To continue our #NotASideDish campaign, we are sharing some of our favorite unique salad dressings to help keep your salads exciting, delicious and of course nutritious. Homemade salad dressings are much lower in calories, fat, and sugar compared to store-bought ones. Not to mention, they are extra fresh and taste so much better.
You can’t go wrong with a simple vinaigrette dressing. The tanginess of the olive oil and vinegar complement perfectly the earthy flavors of the vegetables. Once you have this basic recipe mastered, you can add your own unique additions and spices to complement your own taste buds and favorite flavors to suit your style. Find the recipe here.
Ceasar dressings form supermarket shelves are high in calories and cholesterol, with 1 tablespoon containing 90 calories on average. However, this plant based ceasar dressing is creamy and completely guilt free. Find the recipe here.
This oriental tahini dressing will have you refilling your salad plate again and again. The dressing is also a great way of sneaking some extra greens onto children’s plate, as it contains blended spinach and parsley for extra flavour and goodness. They will never know! Find the recipe here.
Add extra color and flavor to your salad meal with this tomato vinaigrette. Tomatoes contain a unique compound called lycopene, a potent antioxidant that helps with glowing skin and promotes healthy eyesight too. There is also a lot of research linking lycopene with lowering the risk of breast cancer. Find the recipe here.
Not a fan of the taste or texture of avocado, but still want to reap the many health benefits? Add it to your dressing instead. This is a great alternative to traditional ranch and ceasar dressings, as it has the same creamy texture. It’s also perfect if you have too many ripe avocados lying around and don’t want them to go to waste. Find the recipe here.
Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
This lemon poppyseed salad dressing is creamy and sweet, and comes together in about 3.5 seconds. Can’t beat that! Poppy seeds are rich in fiber, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Find the recipe here.
Cashew Parsley Dressing
Parsley is the perfect anti inflammatory herb to include more of in your diet. It is also rich in many vital vitamins including vitamin A,C, and K. Start enjoying parsley in your salads with this creamy, dairy free parsley dressing. Find the recipe here.
Honey Dijon Dressing
Want to get lots of rich flavor without adding too many complicated ingredients? Mustard is your friend! This healthified honey-mustard dressing will never make you reach for a processed, store-bought version again. Find the recipe here.