Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dip

This recipe can fill many roles: dip, dressing, sauce, sandwich spread, etc.

I settled on calling it a “dip,” as that felt like it’s most descriptive stand-alone use. Though even calling it a recipe feels like a stretch here. To be frank, you throw all the ingredients in a blender, doctor with salt and black pepper and you’re done!

It’s an ode to the quick summer night meal as it adds a bit of herby, summery freshness to whatever you pair with it.

My default meal when I can’t think of anything to make for dinner, summer or not, is a veggie bowl of some sort. Basmati rice, quinoa, sometimes cauliflower rice, under whatever vegetable I have in the fridge, flash sautéed, topped with a poached egg.

I probably have some version of that several times every week. To that end, I like to get a little creative with sauces to make it a little more interesting. But, I don’t want anything too complicated, or that requires several more dirty pots–so I usually settle on using the blender.

I’ve had many sauce “flops” during my experimentation, usually due to the fact that I LOVE vinegar and hot pepper and am usually too liberal with both when I start creating recipes.

This one, however, was one of my victories.

If you’re on the hunt for some inspiration, here are some ideas for how to use it:

As a dip, with raw veggies or pita chips

Instead of mayonnaise for chicken salad

Sandwich spread

Soup garnish

Curry garnish

Salad dressing

With scrambled eggs

On a bagel

And more!


Flesh of one avocado

1/2 cup yogurt

Handful fresh cilantro

2 cloves garlic

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

salt and black pepper to taste


Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and pulse until combined

Then blend on high until smooth

If your dressing is too thick, add a little more olive oil to thin it out

Don’t go overboard, just get to a stage where it’s just barely pourable–it should be relatively thick.


Cilantro Avocado Dip

More about Kaitlin

I’m a food lover, health researcher, amateur cook, recovering journalist, nutrition student and avid kitchen experimenter. I live in the woods with a boyfriend and a dog.


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    Hello ~ Awesome article ~ Thanks

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