Get ready to up your salad dressing game with this homemade Copycat Chick-Fil-A Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing!
Creamy, tangy, and bursting with flavor, it’s perfect for salads, veggie dips, chips and dip, or just spoonfuls straight from the jar.
Say goodbye to bland store-bought dressings and hello to homemade salad dressing deliciousness!
I think it tastes better than the original, but make and taste it yourself, and let me know what you think.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This avocado lime ranch dressing copycat recipe is a total flavor sensation: Creamy, tangy, and oh-so-refreshing!
Whether you’re a salad fanatic, a veggie lover, or just a snacker searching for a dipping sauce, this dressing will become one of your favorite Side Dishes.
If you love my Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe, you will go crazy over this variation.
Adding the avocado to transform it into homemade avocado lime ranch dressing is a game changer.
And let’s not forget how ridiculously easy it is to make. It truly is an easy recipe.
With a handful of fresh ingredients and a quick whirl in the food processor, you’ll have a jar full of delicious avocado ranch dressing ready to go.
This avocado lime dressing is totally customizable, so you can add a little extra zing or dial back the seasonings to suit your taste.
Say goodbye to boring store-bought dressings and packets of ranch seasoning mix and hello to a homemade masterpiece that will have everyone returning for more.
Prepare to be the hero of every gathering when you show up with this dressing. So, what are you waiting for? Get your avocado-lime-loving self in the kitchen and whip up a batch of pure yumminess! Trust me; you won’t be able to resist licking the spoon.
What You Need to Make This Recipe
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- Food Processor or Blender – This is needed to blend the ingredients for the dressing to get that smooth, creamy texture.
Below, I discuss the ingredients and possible substitutions if you don’t have a specific ingredient. However, if you are looking for the specific measurements of each ingredient, scroll down to the bottom of this article, just above the comments, for the printable recipe card, which includes all the ingredients and the specific amounts of each one.
Buttermilk – If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own by mixing 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice and let the mixture stand for about 10 minutes.
Sour cream – I recommend using real sour cream with all the fat, but if you want to save on calories, you can use light sour cream or even Greek yogurt is a good choice.
Mayonnaise – Again, I recommend using real mayonnaise, but you can use light mayonnaise to save on calories. I avoid using fat-free mayo because it usually has a lot of sugar.
Red wine vinegar – I like red wine vinegar in salad dressing as it has a bolder flavor, but if you already have white wine vinegar on hand, that is a suitable substitute.
Worcestershire sauce – THIS is one of my secret ingredients. Don’t skip this one, as it adds umami to this recipe!
Ripe avocado – With their healthy fats, Ripe avocados should yield slightly to gentle pressure without feeling too soft or mushy. If it feels extremely firm, it needs more time to ripen. If it feels overly soft and mushy, it is overripe.
Lime – I prefer fresh lime juice for this recipe. The juice from 1/2 a lime was plenty without overpowering, but I encourage you to taste and add more lime.
Sugar – Another one of my secret ingredients you don’t want to skip. A little bit of sugar adds so much flavor and really gives this dressing that homemade taste.
Dried seasonings – cumin, parsley, dill, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and black pepper- combine to create the most flavorful dressing! I prefer to use dried seasonings as they extend the life of the dressing, and the flavors blend easier. Strong flavors like cumin, dill, garlic, and onion can overpower the other flavors when using fresh herbs.
Fresh Cilantro (Optional): You can use chopped fresh cilantro as a garnish. If you decide to mix it in, please be aware that it will significantly change the taste of the dressing due to its strong flavor.
How To Make The Best Avocado Ranch Dressing
- Prep: Gather all of your ingredients
- Mix: Add ingredients to the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
- Chill: This avocado lime dressing is delicious as soon as you make it, but the magic happens if you cover the bowl and refrigerate it for several hours or overnight before using it. This allows the flavors to meld together and develop into a creamy, delicious dressing that tastes like the Chick-Fil-A Avocado Lime Dressing.
What To Serve With Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing
Vegetable dip: Use this dressing as a dip for your favorite veggies, such as carrot sticks, celery, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes. It is so good you’ll want to dip everything in it!
Chips and Dip: Serve with homemade tortilla chips for delicious chips and dip.
Buttermilk Substitution: If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make a substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before using.
Avocado Ripeness: Use a ripe avocado for the best flavor and texture. It should yield slightly when gently squeezed but not be overly mushy or firm.
Blend the dressing until smooth and creamy. Make sure all the ingredients are well incorporated for a uniform texture.
Seasoning Adjustments: Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning according to your preference. Add more herbs, spices, lime juice, or salt as needed to enhance the flavor to your liking.
Chilling Time: For optimal results, refrigerate the dressing for several hours or overnight before using. This allows the flavors to meld together and the dressing to thicken.
Storage: Store the dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can typically be kept for up to a week. Give it a good stir before each use, as separation may occur.
Yes, but remember, the dressing won’t last as long when you use fresh herbs. Additionally, the measurements may need to be adjusted when using fresh herbs. One teaspoon of dried herbs equals one tablespoon of fresh herbs, but use your taste buds to get the right mix. Taste and add a little bit at a time until you get it just right for you.
Yes, you can substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream in this recipe. The resulting dressing will have a slightly tangier flavor and a thicker consistency.
Yes, you can use low-fat or non-fat ingredients in this recipe. However, the dressing may have a slightly thinner consistency and a milder flavor. Also, check labels to see how much sugar is in low-fat or non-fat products. Many times the sugar content is much higher in those products to add needed flavor.
Yes, I highly recommend you make this dressing ahead of time and refrigerate it for several hours or overnight before using it to allow the flavors to meld together.
This dressing lasts up to a week in the fridge when stored in an airtight container. If you use fresh herbs and/or garlic instead of the dried, it won’t last as long, so keep that in mind.
Yes, and I highly recommend you adjust the amount of spices and herbs in this recipe to suit your personal taste preferences. Just be sure to taste the dressing as you go and adjust accordingly.
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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Avocado Lime Dressing Recipe
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 whole avocado seed removed
- Juice from 1/2 fresh lime or more to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- In the bowl of a food processor combine all ingredients and process until smooth.1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 whole avocado, Juice from 1/2 fresh lime, 3/4 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon dried dill, 1/2 teaspoon dried chives, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
- Refrigerate several hours or overnight before using for best results.