Homemade Salad Dressings

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Nothing ruins a big, beautiful, healthy salad more than added chemicals, and inflammatory oils. Did you know that conventional store-bought salad dressing often has harmful preservatives, added sugar, artificial flavors, and colors, and often highly inflammatory oils in them?! All of these ingredients push you away from optimal health. Do yourself a HUGE favor and start making your own. It is SO much easier than you think and your body will thank you!

Here are six great reasons why you should make your salad dressing.

  1. You know it’s fresh, with fresh ingredients.
  2. It has real ingredients that you control. No frankenfood ingredients.
  3. You avoid the additives such as gums, thickeners, colors, preservatives, and flavors.
  4. Making your own tastes SO much better!!!
  5. Its cheaper.
  6. It’s super duper easy, and once you start you will never go back to the store bought ones.

The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will instruct his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and cause and prevention of disease.

-Thomas Edison

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5 Easy Salad Dressings Recipes

Please us these recipes as a starting point, and then adjust them to your liking. They all have been adapted from their original recipes for me. After making them they will stay good in your refrigerator for up to one week.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1-2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • a bunch of fresh basil(I usually use between 10-15 leaves)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-4 tbsp filtered water. Start with 1 and add to your consistency liking

Blend all together and enjoy.


  • 1cup Mayo(I use primally pure avocado mayo)
  • 4 tbsp plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • juice of 1 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1/4 of an onion(any kind works)
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh dill(optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Blend together and enjoy

Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • juice of 1 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Blend together and enjoy. This is great on arugula.


  • 1 cup mayo(I use primal pure avocado mayo)
  • 1-2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • juice of 1 fresh squeezed lemon
  • dash of worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp parm cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Blend together and enjoy. Great on both Kale and arugula, well on anything really. This one might be my favorite.

Avocado Herb

  • 1/2 cup avocado packed
  • 1-2 cloves fresh garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil or dill leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-4 tbsp water. start with 2 and then to desired consistency

Blend all together and enjoy!

Cooking with Essential Oils

Did you know you can cook with essential oils?! They are a plants immune system harvested and are 50-70x more potent than their herb counterpart so a little goes a long way. I have used lime essential oil in guacamole when I didn’t have limes, peppermint in brownies,  cinnamon bark in coffee, and love a drop of wild orange or tangerine in a glass of white wine on a hot day!! Have you explored cooking with essential oils?! I have attached an ebook below for you with all kinds of recipes from smoothies, snacks, baking, and even salad dressing recipes. Enjoy!

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