Forget Store-Bought Salad Dressings! Make Your Own Healthier Alternatives!


Forget the store-bought salad dressings! They're typically loaded with emulsifiers, stabilisers, artificial flavors and other unnecessary additives! Make these delicious ones instead; they're amazingly good for you and will transform your everyday salad into a taste sensation!



1. Sweet Sesame

This dressing is rich and creamy with a bitter-sweet, nutty flavor perfect for drizzling over thick leafy greens such as kale and collard greens.  

What you need:
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
What to do:
  • Whisk all ingredients together until creamy.

2. Curried Turmeric

Infuse your ingredients with a warming curry flavor with a punch of heat! Perfect over roasted vegetables. 

What you need:
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon hot curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • A small pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) 
What to do:
  • Stir together until creamy.


3. Creamy Ginger & Orange

Enjoy a zing from this ginger and orange combination with anti-inflammatory and vitamin C boosting benefits. It adds a luxurious, creamy addition to any crispy, crunchy leaf-based salad or hearty quinoa-based dish!

What you need:
  • 1 cup orange segments, peeled
  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked for 2-3 hours (or overnight if possible)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (adjust to your taste)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons raw ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 clove garlic, chopped
  • Sea salt to taste
What to do:
  • Place all ingredients into food processor/blender and process until creamy.

4. Turmeric Lemon Vinaigrette

Naturally detoxifying and anti-inflammatory, this vinaigrette adds a beautiful zest to your salad. Serve with a light Summertime salad mix of leafy greens, tomatoes, green beans and avocado. 

What you need:
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (optional)
What to do:
  • Whisk all ingredients together.


5. Creamy Green Goodness

Transform your regular salad into a nutritional powerhouse packed with healthy fats and anti-inflammatory, alkalizing herbs! 

What you need:
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • A large handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves of raw garlic
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
What to do:
  • Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.

6. Spicy Almond

These Asian-inspired flavors are delicious warm or chilled. Best served with crunchy vegetables such as bell pepper, celery, cabbage, carrot, snow peas, and lightly steamed broccolini. 

What You Need:
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 2 teaspoons maple or rice malt syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons tamari
What to do:
  • Process in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Source: Food Matters

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