5 from 2 votes

Spinach Avocado Salad w/ Cilantro Parmesan Dressing

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Some folks are turned off by the smell and taste of cilantro, which is totally understandable! Yes, for some, cilantro makes people gag and leaves a really bad soapy taste in their mouths. Do you know of friends like this? If so, this dressing is totally adaptable to using parsley or another herb like basil! Make it a green goddess dressing by using your favorite fresh herbs!


For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For the Salad:

  • Spinach or Your favorite greens
  • Lots of chopped avocado
  • Tomatoes , carrots, cucumbers, etc…
  • Croutons
  • parmesan shavings
  • black pepper , to taste
  • lime wedges (optional)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender (oil, water, mayonnaise, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, black pepper, salt, parmesan, and sugar) until everything is smooth.
  2. Assemble the salad: gently combine the spinach, avocado, and whatever other ingredients you like. Toss dressing into the salad when ready to serve. 

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