Dairy-Free Creamy Salad Dressing Too Good To Be True

Missing creamy salad dressings after cutting out dairy? This homemade dressing is rich, satisfying and completely dairy-free! It can dress all kinds of salads, but I enjoy it best on summer days atop a bed of grilled romaine. Tossed with the season’s sweet heirloom tomatoes, this salad makes for a meal with tasty textures and dynamic flavors.

Yield: Serves 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes

Salad Ingredients:

    • 2 heads of romaine lettuce
    • 2 medium heirloom tomatoes

Dressing Ingredients:

    • 1 large avocado
    • Juice of 2 limes
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • ½ cup water
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
    • ½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
    • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


    • Heat up the grill or use a grill pan over medium heat.
    • To prepare the romaine hearts, pull off any old leaves and cut the remainder in half lengthwise.
    • Brush the surface with olive oil and season with a pinch of Celtic sea salt and coarse black pepper.
    • Place on grill or grill pan with the cut side down and let sit for about 4-5 minutes. Lettuce should be slightly wilted and charred when ready.
    • Slice heirloom tomatoes into quartered wedges and set aside.
    • To make the dressing, combine all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Add water as needed to adjust the consistency.
    • To assemble the salad, lay the grilled romaine hearts cut side up on a serving platter. Place the sliced heirloom tomatoes over the romaine and drizzle with creamy avocado dressing.
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