If you're looking for the Best Dressing for salad, this is it! It's a perfect balance of sweet, tart, and savory flavors with a little nuttiness from sesame and poppy seeds.
With summer just around the corner, lighter meals are becoming increasingly appealing to to me. SALADS of all kinds are calling my name!
But a salad is only as delicious as its dressing, right? I'm going to show you how easy it is to whip up the Best Dressing of your life. Trust me, this recipe will blow your mind!
The warmer months are so short where we live up north that we savor each moment and try to compensate by eating all the fresh summer veggies we can while they’re in season.
In the throes of summer’s heat, it’s actually pretty common for us to marinade a whole bunch of different veggies, and then throw them on the grill and call that dinner!
Best Dressing for Salad
The thing about a really great salad dressing is that it's not only nourishing (full of healthy fats!). Also, it adds flavor to the salad without overpowering the flavors of the other ingredients in the salad.
Salad Dressing Ingredients:
- Good-quality extra virgin olive oil
- Apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
- Dijon mustard
- Tamari sauce (or coconut aminos or soy sauce)
- Poppy seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Seasoned salt
- Black pepper
- White onion
What Can I Use This Recipe For?
- Green salad
- Pasta salad
- Potato salad
- Topping for grilled or steamed vegetables
- Marinade for chicken
- As "sub oil" for submarine sandwiches
This recipe also works great as a delicious and easy marinade!
It's my favorite all-purpose dressing, which often doubles as a chicken marinade in our house. I love it so much that at any point there’s usually a jar of it in my fridge.
You can use it as a marinade for grilled, steamed, or roasted veggies, as well as fish, chicken, and steak. It’s also delicious in pasta salads, bean salads, panzanella salad (Italian bread salad), or even just to dress a mix of salad greens.
Oil in Salad Dressing
The kind of oil you use can take a dressing from good to amazing, so be sure to use good-quality oil here. I go for extra-virgin olive oil with a gorgeous green-gold color and a fruity, slightly peppery taste.
Here are the types of oil you can use in this recipe:
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Avocado oil
Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes:
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- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ½ tablespoon tamari sauce or coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt more or less to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ small white onion minced
- 1 small clove garlic grated on a microplane
- Whisk together all ingredients.
- Store refrigerated up to 1 week.
- This recipe makes about ¾ cup of dressing or 6 servings; each serving is 2 tablespoons.
More Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes to Try:
This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on May 13, 2011. I updated it with new photos in 2015, and more information on May 29, 2020. As a point of comparison to show how much my photography has evolved, I kept one of my original photos (below).
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