Having the salad dressing is seriously where it’s at. So when I got asked to refer some good dressings to a friend, I couldn’t help but compile a list (and then feel entrusted to share it with all of you) of the best easy and delicious salad dressings that are raw, vegan, and totally awesome to help you consume more leafy greens and vegetables!
It may seem weird to mix up your own – especially when there are so many convenient bottles at the store- but these dressings are fresh, pure, plant-based and full of anti-oxidants, nutrients, and the BEST food sources that you should be nourishing your body with. You’re worth it – so start by whipping up some tantalizing tasty dressings!
Don’t forget – I have an Asian Dressing and Ranch Dressing Recipe already in my archives.
1) Raw Caesar Dressing
There’s no escaping this classic – thankfully all we need to do is substitute some ingredients and we have a classic hit that’s GREAT for our waistline and health compared to the standard version.
1/4 Cup Raw Cashews (or Sunflower seeds)
1/8 Cup Sesame Seeds (or pine nuts) or 2 tbsp tahini
1/8 Cup Sunflower Seeds
3-4 TBSP Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tsp miso (mild)
1/4 tsp kelp granules or other seaweed seasoning (optional)
1/2 tsp dried dill
2 dates or 1-2 tsp agave
1/2 – 2/3 Cup filtered water (or more to thin as desired)
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1) Blend on high in a food processor, Vita-Mix, or high-speed blender until smooth and creamy!
2) Spicy Almond Dressing
From this site, here’s an awesome dressing that is sure to leave you inspired and ready to enjoy the blooming beauty!
2 Cups Almond Butter
4 Roma Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Namu Shoyu
3 TBSP Lime Juice
2 TBSP Maple Syrup
1 TSP Miso
3-inch piece Ginger
1-inch piece lemongrass
1 tsp sea salt
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender, food processor, or Vita-Mix until completely smooth. Thin with water as needed. Makes 1 quart.
3) Greek Dressing
From the Malkmus’ site – my FAVORITE salad dressing ever. Careful, though, anything with tons of oil should be more of a transitional raw dressing, as it’s 100% fat caloric wise and can be pretty heavy.
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Raw Agave or low-glycemic sweetener of choice
1/4 Cup Fresh Oregano or Basil leaves
1/4 medium tomato
1 TBSP red onion
2 Garlic Cloves, peeled
Pinch of Cayenne
1/2 tsp Celtic Sea salt (optional)
Prepare all ingredients and plac einto Vita-Mix or other blender and process until creamy!
4) Low-Fat Sweet Onion Dressing
5-6 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup peeled Cucumber, chooped
1 Clove Garlic
1 Cup Sweet vidalia onion, diced (or Walla Walla)
8 small dates, pitted
1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
Pepper to taste
2 + TBSP water – or to thin as
1) Place ingredients into a Vita-Mix or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy!
**This can be quite…intense. If you don’t want it to be as strong (make it more mild), let it sit out or in the fridge and oxidize a bit. **
5) Creamy Thai Dressing.
I LOVE Thai food – Again, here’s a great recipe from this site.
3/4 Cup Sesame Oil
1/2 Cup namu Shoyu
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Lime Juice
1 TBSP Maple Syurp
4 Thai Chiles or 3 TBSP Red Chili Flakes
1 TSP sea salt
1/4 Cup chopped Cashews
1) Blend on high in a high-speed blender, Vita-mix, or food processor until creamy. Add water to this as necessary.
6) Oil-Free Celery Orange Dressing
I LOVE this dressing because I LOVE light, delicious, creamy, and super healthy fare. This actually comes from my friend, Laura Dawn at Sacred Source Nutrition – and she serves it up with some Nori rolls! (yum!) Over a bed of greens, it’s just as delightful!
3 Celery Stalks
1 Cup Coconut Water
2 Tablespoons of Hemp Seed
6 Fresh Basil Leaves
In a high-speed blender, comine/blend until creamy!
There you go! These 5 recipes are super versatile and range in the kind that will suit you! There are no excuses not to include more fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds with this lifestyle because there are so many delicious recipes and options! Start slow- find a recipe you like, and start ADDING into your diet and before you know it you’ll be experiencing amazing health benefits and discovering how to THRIVE in life!