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Salad Dressings

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Created November 17, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I'm brand new to the Paleo diet and I am not a "cooking" kind of guy . . . but I'm diving in and doing it. Regarding quick and easy meals, obviously salad + chicken, etc . . . is a good Paleo meal. But what are some quick and easy salad dressings I can make. I see that Olive Oil is an option, haven't tried that but doesn't sound that tasty, lol.

Thanks for a great site by the way, really glad I found it!

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on November 18, 2010
at 10:15 AM

Dayla, you might want to reconsider the "perfect".

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on November 18, 2010
at 03:56 AM

Perfet. Have a hard time finding me some HFCS nowadays...

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on November 17, 2010
at 11:28 PM

Yep, checked the ingredients, which include: Potato starch, High Fructose Corn Syrup, "natural flavor", cellulose gel, cellulose gum, soy sauce, and xanthum gum. :(

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on November 17, 2010
at 11:22 PM

Fat free? That sounds scary.

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on November 17, 2010
at 09:08 PM

'live oil :P And you mean I can't vote for my own post ? Oooops :D

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on November 17, 2010
at 07:43 PM

Love that guac! My fav dinner is teh taco salad. And if you are lacto-paleo, throw on some shredded cheddar & sour cream. (Sometimes I think I'm more lacto than paleo...)

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on November 17, 2010
at 07:40 PM

I'm gonna have to try that. Rule 17 - You cannot "for the win" your own answer. Okay, I made that up. "Live oil"? I don't want that wiggling around my salad! (I'm a little extra silly today...)

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at 06:39 PM

This is what I do. Fatten up my salads!

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on November 17, 2010
at 06:10 PM

It's amazing the wide variety of simple salad dressings you can make (in about 90 seconds) with an empty salad dressing bottle, oil, vinegar and spices. We use either EVOO or coconut oil + red/white wine, balsamic, coconut or plum vinegar + ground mustard or whatever spices strike my fancy at the moment. Just add your ingredients to the bottle and shake. Like Anjie said, play with the proportions until you find what you like.

If I have a bit more time, sometimes I'll add a few pureed berries or pureed peppers or avocado. I've never tried it myself, but I've also heard of people using melted lard as the oil base, and making a smoky bacon dressing. Sounds delish.

My current favorite is a combo of coconut oil, coconut vinegar, a dash of tamari and Chinese 5-spice powder. Yum!

The sky's the limit! :)

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on November 17, 2010
at 06:39 PM

This is what I do. Fatten up my salads!

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on November 18, 2010
at 06:44 PM

Here's my go-to dressing- 2 TBS apple cider vinegar, 2 TBS dijon mustard, 1 chopped clove of garlic, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper

I mix it all together with my stick blender & keep it in the fridge for up to a week. Sometimes I blend in fresh herbs, or a little bit of honey, lemon, etc.; it's pretty versatile.

Here are some more ideas from Mark's Daily Apple: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/10-delicious-diy-salad-dressings/

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on November 18, 2010
at 10:41 AM

Store Bought dressings are not an option they are all full of sugar of sorts and preservatives. I have always made my own using olive oil or grape seed oil (for a lighter taste). The easiest is olive oil fresh lemon juice salt and pepper. I've found some other good one at ASweetLife like this lemon and Mint dressing or lemon tahini salad dressing (a little harder to make).

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on November 18, 2010
at 04:19 AM

This is an AMAZING salad dressing. I just served it to fourteen people at a dinner party and I overheard comments like, "this is a salad dressing dream come true", and "wonderful salad dressing!" So here you go, and enjoy!

Horseradish Cream Dressing

?? cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons vinegar.

?? teaspoon salt

Few grains pepper.

2 tablespoons very finely grated horseradish root.

Beat cream until it begins to thicken; then add gradually vinegar, while continuing the beating. When mixture is stiff, add seasonings and fold in grated horseradish. Spoon a generous dollop on top of a big salad. Yum.

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on November 17, 2010
at 06:13 PM

Here's some ideas from a previous hack, including ranch and flavored vinegars...

http://paleohacks.com/questions/13335/substitute-for-olive-oil-whats-a-low-omega-6-salad-dressing

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on November 17, 2010
at 06:10 PM

Macadamia oil FTW. It tastes good, not like live oil.

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on November 17, 2010
at 09:08 PM

'live oil :P And you mean I can't vote for my own post ? Oooops :D

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on November 17, 2010
at 07:40 PM

I'm gonna have to try that. Rule 17 - You cannot "for the win" your own answer. Okay, I made that up. "Live oil"? I don't want that wiggling around my salad! (I'm a little extra silly today...)

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on November 17, 2010
at 06:02 PM

I eat a salad for lunch almost every day (boring, but I survive), and I cut up a whole ripe avocado and toss it around. It coats everything nicely and tastes great.

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on November 17, 2010
at 05:48 PM

Who needs salad dressing when you can have salad+chicken topped with salsa and/or GUACAMOLE ;)

For a more "traditional" topping, I mix up some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a bit of dijon mustard. Play around with the proportions of each until you find what's tasty for you.

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on November 17, 2010
at 07:43 PM

Love that guac! My fav dinner is teh taco salad. And if you are lacto-paleo, throw on some shredded cheddar & sour cream. (Sometimes I think I'm more lacto than paleo...)

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on November 18, 2010
at 01:02 AM

I use macadamia oil, but once I run out I probably won't buy another bottle. My very favorite think to do though, is to put sauteed onions (in butter) on top. good and buttery, and I love onions.

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on November 18, 2010
at 12:48 AM

If you don't mind dairy, you can make a great creamy dressing with plain yogurt and olive oil. Drizzle and whisk in the oil until you get the consistency and taste that you want, then add a splash of lemon juice and some minced garlic and some herbs and seasonings.

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on November 17, 2010
at 11:23 PM

Hey Dave, I hear you, I was concerned about the salad dressing, because I'm a bit of a lazy cook, and don't want to have to make salad dressing, and olive oil sounded kind of yuck to me on a salad.

However, I decided to try it! Lazily, of course. I just sprinkle olive oil, and then sprinkle balsamic vinegar on the salad, and it eat that way. It actually is quite tasty. You could mix it up and use a different kind of oil (like Hazlenut oil, or almond oil), or some other type of vinegar. Or just one or the other.

Try it, you might be surprised.

It also helps to have some tasty things in your salad (like tuna, eggs, blue cheese (I'm lacto-paleo)).

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on November 17, 2010
at 08:33 PM

I just found the perfect salad dressing. It is "Maple Grove Farms of Vermont" Fat Free Caesar. It is all natural with hardly any sugar! It is so good!

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on November 17, 2010
at 11:28 PM

Yep, checked the ingredients, which include: Potato starch, High Fructose Corn Syrup, "natural flavor", cellulose gel, cellulose gum, soy sauce, and xanthum gum. :(

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on November 18, 2010
at 03:56 AM

Perfet. Have a hard time finding me some HFCS nowadays...

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

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on November 17, 2010
at 11:22 PM

Fat free? That sounds scary.

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(2399)

on November 18, 2010
at 10:15 AM

Dayla, you might want to reconsider the "perfect".

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