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Avocado Dressing for salads, dips, or Avocado Taco recipe

Here is my adaptation of a recipe for Avocado Dressing. I will also include details of the original recipe as you may wish to try it exactly the way Harvey and Marilyn Diamond developed it for the Fit for Life diet as opposed to the way I tried it.

I made this to go on their recipe for an unusual veggie Avocado Taco. I will include the link to that recipe below as well.

You can find their recipe on page 358 of their hardback version of the book entitled "Living Health." This recipe is being incorporated into my life-style change as I work on losing weight, remaining cancer-free, and staying healthy and whole.

I will include their recipe as written near the bottom of this hub. Here are the steps that I used to make this very tasty dressing.

Step 1 - Get a medium to large Avocado
Step 1 - Get a medium to large Avocado | Source
Step 1A - Cut the avocado in half - preserve the seed
Step 1A - Cut the avocado in half - preserve the seed | Source

Step 1 - Get a medium to large Avocado

Get a medium-size to large-size Avocado. Let it sit for a few days until the avocado inside has gotten a bit soft.

Cut it in half and preserve the seed.

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Step 2 - Scoop out half the avocado and place in food processor

Scoop out half of the avocado and place in your food processor.

In my case, I am using my Ninja that comes with a large pitcher for blending shakes and a small container - this one pictured - for blending smaller items like veggies.

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Step 3 - Place seed and other half in a lidded container and store in refrigerator

To keep your avocado from turning brown, place the leftover avocado and the seed in a tightly-lidded container in the refrigerator. I learned this tip from somebody on the internet. I wish I had documented the name of that person because I would really like to thank him or her. So to that nameless person, I say thank you now. 

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Step 4 - Add one-half cup of water to food processor

Add 1/2 cup of water in the food processor.

Step 5- Blend half of avocado and water together
Step 5- Blend half of avocado and water together | Source
Step 5- Avocado and water are completely blended in the food processor
Step 5- Avocado and water are completely blended in the food processor | Source

Step 5- Blend half of avocado and water together

Blend the water and avocado together until smooth.

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Step 6 - Add one-fourth teaspoon of basil to food processor

Add 1/4 teaspoon of dried basil. Instead, if you have fresh basil, use 2 medium-size leaves.

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Step 7 - Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to food processor

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Alternatively, you could also use safflower or grape seed oil.

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Step 8 - Sprinkle some dried parsley into food processor

Sprinkle some dried parsley flakes into the food processor. I probably used about 1/2 teaspoon. Of course, if you have fresh parsley, use that instead.

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Step 9 - Add one-fourth teaspoon of celery to food processor

Instead of adding salt, I used celery salt as I really like the smell. I added 1/4 teaspoon.

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Step 10 - Blend together until smooth

Blend it together until smooth.

An extra ingredient you might want to add would include 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or fresh lime juice. It's all a matter of taste and preference.

Your Avocado Dressing is now ready to be poured over a salad or used as a dipping sauce or added to the Avocado Taco recipe link listed below.

The original recipe by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

Avocado Dressing with Fresh Herbs

From page 358 of hard back book called "Living Health" by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

1 medium avocado
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons of olive, safflower, or grape seed oil
1 teaspoon of fresh savory leaves
2 medium fresh basil leaves
Seasoned slat or salt-free seasoning to taste (Trocomare)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

In food processor or blender, place avocado and water and process until smooth. Stop motor and push down all avocado chunks from sides of container with spatula. Add oil, herbs, seasoned salt, and lemon juice. (Dried herbs may be substituted, using 1/4 teaspoon of each.) Process to incorporate all ingredients until dressing is creamy with little green flecks of herbs. Serve over crisp summer greens such as limestone, red leaf, and lamb's lettuce. This light and flavorful dressing may also be used as a dip. Yields enough for 1 large salad, approximately 3/4 cup.

My thanks to Harvey and Marilyn Diamond for introducing me to such tasty recipes. As you can see, I am not a purist. I make adjustments to almost every recipe I use depending on what materials I have on hand and personal taste.

Books about the Fit for Life Diet

Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life
Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life

Coauthor of the bestselling Fit for Life, Diamond here advocates a lifelong diet composed of 50% raw (living) food and no more than 50% dead (cooked) food in order to lose weight and maintain maximum physical and mental health. He offers himself up as a personal example of someone who overcame his medical problems by adhering to this nutritional program. Exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and 50 pounds overweight, Diamond is convinced that eating living food is what restored his heath. The details of this somewhat unusual way of eating are conveyed in an easy conversational style, and the author clearly explains (sometimes overexplains) how the digestive process works more efficiently when less cooked food is consumed. The program comes across as palatable rather than rigid, because Diamond repeatedly suggests it be followed in a relaxed flexible manner and that occasional deviations are to be expected. According to the author, only fresh fruit juices and fruit (the best possible food) should be eaten before noon. Lunch and dinner may consist of either a protein or a starch (but not both) with cooked vegetables and a hearty salad. He strongly argues against the consumption of dairy products (calcium is readily available through raw foods) because they are hard to digest. He is further convinced that young children should drink breast milk, not cow's milk or formula. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 
Fit for Life
Fit for Life

It's the program that shatters all the myths: FIT FOR LIFE the international bestseller that explains how to change both your figure and your life. Nutritional specialist Harvey and Marilyn Diamond explain how you can eat more kinds of food than you ever ate before without counting calories...and still lose weight! The natural body cycles, permanent weight-loss plan that proves it's not only what you eat, but also when and how, FIT FOR LIFE is the perfect solution for those who want to look and feel their best. Join the millions of Americans who are FIT FOR LIFE and begin your transformation with: * The vital principles that bring you permanent weight loss and high energy * The FIT FOR LIFE secrets of timing and food combining that work with your natural body cycles * A 4-week meal plan, menus, shopping tips, and exercise * Delicious recipes and more.

 
Living Health
Living Health

Implementing the principles of Natural Hygiene, a branch of nutritional science, the Diamonds present a nontraditional approach to "the entire vast subject of health care," which also engendered their bestselling diet book Fit for Life. They advocate the avoidance of proteins and starches at the same meal, the consumption of only fresh fruit and juice until noon and the use of the "ovulation method" of natural contraception. They stress the dangers of animal and dairy products (both cause osteoporosis, they claim), fluoridated tap water, irradiated food and certain cleaning fluids, soaps and deodorants. Also included are breathing exercises (alternate nostril breathing, they maintain, will balance the two sides of the brain because each nostril connects to the opposite side of the brain), yoga and workout routines, and recipes that leniently include chicken. Despite the redundancy of their philosophy, the railing against dietitians and the extreme approach to healthful living, readers undoubtedly will find much of the information presented here to be well documented and useful. Photos not seen by PW. 250,000 first printing; 250,000 ad/promo; first serial to Redbook; author tour. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 
A New Way of Eating from the Fit for Life Kitchen
A New Way of Eating from the Fit for Life Kitchen

Useful as a companion volume to Harvey and Marilyn Diamond's Fit for Life ( LJ 6/15/85), and offering the same theory of nutrition, this is a revised edition of The Common Sense Guide to a New Way of Eating (Golden Glow, 1979). As in Fit for Life the emphasis is on the consumption of high water-content foods (raw fruits and vegetables), and proper food combining as an aid to satisfactory digestion. All of the recipes are fairly simple, as might be expected when the emphasis is on raw foods. Recipes for soups and cooked vegetables and grains are also included. While this program is not a scientifically proven theory of nutrition, the author (and her husband) are extremely popular and well publicized so there will probably be requests for this book.Susan E. Holmer, Peninsula Lib. System, San Mateo, Cal. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 
Fit For Life
Fit For Life

Denying orthodox medical thought about the basic four food groups, and debunking myths about protein and milk requirements, this eating programme shows how to exploit the body's natural instincts and eat in accordance with a natural digestive cycle.

 
The Power of Superfoods (2nd Edition)
The Power of Superfoods (2nd Edition)

Aiming to provide insight and guidance on the foods needed to effectively fuel the body, this publication outlines 20 steps that should help individuals live healthier and longer lives. It includes information on the 12 food groups with beneficial antioxidants and discusses how to vary the diet to promote good health. The book also looks at the positive effects of an alkaline body and how it can be achieved, as well as how to improve physical and spiritual fitness.

 
Your heart, your planet
Your heart, your planet

Here are the facts of life as you never heard them before! The startling reality of the kinship between your personal health and the survival of our planet. You can help reverse these urgent problems and enhance your personal health at the same time. This is a book that will shock you and inform you, energize and motivate you, that begins at the very heart of the matter - your heart...

 

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia

The avocado dressing sounds delicious and great tip about how to save the other half. Thanks for sharing.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thank you, Karanda. I hope you enjoy it! Have a great day!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Another great one to bookmark .

Thanks debbie and take care

Eiddwen.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thank you, Eiddwen. I appreciate your comment so much.

Best wishes,

Debbie

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