Natural Salad Dressing Recipes

Healthy Dressings made from Whole Foods

How about a change to the usual salad dressings by opting for a more fresher and natural one. Using whole foods in the dressings recipe will not only be healthier but nutritious too.

If you use salad dressings bought in store then most won’t be made from olive oil and the oils they usually contain are refined.

Making your own can be quite easy and instead of including olive oil why not try something different with one of the recipes below instead and have a natural salad dressing that is oil free.

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Check out the spicy curried dressing at the end  


Creamy Cracked Pink Pepper Dressing

Pink pepper offers a striking color to this dressing which makes any salad stand out from the crowd. The cucumber is loaded with minerals and provides a refreshing undertone, and the nutritional yeast thickens things up and gives the dressing more body. To make a batch you’ll need: 

  • 1 tsp pink cracked peppercorns
  • 1 peeled cucumber
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp pink cracked peppercorns
  • 2 dates
  • Salt to taste

Place everything but the peppercorns in your blender and mix on high until well combined. Pour the dressing into a reusable container, add the peppercorns, and give the dressing a little shake. Add some extra flavor and texture to your mushrooms by marinating them in this dressing.

Zesty Cranberry and Lemon Herb Dressing

Why wait until a special holiday like Thanksgiving to enjoy the zesty flavor and health benefits of cranberries? Dried cranberries are available for use year-round, and they are a natural thickener which comes in handy when making homemade dressings. Not to mention, cranberries just so happen to help cleanse the liver and protect the heart. Gather the following ingredients to make this elegant salad topping:

  • 1 peeled zucchini (optional, for texture)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • The fresh juice of one lemon
  • 3 sprigs each of basil, parsley, and thyme or a mix of your favorites
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of choice, or 1-2 dates

Just blend everything on high until it’s nice and creamy! This makes a great base for vegetable soup and stir-fry too.

Sweet and Spicy Curried Caper Dressing

Take your taste buds to India with the help of this rich and decadent dressing. The turmeric in curry powder acts as an anti-inflammatory and may even relieve headaches. The capers in this dressing provide a rich and salty flavor that will make your salad completely satisfying as a meal in itself. Get busy in the kitchen with these ingredients:

  • 1 peeled zucchini (optional, for texture)
  • ¼ orange juice
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ jalapeno
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Blend all of the ingredients together to create a sweet curry dressing with a serious spicy kick. If you find the dressing too spicy for your liking, add a date or two to the mix to sweeten things up a little more. Drizzle this dressing on steamed veggies or rice to spice up your dinner plate.