BFF Simple Salad Dressing (3 Fun Ways!)

Salad dressing can make or break an otherwise healthy salad. While it may be quick and easy to pick up a bottle of prepared salad dressing, store bought salad dressings have long ingredients lists that are full of excessive sugars and chemicals. Luckily, it is also quick and easy to make your own dressing, so there is no need to ever buy dressing again.

All of our favourite dressings are olive-oil based, meaning they are rich in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that will keep you feeling full. We then add an acidic liquid to the oil, usually a citrus juice or a vinegar. This forms the base of the salad dressing. From there, all the dressing needs are some spices and herbs to flavour things up, which can range from simple salt and pepper to fiery cayenne.

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Simple herbs, citrus, oil, and vinegar are all you need to make your own dressing.
Here are our three favourite salad dressing combinations, but lettuce know below if you have any other herbs or vinegars you love to use! Also see below for tips on what kind of salads we love to pair with these dressing!

Simple Lemon Dressing

  • ⅔ cup lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped fine and crushed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Spicy Lime Salad Dressing

  • ⅔ cup lime juice
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

To make your salad dressing, mix all ingredients together in a jar with a tight sealing lid. Shake well before use, as oil separates quickly in homemade mixtures! We usually use about a tablespoon for one salad, so these jars will last you a while kept in the fridge. 

 

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Olive oil is life.
TIPS ON PAIRING DRESSINGS:

Simple Lemon Dressing is our most flavour neutral dressing. It goes great with fresh greens, as well as chickpea and white kidney bean salads. However, our favourite use for this dressing is a tabbouleh salad, or any other salad that is heavy on herbs.

Classic Balsamic Dressing works wonderfully on a garden salad, spinach salad, or any salad with feta or mozzarella.

Spicy Lime Dressing is a favourite for bean salads. We love drizzling it over a salad with black beans, corn, cilantro, and tomato.

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Spicy lime dressing gives this salad a great kick.
What kind of salad do you like drizzling your olive oil dressing over?

BFF Blueberry Cashew Yogurt

Cashews continue to amaze us! This week, we’ve whipped up a delicious tasting yogurt that uses cashews and nut milk instead of dairy, which is perfect if you are lactose intolerant or vegan! Cashew yogurt is super filling, full of healthy proteins and fats. It’s a great way to start the day so that you won’t be hungry till lunch!

This recipe does not have the probiotics that yogurt usually has, and instead uses lemon juice to achieve a tang. However you could stir in the contents of 2 of your favourite probiotic capsules to make this recipe gut-healthy, just make sure you don’t store it in a metal bowl or container as this may kill the probiotic bacteria!

Our recipe has the consistency of greek yogurt, so it is very thick and creamy. However, you can thin it to the consistency of normal yogurt by adding extra nut milk or water.

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Only 4 simple yet delicious ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked
  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup nut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
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Cashews soaking their way to delicious creaminess. 

Directions:

  1. Soak cashews for at least 3 hours
  2. In a blender, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
  3. Add water or more nut milk to thin to desired consistency.

We love topping this yogurt with cacao nibs for an extra crunch and boost of antioxidants, or hemp seeds for extra protein and texture. Let us know your favourite topping in the comments!

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We live for the cacao crunch combined with creamy cashew!

 

Nutrition (for ⅓ of recipe)*: 244 calories, 16.7 g fat (2.7 g saturated, 2.8 g unsaturated, 2.8 g polyunsaturated, 0 trans), 0 mg cholesterol, 60.1 mg sodium, 36.8 mg potassium, 16.2 g carbs, 3.2 g fibre, 5.2 g sugar, 6.7 g protein, 3.8% vitamin A, 16.3% vitamin C, 15% iron.

*calculated using ½ cup of vanilla unsweetened almond milk.