Healthy Food Swap: 6 Ways to Use Avocados Instead of Mayonnaise

posted: 03/24/16
by: Mara Betsch
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  • Who doesn't love avocados?
    Who doesn't love avocados?
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    Cut Calories, Not Flavor

    As someone who grew up in the South, I know all too well that mayonnaise adds a creamy texture and buttery flavor to any dish. But as a former health editor, I also know that this condiment is bad news for heart health and slim waistlines.

    Unfortunately, there aren't many foods that make good substitutes. Greek yogurt is too tart and low-fat sour cream just doesn't cut it. That's where avocados come in. Though two tablespoons of these fruits have half the calories and a third of the saturated fat of a similar serving of mayonnaise, their texture and flavor profile only add to recipes.

    Test this swap out with the following delicious recipes. From revamped tuna salad to a better slaw for fish tacos, we've found the most mouthwatering ways to swap avocados for mayo.

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    Egg-Free Avocado Mayonnaise

    Not only is this recipe vegan, but it's also insanely delicious. Wellness Mama uses avocados, olive oil, lemon juice, and a variety of herbs and spices to create a healthier version of this favorite condiment.

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    Avocado Caesar Salad

    What's Gaby Cooking came up with these amazing idea to lighten up a traditional Caesar salad. Just use avocado, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce to make a delicious vinaigrette you'll want to but on, well, everything.

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    Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

    Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with the perfect avocado dressing that uses buttermilk, herbs, and a bit of lemon juice to add the perfect flavor to chicken salad. You can also use this sauce on steak or fish.

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    Avocado Tuna Salad

    Tuna and mayo go together like peas and carrots. But The Healthy Maven used the usual tuna salad ingredients but added avocados -- and a little pickle juice -- to create a unique sandwich you'll want to pack for lunch.

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    Grilled Fish Tacos with Avocado Slaw

    Instead of fatty slaws, use this tomatillo avocado topping from Cherished Bliss on your favorite fish taco recipe. With bright flavors and the perfect hint of spice, you'll never miss the mayo.

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    Creamy Potato Salad

    Detoxinista created this vegan recipe that even meat-eaters will love. Not only did she swap avocado for mayonnaise, but she added fresh cucumbers, lemon juice, dill, and Dijon mustard to give this potato salad the kick it needs to cut it at your next picnic.