If you didn’t know, homemade savory sauce recipes happen to be one of my specialties. Aside from good knife skills, one of the best things you can learn how to do is whip together easy sauce recipes like a dipping sauce or sandwich spread with a few basic ingredients lying around.
This creamy green sauce is the perfect example. It’s made with just 3 ingredients and is the perfect topping for much more than avocado toast. Think Mexican food like burrito bowls, rice bowls, quesadillas, or sandwiches, wraps, veggie burgers, salads, etc.
It’s also an excellent mayonnaise substitute if you’re looking for something made with low-oil!
The creamy texture and fresh flavors pair well with just about anything savory, so let your heart – er, tastebuds – go wild!
I meant it when I said this easy avocado dressing is made with just THREE ingredients!
- Avocados: The best avocados to use are ripe avocados. Any variety of fresh avocados will work like the classic hass avocado or fuerte avocados.
- Lemon: For the most flavor, you’ll need both the lemon juice and lemon zest. Or for a more intense, tart citrus flavor, opt for fresh lime juice and zest.
- Olive oil: A bit of olive oil or avocado oil elevates the buttery, velvety texture of the avocado and makes this delicious sauce melt-in-your-mouth smooth!
How to Make Avocado Sauce
Based on the ingredients required, you’re probably guessing that making this homemade sauce is as easy as it sounds. And you’d be right!
Peel the avocados and remove the pit. To do so, I like to slice the avocado in half. The pit will remain in one-half of the avocado. If your avocado is perfectly rip, you can simply use your fingers to remove the pit. This is the safest way!
Slice each half in half again, so you have 4 quarters. Then, peel off the skin!
Add all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and ultra smooth and creamy (just 2ish minutes!). Scrape the sides as needed to be sure to get all the goods!
Then scoop the velvety avocado goodness into a serving bowl or meal prep container with a tight-fitting lid and chill until ready to use.
What can I put Avocado Sauce on?
When it comes to enjoying avocado sauce, the options are practically endless. You can spread, dip, dollop, or drizzle on just about anything. Here are a few of my favorite ideas in case you’re drawing a blank.
- Spread it on your favorite sandwich bread, tortilla wraps, or burger buns. Make a Super Greens Sandwich, Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus Wrap, or a Curried Chickpea Burger!
- Dip your favorite crunchy peppers, tortilla chips, and sliced radishes in the creamy avocado sauce. Or, take it to the next level and make yourself a Mexican-Inspired Vegetarian Charcuterie Board with your favorite vegetarian or vegan dips!
- Or hey, turn it into guacamole by adding some chunky avocado, jalapenos, onion, cilantro, and tomatoes – it makes a wonderfully creamy base!
- Dollop it on top of Black Bean Burrito Bowls, Spicy Black Bean Nachos, or Vegan Jackfruit Tacos.
- Drizzle it on salads like a Green Salad, Spicy Chipotle Shrimp Salad or Tuna Orzo Salad – just think it out with extra oil or water to make it more “dressing” consistency.
It’s true that avocado-based sauces and dips aren’t as long-lasting as dressings like White Balsamic Vinaigrette or a Honey Lime Dressing. BUT with a few storage tips, any leftover sauce will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge without turning brown!
- Store the avocado sauce in an airtight jar. The reason avocado browns or darkens is due to oxidation of the avocado flesh. And how does oxidation occur? Exposure to oxygen! Reduce the chance of this browning by storing your creamy sauce in a container that is tightly sealed.
- Squeeze a tiny bit of additional lemon juice on top. After transferring the delicious sauce to an airtight container and before adding the plastic wrap, squeeze a little bit of extra lemon juice on top. This top layer of acidity will counteract the oxidation process and keep things bright and looking just as appetizing as day one.
- Press a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the sauce. In addition to storing the creamy sauce in an airtight container, you can also add press a sheet of plastic wrap or reusable wrap on top of the sauce. Pressing it flush on the top of the sauce will further prevent oxidation.
Sure thing! If spicy avocado sauce is more your thing, add 1/4 teaspoon of red chili flakes or 1/2 a jalapeño pepper in with the rest of the ingredients. Taste and increase to your preferred spiciness, as desired.
Absolutely. Allow the frozen avocado to thaw completely in the fridge until soft and creamy, then prepare the recipe as usual.
A food processor or blender certainly helps create a luscious whipped texture that rivals creamy mayonnaise, but if you’re working without one, use an immersion blender or even a potato masher until it’s nice and creamy.
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Get the Recipe 3-Ingredient Avocado Sauce
- 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1 Tablespoon lemon or lime juice, plus zest
- 1-2 teaspoons olive or avocado oil
- Sprinkle of salt, to taste
- Add the avocados and lemon/lime juice and zest to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pluse and slowly drizzle in one teaspoon of oil, up to two, until smooth. This will only take a couple of minutes. Scrape the sides as needed to make sure it's all combined.
- Taste test and add salt as needed.
- Use immediately as a sauce or dip. Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container. For best results, squeeze lemon or lime on top of the sauce and press plastic wrap flush with the surface to prevent oxidation.
- A large food processor will work for this recipe, as long as you make sure to scrape any pieces that might be getting missed. If you have a mini food processor, use it!
By the Way…
This recipe is part of our collection of savory homemade sauce recipes. Check it out!