Recipes/ Sauces & Dressings

How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing

This basic salad dressing is going to change your salad experience for the rest of your life! I used to be the kind of girl who was too afraid of oils and would only use lemon and salt on my salads….BOring! Since I learned to make my own salad dressings, I eat kale as if it was candy…no kidding! The wonderful thing about making homemade dressing is that you can avoid all those cheap, rancid vegetable oils, sugar, High Corn Fructose Syrup, preservatives and additives.

This basic salad dressing takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and it stays good for up to two weeks in the fridge. No mincing or chopping is required for this recipe. All you got to do is pour the ingredients in a mason jar and shake it like it’s hot (or whisk away).

I like to make a quick salad with kale, tomatoes, avocados, shredded carrots and parmesan. And serve it as a side for when I make Peruvian Grilled (or baked) Chicken. Oh my! That chicken is out of this world! (Click here to see the recipe)

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Basic Salad Dressing

Makes: 1 cup


  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp powdered garlic


Pour ingredients in a bottle with lid on and shake content until all ingredients are well mixed. Or whisk all ingredients together vigorously with a fork.

Tip: When buying olive oil make sure it comes in a dark glass bottle because most unsaturated fats become rancid when exposed to light and high temperatures. Rancid oils are characterized by free radicals, which are extremely reactive. Free radicals are considered “marauders” in the body because they attack cell membranes and red blood cells. They cause wrinkles in the skin, premature aging, set the stage for tumors, and initiate the build up of plaque.

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