This healthy spinach salad recipe uses one avocado two ways: half goes into a healthy creamy ranch dressing and the other half of the avocado gets chopped to top the spinach salad. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2013

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Instructions Checklist
  • Scoop 1 avocado half into a blender; add buttermilk, dill, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.

  • Cut the remaining avocado half into 1/2-inch chunks. Combine spinach, bell pepper and chickpeas in a large bowl. Add the dressing; toss to coat. Divide among 4 salad plates and top with the chopped avocado.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate dressing (Step 1) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

207 calories; 8.8 g total fat; 1.4 g saturated fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 392 mg sodium. 696 mg potassium; 27.3 g carbohydrates; 8.3 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 7.4 g protein; 4381 IU vitamin a iu; 57 mg vitamin c; 179 mcg folate; 106 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 73 mg magnesium;

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  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
wonderful dressing! I made a double batch and since nobody in my family is a fan of dill I used fresh parsley and chives plus a little ground chipotle. It was great on the spinach salad but incredible on a romaine/ tomato salad the following day. Pros: easy to make delicious Cons: doesn't last for long Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Dill is strange in this The next time I make this I'm going to leave out the dill. I thought that was a weird herb to use considering the other ingredients. I'm think maybe garam masala or chili powder & cumin or curry powder. Pros: healthy light Cons: bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe is a keeper! I didn't have any dill so I used fresh tarragon from my garden - fantastic flavor! I also don't have garlic powder so I added 1 smallish clove of garlic. I added grape tomatoes and some leftover grilled chicken from last night's dinner and made it a meal. Pros: fast fresh super-healthy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Tip:Double the spice This is a very mild-tasting salad. To bring out the flavor a bit more I added an extra tablespoon of fresh dill and a fresh garlic clove to the salad dressing and then added freshly ground salt to the top of each salad before serving. Read More