This might be controversial, but macro-friendly recipes don’t have to be boring or some weird protein powder concoction. If you have fitness goals, you still can eat REAL and delicious food. One key component to having yummy-tasting food is SAUCE. Homemade green and herby sauces are pure magic when it comes to adding flavor to your food without adding a bunch of fat. You can add your homemade sauce to bowls, tacos, wraps, salads— to elevate EVERYTHING.

This Jalapeno-Avocado dressing was originally introduced in ONE: One Dish Meals,  and I’ve since posted it in a few different places hidden in other recipes, but it’s way too good not to have its own spot on the blog! 

So here are the details…

Jalapeño-Avocado Dressing

What You Need to Make Jalapeño-Avocado Dressing: 

When it comes to making a good homemade dressing, having fresh ingredients and herbs is everything. This is what you’ll need…

  • Greek yogurt
  • Reduced-fat buttermilk
  • Avocado (40 g)
  • Cotija cheese (28 g)
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic (or frozen cubes)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lemon juice (30 g)
  • Jalapeño, chopped (30 g)
  • Parsley (10 g)
  • Green onions (10 g)
  • Fresh cilantro (10 g)
Jalapeno Avocado Dressing on Salmon bowl

How to Make Jalapeño-Avocado Dressing: 

The best part about macro-friendly sauces is they’re so EASY to make. Simply throw all the ingredients into the food processor and blend until smooth. You can keep it in the fridge for three to seven days, or throw it in the freezer to save for later–or make a double batch and do both. 

Just know that it will thin out after freezing, but it’s still good and just a little extra drizzly! 🙌

What Pairs well with Jalapeño-Avocado Dressing: 

Jalapeno-Avocado Dressing pairs well with just about any bowl, wrap, taco, etc. But if you want some specifics, here are some great recipes that it tastes great with…

Having prepped sauce in the fridge is ESSENTIAL for me for meal prepping and macro-counting. We almost always have a sauce (or two) in the fridge for drizzling, dripping, spreading, or drenching 👀. 

Jalapeno Avocado Dressing on Mexican Caesar Salad

If you want to make macro-counting meal planning easier, here are the tips that work well for me and my family. Click here for all the details. 

Is this Jalapeño-Avocado Dressing GF/DF? 

This dressing is naturally gluten-free, but it isn’t dairy-free. To make it dairy-free, you’d have to swap out the buttermilk, greek yogurt, and cotija cheese which I’ve never done before in this recipe. But if you want to try, here are my favorite dairy-free swaps

For some dairy-free sauces, I LOVE this Dairy-free Pesto or the Dairy-Free Green Sauce for just about everything. It tastes great and stays well in the fridge. 

Here’s a quick reel of me making the dairy-free pesto…

Similar Recipes: 

If you’re needing more light dips, dressings, spreads, etc…here are some of my favorites from the blog: 

Of course, you can never go wrong with a good dressing! Make one or two of them, stick them in the fridge, and have great-tasting food all week long. The combinations are endless. 

Jalapeño-Avocado Dressing 

Macro-friendly sauces are EVERYTHING. We always have one or two made up in the fridge. Sauces (or jars) are a staple in most of my cookbooks–especially in LEAT and PLANNED

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Jalapeño-Avocado Dressing

Easy and yummy sauce that you’ll want to put on everything!
Course Dressings and Sauces, sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 10 kcal


  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup reduced-fat buttermilk
  • Half an avocado 40 g
  • ¼ cup Cotija cheese 28 g
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic or frozen cubes
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. grams lemon juice 30 g
  • 1 fresh jalapeño chopped (30 g)
  • ¼ cup parsley 10 g
  • ¼ cup green onions 10 g
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro 10 g


  • Blend or food-process all of the ingredients until smooth. Store in the fridge until ready to use.


Keeps for three to seven days. The dressing will thin out after freezing, but we still like to freeze some for later!
MFP: “Lillie Eats and Tells Jalapeño Avocado Dressing”


Serving: 52gCalories: 10kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2.9gFat: 2.1gFiber: 0.4g
Keywords avocado, blue cheese dressing, herbs, jalapeño, sauces

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Hello. My name is Lillie. I’m not a registered dietitian, or a macro coach, or a public figure or culinary genius. I’m a mommy of four who FOUND macro-counting and fell in love with this balanced approach to food...

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