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:

  1. Orange juice. Yes, straight up orange juice. Pour it over any salad. It works very well with greens and with fruits.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.
  9.  ( 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.

About Dr. Anastasia

Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition. She is a homeschooling mother of four boys and a girl. Dr. Anastasia starred on a yoga TV show. She also produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs. Dr. Anastasia speaks four languages and loves doing crafts with her children. She adores sharing her easy healthy family recipes with other mothers.
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