32 Delicious Paleo Salad Dressing Recipes
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Salads are great, but without a good dressing, you’ve just got a pile of raw (well, occasionally cooked) veggies. I’m often appalled by what goes into those store-bought dressings, so I’ve made a habit out of making my own. Luckily several genius Paleo-friendly food bloggers have figured out how to turn those classic dressings like ranch and caesar into ones that we can all enjoy!
The following list also includes some delicious vinaigrettes and other types of dressings. Here are our favorite Paleo salad dressing recipes!
Top 3 Paleo Salad Dressing Recipes
The secret ingredient in Rach’s “almost” ranch dressing is raw, unsalted cashew that she soaks overnight. A little planning ahead is involved, but if you want the perfect texture for your salad dressing it is well worth the effort. I’m not a big fan of dill so I’ll just stick with the chives as the main flavor booster of this rich and creamy vegan-friendly dressing!
I love this dressing recipe for how very simple it is. The title pretty much says it all. Two citrusy juices, plus balsamic and a bit of olive oil, of course, and you have a fresh, tasty, Top 30-friendly salad dressing that is fresh, light and perfect for a simple salad! The accompany salad recipes also seems to be the perfect match – simple, fresh and healthy. What more could you ask for?
It may require some work but this vinaigrette recipe looks positively AMAZING! If you don’t know how to make fruity chutney, this is the perfect opportunity to learn. You start by caramelizing onion and garlic (be patient!) and when browned, add the pears and maple syrup in the mix. Then you mix the vinaigrette parts separately and top a a bed of greens with this delicious mix that also goes great with walnuts and dried cranberries. Remember to opt for the olive oil and NOT grapeseed oil as the latter is not Paleo!
Ancestral Chef’s Paleo Salad Dressing Recipe
Here are some delicious Paleo salad dressing recipes from our own site.
Paleo Ranch Salad Dressings
1. Ranch Dressing Recipe
This ranch dressing is made with a base of coconut milk and Paleo mayo. If you don’t have Paleo mayo on hand there is another recipe linked in this one so you can make it first. (Or you can purchase Paleo mayo now from Thrive Market online!)
With a similar base to the above dressing from Meatified, the avocado really sets this one apart. It’s much faster too as there is no need for all-night soaking of any of the ingredients, plus lasts sealed well in the fridge for up to two weeks!
This recipe is more Primal than Paleo (unless you use non-dairy yogurt). Yogurt and mayo? Sounds like a very rich dressing!
Not actually a dressing recipe, this is a great spice mix that can be blended with your choice of Paleo-friendly mayo or non-dairy cream or yogurt. I can think of a few more great uses for this spice mix too (marinade, anyone?).
There is no mayo or thickener used in this recipe so I wonder if the consistency is good enough to hold. Several spices and olive oil are mixed in with coconut milk. It sounds delicious but may be better mixed in a salad as opposed to being used for dipping raw veggies.
Ever since Paleo blogger Michelle learned how to make her own Paleo mayonaisse, her inspiration for delicious salad dressings has been unceasing! She succinctly describes her Paleo Ranch dressing recipe here and gives some recommendations on perfect accompaniments with which to serve it.
Vinaigrette and Italian Paleo Salad Dressings
The key to this amazing vinaigrette is to make a little marinade with half of the ingredients first so that the minced shallots REALLY absorb the flavor! Alternately you can use red onion but I’m not sure that the effect would be quite as potent.
Ah tarragon, one of the lesser-known (and in my opinion, totally underrated!) herbs that make this vinaigrette really POP! Also, there is some information on tarragon’s health benefits so you can learn more about it too.
This ginger Dijon dressing recipe is low on instructions and high on flavor! The ingredients list is also brief and you don’t have to go searching for any obscure items either.
I love recipes that strike that great balance of Dijon and honey and this one is phenomenal.
This recipe is the perfect base for whichever fresh herbs you choose to include. Lisa uses Italian flat-leaf pasley (keeping with the Italian theme) but also leaves it open in case you don’t have that or just want to use something else.
Here’s a simple vinaigrette from Grass Fed Girl that is perfect for a party of two and goes well with her Grass Fed Meatballs recipe (she provides a link in the post). Beware though that stevia may not be Paleo-friendly so opt for maple syrup if you are going to be strict about it.
A good choice for spice lovers, this Asian-influenced dressing sounds right up my alley. Ginger, garlic, cilantro and lime also remind me of one of my favorite cuisines (Thai!) and I am definitely going to try this dressing next time I make a Thai-inspired salad.
Here’s a basic balsamic recipe that calls for a pinch of celery seed.
This thick and creamy avocado cilantro dressing requires a blender or mixer… or just a lot of elbow grease!
Perfect for dripping over a Greek salad, this dressing should be shaken well and then left to soak in itself for a good 30 minutes.
Caesar Salad Dressing Recipes
Horseradish and anchovy paste – two less common ingredients that can seem offensive to the nose but are the key to pleasing the taste buds in this Caesar dressing.
This dressing recipe is sure to turn out tasting like a classic Caesar dressing. Coconut aminos, a common substitute for soy sauce, are OK to leave out if you don’t have any on hand (the recipe already includes salt).
Blogger Kim recommends emulsifying this delicious dressing mix in a blender or processor and serving in a salad with pine nuts and black olives. YUM!
Other Paleo Salad Dressings
Avocado and olive oil make this dressing quite thick and creamy.
Here’s a Paleo Mayo that can be used as part of a salad dressing emulsion or just on its own with any meat or roasted veggie dish!
While I love the idea of hemp oil, it’s not so easy to find anywhere near where I live. But if the opposite is true for you, this dressing is not only delicious, but surprisingly simple.
This dressing is basic and easy (4 ingredients only!) and goes swimmingly with the salad recipe that Jaybird includes in the post (also 4 ingredients only!).
Who knew that processing strawberries could make for such a tasty vinaigrette – a perfect sauce to accompany the slightly bitter but flavorful arugula!
Canada Girl’s taco salad dressing sounds delicious – if only I could find a good taco seasoning recipe to use as the base!
7. Creamy Herb Dressing
This dressing is made super creamy by soaking nuts (cashews, macadamia or pine nuts) for an hour beforehand and blending them up first.
Another great Paleo mayo recipe, this one includes avocado oil and dijon (and has links to Brent’s favorite brands for both).
I always say, “everything tastes better with a little bacon”. This dressing actually uses the grease from the bacon instead of typical oil.
If you don’t want to make your own Paleo Mayo…
It’s annoying to have to make your own Paleo mayo whenever you want to create a new salad dressing, so our trick is to buy a jar of this Paleo mayo and keep it in your fridge ready for use – you can buy it on Thrive Market online or directly through Mark Sisson’s website!