Creamy salad dressing

Creamy Salad Dressing

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Any home chef needs to have an arsenal of different dressings, condiments, sauces, and dips at their disposal. A good creamy salad dressing can go a long way in impressing dinner guests. Please do yourself a favor and step it up from a plain, boring oil and vinegar! 

Store bought creamy dressings are typically much less healthy than the other options on the shelf. They have all of the sugar that any store bought dressing does with the added bonus of tons of fat. And not healthy fat either, like olive or avocado oil, we’re talking bottom shelf milk solids fat. Plus all of the preservatives and additives that keep the dressing from separating.

This creamy salad dressing recipe uses coconut yogurt for a dairy free, soy free, nut free, option. Make sure you buy the plain coconut yogurt, vanilla would taste really weird here. If your diet is more flexible you can use any plain yogurt that you would like, even dairy if that’s what you’re into. 

The other vital key to creating the best salad dressing is salt. I cannot ever stress enough how important it is to taste your food as you season it! Start this one with ¼ tsp of salt and work up from there. Add a little bit at a time, tasting each time, until it’s just right. Salt brings out every other flavor. Without it you won’t get the sweetness of the honey or the tang of the yogurt and mustard. Everything is muted without our good friend salt.

Salads get a bad rap as a boring diet food. Here’s the trick, a green salad is not a meal! I’m sorry, no matter how hard you try, a green salad isn’t going to keep you full for hours. But, it is a great side dish or appetizer that can add a ton of veggies to your day.

The salad I used for the photo for this recipe is mixed greens, kale, carrots, cucumber, blackberries, and feta. Super simple, requires little chopping, and comes togeter in just a couple of minutes. You can add pretty much any fruit and veggie you like. If your diet allows you may also add nuts, seeds, croutons, anything crunchy to step it up even more.

Creamy salad dressing just feels more indulgent than a vinegar based one. As long as you make it yourself and don’t go overboard the dressing is just another healthy addition to this dish. The fats in salad dressings helps your body absorb many of the fat soluable vitamins found in salad veggies and gives you much more bang for your buck.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup plain coconut yogurt (or any plain yogurt that your current phase of diet allows)
  • 1 tbsp brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. mix all ingredients together
  2. serve with any of your favorite salads
Creamy salad dressing

Creamy Salad Dressing

Prep Time 5 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup plain coconut yogurt or any plain yogurt that your current phase of diet allows
  • 1 tbsp brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp pepper

Instructions
 

  • mix all ingredients together
  • serve with any of your favorite salads
Keyword citrus free, dairy free, soy free recipes
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