These three homemade salad dressings will spice up your salad game: Spicy Honey Dijon, Avocado, Cilantro & Lime, and Asian Sesame.
My intern Emily and I have been brainstorming recipes to develop together, and I said “I need some good homemade salad dressings for the fridge.” She created these three based on some dressings she made at a farm a few years back. I’ve been using them ever since on my salads, and they are all winners!
All three are made in a high-power blender, and each recipe makes about a cup of dressing that should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
Spicy Honey Dijon
This will be your new house dressing! The perfect addition to a fresh pear salad with goat cheese and arugula. The use of apple cider vinegar gives it some spice, but it is mellowed out with the sweet undertones from the honey.
Combine in blender:
- 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
- ½ cup olive oil
- S+P to taste
Avocado, Cilantro & Lime
For a thicker dressing that also serves as a great dip for veggies or even a spread for sandwiches, the avocado, cilantro, and lime is a perfect pick. Garnish with more cilantro if you’re using it as a dip! It’s also great on thicker salads, like massaged kale.
Combine in blender:
- 1 whole medium ripe avocado
- 1 tbsp of fresh garlic
- Small handful of cilantro
- 1.5 tbsp fresh lime juice
- ½ tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp of olive oil or avocado oil
- ¼ cup of Greek yogurt
Spicy Asian Sesame
This recipe adds an extra kick to the traditional Asian sesame with the addition of spicy mustard and serves as a delicious marinade for chicken. Use the blender for the dressing base and then pour the dressing into a jar with sesame seeds and shake to incorporate.
Combine in a blender:
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp spicy mustard
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ½ tsp of soy sauce in a blender
Stir in 2.5 Tbsp sesame seeds after dressing is blended.
I loved the thick avocado lime on my prep day kale salad which was massaged with a little olive oil and lime juice on Sunday and dressed before eating. Thomas brought me half a sandwich from Ivy Provisions and some chips to have with my salad for lunch!
What’s the most unique ingredient you’ve ever used in salad dressing? I need to buy some pepper jelly so I can make the dressing that Jessica made for me a few years ago!