While olive oil, lemon or apple cider vinegar, and salt go a long way, it’s nice to switch up your salad routine with delicious and nutritious dressings that are healthier than store bought dressings. Here are a few of my favorites.


Tahini Maple Dressing

  • 4 tbsp tahini sesame paste
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp water (use more as needed to adjust
  • consistency)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste

My favorite dressing ever! Just stir in a jar with a fork. Chickpea Blueberry Cabbage Salad.

Ginger Garlic Miso Tahini Dressing

  • 1/3 cup tahini (or cashew butter)
  • 1 heaping Tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 1 heaping tsp yellow or white miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2-3 Tbsp water
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Lemon Garlic Cashew Sauce

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Blend in high-speed blender until smooth.

Chia Honey Lemon

  • 1 T chia seeds (soaked in ¼ cup water)
  • 1 T honey
  • ¼ c. lemon juice and zest
  • 1 T olive oil
  • fresh mint

Recipe sourced from: Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci

Bitchin’ At Home Sauce

  • 3/4 cup raw almonds or almond flour
  • 1/2 cup water,
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tsp tamari (low-sodium) or Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp smokey paprika
  • 1/2 cup water, more for thinner consistancy

Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender until smooth.

This recipe is a take on the irresistible commercial brand Bitchin’ Sauce https://bitchinsauce.com/ you can find in stores. Recipe source:

Almond Butter Sauce (great with zoodles)

  • ½ c almond butter
  • 3 T soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 t toasted sesame oil
  • 1 T lime juice
  • S & P

This sauce is great with zoodles (zucchini noodles) and is the perfect blend of sweet, salty, savory, and citrusy. Process on Saladmaster cone #2 lengthways without the guard. Add scallions, sesame seeds, and silvered almonds.

Recipe sourced from: Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci

Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing

  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Turmeric Dressing

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ¼ c plus 2 T olive (or avocado) oil
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 2 t honey
  • 2 t turmeric
  • ½ t Dijon
  • 3 T hemp seeds, S & P

Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 4-5 T apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • ¼ c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 t Dijon mustard
  • S & P

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Creamy Italian Dressing

  • 1/3 cup avocado
  • 1/2 cup dairy free milk
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustarrd
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Sesame Ginger Asian Dressing

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Hazelnut Caesar dressing

  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts
  • 2- cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup cashew nuts (soaked 1 hr in 1 ½ cup water and drained)
  • 2 fresh lemon juice and zest
  • 2 T. capers
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • Water for consistancy

Pre-soak nuts for 1 hr. Drain and blend all ingredients. Try this Kale Caesar Salad with Hazelnuts and Butternut Squash.

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup raw cashews (pre-soaked)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder – or 2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill

Creamy Avocado Cilantro

  • 2 small avocados
  • 2 limes
  • ½ c nut milk
  • ½ c water
  • ¼ c cilantro
  • 1 ½ t garlic powder
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t cumin

Unless otherwise noted, recipes are courtesy of Saladmaster Foodture. Visit www.makethebestsalads.com or the Foodture blog for more recipe ideas.

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