Avocado Chili Lime, Buttermilk Ranch

Avocado Chili Lime, Buttermilk Ranch

I love ranch dressing…it is by far my favorite food group. Fruit & Veggies, Grains, Dairy, Proteins, Sugars and Ranch! It is one of those foods I would ‘swim’ in if I could.

IMG_7997Today, I decided to add a little flair to my basic ranch recipe & at the same time remove all processed ingredients. What I ended up with is a ranch dressing that’s ultra creamy, smooth & full of fresh herbiness with a kick of heat.

There are several key ingredients ((& several missing ingredients)) which make this ranch dressing successful:

• a bundle of garden-fresh herbs…I love fresh dill, chives & parsley, they are perfect ranch herbs!

• one small avocado is the perfect substitute for mayo…it perfectly emulsifies the dressing, adds a bit of thickness and the all important creaminess every great ranch dressing NEEDs.

• Hatch medium green chili powder gives the ranch an amazing heat and subtle chili flavor that is sure to wake up every salad and veggie.

• Lime is the perfect companion to the avocado and chili powder.

• This recipe contains no MSG, I think I heard ((like a million times)), MSG is bad for you & I am trying not to eat stuff that is BAD for me…aren’t we all??


There are also a few specific seasonings that round out the flavors.

Applewood smoked sea salt is a great pantry staple. It adds a subtle smokiness that pares well with the heat of the Hatch chili powder.

Chili Lime finishing salt is not mandatory (its presence can be duplicated by adding additional lime juice and chili powder) but I love this salt so much I look for new ways to incorporate it into my foods.

Everyday seasoning fills in all of the remaining flavor gaps, a good steakhouse seasoning grinder it a good substitute for Trader Joe’s everyday seasoning if you need a sub.


Avocado Chili Lime Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Yields 2
Creamy & smooth with the perfect balance of heat and garden fresh herbiness.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
283 calories
24 g
15 g
19 g
10 g
4 g
326 g
1458 g
11 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283
Calories from Fat 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 1458mg
Total Carbohydrates 24g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 11g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 1/2 c Buttermilk
  2. 1 small avocado ((pit & skin removed))
  3. 1 small lime, zested and juiced
  4. 1/2 t hatch green chili powder ((I used mild))
  5. 1/2 t paprika*
  6. 1-2 small garlic cloves
  7. 1 bundle of garden fresh herbs such as dill, chives & parsley
  8. 1/2 t applewood smoked sea salt
  9. 1/2 t lime-chili finishing salt
  10. everyday seasoning, or a steakhouse seasoning grinder - about 15 grinds, or to taste
  11. sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  12. a pinch of sugar ((or 1/2 t local raw honey))
  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients, pulse until smooth. (1-2 minutes)
  1. *the paprika, when combined with the avocado, caused the dressing to become a slightly unappealing green/brown color...I don't feel the paprika adding anything to the flavor and will omit it next time in order to avoid the color.
  2. If you dislike heat, omit the chili powder.
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I dipped carrots sticks into this ranch & with every bite I took, I felt like I was being reminded of something I had eaten before. Finally it hit me, there are two dipping sauces that come with the meat samosas from Misal. This dressing tastes like the blend of these 2 sauces. I.am.in.love. oh and I want 8 meat samosas NOW!!