I’m a firm believer that salad doesn’t need to be boring nor should it keep you hungry afterwards. Adding the right ingredients and extras can make a fulfilling salad loaded with flavour. For the main flavour I always rely on a good dressing. There are many benefits to dressings as they are easy ways to sneak a few extra nutrients into your meal. I don’t mean the store bought ones either, although I have found some good whole made store bought dressings I’d rather save a few pennies and make my own. Lots of store salad dressings have excess salt, sugar, fillers and preservatives. None of which are nessesary or wanted in a fresh salad.
Since I started my whole food lifestyle I’ve always thrown a salad in my lunches and have found the dressing recipes I like the best, as well as the ones that are quick for me. There’s many fancy options to make a really special dressing for a certain salad but for these recipes I chose dressings that I use on a daily basis because they’re basic and the ingredients needed are ingredients I use in almost all of my dishes so I always have them around. Spending a few dollars on olive oil or some new spices make more sense to me than a single dressing because I can get so much use out of them and you could as well!
I bought some little jars at the dollar store for storage and now have dressings ready to go daily for my food.
Classic Oil + Vinegar Dressing
- 2 basil leaves, shredded (if you are planning to keep this dressing more more than a few days, don’t add this until you are serving)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Splash of apple cider vinegar (or regular but I prefer apple cider for the healthy benefits and taste)
- 1-2 lemon wedges, juiced
- Sprinkle of garlic powder
Add everything to your container or bowl and whisk with a fork before serving.
Additions you could add to your salad to go with this dressing: more basil, pickled radish, tomatoes, lightly cooked broccoli, artichoke
Sweet Orange Dressing
- Juice of half an orange
- 1 tbsp olive oil or almond oil (olive is more bitter, almond is sweeter)
- Splash of apple cider vinegar
- Drop of agave or honey (optional)
Mix everything in your container and whisk before serving.
Additions you could add to your salad to go with this dressing: orange/ grapefruit slices, sliced fennel, poppy seeds, apple pieces, pecans, cucumber, salted sunflower seeds
Creamy Vegan Dill Ranch
- 3 tbsp cashews (soak in hot water at least 45 mins before)
- Juice of one lemon wedge
- Fresh dill (add as much as your prefer)
- 2-3 tbsp water or almond milk, depending how thick you want it
- 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp vegan mayo (optional)
Blend together until smooth.
Additions you could add to your salad to go with this dressing: croutons, potatoe, lightly cooked broccoli, nutritional yeast, whole cashews, tofu
I also absolutely love this dressing in my Buddha bowls with quinoa, cooked veggies, tofu, potatoe, etc. So yummy!
If you want these dressings to last you for the week, double the recipes to make extra!