Spinach Salad with Avocado-Ranch Dressing

Spinach Salad with Avocado-Ranch Dressing

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2013

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted, divided
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 5- to 6-ounce package baby spinach (about 8 cups)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed


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  1. Scoop 1 avocado half into a blender; add buttermilk, dill, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.
  2. Cut the remaining avocado half into ½-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 information

  • Serving size: about 1¾ cups
  • Per serving: 207 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 8 g fiber; 27 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 179 mcg folate; 1 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 4,381 IU vitamin A; 57 mg vitamin C; 106 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 392 mg sodium; 696 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (95% daily value), Vitamin A (88% dv), Folate (45% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, ½ vegetable, ½ lean meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 4

June 28, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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
June 26, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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
June 23, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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
March 30, 2013
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By: anadmas
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.
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