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 Lime Cashew Garlic Sauce

Recently we’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with cashews, and they can do so much more than we ever realized. Soaking cashews gives them a whole new texture, and there is so much you can make with creamy soaked cashews from garlic sauce, to cashew milk, to cashew yogurt. This is the first of our cashew recipes, but if the rest of our experiments go well it certainly won’t be the last!

This garlic sauce is made from simple ingredients you may already have in the kitchen. All it takes is lime, cashews, garlic, some water, and whatever herbs you have laying around to whip up an amazing flavour addition to your next meal.

There are so many herb combinations that go well with garlic sauce! This makes our lime cashew garlic sauce versatile enough to be used for several different meals – all you have to do is blend a different herb in each time for an exciting new combination!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted cashews, soaked in water
  • ⅓ cup water, to start
  • 2 cloves garlic (or 1 big clove)
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs (see below for tips on herb selection)*
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Such simple and fun ingredients!

Directions:

  1. Soak cashews in water for a minimum of 3 hours. Usually we leave the cashews to soak in the morning and then make the sauce around dinner.
  2. Chop up herbs and garlic.
  3. Drain cashews, and combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding extra water to reach desired consistency if necessary.

*HERB TIPS: Rosemary lime cashew garlic sauce tastes great when drizzling garlic sauce over potatoes or sweet potatoes. Cilantro lime cashew garlic sauce is yummy drizzled over a quinoa bowl or with black beans and corn. Parsley lime cashew garlic sauce goes well with chickpeas and white kidney beans. Dill lime cashew garlic sauce is delicious drizzled over baked fish.

Let us know what your favourite herb and garlic combination is in the comments!

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Mmmm, we love drizzling our garlic sauce over a balanced tempeh bowl.

Nutrition* (for ⅕ of recipe): 70 calories, 4.9 g fat (0.8 g saturated, 0.8 g polyunsaturated, 2.8 g monounsaturated, 0 g trans), 0 mg cholesterol, 2.5 mg sodium, 18.3 mg potassium, 4.4 g carbs, 0.6 g fibre, 0.9 g sugars, 2.2 g protein, 0.4% vitamin A, 3.9% vitamin C, 1.1% calcium, 4.4% iron. *calculated using fresh rosemary.