4 Creamy Salad Dressings You Have to Try!

 
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Salad? Boring? Never.

It’s alllll about the dressing! The problem is, pre-bottled dressings are often ladled with added sugar, preservatives, gluten and other pro-inflammatory ingredients that our bodies just don't need. When you make them yourself, you can avoid these nasties and be sure that your body will thank you.

Here are my 4 favourite dressings! They are all super simple, tasty and quick (of course), whilst also being gluten free, sugar free, low carb and vegan.

  1. Creamy Miso Dressing

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Serves: 3

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp white miso paste

  • 1/4 cup filtered water

  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 tsp stevia

  • 1 tbsp gluten free soy sauce (tamari)

  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • Optional: 2 tbsp coconut or greek yogurt, or 1 tbsp mayonnaise

Method:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together well. Alternatively, use a nutribullet or mini food processor!

  2. Then, taste and add extra of any component you think is missing. To bulk it up and make it extra creamy, the yogurt or mayonaise is great! Choose depending on your dietary requirements.

2. Zesty Lemon Tahini Dressing

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup hulled tahini

  • Juice of one lemon

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 3 tbsp filtered water (more if you like it thinner, add this gradually)

  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

  • Pinch of sea salt

Method:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together well. Alternatively, use a nutribullet or mini food processor!

  2. Then, taste and add extra of any component you think is missing. Add more water until you reach your desired consistency.

3. Thai Peanut Chilli Dressing

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Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

  • 3 tbsp tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

  • 1/2 to 1 tsp stevia

  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 1 tsp grated ginger

  • Juice of half a lime

Method:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together well. Alternatively, use a nutribullet or mini food processor!

  2. Then, taste and add extra of any component you think is missing. Add water if you desire until you reach your desired consistency... this ones quite thick!

4. Creamy Garlic and Mustard Avocado Dressing

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Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 large avocado or 1 whole small

  • 1 large garlic clove

  • 1 tbp olive oil

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

  • Zest of one lemon

  • Juice of one lemon

  • 1 heaped tsp dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp stevia (optional)

  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • Dash of salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Blitz all ingredients together in a nutribullet or mini food processor!

  2. Then, taste and add extra of any component you think is missing. Also add more water if you would like a thinner consistency.

Notes:

If you don't want to make a batch for 3/4 servings, just divide the recipes to make 1 serve and use a fork to combine everything.

Every time I make these dressings, the quantities slightly differ.. but as long as you have a rough idea, you can use your taste buds to guide you.

Serving suggestion:

They're also great poured over steamed veggies alongside a protein source like meat, fish or tofu.

Using them for dips with veggie sticks makes an ideal low carb, high fat snack too. 

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Want to know how to build a perfect low carb salad that always equates to roughly 400 calories and will keep you energised all afternoon? Be sure to check out my Build Your Own Salad Guide!

 
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