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Top 10 Salad Dressings

· Recipes,Nutrition,Essential Oils

Is there anything better than fresh vegetables from your garden?

My daughter and I have been picking sugar snap peas, radishes and strawberries and cucumbers today. Doesn't sound like a meal?
Oh, but throw some dressing on and it becomes one.

The beautiful thing about salad dressings is that I can eat whatever is in season without getting bored because it tastes completely different depending on which dressing you use. Not only that, but the fats in your dressing will help you to absorb even more vitamin A, D, E, and K from your meal, so don't be shy with the oil content!

Here are some of my favourite salad dressing recipes that I love to use, that are healthy as well as kid-friendly and, of course, I use therapeutic grade essential oils to add health benefits as a bonus.

Please NEVER use essential oils in a recipe unless the manufacturer has specifically stated that they are safe to consume. I use dōTERRA essential oils in all of these recipes.

1. Wild Orange & Mustard Dressing

This dressing goes with anything you'd put a honey and mustard dressing on. Trust me, it's an upgrade.

  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • Juice of 1/2 an orange
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard (this one get's bonus points for being organic and refined sugar-free) 
  • 2 drops of Wild Orange oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix it up and pour it on.

2. Creamy Coriander & Lime Dressing

This gorgeous dressing has raw apple cider vinegar for probiotic benefits. If you love coriander this one is going to be right at the top of your list.

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or in a blender.

3. Wild Orange & Peanut Salad Dressing

This Asian-inspired salad dressing is great for tossed salads featuring bitter greens like arugula and endive.

Blend all the ingredients together and pour over salad.

4. Miso Dressing

  • 2 teaspoons raw miso paste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 drop lime essential oil

Whisk the miso paste, olive oil and lime oil in a small bowl until smooth and creamy. Whisk in 2 tbsp lime juice.

5. Pink Pepper Balsalmic Dressing
This dressing tastes amazing over a strawberry and spinach salad with toasted pecans. Pink pepper has a fruitier flavour than black pepper and this oil really makes strawberries 'pop'.

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 drops of pink pepper essential oil

Whisk all the ingredients together and drizzle over your salad.

6. Cinnamon Spice Salad Dressing
Great over chopped celery and apple salad with goats cheese, this dressing has autumnal flavours but is good any time of the year.

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
  • 1 drop Clove essential oil
  • 1 drop Black pepper essential oil
  • 1 small garlic clove finely minced
  • ¼ teaspoon good quality sea salt
Whisk it up and enjoy!

7. Thai Cucumber Salad Dressing
This recipe was officially for a cucumber salad I used to make, but it quickly became apparent that my family would drizzle this over anything.
It's a bit more involved than some of the other recipes, but once you get used to it, it only takes a minute or two to prepare.

  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 clove garlic
  • pinch of rock salt
  • 4/5 fresh peppercorns
  • a small chunk of ginger, finely chopped (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • Juice and rind of one lime
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 handful fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 drop lime essential oil
  • 1 drop lemongrass essential oil
  1. Crush the cherry tomatoes, garlic cloves, ginger and peppercorns in a pestle and mortar with the rock salt. 
  2. Once you have a smooth paste, add in all the other ingredients and you are done!
This dressing also works well as a marinade. I like to mix it with cucumber, julienne peppers, red onion and a little mango. Toss together and leave in the fridge for a few hours before serving at your next BBQ

8. Burst of Basil Dressing
If you're looking for something quick, with a powerful flavour, look no further.

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 drop Basil essential oil
  • 1 drop Pink Pepper essential oil 
  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil 
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Whisk together and serve.

9. Ginger, Honey & 'Soy' dressing

  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  1. Use the salt to crush the garlic in a pestle and mortar.
  2. Add the other ingredients and grind to emulsify.

10. Raspberry & Lime Vinagerette

Not sure what to do with a glut of raspberries? If your raspberry canes are anything like mine, they've grown to a small forest, but I'm not complaining. This is a fantastic way to use them if they all decide to fruit at once.

  • 4 drops Lime essential oil
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
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