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Salad Dressing Recipes

Salad Dressing Recipes

Salad dressing is one of the crucial elements to a good salad.  I mean, sure… the lettuce is important (and we’ve all heard that the darker the leaf, the healthier it is), and adding in some extras like tomatoes, black olives, shredded carrots and green onions can certainly elevate the salad… but the star player is the dressing.

If you look at the market, there are rows and rows devoted to every salad dressing you can imagine.  Honey mustard, light Caesar dressing with bacon, home-style ranch… the variety is impressive, at best.

But before you buy any of those dressings…  I have a secret to share with you.

You can make your own salad dressing recipes at home, for a fraction of the cost, and it will be so much healthier.  No additives, food-dyes, preservatives or random ingredients are in homemade dressings, because you control what goes in it!  Below are some quick and easy salad dressing recipes so you can make your favorite dressing at home.

Easy Honey Mustard Dressing:

  •  5 tbsp raw honey
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

Whisk together ingredients in a small bowl, and enjoy.  If your dijon mustard has large mustard seeds, mix in a blender for a fine consistency.

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup good olive oil

Combine ingredients in a small bowl, whisk together and pour over salad, or use as a dipping sauce for chicken or beef.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and blend until smooth.

Curry Dressing

  • 1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl and drizzle over salad.

Bright Citrus Dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic dressing
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed juice from oranges
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • salt to taste

Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl until incorporated.

Salad Dressing Recipes

Once you start making your own salad dressing recipes, you won’t be able to go back to the store-bought kind.  Here are even more clean eating salad dressing recipes!

What is your favorite salad dressing?  Do you make your own?

 

Hi, this is Andrea from Homemade for Elle. I am thrilled to be a contributor to Natural Living Mamma!

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I live in New Mexico with my husband and my two-year-old daughter. After my daughter was born, I jumped on the “green and crunchy” bandwagon, and have been striving to eliminate toxic products from our lives. I make my own household cleaners and beauty products. I create wholesome, delicious meals from real food ingredients, and keep processed junk out of my home.

I have a background in finance, and strive to live a debt free life (although I have a ways to go). I enjoy reading, writing and living in ways that are environmentally friendly and frugal. I love taking pictures of nature, food and my daughter. I garden, I read labels, and I play the piano.

I believe by living simply and naturally, we become happy and healthy. If you’re into that kind of thing (and I assume you are, because you’re here, right?), please follow me on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Welcome to Simple Meals Friday!

There is nothing like having a collection of simple meals to throw together in a slow cooker first thing in the morning or in a skillet as a last minute dinner. What are your favorite slow cooker, rice cooker, skillet meals and salads?
We want to know your easy to make meals. It’s great learn and be inspired by others. When you link up on any of our sites the links will show up on all the blogs.

Meet Your Hosts

  1. Katie of Nourishing Simplicity
  2. Amanda of Natural Living Mamma
  3. Katie of Simple Foody

 

Please Read and Follow these Simple Meals Friday Rules

  • Keep the foods “nourishing”, such as homemade chicken stocks, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (lard, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, tallow), unrefined sugars, flours and salts and meats.
  • Please don’t include recipes using processed oils such as soy and canola oil, msg laden bouillon and other highly processed foods. If I notice a recipe using these ingredients it will be deleted. Try to incorporate traditional methods of preparing foods like, sprouting, soaking, sourdough and lacto-fermentation.
  • Link back to this blog hop, it is a common linking courtesy. It helps to build a stronger blogging community. That way we can all learn and share with each other.

We enjoyed reading all your submissions. The hosts will pick a favorite post to feature on next week’s Simple Meals Friday. If you want to be featured please be sure to link back to this blog hop. Our favorites will be featured on facebook and pintrest!

Featured Simple Meals

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1. Simple Spanish Garlic and Egg Soup from Tessa the Domestic Diva

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2. Sprouted Whole Wheat Pancakes from Working Kansas Homemaker

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3. 100 Days of Crock Pot Desserts from Stacy Makes Cents

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About Andrea

Hi, this is Andrea from Homemade for Elle. I am thrilled to be a contributor to Natural Living Mamma! I live in New Mexico with my husband and my two-year-old daughter. After my daughter was born, I jumped on the “green and crunchy” bandwagon, and have been striving to eliminate toxic products from our lives. I make my own household cleaners and beauty products. I create wholesome, delicious meals from real food ingredients, and keep processed junk out of my home. I have a background in finance, and strive to live a debt free life (although I have a ways to go). I enjoy reading, writing and living in ways that are environmentally friendly and frugal. I love taking pictures of nature, food and my daughter. I garden, I read labels, and I play the piano. I believe by living simply and naturally, we become happy and healthy. If you’re into that kind of thing (and I assume you are, because you’re here, right?), please follow me on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.
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11 Responses to Delicious, Gluten Free, Simple Salad Dressing Recipes and Simple Meals Friday

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  2. Happy Friday, and thanks for hosting! This week I shared Spiced Wine… perfect for dreaming about springtime!
    (By the way, the linky was only letting me put in 15 letters for a “name” … it didn’t bother me, but isn’t it usually supposed to be 45 or 50?)
    That curry dressing sounds amazing. I love to have a salad with Indian food… but a good vinaigrette clashes so terribly!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    ~ Christine

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  4. I’ve become a fan of homemade salad dressings and tried a curried one for the first time last year. I was so surprised by how good that tasted; I never would have thought of that for salad. Thanks for sharing all those recipes, and for hosting again. Have a great week!

  5. Nicole Beard says:

    Thank you for the feature! I love my sprouted wheat pancakes and was happy to have a healthy recipe to contribute to your link-up! 🙂 Have a blessed weekend.

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  8. heather says:

    delicous! I think I am going to have to have salad for dinner now….

  9. Annie B says:

    These salad dressing recipes look delicious and healthy! I’m pinning this so I can try some of them!

  10. I do make a lot of different salad dressings from home. I make awesome Ranch dressing, but I can’t have dairy now. Most of the time I end up just using rosemary infused olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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