Horseradish Lime Avocado Dressing (gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free)

Quinoa salad served with horseradish lime avocado dressing. (photo)

Quinoa salad served with horseradish lime avocado dressing.

This is not exactly made with a particular attention to amines in foods. Avocado is a high amine food (especially as it ripens, so choose fairly unripe avocados), and horseradish is said to be high amine. However, with horseradish, I’m not sure horseradish itself is high in amines, or whether it is usually found creamed, in jars, processed, and having sat on a shelf for weeks, months, or years. To be safer, I am starting with fresh horseradish root.

Horseradish, lime, avocado dressing (medium-amine, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free) photo

Horseradish, lime, avocado dressing (medium-amine, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, paleo)

Juice of 1 limes

1/2 avocado

2 Tbsp fresh grated horseradish, packed

2 Tbsp safflower oil

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne (or fresh chopped chilies)

1/2 C cilantro, chopped

1/4 C cashews, soaked

1/2 C rice milk (or water instead, for Paleo diet)

  • Soak cashew in water for 2 hours, then drain.
  • In a food processor, puree cashews first, then add all other ingredients except rice milk. Puree until very smooth.
  • Add rice milk and continue blending, until mixture is extremely smooth and creamy.


Very Low Amine: lime, black pepper, salt, cilantro, rice milk

Low Amine: safflower oil, cashews

High Amine: horseradish

Very High Amine: cayenne (or chilies), avocado

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  1. This dressing went excellent with the quinoa salad. It had a great zip with that horseradish, while it worked against the creaminess of the avocado. A little bit goes a long way, but pouring it on heavier is not overpowering either.
    I can see this being used with many different dishes, replacing several of the usual table dressings/sauces. Just use your imagination.

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