Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing

  • 1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted, flesh scooped from skin
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

In food processor, puree avocado, hot sauce, and lime juice until avocado is broken down, about 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients and process until dressing is completely smooth. (Can be refrigerated up to 1 week.)

Crisp lettuces like iceberg and romaine are a perfect match for this creamy dressing. Shaved red onion, grape tomatoes, and crumbled bacon make excellent garnishes for greens tossed with this dressing. Use about 2 tablespoons per quart of greens, serving two.

from Cooks Illustrated

Yield: makes 1 1/2 cups

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