My favorite part of going  to Montreal is deciding where to eat.  Dinner is usually saved for trying a new restaurant but for lunch we have a family tradition that takes place on boulevard Saint-Laurent – Together  we go, but not for long, we say ’Au Revoir’ to Gordy as Yale and I don our scarves and walk north to lunch at the vegan restaurant Aux Vives  and Gordy south to Schwartz’s for their famous smoked meat sandwich, ordered medium, what a surprise!   Yale and I usually eat the California Salad with grilled tofu or grilled tempeh, and always with their amazing house salad dressing.

The California Salad at Aux Vives.

On the drive home I know Gordy is dreaming about when he will eat his next smoked meat sandwich and my thoughts turn to salad!

Can I  recreate Aux Vives salad dressing?

So now  I am back in my kitchen experimenting and here is what I came up with.  I am pretty sure that the salad dressing at Aux Vives does not have avocado or kale, but I am sure that it has green onion and lots of dill.  Thank you Auv Vives for inspiring me and for your delicious healthy salad.  I will be back soon.

My dressing with avacodo and kale.

My recipe for Avocado Kale Salad Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 1 to 2 green onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup flat leafed parsley
  • 2  large kales leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.