Transform Your Salads With 5 Super Easy 1-Minute Dressings

Transform Your Salads - 5 Super East 1-Minute Dressings

Salad is a staple in my diet and I couldn’t imagine living a day without it. I explained why salad is so good for our bodies and shared my favourite basic salad recipe in a previous blog post. Today, I’d like to share with you my five favourite super easy salad dressings.

No more store-bought salad dressings full of artificial additives, unhealthy oils and sugar!

If you spare just 1 minute of your time to make one of these salad dressings, your salad will taste delicious, you’ll get a lot of health benefits from it, and you’ll save money.

Plus, there are endless variations to these 5 salad dressings. Feel free to improvise!

Instructions are the same for all 5 dressings. So I won’t bore you repeating the same over and over again. Just put all the ingredients together and keep mixing until everything emulsifies. How will you know when that happens? Well, at the beginning the oil and acids will be separated but after mixing for a while they will become one solid colour, kind of lighter than at the beginning – that’s when it’s time to stop.

Watch the video below if you want to see it in action.

Let’s jump right in!

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard (could be wholegrain mustard as well but it will taste much stronger)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper

 Classic Italian Dressing

  • 6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Sour Sweet Basil

  • 6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. of honey
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil

Garlic Goodness

  • 6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic (raw or sautéed – how brave are you?)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • salt and pepper

Dressing Inspired by Greece

  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. full-fat Greek yoghurt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • salt and pepper
  • dill (fresh or dried – optional)

Just a few additional notes regarding the ingredients:

Cheaper balsamic vinegar sold in supermarkets usually comes with sugar, colourants (usually made of GMO corn) and other artificial additives. Try to go for a genuine completely natural balsamic vinegar from health stores. It’s more expensive but it’s also more potent, so you will need much less of it.

I’d recommend something like this Lucini Riserva 10-Year-Old Balsamic Vinegar if you’re feeling fancy or Bionaturae Organic Balsamic Vinegar for a more affordable version.  It took me quite a while trying to find something affordable yet completely natural, and these two fit the bill perfectly!

You can also replace balsamic vinegar with organic cold-pressed apple cider vinegar. The taste of the salad dressing will be milder but it will still work beautifully.

Honey should be raw and ideally locally sourced.

I would not honour table salt by calling it salt. For me, it has to be either pure sea salt or Himalayan salt. Not only do they bring out the taste of our food, but they are both full of minerals and are beneficial for our bodies.

I hope you’ll enjoy these recipes. And if you aren’t a fan of salads yet, I hope I’ll encourage you to start a love story with this super food.

I wish you a delicious New Year – a big bowl of lovely green salad will complement whatever you’re going to serve. Why not try one of these salad dressings?

What’s your favourite salad dressing? Do you make your own or do you buy it in the store? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Thanks for these wonderful, simple recipes! I will be trying a few! So much better than the store bought versions.

    • Zahra, thanks for stopping by and making such a lovely comment! I hope you’ll like the dressings, let me know! By the way, I’m checking out your blog right now. I love it!

  2. I was very lucky to have eaten a salad Vita made for her hubby and it was very yummy 😉

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