your food processor and place the washed cilantro in it.

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Step three

Cut open the avocado, remove the pit, scoop out the flesh, and place in the processor.

Avocado added with the cilantroPin

Step four

Add yogurt, garlic, salt, pepper, chipotle powder, lemon juice, avocado oil, and horseradish.

garlic paste, yogurt, and spices in the processorPin

Step five

Replace the cover on the food processor and either push the pulse button or process on high like I do.

You may need to take a rubber spatula and scrape down the sides so all the ingredients can be combined.

the dip mixed in the processorPin

Step six

Transfer the delicious dip to a glass container. You can store it in the fridge for 2 weeks. But let me say that you’ll gobble this up.

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See it in action.

Avocado sauce on a burger with chips and tea in the backPin

So creamy and delicious!

Overhead view of the avocado sauce with lemon and cilantro on the tablePin

I hope you enjoyed this avocado cilantro dip recipe!

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Avocado Cilantro Dip

This avocado cilantro dip is a much loved staple during the summer months. It is easy, delicious, and ready to be consumed in less than 5 minutes.
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Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado cilantro dressing, dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 tablespoons
Calories: 55kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cilantro packed
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic paste or 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt plain, heaping
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish prepared
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder

Instructions

  • Add all the above ingredients to your food processor and process on high until the ingredients are smoothly combined.  Use a spatula to scrape down the sides when needed
  • Taste and adjust salt as needed
  • Transfer to a glass bowl
  • Serve
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • I use fresh lemon juice in this recipe, but a good substitution is fresh lime juice.
  • Want to spice it up? Use some of a seeded jalapeno or up the amount of chipotle powder.
  • You can substitute this creamy avocado dip anywhere you would use guacamole.
  • Whenever you either use the juice of a fruit or add it to the cocktail as garnish, it’s important for you to wash the fruit well. You don’t want to be ingesting pesticides.
  • There are a few ways to clean your fruit (and vegetables). One way is to use a fruit/vegetable cloth, which is rough on one side and smooth on the other. Here’s how to use it: Wet the cloth with cold water, take the fruit in your hand and scrub the skin thoroughly with the rough side. Rinse and dry the fruit. If you want to shine your fruit, (like apples), after you dry the fruit, rub it with the smooth side.
  • You can also wash the fruit: squirt some unscented, natural soap in your hand and rub the fruit between your palms. Take a vegetable brush and scrub the skin, rinse thoroughly and dry.
  • Cilantro usually has dirt or sand on the leaves. An easy way to wash it is by filling a large bowl with cold water and hold the bunch of cilantro upside down and dip it in the water and swirl the leaves around. Shake excess water off the leaves and lay the cilantro on clean paper towels and blot dry.
  • I use garlic paste but you can substitute it with garlic cloves.
  • Want a pourable creamy avocado sauce, add sour cream instead of Greek yogurt and up the oil to 3/4 cup.
  • Want to change up the flavor? You can use either fresh basil or parsley instead of cilantro.
  • This dip stores well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 55kcal | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 46mg | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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48 Comments

  1. I have a feeling Iโ€™ll be putting this in everything!! Yes please to all things cilantro!

  2. I already have plans for this dressing and some grilled skirt steak! Your great niece is SO adorable!

    1. Aww thanks Britt! She is such a happy easy baby, I think it was my camera that she was thrown by. She’s used to getting her photo taken with the iPhone!

  3. I’m not a fan of cilantro, but I would love to try this with another herb – maybe parsley and/or dill? It looks delicious!

  4. I like that the avocado cilantro dressing can double as a snack dip too! I find that salad dressing easily sit in the fridge and can be forgotten about, but if it’s a dio too, it’ll get eaten really quickly!

  5. Mmmm! That looks so delicious! That also looks like such a fun outing! Great to get all of the family together for the holidays! What a beautiful spot as well! Looks like you really scored with the free goodies! I love peach sweet tea, so I will have to find this!

  6. You most definitely had a food fest but a thoroughly delicious one by the looks of these photos! I wonder if we can get those teas and popchips here in Aus? ????
    And how cute is your little great niece…. kids and cameras are always a hoot!

    1. I totally agree Gabby! It’s so funny. She’s smiling madly at me and then I picked up my camera and she’s like, ‘deer in the headlights’. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I think I could eat that dressing by the spoonful. What a great box of goodies you got there. Totally agree, NEVER go empty handed….and I never do. When I host parties (and it seems like that is happening a lot this summer), you always need LOTS of snacks. Prime meat is essential…, especially for grilling. As for the picture taking I had to laugh. I have hubby trained to NOT TOUCH the food before asking LOL. Enjoy your summer!!

  8. Great article, but can I just join you next time? I would like to try everything, including the cute baby cheeks

  9. Love how versatile this dip is….not to mention tasty! Nice touch with the horseradish for a little heat. Looks like everyone had an awesome time at your get-together…how could they not with all that delicious food ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Your great-niece reminds me of my nephew he is always looking at me like I’m crazy when I stick the camera in his face LOL rate posts and great tips… I love tea so I definitely will be checking out this southern breeze brand …and your cilantro dressing looks amazing!

  11. This looks so perfectly creammmmy! You know, I used to not like cilantro… I was one of those people that thought it tasted like soap. But then everything changed after I got pregnant. Now I LOVE cilantro and think it’s the best herb, especially in the summer! I can’t wait to try this!

  12. This sure is a fun dressing. I can imagine putting it on everything. I can’t explain how much I love cilantro. I’m definitely giving this recipe a try

  13. This looks so healthy and refreshing! I’m sure it’s great as a topping on anything, but I bet it’s even great on it’s own as a dip with some chips or veggies!

    1. It’s definitely good as a dip. I never thought to do it myself until I saw my family dipping chips into it. Now, I seriously eat it so many different ways!

  14. My family is all about snacks and appetizers, too! This looks like an awesome spread, and that dressing just screams summertime entertaining!

  15. YUM! Two of my favorite flavors paired together – what’s not to love! I can think of a whole bunch of things to put this on!

    1. Thanks Kathryn!! Me too! Hubby eats this on his sandwiches and in his rice and bean mixture for lunch. So many ways to use it!

  16. It looks like you guys had an AMAZING time!! Love your series of events!! yeah for summer and yeah for the snacks! I can’t wait to try your avocado cilantro dressing on my burgers! Sounds delish!!

    1. Thank you, it’s so delightful, Amanda!! I make it all the time. Sometimes with more oil to make it pourable but usually we just spoon it on everything!

  17. Great post!! I love your tips and I love this dressing recipe. Super excited to see horseradish in this .. brilliant! .. and that you used greek yogurt .. nice way to keep the calories down ๐Ÿ™‚ super versatile and absolutely a must have handy recipe.

  18. This looks so creamy and flavorful!!! I am loving the ingredient combinations. I am always looking for homemade dips and salad dressing recipes. I will definitely be making this to try.