This cilantro lime avocado ranch is easy to whip up and it's paleo + Whole30 and is keto-friendly! You can pour it over your salad, add it to your grilled chicken, or dip fresh vegetables in it. The options are limitless and it's super simple to make too!
The recipe uses mayo as the base, but I want to quickly touch on healthful mayo and less healthful mayo. We know by now that fat is your friend but there is still confusion around what kinds of fats and oils are better for your body.
Typically mayo is made from canola oil or soybean oil, eggs, vinegar, sugar, and some (most) also contain preservatives. So what's so "wrong" with that? Well, it comes down to the oil that is used as the base. While the media love to tout how healthy industrial seed oils are, they're actually not. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) such as nuts and seeds aren't a problem on their own if they're consumed in small amounts as part of a whole, nutrient-dense diet that is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The issue begins when we take fragile PUFAs and turn them into industrial seed oils such as canola, soybean, or vegetable oil then consume them in mass quantity (hi, fast food, processed foods, and condiments!). These oils contribute to heart disease, inflammation, and many chronic diseases. You can read more about PUFAs, along with detailed research here.
So what about the mayo!?
Simple! There are many store bought brands that use better monounsaturated fats oils like avocado oil and olive oil, or even coconut oil as their base. My favorites are Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo (you can get the best deal for that at Costco!) or Primal Kitchens mayo.
BUT, heads up! Watch for sneaky food marketing. You've probably heard me say this a thousand times, but flip the product over and read the label. With the recent popularity surge of avocado oil, many brands tout it on the front, but when you turn the package over, you find something like "soybean oil/canola oil/avocado oil blend" meaning it's not actually a better option, it's just more expensive. Always read your labels! When in doubt, make your own!
Let's move on to the recipe, shall we?
Cilantro Lime Avocado Ranch
1 medium avocado, mashed
1/3 c mayo
1 T red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 T lemon juice
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
sea salt to taste
1/2 lime, squeezed
1 T minced cilantro
In tall jar or medium bowl, roughly mix avocado, mayo, vinegars, lemon juice, black pepper, garlic powder, and sea salt until well incorporated. Use an immersion blender or transfer to stand-up blender and blend until smooth, scraping the sides down as needed. Add in lime juice and cilantro and fold until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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