The sauce that goes with everything.
After I decided to to serve a knock-off of this delicious salad from a local restaurant at our Bunco party, I went to work finding recipes to recreate some of the signature components of the dish. Since I am not eating rice or beans because of my Whole30, I was easily able to find those recipes and make them without any modifications. But the drinkable creamy tomatillo dressing that this restaurant is famous for? Totally off-limits as it contains buttermilk and a packet of powdered Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix.
Side note: Have you ever read the ingredient list on that packet?! So gross.
I'd made this tomatillo sauce a few weeks back to serve with pulled pork but, delicious as it was, it lacked the creaminess of the dressing I was trying to recreate. So I decided to do a little recipe combining along with some experimentation to get just what I wanted. And I have to say, I'm pretty excited with how it turned out.
Creamy Tomatillo & Avocado Sauce (Whole30-approved & gluten-free):
- 4 tomatillos
- 2 ripe avocados
- 3/4 cup cilantro, leaves and stems
- 2 limes, juiced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 jalapeño, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup homemade mayo (or jarred, if you must!)
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- In a saucepan, boil the tomatillos in water (leave the skins on) for 5 minutes. Let cool and remove skins.
- Place all of the above ingredients into a food processor and mix to combine, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides.
- Enjoy! Share if you must.
This recipe yields a good amount of sauce but, don't worry, you'll eat all of it. I've been eating this sauce on everything from eggs to chicken to salads to a dip for veggies. It has the perfect combination of creaminess and spiciness, making it so universal and so delicious. In my humble opinion, of course.
Happy weekend! What are your plans? My sister is coming into town today!!
Weekly Workouts: Monday - Run! 3 speedy miles in my new Altra Zero Drop trail shoes. Tuesday - CrossFit! Muscle-up practice (ha!), then 3-position clean + 1 jerk (85lbs). WOD - 5 x 500m row (record slowest time 2:03). Wednesday - CrossFit! Handstand push-up practice, then 5 minute AMRAP of: 5 HSPUs + 10 pistols + 15 pull-ups (red band), rest 2 minutes then 5 minute AMRAP of: 30 double-unders + 15 ab-mat sit-ups, rest 1 minute then 3 minute AMRAP of: burpees ( total reps = 278).Thursday - Rest day! Friday - CrossFit! Skill: Pull-ups (working on butterflies). Strength: Chest press 30 reps @ 70% (75lbs). WOD: 14.2 CrossFit games WOD. Overhead squats + chest-to-bar pull-ups (45lbs, blue band = 76 reps).
Just a few of the possibilities for this sauce.