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Tasty Paleo Salad Dressings?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 27, 2011 at 3:11 AM

I do almost all of my shopping at Whole Foods, because it's the closest to my house, has a great fruit/veggie selection, and all of the beef is grass-fed. The hardest thing to find has been a good paleo-friendly salad dressing. Of the 50+ types they have at my local Whole Foods, there is one that is paleo-friendly. It's the Whole Foods store brand Herbs Provencale dressing, believe it or not. It has only olive oil (no other vegetable oils), and it has no added sugar. It's decent, but I still end up making my own with balsamic vinegar and olive oil mostly.

Does anyone know of any really tasty pre-made salad dressings that don't have high n-6 oils or added sugar and other junk? Even if I have to order online or shop at a major supermarket, it's worth it to me. Thanks for your time!

PS. My favorite salad: Huge bed of baby spinach, 4 oz smoked wild salmon, a selected berry (blueberries and raspberries work great) or grapes, and nuts (walnuts and pecans have been excellent). I make it probably three times per week, and I change the fruit, nut, and often the dressing to keep it interesting!

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on January 23, 2012
at 09:38 PM

I was so surprised when I actually looked at the ingredients of the typical "balsamic vinegar" that you find in a grocery store. I never thought that there would be additives in it! Just another example of how you've gotta read the labels of every single thing! 100% pure balsamic vinegar is so delicious though.

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on January 23, 2012
at 08:11 PM

*Real* balsamic vinegar contains a negligible amount of either.

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on September 27, 2011
at 04:23 PM

Hey, I checked every bottle in the aisle last weekend and couldn't find any dressings or sauces. I bookmarked your site and I'm glad you shared.

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:40 PM

I'll whip up a red onion & diced tomato salad, and drizzle the white balsamic & EVOO dressing over it. Delicious! The mild taste and sweetness complements a variety of flavors.

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:03 PM

Awesome thanks. Yeah they definitely didn't have those in the one near me (MA). I checked every friggin label lol.

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:03 PM

Good point. I know the dressing I bought is EVOO, but yeah it may have been exposed to oxidation.

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(106)

on September 27, 2011
at 03:02 PM

Thanks! The citrus juices are a good idea.

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:00 PM

Ooo that sounds amazing! Thanks! (both of those suggestions). I need to get used to looking for individual ingredients. I'm still a new paleo (45 days or so).

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on September 27, 2011
at 11:25 AM

For a lighter dressing, try mixing in some fig-infused white balsamic vinaigrette with the olive oil! That stuff is addicting! http://www.grocerycouponnetwork.com/foodproducts/products.php?Id=20849

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:38 AM

Sounds Awesome JuBa!

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:51 AM

I make all my own salad dressing - easy, fast, affordable, and I know it's good :) Oils, herbs, seasoning, acids - swap them around and you'll never get bored. One of my favourites: garlic, lime, cumin, honey, jalapeño, avocado oil, s+p. Add to a jar, seal tight, shake yer money maker, yum. Take out the cumin/jalapeño/lime and use fresh herbs and lemon? Tasty cakes.

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on September 27, 2011
at 04:11 PM

Caveman Bob's Paleo Sauces is my fairly new small business. We design our products to fit with the Paleo diet, including a raspberry vinaigrette and a lemon vinaigrette made with macadamnia nut oil and no added sugar. You can look at the salad dressings at http://www.cavemanbob.com/collections/salad-dressings

I actually make my salads similar to the one you described, and the raspberry vinaigrette is wonderful with it.

*Apologies for the self-promotion. Feel free to delete if this isn't appropriate, but I think it may be exactly what Shane is asking for.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on September 27, 2011
at 04:23 PM

Hey, I checked every bottle in the aisle last weekend and couldn't find any dressings or sauces. I bookmarked your site and I'm glad you shared.

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on September 27, 2011
at 01:18 PM

All of these suggestions sound great - I love an oily-vinegary-herby dressing and make them often. Sometimes, though, I just go with olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper - especially if a have a ton of berries and veg in the mix.

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:36 AM

I'm lucky, because I've always loved oil and vinegar. I'm not much for creamy dressings.

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on September 27, 2011
at 12:13 PM

http://www.tessemaes.com/ They make paleo-friendly salad dressings- I've seen them in Whole Foods in MD, VA & DC; maybe you could request your local store to carry it (looks like you can order from their site as well). They are pricey, but sometimes I just don't feel like making my own dressing.

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:03 PM

Awesome thanks. Yeah they definitely didn't have those in the one near me (MA). I checked every friggin label lol.

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:42 AM

I've noticed that more and more dressings are using soy oil- it must be cheaper. So for that reason I am sure most of us will end up making most of our dressings unless some entreprenurial paleohacker starts a company.

Sometimes I get lucky in the produce section where they have a 'yuppier' selection of dressings. You might want to check there. I found a nice mango one and also a raspberry with red wine.

Otherwise, just get creative and change out the balsamic for lemon, orange, lime juice, or red wine. Add crushed garlic, mustard, and different seasonings to change the flavour. I usually use olive oil but have been known to add bacon fat to my spinach salad.

Make paleo mayonnaise and use that for a change of pace.

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:02 PM

Thanks! The citrus juices are a good idea.

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on April 24, 2013
at 06:56 AM

This easy salad dressing makes enough for about eight side salads (2 Tbs per salad). Adjust the seasoning and sweetness as you like. Approximate cooking time: 15 minutes • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 1 garlic clove, finely minced • 1 tsp Dijon mustard • 1 tsp raw honey • 1 Tbs lemon juice • 1 tsp sea salt • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper • 1 tsp dried herbs of choice (basil, thyme, chives, rosemary, oregano, tarragon) Instructions 1. Whisk (or put in blender) balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, raw honey and lemon juice until blended. 2. Gradually add olive oil while whisking (or blending). 3. Mix salt, pepper and dried herbs in to taste. 4. Store in the refrigerator. For a healthy recipe of salad you can also try sheffafoods.com. It also provide salad sprinkle which is very tangy and it will make your salad more tasty.

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on March 18, 2013
at 06:55 PM

I've made a great Ranch dressing with coconut milk, olive oil and spices http://northwestcavegirls.com/2012/03/paleo-ranch-salad-dressing/

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on January 30, 2013
at 03:21 AM

Braggs ginger vinaigrette! Olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

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on January 23, 2012
at 08:11 PM

On the salad you mentioned, I'd probably macerate strawberries with some balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and black pepper - then add walnut oil and pour the mix on top of the salad.

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on January 23, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I'm pretty sure Balsamic Vinegar contains caramel and sugar, and is therefore non-Paleo. Your thoughts?

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on January 23, 2012
at 09:38 PM

I was so surprised when I actually looked at the ingredients of the typical "balsamic vinegar" that you find in a grocery store. I never thought that there would be additives in it! Just another example of how you've gotta read the labels of every single thing! 100% pure balsamic vinegar is so delicious though.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on January 23, 2012
at 08:11 PM

*Real* balsamic vinegar contains a negligible amount of either.

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:40 AM

My standy is balsamic vinegar.

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:33 AM

In rare moments of being too damn lazy to make my own salad dressing, I use Annie's Green Garlic (not goddess!) dressing. It contains canola and/or sunflower oil, but I use it so rarely and my logic is that at least it doesn't contain soy oil.

Usually I just mix up my own with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, powdered ginger, salt, pepper and dijon mustard.

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:55 AM

I don't know of any brands that don't drop any horrible oils into their dressings. I think it comes down to the cost factor for most manufacturers. Olive oil may taste better but the average consumer doesn't seem to care enough about the quality (let alone the health benefits) so they will use dressings containing any old vegetable oil.

The other potential issue with buying a pre-made dressing, assuming you can find one that isn't full of vegetable oil, is that you don't know how it has been handled or if it has been exposed to heat. So it may well be made from olive oil, but was it cold pressed EVOO? Did the manufacturing process expose the oil to heat and cause oxidation?

As you know it takes 1 -2min to make your own dressing, and with so many simple recipes easily available I'd rather make my own and know the source and quality of the ingredients used.

My go to standard is 2/3 EVOO, 1/3 lemon juice and I may add a splash or two of balsamic and sometimes a teaspoon of mustard.

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:03 PM

Good point. I know the dressing I bought is EVOO, but yeah it may have been exposed to oxidation.

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