When it comes to making salad dressings, I have no patience. Of course, I know how to chop and blend and make incredible salad dressings, but most of the time I just don’t want to spend the time. I have to produce meals for seven hungry people on a regular basis and spending 20 minutes or so on a salad dressing completely messes up my timing. To avoid putting oil and vinegar on every single salad, I came up with 9 Easy Salad Dressings. There is no blending required and the taste is still grand.
9 Easy Salad Dressings:
- Orange juice. Yes, straight up orange juice. Pour it over any salad. It works very well with greens and with fruits.
- Sesame oil +Bragg’s amino acids+ drop of rice vinegar. This is a very Asian flavor and works with tough greens, like kale. I also put it on rice sometimes.
- Olive oil +lemon juice. The timeless classic, this salad dressing will never disappoint.Add some Parmesan, if you don’t need the dressing to be vegan.
- Avocado dressing. This is your healthy Ranch alternative. Use it to dip veggies in and pour it all over your crunchy salads. Combine 1 ripe avocado, mashed with a fork, a tablespoon of olive oil, salt, pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and enough water to thin it all out.
- Roasted garlic. This one is pure heaven, if you like the taste of garlic. Put it on anything, including a sandwich. It also makes every salad better. Here’s how to roast garlic. Use one head of roasted garlic, mashed with a fork + 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, pepper and a drop of balsamic vinegar.
- Spicy Honey-Mustard. This dressing is a classic. Whisk 2 teaspoons each honey and Dijon mustard. Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice + 1/2 teaspoon of lime zest. Add 1/2 cup of olive oil, sea salt and cayenne pepper.
- Nutritional yeast powder +olive oil+ ACV+ sea salt +cayenne pepper. This is one of the best vegan cheese substitutes out there. When I pour this dressing over kale, people that normally hate kale ask for more. Make sure to add very little of ACV ( apple cider vinegar.)
- Miso citrus dressing. This is an Asian dressing, so it enhances every Asian-style salad. It also works great as a dip. Combine 2 teaspoons of miso paste with 2 teaspoons of any citrus juice.
- ( Vegan) Yogurt+ chopped dill. This dressing is as Russian as they get ( although the “real” version has sour cream instead of yogurt.) Pour it over your simple tomato/cucumber salad to make it unforgettable. Add sea salt and black pepper.