Bring Out the Best Flavours in Veggies, Next Time You Make Salad: Best Olive Oil Salad Dressing Recipes (2020)

Bring Out the Best Flavours in Veggies, Next Time You Make Salad: Best Olive Oil Salad Dressing Recipes (2020)

Salad dressings are quite easy to make, save you a copious amount of money, and you can customize the dressing to your liking with your choice of ingredients, without artificial flavours, colours, and unnecessary potions of salt or sugar in them! In this post, we bring you the best olive oil salad dressing recipes.

Olive Oil Benefits in Cooking

Perfect for cholesterol management, digestion, and good for the heart, Olive Oil has slowly been becoming the ideal choice in the culinary domain. Aside from its innumerable health benefits, this Mediterranean marvel also helps improve brain health and eliminate depression. The highest category of olive oil is the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, followed by virgin oil and then refined oil, categorized so by the way they are extracted and then processed further with chemical solvents. Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and virgin olive oil are extracted directly from grinding the olive fruit, which retains its flavour, taste, sharpness, and of course, it’s numerous benefits. But it is best to use this category only raw food or cold cooking as in for salads, dressings, making dips and bread.

Olive Oil Salad Dressing Recipes

Shallot White Wine Dressing with Olive Oil

With a crisp and juicy texture and a mildly-sweet & spicy flavour, when mixed with Olive Oil, mustard paste, and vinegar, the Shallots Dressing is quite a tongue-tickling Vinaigrette. It can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days in an airtight container.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp finely chopped shallots or madras onions
  • 2 tsp whole grain mustard paste
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar and ½ tsp sea salt.

How to Make

  • Combine the vinegar, pepper, shallots, mustard paste and sea salt in a deep bowl and gradually add Olive Oil to it, whisking the mix continuously.

Parsley and Garlic Dressing with Olive Oil

This dressing has a strong flavour with Olive Oil for its base, parsley, and garlic to perk up any salad taste, plus the lemon and orange juices can give it a tangy twist. At the same time, the cumin powder will highlight the assorted flavours.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp roasted cumin powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt

How to Make

  • Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan, add garlic and saute it on medium heat for just 30 seconds.
  • Once it cools down, blend it in a mixer with all the other ingredients till you get a smooth paste.

Cream Cheese Dressing with Olive Oil

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Whether you choose blue cheese, feta, parmesan, or cheddar, a bit of cheese and everything tastes better!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 50 gm cream cheese
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

How to Make

  • Whisk all the ingredients together using a hand blender, add to it seasonings of your choice and use the dressing to toss up your greens with some dill thrown in for a dash of added flavour.

Spicy Honey Mustard Dressing with Olive Oil

A lip-smacking sweet n’ spicy dressing with tempting flavours of lemon, mustard, and honey, this peppy dressing can be stored for two days when refrigerated in an airtight jar.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp whole grain mustard paste
  • ½ tsp lemon rind
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped jalapenos

How to Make

  • Combine the mustard paste, honey, sea salt, lemon zest and lemon juice in a deep bowl and slowly add olive and vegetable oils to the mix, whisking it all continuously.
  • Add the thyme and jalapenos next and mix well.

Yogurt Dressing with Olive Oil

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Agave syrup
  • ¼ cup tamarind concentrate
  • Juice of 3 large lemons
  • 3 tbsp roasted cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp grated ginger

How to Make

  • Blend all the ingredients together in a mixer till absolutely smooth and chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

Cilantro Tamarind Dressing with Olive Oil

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bunches fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp tamarind concentrate
  • 4 green chillies
  • 3 tsp salt

How to Make

  • Blend all the ingredients in a mixer till absolutely smooth and chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving. This dressing comes out to about 1 ½ cup.

Fresh Herb Vinaigrette with Olive Oil

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 1 cup light balsamic vinegar
  • Chopped coriander
  • Mint or other herbs of choice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp coarse black pepper
  • sugar to taste

How to Make

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a jar and shake well.

Olive Oil Dressing with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 250 ml olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dried tomatoes
  • Basil to taste

How to Make

  • Mince the sun-dried tomatoes into small pieces and place in a jar, add to it olive oil and basil leaves and then close the lid on the jar to be left for two weeks for infusion.

This particular dressing can not only be sprinkled on your salad but can also be used to marinate your meats. It should ideally be left to infuse for 2 weeks before use to get the most flavour.

Important Tip to Keep in Mind!

Although Olive Oil is one of the healthiest choices, it is deemed unsuitable for cooking purposes by most people owing to the presence of unsaturated fats in it. When exposed to high heat, the core properties of oils and fats in it can change. Since it balances the acidity level, olive oil is suitable for use with highly acidic food and adds depth to a salad or pasta. It can also be used in a marinade or sauce, drizzled on food for just a hint of olive flavour, and also used with your sides and appetizers.

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Use Only the Freshest of Ingredients!

Use only the freshest ingredients for making any salad dressing, as you won't be getting the most flavourful taste if you use ingredients that are even 1-2 days old. And, of course, stale ingredients aren't good for health!

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