It’s time to shake up your list of favorite salad dressings and add a healthy twist. The Pure 21 Wellness Challenge is all about going back to basics, taking a step back from processed foods, and discovering how your body can function with a clean diet. Clean eating does not mean tasteless eating. These salad dressing recipes are here to prove that healthy eating is not only beneficial to your well-being, but delectable as well. Once you go homemade, you’ll never go back.
Greek Salad Dressing
Forget the feta and enjoy the intricate flavors of a Greek salad with fewer calories and more vegetables. Make a big jar of dressing and store it in the fridge for a whole week of tangy, savory salads.
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano, more for sprinkling
- ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, mustard, salt, and pepper.
Vegan Ranch Dressing
Do not let the temptation for tasty ranch dressing sabotage your weight loss efforts! Ranch dressing is notorious for being loaded with saturated fat and sodium. Swap out your store-bought ranch for some nutritious and delicious vegan ranch dressing.
- 1 cup raw cashews
- ½ cup water
- ⅓ cup peeled and diced cucumber
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon dried dill
- Chives, for garnish
In a blender, combine cashews, water, cucumber, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and dill and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Top with chives.
Green Goddess Dressing
This dressing is famous for a reason… It’s absolutely delicious! If you follow Baked by Melissa on TikTok, you might be familiar with the Green Goddess salad that has gained notoriety for its nutrient and vegetable-filled dressing that works on almost any food.
- 1 cup of basil leaves
- 1 cup of spinach leaves
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 small shallot
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of nuts of your choice (I used cashews and walnuts)
- 1/3 cup of nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
- Any extra chives (optional)
- jalapeño (optional)
In a blender, combine basil, spinach, garlic, shallot, lemon juice, olive oil, nuts, nutritional yeast, salt, rice vinegar, and chives. Blend until completely smooth and creamy.
Cilantro Lime Dressing
This dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make and goes great on so much more than just salad greens. Pair this dressing with tacos, burritos, roasted vegetables, chicken, fish, or steak. It even doubles as a healthy dipping sauce.
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 avocado (peeled and roughly chopped)
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
In a blender, combine lime juice, olive oil, avocado, cilantro, garlic, salt, cumin, and pepper and blend until completely smooth and creamy. For a thinner consistency add water as needed.
Start “dressing up” your salads today with these great recipes!