Three Homemade Salad Dressing That Are Quick, Easy and Healthy

Quick, Easy, Healthy and Tasty Salad Dressings

Below are three different salad dressing to bring life back into your salads.  Home-made dressings are easy and quick and much healthier. Even the healthy store- bought versions contain processed sugar and soy or canola oil which are inflammatory processed oils. 

For any homemade salad dressing, a high quality EVOO makes all the difference. I splurge on my EVOO because I use it only on raw dishes and use it almost every day.  I have tried store bought EVOO and they just don’t compare in taste.  Beware of many fake EVOO’s on the market.  In this case it is very true, you get what you pay for. 

A serving of dressing is 2 tablespoons.

 

Asian Style Salad Dressing

Ingredients (for one cup)

  • 1/3 c. EVOO
  • 2 T. sesame seed oil
  • ¼ c. rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 T. coconut aminos
  • 1 T. raw local honey
  • 2 T. grated and peeled fresh ginger

Directions

Combine all in a mason jar. Seal with lid and shake to blend.  Store in fridge and wait at least 30 minutes until use so that flavors can combine. 

Asian Style Salad Dressing
Serves 8
A nice change of pace from Italian dressing all the time
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91 calories
1 g
0 g
9 g
0 g
1 g
19 g
2 g
1 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
19g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
15%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1/3 c. EVOO
  2. • 2 T. sesame seed oil
  3. • ¼ c. rice vinegar
  4. • 1 clove garlic minced
  5. • 2 T. coconut aminos
  6. • 1 T. raw local honey
  7. • 2 T. grated and peeled fresh ginger
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake well to blend. Store in fridge. Let sit in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.
Notes
  1. use a high quality EVOO for superior taste
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Italian Salad Dressing

Store bought ones have extra sugar, and refined oils. This one is so easy and still taste good with dried herbs if you do not have fresh ones on hand. 

Ingredients (for one cup)

  • 2/3 c. EVOO
  • ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  • 3 T. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 T. dried parsley
  • ¼ a medium red onion diced
  • 2 T. pure lemon juice
  • 2 T. dried basil
  • 2 T. dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 t. raw local honey (optional)
  • s/p to taste

Directions

Blend all in a mason jar and shake until well combined. Store in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.

Note: if using fresh herbs, reduce amount to 1 T.

Italian Salad Dressing
Serves 8
Store bought Italian dressing is filled with refined, processed oils and sugar and lots of extra stuff that you do not need
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171 calories
2 g
1 g
18 g
1 g
3 g
33 g
14 g
1 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
33g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171
Calories from Fat 161
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 14mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 c. EVOO
  2. ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  3. 3 T. grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1 T. dried parsley
  5. ¼ a medium red onion diced
  6. 2 T. pure lemon juice
  7. 2 T. dried basil
  8. 2 T. dried oregano
  9. 1 clove garlic minced
  10. 1 t. raw local honey (optional)
  11. s/p to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend all in a mason jar and shake until well combined. Store in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.
Notes
  1. if using fresh herbs, reduce amount to 1 T.
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Garlicky Mustard Salad Dressing

Ingredients (for one serving)

  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1 t. Dijon mustard
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ t. cumin
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • s/p to taste
  • 1 T. EVOO

Directions: mix everything in a mason jar and shake to blend.  Store in fridge. 

Garlicky Mustard Salad Dressing
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51 calories
2 g
0 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
29 g
62 g
0 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 51
Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 62mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. small clove garlic minced
  2. 1 t. Dijon mustard
  3. 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  4. ¼ t. cumin
  5. 2 t. lemon juice
  6. s/p to taste
  7. 1 T. EVOO
Instructions
  1. mix everything in a mason jar and shake to blend. Store in fridge.
Notes
  1. Choose a high quality EVOO for your raw dishes and dressings
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Creamy Garlic Cauliflower (low carb, paleo, gluten and soy free)

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower

This is adapted from Cleanplates.com

Gluten, soy free and Paleo friendly, Keto friendly

I do not like mashed potatoes so this is a great substitute at the holiday table for me

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cloves garlic not peeled
  • 1 T. avocado oil
  • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  • ¼ c. organic chicken broth
  • 2 ½ T. grass fed butter melted (I like Kerry Gold brand)
  • Dash sea salt and pepper
  • Chopped fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Place the garlic in a heat proof pan, drizzle with the oil and cover and roast for 15 minutes. Then set aside to cool.
  3. While the garlic is roasting, put the cauliflower into a steamer pot with ½ inch water on bottom. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and then place in the food processor.
  4. Process the cauliflower until smooth. Add in the broth, melted butter, s/p and garlic with skins removed.  Process again until garlic is incorporated and not in chunks. 
  5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with fresh herbs.

Note: I liked this with 4 cloves, but my husband thought it was too garlicy so adjust according to your taste.  You can also use less butter.

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower
Serves 4
A great keto/low carb and paleo substitute for mashed potatoes
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65 calories
9 g
6 g
3 g
3 g
2 g
169 g
118 g
3 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
169g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65
Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 118mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 9g
3%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
120%
Calcium
4%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 3-4 cloves garlic not peeled
  2. • 1 T. avocado oil
  3. • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  4. • ¼ c. organic chicken broth
  5. • 2 ½ T. grass fed butter melted (I like Kerry Gold brand)
  6. • Dash sea salt and pepper
  7. • Chopped fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. 2. Place the garlic in a heat proof pan, drizzle with the oil and cover and roast for 15 minutes. Then set aside to cool.
  3. 3. While the garlic is roasting, put the cauliflower into a steamer pot with ½ inch water on bottom. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and then place in the food processor.
  4. 4. Process the cauliflower until smooth. Add in the broth, melted butter, s/p and garlic with skins removed. Process again until garlic is incorporated and not in chunks.
  5. 5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with fresh herbs.
Notes
  1. I liked this with 4 cloves, but my husband thought it was too garlicy so adjust according to your taste. You can also use less butter.
Adapted from cleanplates.com
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Almond Butter Brownies (gluten, soy and dairy free, Paleo Friendly)

Chunky Almond Butter Brownies

Gluten, dairy and soy Free, Paleo Friendly

You can use creamy almond butter, but I like that added crunch

 

Ingredients

  • 1 c. almond butter (creamy or chunky)
  • ¼ c. plus 2 T. cacao (you can sub in cocoa powder)
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • ½ c. honey or maple syrup
  • 2 T. coconut oil melted
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ t. Baking soda
  • ¼ t. sea salt
  • ¼ c. chopped nuts (optional)
  • ½ c. dark chocolate baking chips

Directions

  1. Line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the pan.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes

 

Almond Butter Brownies
Serves 12
A healthier version of a brownie with added protein
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263 calories
23 g
16 g
18 g
6 g
4 g
55 g
111 g
16 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
55g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263
Calories from Fat 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 16mg
5%
Sodium 111mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 16g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
9%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 c. almond butter (creamy or chunky)
  2. • ¼ c. plus 2 T. cacao (you can sub in cocoa powder)
  3. • 1 pasture raised egg
  4. • ½ c. honey or maple syrup
  5. • 2 T. coconut oil melted
  6. • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  7. • ½ t. Baking soda
  8. • ¼ t. sea salt
  9. • ¼ c. chopped nuts (optional)
  10. • ½ c. dark chocolate baking chips
Instructions
  1. Line a 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. 2. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the pan.
  3. 3. Bake for 30 minutes
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carbs
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Cheesy Garbanzo Bean Stir Fry

Cheesy Garbanzo Stir Fry

Gluten, soy, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan

This is a good recipe to make a large batch of and use for lunches for the next few days. It is also good cold!  Whether you are a vegetarian or not, it is good to have some meatless meals on occasion.  

Ingredients

  • 2 T. avocado oil
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large zucchini chopped
  • ½ c. mushrooms sliced
  • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 T. nutritional yeast

Directions.

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add in the garlic and oregano and sauté for a minute. Add in the zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms and the beans.  Cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes until vegetables are cooked through. 
  2. Add in the tomato and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. At the end, add in the yeast and blend in.
  4. Serve and enjoy! This dish would be good with cauliflower rice. 
Cheesy Garbanzo Bean Stir Fry
Serves 2
A vegan/vegetarian dish that is gluten, soy and dairy free. A good source of protein, complex carbs, fiber, and healthy fats along with several vegetables
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262 calories
44 g
0 g
5 g
14 g
1 g
438 g
333 g
9 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
438g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 333mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 6g
22%
Sugars 9g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
55%
Vitamin C
192%
Calcium
11%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 2 T. avocado oil
  2. • 1 t. dried oregano
  3. • 2 cloves garlic minced
  4. • 1 large zucchini chopped
  5. • ½ c. mushrooms sliced
  6. • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  7. • 1 tomato chopped
  8. • 1 bell pepper chopped
  9. • 2 T. nutritional yeast
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add in the garlic and oregano and sauté for a minute. Add in the zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms and the beans. Cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes until vegetables are cooked through.
  2. 2. Add in the tomato and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. 3. At the end, add in the yeast and blend in.
  4. 4. Serve and enjoy! This dish would be good with cauliflower rice.
Notes
  1. If you are a vegan/vegetarian, nutritional yeast can be a good source of B12.
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carbs
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Shrimp and Scallops in A Lemon, Garlic and Honey Sauce

Shrimp and Scallops in Honey, Garlic and Lemon Marinade

This is a very simple and fast dinner to make.  Serve with rice and a vegetable on the side such as green beans.  This was good but a tad too sweet for my liking. You may want to reduce the amount of honey to ¼ of a cup if you are like me.  The rest of those who ate this really enjoyed it. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound raw shrimp wild caught (not farm raised)
  • 1/2 pound scallops wild caught
  • ½ c. honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
    Shirmp and Scallops in honey, garlic and lemon sauce
    Serves 4
    This is an easy week night meal. Serve with rice.
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    261 calories
    43 g
    90 g
    4 g
    15 g
    3 g
    192 g
    565 g
    37 g
    0 g
    1 g
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    192g
    Servings
    4
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 261
    Calories from Fat 37
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 4g
    7%
    Saturated Fat 3g
    14%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 90mg
    30%
    Sodium 565mg
    24%
    Total Carbohydrates 43g
    14%
    Dietary Fiber 1g
    5%
    Sugars 37g
    Protein 15g
    Vitamin A
    8%
    Vitamin C
    10%
    Calcium
    6%
    Iron
    6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Ingredients
    1. • 1/2-pound raw shrimp wild caught (not farm raised)
    2. • 1/2-pound scallops wild caught
    3. • ½ c. honey (try only ¼ cup first)
    4. • 3 cloves garlic minced
    5. • ¼ c. coconut aminos
    6. • 1 ½ T. pure lemon juice
    7. • 2 T. grass fed butter (for the pan)
    8. • Green onion for garnish (optional)
    Instructions
    1. 1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Set half the amount aside and to the rest, add the scallops and shrimp and toss to coat with the marinade. Set it fridge for at least 30 minutes
    2. 2. Butter the pan and add the shrimp and the scallops. Discard the marinade that the seafood was in. Season with s/p.
    3. 3. Cook for roughly 2 minutes per side. Add in the reserved marinade and cook another minute.
    4. 4. Remove the shrimp and scallops with a slotted spoon and transfer to a dish. Let the marinade cook longer so that it thickens.
    5. 5. Once it has thickened, spoon the marinade over the scallops and shrimp and top with the green onion and serve. (goes well over wild rice or white basmati rice)
    Notes
    1. The original recipe calls for 1/2 c. honey. I used this amount but felt it was too sweet. Next time I will use only 1/4th a cup.
    Adapted from I modified the original recipe but cannot recall where I got this!
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    fat
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  • ¼ c. coconut aminos
  • 1 ½ T. pure lemon juice
  • 2 T. grass fed butter (for the pan)
  • Green onion for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Set half the amount aside and to the rest, add the scallops and shrimp and toss to coat with the marinade. Set it fridge for at least 30 minutes
  2. Butter the pan and add the shrimp and the scallops. Discard the marinade that the seafood was in. Season with s/p.
  3. Cook for roughly 2 minutes per side. Add in the reserved marinade and cook another minute. 
  4. Remove the shrimp and scallops with a slotted spoon and transfer to a dish. Let the marinade cook longer so that it thickens.
  5. Once it has thickened, spoon the marinade over the scallops and shrimp and top with the green onion and serve. (goes well over wild rice or white basmati rice)
  6. Note: if you double the amount of seafood, do not double the marinade amount-it comes out too sweet.  I think next time I would cut back on the honey-and use only 1/4 cup.  

 

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