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Best Salad Dressings with the Best Salad


Whenever I would to go a restaurant- the  “Garden Salad” was pretty much the only thing I could order.

We both know- you and I – that for the most part, garden salads at restaurants aren’t coming from anyone’s garden. Usually they come from a farm in a land far, far away where they are harvested, sent to a central salad processing place where the greens go through washing machines, get doused in chemicals (whether directly or through the contact with daily industrial sanitization procedures) and then packed in plastic to be shipped to the local food depot and supermarket.

That’s no garden salad.

For the first time, in my life, I have a garden this summer. I have tried before, with my window garden when I lived at the kitchen. Remember this attempt from back in my younger years (um… 3 years ago)?

Most of those plants died within a few weeks. Apparently, plants really do need outdoor sunshine.

And then there is this mecca of green! I love waking up in the morning, watering my plants…

And harvesting my greens for my lunch or dinner.And then getting creative with the dressing. The time for fresh, crisp and clean greens is right now. Grow your own or get to your farmer’s market early.

Salads remain one of my easy as can be go-tos for summer Meal Prep. I make a couple dressings at the start of the week that keep my salads fuelled with great flavour and top notch super healthy nervous system and brain supporting fats.

Nothing more delicious!

Here is a round up of some of my favourite dressings to help you get that so called party dress on your festive summer greens!

Sweet Maple Dressing

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • sea salt to taste

Vegan Cesar Dressing

  • 2 Tbs almonds (ground) or almond butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbs tamari
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 Tbs dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbs olive oil (or flax oil)

Question Of The Day: How do you like to dress your greens? Share your recipes and/or links below!

11 responses to “Best Salad Dressings with the Best Salad”

  1. Patricia says:

    Is there a brand of mustard that you suggest I use in the Caesar dressing?

  2. Kristin says:

    These look delicious- I’ve made it my goal for the summer to eat a salad a day. So far, so good- and it’s always better with fabulous dressings!!

  3. meg watkins says:

    yum these look fabulous! i’ve got the nutritional yeast, now i’m going to buy some tamari to try out making my own caesar dressing! i made the best honey-mustard tahini dressing the other day… 1 part honey mustard : 2 parts tahini : 1 part lemon juice : 2 parts water. i put it on mixed greens and veggies, but i think it would be fabulous on kale too! i need to start a notebook just for dressing recipes :)

  4. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy says:

    oh my gosh lucky you to have such a wonderful garden! yay!

  5. Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) says:

    I love to dress my greens in creamy vegan dressing like the one I use in this Crispy Chickpea Kale Salad:

  6. Jen says:

    How long will these dressings keep in the fridge… say if I want to make them on the weekend for my lunch during the week?

  7. Samantha Angela says:

    I actually do have a yard but it’s completely covered in shade. It’s pretty impossible to grow any veggies back there, so I hope for some hand me downs from my friends’ gardens.
    On the plus side all that shade over my house keeps my A/C bills low!

  8. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty says:

    Sounds yummy!! Especially that first one!!

  9. Kate says:

    This is a favourite on mixed greens with avocado (recipe is for one salad):

    2 tsp unrefined sesame oil
    1 tsp Bragg’s soy sauce, or tamari
    1/4 tsp ground ginger (could use fresh)

    Really good on wakame or kelp noodles & extra awesome with a sprinkle of sesame seeds thrown in :)

    This one is so good, I once ate half a bag of carrots just as an exuse to eat the dressing. Got SO close to just eating it with a spoon:
    1 tbsp tahini
    1 tbsp olive oil
    Dash gluten free tamari
    Dash of Braggʼs apple cider vinegar

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