This incredibly easy to make vegan avocado sauce is super creamy and loaded with flavor from cilantro, lime, garlic and optional jalapeno peppers. Use it to boost the flavor of any meal!
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Is Avocado Sauce Vegan?
Most avocado sauce recipes contain some type of dairy (sour cream or yogurt are common). Other recipes use mayonnaise which contains eggs and is not vegan.
Although it can be easy to find vegan dairy or mayo alternatives, this recipe leaves out all those options and simply uses avocado which is creamy and delicious on its own!
Vegan Avocado Sauce Ingredients
This recipe uses fresh ingredients to create a tasty sauce. To make it, you’ll need:
- Avocado: Start with ripe and creamy avocados to create this delicious sauce. Make sure the avocados are soft as they won’t blend well if they’re still firm. Overripe avocados can work, just remove any brown spots first.
- Lime juice: For a bright, fresh flavor, lime juice is the perfect addition to this sauce. Use lemon juice if that’s what you prefer or have on hand.
- Cilantro: This tasty herb adds a ton of flavor to anything it’s in. You can easily change the taste of this sauce by using a different herb; parsley or basil would be fantastic!
- Garlic: I like the taste of raw garlic and have no issue using a clove in this sauce. You can replace raw garlic with garlic powder or roasted garlic for more mild taste.
- Salt and pepper: Salt enhances all of this sauce’s flavors. I also love to add black pepper to just about everything, but it’s technically optional.
- Onion powder: I can’t cook without onion and garlic. Since I’ll use raw garlic, I chose onion powder to create a slightly more toned-down flavor. You could use raw onion or green onions for a pungent sauce.
- Jalapeno pepper: This is completely optional, but adding some spicy heat always enhances flavor. Use as much or as little as you like to get the heat level you prefer. You could also substitute in green bell pepper for a completely mild alternative.
- Water: The sauce may need some help blending, and water is the easiest choice to help the blending process. You could also use liquid oil or another flavorful liquid.
How to Make Creamy Avocado Sauce
Avocado sauce is incredibly simple to make; simply blend, adjust the flavors if needed and serve!
Step 1: Blend Sauce
Scoop your avocados into a high-powdered blender (ideally one with a smaller blending container) or a food processor. Make sure to remove all the skin, the pit, and any brown spots inside.
Next, add the remaining ingredients including lime juice, cilantro, garlic, salt, onion powder and black pepper. If you’ll use jalapeno peppers, add that too.
Start with about 1 tablespoon of water to help those ingredients blend. You may need a few more tablespoons of water or other liquid as you go, depending on your blender or food processor.
Blend the sauce until it’s super smooth and creamy. Stop and scrape the edges of the blender as you go to make sure everything’s incorporated.
Step 2: Taste, Adjust and Serve
I recommend tasting the sauce before serving. You may want to add additional amounts of any ingredients.
Blend in any extra ingredients you’ve added and taste again before serving!
This sauce is ready to serve immediately; you should aim to use it all on the day it’s made.
How to Serve a Balanced Vegan Meal
This avocado sauce adds plenty of healthy fats and loads of flavor to whatever meal you serve it with!
There are endless ways to use this tasty avocado cream sauce. It’s fantastic to use as a pizza sauce, topped with veggies and barbecue chickpeas!
You can also use it as a salad dressing to create a tasty side salad or add some plant-based protein to make a meal. You can also use this as a spread for sandwiches, burgers or wraps. And it’s a great dip for veggies and fries.
The sauce can also be used on pasta, drizzled over roasted veggies, as a dip for tofu skewers/ kebabs or even with a breakfast tofu scramble!
It’s such a tasty sauce, the possibilities are endless.
How to Store Leftover Avocado Sauce
Since this recipe is made from avocados, it’s best to consume it all on the day you make it. Avocados are notorious for browning; this creates an unappetizing-looking sauce.
If you need to store leftover sauce, place it into an airtight container with plastic wrap directly on its surface. Then add the container’s lid.
Since there’s lime juice in the recipe, your sauce should stay somewhat green for at least one day if stored properly.
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Creamy Vegan Avocado Sauce
- 3 large avocados , ripe (or 5 small; 370 g)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (30 mL)
- ¼ - ½ cup cilantro (15 g = ½ cup lightly packed)
- 1 clove garlic *
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- black pepper (to taste)
- 1-2 tablespoons jalapeno pepper , optional ** (10-20 g)
- 1 tablespoon water (may need 1-2 tablespoons more to help blend)
Step 1: Blend Sauce
- Cut your avocados in half and discard the pits. Scoop the avocado from its skin and place into a blender or food processor.3 large avocados
- Add the remaining ingredients: lime juice, cilantro, garlic, salt, onion powder, black pepper, jalapeno pepper and water.2 tablespoons lime juice, ¼ - ½ cup cilantro, 1 clove garlic, ¼ - ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, black pepper, 1-2 tablespoons jalapeno pepper, 1 tablespoon water
- Blend, adding water if needed, until the sauce is smooth. Scrape the edges of your blender or food processor to make sure everything’s incorporated.
Step 2: Taste, Adjust and Serve
- Taste your avocado sauce and adjust the flavors to your liking. You may want extra lime juice, cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper, jalapenos; anything! This is a very customizable recipe depending on what you want to use it for.
- Serve immediately.
**can substitute with green bell pepper for mild option Accuracy of nutrition information cannot be guaranteed (certain ingredients may not have all nutrients listed in the database); amounts may vary (and will vary depending on brands of ingredients used); all nutrition fact values rounded to the nearest whole number.
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About Nicole Stevens
Nicole is a vegan Registered Dietitian (RD) and founder of Lettuce Veg Out.
She helps people thrive on a vegan diet with balanced recipes and easy-to-understand nutrition science.