I’ll be the first one to admit that I have a borderline-crazy obsession with Whole Foods and Central Market. I go into both markets at least once a week and I think I could set up a cot and just sleep at either one and be completely happy (provided that my boys were there with me, too, of course).
I’m currently hooked on the Whole Foods salad bar. I’m pretty sure that I’ve tried every ingredient in every combination possible and I have yet to create something I don’t like. No, it’s not because I’m stellar at combining ingredients–I’ve come up with more failures at home than I care to admit. It’s because everything there is amazing! And because they always post all of the ingredients, I don’t have to worry about the side effects and discomfort that can come from mystery ingredients.
Better yet, a few times I’ve been inspired to go home and create something of my own. The past few times I’ve gotten food from the salad bar, I’ve also gotten the No-Oil Avocado Dressing. I don’t know why it took so long, but it finally dawned on me to try making my own version at home!
After a couple of tries in which I added a few things here and took away a few things there, I’m so happy with the results! No, it’s not exactly like the dressing at Whole Foods, but it’s close enough that I won’t feel the need to rush over there and get something from the salad bar just so that I can get a bunch of the dressing (yes, I’ve done that before).
- ½ large avocado
- 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and chopped
- 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbs. lime juice (or ½ of a lime)
- ¼-1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp. dried dill
- ½ tsp. salt
- pinch cayenne pepper (if you really want a kick!)
- Add all of the ingredients (except for water) to a food processor. Process until smooth. With the processor running, slowly add the water to the spout on top. Add until you reach the consistency you like.
- Serve on top of your favorite salad and enjoy!