Congratulations on taking a step towards a healthier lifestyle by eliminating processed store-bought junk from your diet. Now, let’s talk about salad dressings and keep reading for my 10 Quick & Easy Oil-Free Salad Dressing recipes!
Of course, you know store-bought options are not exactly what you want to put into your body. Some ingredients are questionable, and adding more fat to your salads with oily dressings doesn’t align with your goals. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with these quick and easy oil-free salad dressing recipes that are dairy-free.
I understand that making your own salad dressings may sound like a lot of work, but trust me; these recipes are as simple as can be. I believe in quick, easy, and healthy recipes with minimal ingredients. Say goodbye to complicated dressings and hello to flavorful simplicity.
Here are my two favorite go-to dressings for salads and veggies:
- Fresh Squeezed Lemon Dressing: Squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon onto your salad or veggies for a zesty and refreshing flavor. Alternatively, you can take a tablespoon of hummus, add some water to achieve a dressing-like consistency and mix well.
- Balsamic Vinaigrette: Combine 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk them together and drizzle over your salad before serving.
Now, let’s dive into the 10 oil-free salad dressing recipes that will transform your salads into delicious and healthy creations. These dressings are designed to enhance the flavors of your salad vegetables without overpowering them, allowing the natural goodness to shine through.
Here are the 10 Quick & Easy Oil-Free Salad Dressing Recipes:
- Balsamic Mustard Dressing: Whisk together 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons of water. Pour it over your salad and enjoy.
- Fruity Balsamic Dressing: Combine 2 tablespoons of balsamic or apple cider vinegar, 1-2 teaspoons of fruit preserves of your choice, and 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk until well blended and drizzle over your salad.
- Light Asian-Inspired Vinaigrette: In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 teaspoon of agave syrup, a dash of turmeric, a dash of ground ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger), optional 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh scallions (green parts), and 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk the ingredients together and add to your salad.
- Italian Herb Dressing: Whisk together 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of mustard, 1/2 teaspoon of agave or maple syrup, a sprinkle of dried Italian herbs of your choice, and 2 tablespoons of water. Allow the dressing to rest for 5-10 minutes before drizzling it over your salad.
- Creamy Hummus Dressing: Combine 1 tablespoon of hummus, 1 teaspoon of lemon or lime juice, and 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk until smooth and creamy, and pour over your salad before serving.
- Creamy Tahini Dressing: In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of tahini, 1 teaspoon of lemon or lime juice, and 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk until well combined and drizzle over your salad.
- Salsa Dressing: Use 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite salsa directly on your salad before serving. The flavors will add a zesty kick to your greens.
- Avocado Dressing: For thick-textured greens like kale, massage 1/4 to 1/2 of a ripe avocado into the greens before adding the rest of the vegetables. Top with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice for a creamy and tangy dressing.
- Creamy Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing: This creamy citrus vinaigrette dressing is a spring and summer go-to that elevates any salad with a combination of orange juice, lemon juice, and balsamic vinegar sweetened with honey.
- Fresh Citrus Juice Dressing: Simply squeeze a generous amount of fresh lemon or lime juice all over your salad right before serving. This method works best for smaller, individually served salads.
These 10 quick and easy oil-free salad dressing recipes will revolutionize how you enjoy salads. Say goodbye to store-bought dressings and embrace the simplicity of homemade goodness. Experiment with these recipes, adjust the proportions to suit your taste and create salads that are bursting with flavor. Enjoy the journey to a healthier and tastier salad experience!
I’d love to know, what’s your favorite healthy salad dressing? Share it with me below!