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How To Make Your Own SALAD DRESSINGS and MARINADES

Updated: Mar 11




I love making my own salad dressings and marinades. I've compiled a list of 15 super versatile and yummy options. They are perfect for warm veggie bowls, sandwiches, wraps or salads! I love all of them, but I do loooooove the Maple Syrup + Orange Dressing either warmed up (over veggies or as a marinade on my fish dishes) or served cold (over a salad).

Enjoy and let me know in the comments, which ones you have made and which ones are your favorite! Post your photos and tag me on Instagram!




Tangy Lemon Vinaigrette


Ingredients

Makes 5 servings
  • 1 large lemon, zested + juiced

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (once again, we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • Sea salt (to taste)

  • Black pepper (to taste)


Directions
  • Combine all your ingredients in a bowl + whisk to combine.

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.







Strawberry Vinaigrette


Ingredients

  • 1 cup of organic strawberries (sliced)

  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Pepper (to taste)


Directions
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.





Honey Mustard


Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 1/2 a lemon (juiced or I used the Santa Cruz Organics brand)

  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Pepper (to taste)


Directions
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.






Avocado Cilantro


Ingredients
  • 2 small avocados

  • 2 lemons (juiced)

  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk (we use the Malibu Mylk brand which you can get here)

  • 1/2 cup of filtered water

  • 1/4 cup of fresh organic cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger

  • 1.5 teaspoons of garlic powder

  • Salt (to taste)


Directions
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.





Peanut Thai


Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter (or we use Almond or Walnut Butter by the Artisana brand)

  • 1/4 cup of coconut aminos

  • 1 lime (juiced)

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger

  • 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon of filtered water


Directions
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.






Apple Cider Vinegar Herb Dressing


I loooooove this herb dressing on top of warm veggie bowls, sandwiches, wraps or salads! Super versatile!

Ingredients
  • 1/2 a bunch of organic parsley (cleaned + chopped)

  • 1/2 a bunch of organic cilantro (cleaned + chopped)

  • 1/2 a bunch of organic basil (cleaned)

  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled)

  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Pepper (to taste)

  • 1/2 a cup of organic extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)


Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.





Sesame Ginger Dressing


I loooooove this sesame ginger dressing either warmed up (over veggies or as a marinade) or cold (over a salad). It's so good and so versatile!


Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut aminos

  • 1.5 tablespoons of honey

  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Pepper (to taste)

  • Cayenne (to taste)

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger


Directions
  • Combine all your ingredients in a bowl + whisk to combine.

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.






Super Simple Dressing


Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 1 lemon (juiced)

  • Salt (to taste)


Directions
  • Combine all your ingredients in a bowl + whisk to combine.

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.





Lemon Garlic Dressing


Ingredients
  • 1/2 a cup of extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 1 lemon (juiced)

  • 3 cloves of garlic (chopped)

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Pepper (to taste)


Directions
  • In a food processor or chopper, combine all ingredients above.

  • Blend until there are no garlic pieces left.

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.





Basil Salad Dressing


Ingredients
  • 2 ounces of fresh basil

  • 3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 1/2 a teaspoon of sea salt

  • 1/2 a teaspoon of pepper

  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice


Directions
  • In a food processor or chopper, combine all ingredients above.

  • Blend on high speed until smooth

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.





Creamy Avocado Dressing


Ingredients
  • 1 avocado

  • 3 tablespoons of extra olive oil or avocado oil (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup of filtered water

  • 1/4 teaspoon of celtic sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper


Directions
  • Place avocado, extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil and filtered water in blender.

  • Puree until smooth

  • Then blend in salt + pepper





Avocado Dressing


Ingredients
  • 2 ripe avocados (chopped)

  • 2 spring onions (finely chopped)

  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)

  • Lime juice (to taste) - omit if you are sensitive to citrus

  • Filtered water (as needed)

  • Sea Salt (to taste)

  • 1/2 a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (optional)


Directions
  • In a food processor or chopper, combine all ingredients above.

  • Blend on high speed until smooth

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.





Creamy Onion Dressing


Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons of red onion (minced)

  • 1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of stevia

  • 1 teaspoon of mustard powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon of celtic sea salt

  • 1/2 cup of extra olive oil or avocado oil (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)



Directions
  • Place onion, vinegar, stevia, mustard and salt in a blender

  • Puree on high speed for 20 seconds, until smooth

  • Turn on blender + drizzle in extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil





Green Goddess Dressing


Ingredients
  • 1 avocado

  • 2 tablespoons of extra olive oil or avocado oil (we love the Primal Kitchen brand which you can get here)

  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • 1/2 a teaspoon of herbs de provence

  • 1/2 teaspoon of celtic sea salt

  • 3-5 drops of stevia

  • 1 cup of filtered water



Directions
  • In a blender, combine all ingredients above.

  • Blend on high speed until smooth + creamy

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.







Maple Syrup + Orange Dressing


I love this dressing when I make Crispy Orange Cauliflower with Coconut Jasmine Rice. You can find that recipe here .


Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoons of sesame oil (I use: Napa Valley Naturals)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger

  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)

  • 1 cup of fresh orange juice (I use: 365 brand, organic w/ Vitamin D + Calcium)

  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup (I use: 365 brand, dark maple syrup)

  • 3 tablespoons of coconut aminos (I use: Big Tree Farms, organic, non-gmo, soy + gluten free )

  • 3/4 teaspoons of red chili flakes

  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons of water



Directions
  • In a saucepan, heat up sesame oil. Then add in your ginger + garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes until fragrant.

  • Whisk in all of your ingredients EXCEPT cornstarch + water. Whisk for 2 minutes then crank up the heat and bring to a boil.

  • While your sauce is heating up, place cornstarch + water into a separate bowl, then add it to the sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. You want to make sure the cornstarch has dissolved.

  • Store in an airtight glass container to use throughout the week.

  • Shake well or whisk again each day before using.


Photos courtesy of: Wix, Artisana & Primal Kitchen

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