By Isadora Baum
Dressing can totally make or break a bed of greens. It can add wonderful flavor and texture, and there’s such variety, where a dressing can be citrusy, nutty, creamy, or simple, like a vinaigrette. And by making your own dressing at home, you can save yourself the added sugars, sodium, and fats that are often laden in store bought options. Whether you are making a Thai peanut dressing or a creamy yogurt dressing, use these 8 picks as staple dressings to have in your fridge all week long.
This peanut butter dressing is a five-ingredient recipe, so it’s simple and easy to assemble. It takes just five minutes to whip up. Plus, it is so versatile so you can use it for zoodle salads, cauliflower rice bowls, a veggie medley in a bowl, tacos, and more. Add ginger for a spicy kick.
This refreshing and citrus-focused dressing is also creamy, thanks to heart-healthy, silky avocado. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water to thin out the dressing, if desired. Use it in fajitas and tacos, in protein bowls, on meat kebabs, in salads, and more. It keeps for about a week in the fridge.
This dressing is thick in texture and it’s full of nutrition, like protein and fat. Why? It’s made with raw cashews, fresh herbs, and lemon juice. Just do not use roasted cashews, as only raw will work in this recipe. Plus, it is actually dairy-free too, which is great for those with lactose intolerance or sensitivities.
This 5-ingredient dressing is fruit focused, so it’s the perfect addition to any light salad, grilled meat dish, or poke bowl where a hint of natural sweetness will complement the flavors well. There’s even a pinch of honey for antioxidants, and some olive oil as a base, to offer heart-healthy fats, too.
Ranch dressing is typically high in fat and has a ton of calories, but this version is wholesome and clean. Vegan, paleo friendly, and packed with good-for-you ingredients, this creamy and dairy-free ranch dressing contains cashews, nut milk, herbs, and oil and tastes great on salads or used as dip or garnish. If you want, substitute sunflower seeds for cashews. The seeds have a more pronounced flavor and the texture will be a bit thinner.
A wonderful herbal vinaigrette, this one uses basil, honey, olive oil, and garlic for a nice balance of sweet and savory. It is ready in three minutes, and it is paleo and gluten-free. It would taste great on top of any salad or used for fajitas or lettuce wraps. It will hold in the fridge for at least 1 week.
This Whole30 friendly dressing uses balsamic vinegar for nice acidity, and it’s free of sugars and other unhealthy additives you want to avoid. It’s a great staple dressing for salad greens and it has a nice balance of flavor: it’s tart, sweet, and creamy. Don’t skimp on the coconut aminos, as that is where you are getting the sweetness from to round out sour balsamic vinegar.
A rich and creamy dressing, this one is ranch inspired and has a punch of protein from the non-fat Greek yogurt. It is packed with fresh herbs, like chives, parsley, onion, garlic, and dried dill to give it more flavor, and it will last chilled for up to a week. You can use it as a dressing or condiment, on burgers, pizza, chips, and more.
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