3 Homemade Salad Dressings That Don’t Disappoint

As a Holistic Nutritionist, I am always on the hunt for healthy foods that are free from all the junk, like added sugar, sodium, colour and preservatives. Well, it’s a tough find and I usually just end up making my own because it’s really the only way I can control what I end up eating (or don’t eat).

If you are like me, you believe the dressing is what makes the salad. Don’t get me wrong, a big bowl of crispy greens and all the colourful veggies are a dream come true, but a little drizzle of extra flavour is just the icing on the cake, so to speak. I usually prep a big salad for the week by

  • washing and chopping the greens
  • chopping veggies that can be stored in one container, like peppers, cucumber, mushrooms, red onion, and any roasted veggies that might be leftovers
  • prep any protein, like goat cheese, chickpeas, leftover roasted chicken or salmon, or hard boil some eggs
  • make a small pot of quinoa, which can be added for extra protein or fibre
  • wash and prep any fruit, like strawberries, blueberries or raspberries
  • prep a jar of mixed nuts and seeds to sprinkle on when ready
  • prep a healthy salad dressing and store it in a mason jar to shake easily

I don’t assemble the salad, I just get everything ready for a quick lunch when I need it. I keep all the fixings together in the fridge so I don’t forget anything. AND, the dressing gets drizzled on at the end like a beautiful masterpiece. Here are 3 of my go-to salad dressing recipes from around the web….

The Green Goddess Dressing by Oh She Glows is packed with fresh herbs (which means vitamins and minerals!). I have added a couple of Tablespoons of dairy-free, unsweetened yogurt to this recipe to make it extra creamy.

Dairy-free Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing by The Simple Veganista gives a little sweetness to any salad. This also makes a great veggie dip!

The Raspberry Basil Viniagrette pairs my two fave ingredients that I usually add to salads, anyway. It is fresh, sweet and tangy. If you have fresh basil in your garden, even better.

Which one will you try this week?

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