Easy to make these healthy salad dressings are so tasty you’ll want to lick the bottom of your plate.
Yes! A salad is still healthy with dressing. And, if it tastes THIS GOOD you’ll start to crave salads. Crazy concept, I know! Yet, it is so easy to make these healthy salad dressing recipes, it may just change the way you eat salad forever.
What is the healthiest salad dressing to buy?
Here lies the problem – packaged salad dressings not only have to be shelf stable so they can live on the shelf for a long time, they also have to taste so irresistible that you will choose them over every other dressing in the aisle. What tastes the best in a salad dressing? Salt, sugar and fat are the triple whammy of flavours that are added to make store bought dressings and condiments irresistable. They send your brain into one amazing happy-dance. In fact, the brain’s chemical response to salt, sugar and fat is the same as what happens when the brain experiences heroine or cocaine.
When you make salad dressings at home they contain far less unhealthy ingredients, and it’s freshness gives it one mighty and powerful flavour punch. Got 3 minutes? You can create these ridiculously delicious and healthy salad dressings in only a few minutes and enjoy them for days.
Are you ready to make these easy and healthy salad dressing recipes? Here we go!
The 3 Best Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes
1. The Healthier Caesar Salad Dressing
In a small mason jar or glass measuring cup, combine 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil with 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar. Add in 1 tbsp of dijon mustard (I prefer the grainy kind) and a splash or three of parmesan cheese (or for a vegan option use Nutritional Yeast instead). Mix with a whisk and toss into a bowl of fresh romaine lettuce. Toss and enjoy immediately or store for a few days in your fridge.
2. Honey Ginger and Sesame Salad Dressing
Combine 1 cup olive oil, 3 tbsp sesame oil, 1/3 cup rice vinegar, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp tamari sauce, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1-2 tbsp freshly grated ginger in a jam-sized mason jar. Put on lid. Shake vigourously. Enjoy immediately or store up to 3 days in the fridge.
Another amazing anti-aging recipe from my book, Aging Bites, this is the dressing you’ll finding in my kale salad recipe. It goes well on most greens, and has become an all-time favourite at my house.
- ½ cup water and raw tahini paste
- juice from 1 organic lemon
- 1 large (or 2 medium) garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp tamari sauce
- 1 tsp cumin and coriander
- 2 tbsp olive oil
How to eat more salads?
Eat your greens! You’ll love the way they make you feel! More energy, better gut health and lower stress. It’s true! You probably crave comfort foods (salt, sugar, fat) when you are stressed but the best thing you could do is eat a salad.