Too many simple green salads suffer from a lack of imagination. – James Beard
Avocado and Mint Dressing
I have to admit, I came upon this zesty, creamy avocado mint caper dressing by accident. I was at the farmer’s market way too early on a Sunday morning, after a particularly late Saturday night, and mistakenly picked up a bunch of mint leaves instead of the fresh basil I wanted. When I got home and realized my mistake, well ughh…. My original intention was to play with my basic basil pesto recipe and see how I could make it a little different, to just jazz it up a bit. I wanted a new and improved pesto. With my mini blender on hand, I was ready to make pesto. However, another trip back to the farmer’s market was not part of my plan.
The Avocado Mint Idea
So here I was with a bunch of fresh mint, which is not a herb I have worked with much in the past, and no idea what to do with it. I enjoy a hot cup of tea, but there is only so much mint tea that I can drink. I abhor food waste and really wanted to find something to do with the mint. So, while I stared at this bunch of mint in consternation, I decided to make a little breakfast. My taste buds were yearning for a little avocado toast with a fried egg on top. In retrospect, this was not a bad idea; I was getting seriously famished and needed something to eat. So, I made my breakfast using only half an avocado, and ate all the while still pondering the mint. I had the other half of the avocado on the counter right next to the mint, and voila, the idea was born.
Creamy Avocado Mint Caper Dressing
I added the half of avocado and some of the mint to my small food processor. Then in went some apple cider vinegar and some olive oil. I added a couple of tablespoons of capers with their juice and processed away. The result was this vibrant, zesty, creamy avocado mint caper dressing that really brought my salads to life. It lent this perfect blend of sweet, tangy and salty to every bite. The best part is that this recipe is completely customizable. Blend and taste, blend and taste. Feel free to add more mint to your taste or more avocado for a thicker creamier dip texture. This salad dressing is also great as a dip with a side of chopped vegetables for a healthy snack. This dressing keeps great in the fridge for up to a week in a air tight container.
But, you must remember, whatever you eat, make sure you have at least one bowl of salad with it.” ― S.A. Tawks, The Spirit of Imagination