Creamy Avocado Dip & Dressing


Do you ever look at a menu and pick out a meal because the description sounds real dreamy? You wait patiently (scratch that, impatiently) for the server to place the food in front of you, only to take your first giddy bite and feel....disappointed. 

I know, this situation is truly not that devastating, there are way bigger problems out there. But if you're anything like me and eating out is really exciting because you don't do it a whole lot, then maybe you're just hopin' & wishin' for something real satisfying and good.


This scenario happened recently. I ordered a salad with a creamy-lemon-avocado-garlic-thyme dressing. I was so excited for this salad because of that dressing -- it's a whole lot of my favorite things all blended together. And friend, it just wasn't what I thought it would be.

So when we got home, I tried recreating it. This recipe turns more into a dip -- perfect for dunking sliced veggies or pita chips like you would hummus. Or even spreading on a sandwich as you would mayo or mustard. When I added a bit of water and gave it a stir, it was perfect for pouring on top of a salad.

I hope you enjoy!




  • 1 avocado
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbs mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 small shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme, pulled off stem
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • water as needed


  • Place all ingredients in a standard, wide-mouth mason jar.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend all your ingredients together right in the jar. Blend until thick & creamy.
  • If you're using this as a dip or spread, the consistency should be just fine as is. If you want to use this as a dressing for a salad,  add a few tablespoons of water and give it a stir.
  • Guys, that's it.
  • You're done.
  • Happy eating!

Hi there, from the very beginning I wanted this space to feel as though we were sitting at a table swapping stories & recipes. So I write as I would to a friend. And while I definitely take a more minimalist approach to life (thrifting & second hand are my jam) I do want to let you know of products I am using that I really enjoy. Particularly ones that make cooking & gathering way easier! I promise to only share about products & brands I believe in AND actually use.

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