Oil-Free Sweet Dijon Salad Dressing
Though the fall is technically my favorite time of year when it comes to the food calendar, I do love breaking out our serving bowl (known as “the big bowl”) in the spring and filling it with a jumbo salad for one. This tradition starts as soon as the snows melt in April, and occurs nearly every day at lunch until the snow flies again in October. My love for warm weather salads is threefold: The fresh taste of the produce, the energized feeling I get after consuming all of those greens, and the desire to not look worse than the year prior in a swimsuit. Come on, I know I’m not the only one!
Anyway, as amazing as salads can taste, the dressing really is the icing veggie cake. I like to use a lot of it, but don’t love the heavy oils. So, I’m always mixing up oil-free blends that still satisfy my cravings for something a little rich. One of my favorites is honey dijon.
But, before I jump into this wonderfully simple recipe, I have a little healthy advice. Don’t be tempted to go completely fat-free with your salads. According to studies, dietary fat is required for the proper absorption of nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Though I often cut out the oils, I make sure to add some healthy fats to the overall meal. The dressing itself contains a wee bit of fat from the flaxseed (the seeds help to thicken the dressing), but I also love adding ample avocado chunks to honey dijon salads … the flavor combination is incredible. For protein, chicken, tuna, or tempeh are fabulous options. If I’m out of avocado, and my salad is too close to fat-free, then I whisk a little olive oil or a tablespoon of nut butter into this dressing for an equally divine flavor.
Sweet Dijon Salad Dressing
- 2 Tablespoons Honey or Agave Nectar
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
- 2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar, Rice Vinegar, or Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Flaxseeds (grind then measure)
- Whisk these four little ingredients together until well combined.
- Pop the dressing in the fridge to thicken a bit while you make the rest of your salad.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Diet type: Optionally Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy free, Egg free, Gluten free, Nut free, Peanut free, Soy free, Wheat free
Number of servings (yield): 3
What’s your favorite salad dressing?
Alisa Fleming is the founder of the largest dairy-free website, Go Dairy Free, and author of the best-selling special diet book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living.