My Favorite Dressing Recipes

Dressings are fun because as long as you stick to the general base ratio, you can add/eliminate different amounts of the other factors until you get the flavor you are looking for. I will suggest some general amounts but use this as a guide of ingredients that go well together and customize to your desired taste. 

Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • Base- about 1:3 ratio apple cider vinegar to olive oil
  • About a tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • Half lemon juiced
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Raw honey optional if desired sweeter
  • Minced garlic/shallot for extra flavor if desired 

Whisk or shake ingredients. 

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Base- about 1:3 ratio balsamic vinegar
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Raw honey if desired sweeter
  • Half lemon juiced if desired 
  • Minced garlic if desired 

Whisk or shake ingredients.

 Basil Pesto

  • Bunch of basil leaves
  • About 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Olive or avocado oil to desired consistency
  • Juice of a lemon
  • About 1/3 cup grated parmesan (not necessary)
  • Jalepeno seeded and chopped (not necessary)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • Salt/pepper to taste 

Pulse all ingredients except oil in food processor. Once combined, drizzle olive oil through top while pulsing to your desired consistency- will go from thicker to vinaigrette as you add more. 

Spicy Cashew Dressing (my best attempt at my Sweetgreen favorite)

  • Cup of cashews soaked in water for a couple of hours
  • Cup of vegetable broth
  • Cayenne pepper (to taste- I like to add a LOT until it's extra spicy)
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro 
  • Tbsp of Tahini
  • Garlic clove
  • Juice of a lemon or lime 
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Pulse all ingredients except vegetable broth in food processor. Add vegetable broth little by little while pulsing until desired consistency. 

White Bean Hummus (Perfect for dressing chicken/tuna salads)

  • 1 can of white beans
  • Avocado or olive oil
  • Cayenne pepper to taste 
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1-2 garlic cloves 
  • Salt/pepper to taste 

Pulse all ingredients except oil in food processor until smooth. Add oil through top of processor while pulsing until desired creamy consistency.