Wasabi Cucumber Avocado Dressing + Spiralized Cucumber Salad

Let’s shake up those salads! This wasabi cucumber avocado dressing is super creamy and full of flavor! Naturally vegan + gluten free.

Wasabi Cucumber Avocado Dressing + Spiralized Cucumber Salad

This is my official OMG-IT’S-ALMOST-SPRING salad post.

Cue confetti.

I’ve been thinking about trying something new and putting the recipe up top, front and center, and my blog babbles below it, reversing the typical food blog format a bit and eliminating the need for crazy scrolling when you head back over to make the recipe. Which you so need to do, because this dressing is fantastic!

What do you think? Yay? Nay? Hip hip hooray!?

Let’s do this!

Wasabi Cucumber Avocado Dressing + Spiralized Cucumber Salad

Wasabi Cucumber Avocado Dressing + Spiralized Cucumber Salad

Recipe yields 2 large meal-sized salads or 4 side salads

Wasabi Cucumber Avocado Dressing + Spiralized Cucumber Salad

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Wasabi Cucumber Avocado Dressing + Spiralized Cucumber Salad

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Total

Yield 2-4 servings

Let's shake up those salads! This wasabi cucumber avocado dressing is super creamy and full of flavor! Naturally vegan + gluten free.

Ingredients

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 1 avocado
  • 2-4 stalks of green onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped cucumber
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 2 TBSP wasabi powder
  • 2 TBSP avocado oil or sesame oil 
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar*
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 2-4 cups greens (I used spring mix)
  • 1 large english cucumber
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1-2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • No rice vinegar?* No problem! Feel free to use champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar.

Instructions

  1. Combine dressing ingrediens in a small food processor, blender, or use an immersion blender to whip into a dreamy creamy dressing.
  2. Taste and adjust vinegar/wasabi levels if desired (see notes)
  3. Chop each end from your cucumber and transform into salad-ready noodles using a spiralizer , veggie peeler, or mandolin. Going gadget-free? simply chop into thin slices with a sharp knife. Easy peasy!
  4. Serve cucumbers over a bed of lettuce and top with shredded carrot, sesame seeds, and wasabi cucumber avocado dressing.

Notes

Recipe yields 2 large salads or 4 small sides.

The dressing is super duper customizable! Add as much wasabi as your little heart desires (or as much as your tastebuds can handle) or keep it on the mild side. You can also sub fresh garlic for the garlic powder for a serious bite of garlic. Love vinaigrettes? Feel free add an extra splash or two of vinegar to the dressing. Taste as you go and let your taste buds be your guide!This recipe yields 1 cup of dressing, which can serve 4-6 depending on how dressing crazy you get with your salads. The salad itself yields 2 lunch-sized portions but feel free to double or triple as needed. You can also easily halve the dressing recipe and use the extra half of the avocado as a salad topper!I whisked in an extra splash of rice vinegar at the end before serving because I'm crazy for vinegar-y dressings on my salads!

Wasabi Cucumber Avocado Dressing + Spiralized Cucumber Salad

Homemade Dressing Tips + Tricks

Want to rid your fridge of the 8 random bottles of dressing that are lurking around in there? I did, and it’s glorious! Print out a few promising recipes from blogs (bonus points if you snag one of mine!) and slap them on your fridge with a magnet. Next time you’re in salad mode, aim to try a new dressing off your handy dandy list. They’re SO quick and easy that you’ll be hooked on making your own in no time!

Did you know you can blend dressing with an immersion blender? It’s my favorite! You can also use a blender or food processor for dressings outside the typical oil-vinegar situation. Blending fresh garlic, veggies, and herbs into a tasty dressing has never been easier! For simple olive and vinegar varieties (like this one), simply whisk (or shake!) and serve.

Avocado oil is your friend! This super mild, buttery oil is loaded with nutrients and makes the perfect base for homemade dressing.

Lean to your favorite restaurants for inspiration and shake up your salad game! Today’s recipe was inspired by a wasabi cucumber ranch that I tried at a beachside restaurant years ago. I couldn’t stop thinking about it so I made my own at home. I combined my favorite elements of the wasabi cucumber ranch with my popular vegan avocado dill dressing and absolutely loved the result!

Looking to amp up the protein factor + round out your meal? Perfecto, I’ve got you covered!

Wasabi Cucumber Avocado Dressing + Spiralized Cucumber Salad

The salad is capital A-MAZING with chopped smoked salmon thrown into the mix! You could even add some saucy teriyaki chicken or tofu instead, but the salmon? Beyond scrumptious!

It’s also really really ridiculously good paired with my baked Sweet Chili Sriracha Salmon or topped with some zesty Crispy Roasted Shawarma Chickpeas

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Comments

Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

I am all about the homemade dressing and this one looks killer! It totally makes a salad. And whoa, your photos are stunning!

P.S. Thanks for the shout-out! xoxo

    Jenn

    Thanks Faith! Happy to share the love and I can’t wait to try your salad too! <3

Rachel

This dressing sounds unreal!! YUM!

Rachel
Simply Rachel Nicole

Alysia at Slim Sanity

Yes, homemade dressings are the best!! I need to pick up some avocado oil though 🙂

    Jenn

    It’ll be your new favorite! Do it! <3

Christine (Run Plant Based)

I am a huge fan of homemade salad dressings and this one looks great! Thanks!

Sarah | Well and Full

This salad looks amazing!! Especially the wasabi, so zingy and fresh for spring!! 😀

Rach's Recipes

All the flavors in this dish was absolutely divine. I made a lot of the dressing though – what do you think I can do with leftover dressing? Thanks for sharing.

    Jenn

    Thanks Rach! I’m so glad you loved it!! You can make homemade sushi bowls (all your favorite sushi roll ingredients served in a rice bowl form) with the dressing and also drizzle it over salmon with another helping of greens. It could also be a snack dip for a veggie platter with cucumber, carrots, celery, broccoli, bell pepper slices, etc… 🙂 Ok now I’m hungry just writing this! Let me know what you end up making!

Gretchen

OMG that dressing looks amazing! Thanks for the post and yummy photos!

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Lauren Deegan

I used some wasabi paste, the dressing did not turn out so good. Is there anything else that I should have done differently when using the paste?

    Jenn

    Oh no! Do you recall how much wasabi paste you added? So far I’ve made it with the powder 4x now and love the kiss of horseradish in the dressing, maybe the paste is too strong? I figured not everyone has wasabi powder handy (though thankfully it’s under 3 bucks at the grocery store) so I was really hoping it would work with the paste too. Keep me posted, and thanks Lauren! xo

Suzanne

Hi Jenn,
What makes the dressing come out white verses green from the avocado? It looks and sounds amazing but I am wondering if there is an ingredient missing from the recipe.
Thanks!
Suzanne

    Jenn

    Hi Suzanne! I think it’s just my terrible photography skills – the dressing comes out super green in person! 🙂

sarah

These are such wonderful tips. I am bookmarking this to keep it handy. Salads are my all time fav and this article would be of great help.

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