We all have those moments when olive oil and balsamic vinegar just don’t hit the spot. We’re not knocking the classic, we’re just saying that there are other delightful, easy and fresh ways to spruce up a salad.
Up your salad dressing game with one of these easy recipes, featuring the likes of buttermilk, anchovies, coconut cream, fish sauce, soya sauce, tahini paste, yoghurt, cucumber juice and even leftover papaya seeds!
COOL AND CREAMY: BUTTERMILK CAESAR-STYLE DRESSING
Whisk together buttermilk, finely chopped dill, crushed garlic, a squeeze of lemon juice, mustard, diced anchovies and salt and pepper to taste.
QUICK AND EASY: ASIAN-STYLE DRESSING
Mix coconut cream, fish sauce, soya sauce and grated ginger for a savoury salad dressing that is great on everything.
FRESH AND EARTHY: THE TAHINI DRESSING
For an earthy Middle Eastern flavour, mix tahini, lemon juice, chopped mint and yoghurt.
BRIGHT AND TANGY: THE BEETROOT DRESSING
Beetroot lovers, this is for you. Whisk together beetroot juice, grated ginger, a glug of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste for a sweet, earthy, easy salad dressing.
SIMPLE AND FRESH: THE CUCUMBER DRESSING
Need a refreshing salad dressing? Blend cucumber, parsley, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
HOT AND TANGY: THE VIETNAMESE-STYLE DRESSING
Prefer a fresh tang along with your crunchy salad? Mix fresh lime juice, fish sauce, canola oil, a little sugar, rice vinegar, crushed garlic cloves and finely chopped fresh chillies.
WASTE NOT, WANT NOT: THE FRUITY SEED DRESSING
Don’t throw out your papaya seeds! Mix them with finely chopped red onion, rice wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, crushed garlic, lemon juice and a pinch of salt and blitz in a blender.
NUTTY AND ZESTY: THE COCONUT DRESSING
Yet another delightful way to use coconut milk. Simply blend coconut milk, lime juice and zest, coriander leaves and a pinch of salt. Delicious!