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Best Go-to Everyday Salad Dressing Recipe

Everyday Salad Dressing Recipe

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Let’s talk salads, Salads are best when they have high-quality and delicious — yet simple! — dressings. if you have a great dressing, it will complete your salad Bowl usually the green one.

Most bottled dressings not only contain refined oils, but also sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, stabilizers, and lots of other mysterious things I can’t even pronounce — never a good sign.

My go-to Everyday salad dressing recipe that’s quick and easy to make. It’s simple and delicious. Use good quality ingredients in this dressing and your salad. 

Everyday Salad Dressing Recipe


Directions for all three dressings are below:

1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add water to thin it out if needed.
2. You may also combine the ingredients without blending: Simply add everything to a mason jar and shake it until all of the ingredients are well combined.


Coconut Dressing 

Credit: Adriana Urbina


  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk 
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free tamari 
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
Coconut Dressing 

Cilantro Lime 

Credit: Adriana Urbina


  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • Juice of 2 limes 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic 
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup 
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
Cilantro Lime 

Zesty Tahini 

Credit: Adriana Urbina


  • 1/4 cup tahini 
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice 
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce or coconut aminos 
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

Tips for making an everyday salad dressing recipe:

  • Start with a base of oil and vinegar or citrus juice, and adjust the proportions to your taste.
  • Use high-quality ingredients for the best flavor, such as extra-virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Add seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs to enhance the flavor of the dressing.
  • Consider adding a sweetener like honey or maple syrup to balance out the acidity of the vinegar or citrus.
  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a bowl or shake them in a jar to emulsify the mixture.
  • Taste the dressing and adjust the seasonings as needed before adding it to your salad.
  • Store leftover dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
  • For a creamy dressing, mix in yogurt, sour cream, or mayo.
  • Experiment with different oils and vinegar to create new flavor combinations.
  • For a lower-fat option, use a lighter oil like grapeseed or canola oil.
  • Consider adding mustard or soy sauce to the dressing for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Use the dressing sparingly to avoid overpowering the flavor of the salad.
Zesty Tahini 


  1. Acid options: This salad dressing recipe also works wonderfully with just about any kind of vinegar — red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, sherry vinegar, etc.  So feel free to use whatever will work best for your salad!
  2. Sweetener options: Feel free to add 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey (or your desired sweetener) if you would like to make this dressing a bit sweeter.
  3. Storage instructions: I find that the lemon juice version of this dressing doesn’t taste so great after more than 24 hours in the fridge.  So if you would like to make a larger batch of the dressing to store for up to 1 week, I recommend using vinegar in place of the lemon juice.

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