Basic Lemony Vinaigrette (Plus A Handful of Variations!)

A salad is only as good as its dressing. I'm often disappointed when at restaurants when I'm served a decent enough looking salad, but the dressing is just bland.

So, you have a big, beautiful salad or just simple greens in front of you, don't destroy it with bottled dressing that can be loaded with sugar, salt, additives, mystery ingredients, and empty calories. (I don't like to count calories, but we don't want to "waste" them either!) The organic brands might be a bit better, but they still contain a lot of sodium and even sugar or unhealthy sweeteners. Plus, like most things, homemade is best, isn't? You control the ingredients and it's so easy to make dressing, why buy it? I sometimes use my fancier food processor or my Jamie Oliver Flavor Shaker, which is the perfect size for a one-time use salad dressing, but a simple glass jar with a lid is all you need.

I like to make a batch of a base dressing to keep in the refrigerator for the week. I can then add hints of different ingredients to change it up each time: different herbs, or a spoon of almond butter, or a drizzle of infused oil.

I make this basic dressing (you can multiply the ingredients to make a larger batch). I hope you love it and find it eases your work putting together healthy salads every day.

To your health and happiness!

xx, Juli

Basic Lemony Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (substitute brown rice syrup if doing a CLEAN Program cleanse)
  • 1/4 tsp of minced garlic and/or shallot (literally just a pinch)
  • juice of 1/2 to 1 whole lemon (as desired)
  • pinch sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, or flaky fleur de sel
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of herbs (I like parsley because it's fairly neutral)
  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (preferably cold pressed and organic)
  1.  Combine all of the ingredients except olive oil in the glass jar and give it several good shakes. Then whisk in the olive oil slowly. Give the jar another good shake.

 You can vary the basic dressing by adding a dash or a spoon of these other ingredients:

  • dijon mustard

  • balsamic vinegar

  • avocado oil

  • tamari

  • any infused oil you love

  • nut butter, such as almond

  • miso paste

  • a bit of fresh avocado flesh

  • pinch of ginger

  • pinch of chili

  • other herbs, like oregano, mint, basil, etc.