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 Pesto Hummus

If you hadn’t guessed, we love basil. That’s why we added it to our fresh hummus – and one complimentary taste led to another, until we had replaced the traditional tahini with pine nuts for a fresh pesto taste.

This pesto is the perfect dip to pair with fresh veggies and whole grain pitas in the summer. We love it as a snack, or on sandwiches for a bit of basil to go.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cup chickpeas (1 19 oz can)
  • 1 cup fresh basil, packed
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Lightly toast pine nuts by using a non-stick pan to heat them over medium for a few minutes, stirring often.
  2. Throw everything in a blender or food processor and mix it up until smooth. Add a bit more water if necessary to reach desired consistency.
  3. Scoop it out and eat it up! Refrigerate for up to a week.

Nutrition (for ¼ of recipe): 205 calories, 13.3 g fat (1.4 g saturated, 0.8 g polyunsaturated, 5 g monounsaturated, 0 trans), 0 mg cholesterol, 246.6 g sodium, 44.3 g potassium, 16.1 g carbs, 4.3 g fibre, 2.2 g sugar, 6.8 g protein, 18% vitamin A, 7.4% vitamin C, 2.6% calcium, 6.5% iron.