Dress to impress: 8 ways to revamp your salad

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Move over olive oil: there’s more than one way to dress a salad! We’ve selected our current cool and creamy, tangy and fruity favourites for you to try right now.

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

Cool and creamy: buttermilk caesar-style dressing recipe

Whisk together buttermilk, finely chopped dill, crushed garlic, a squeeze of lemon juice, mustard, diced anchovies and salt and pepper to taste.

Try the crunchy fried chicken with buttermilk Caesar-style dressing recipe here.

QUICK AND EASY: ASIAN-STYLE DRESSING

Quick and easy: asian-style dressing recipe

Mix coconut cream, fish sauce, soya sauce and grated ginger for a savoury salad dressing that is great on everything.

Try the Asian-style rotisserie chicken salad recipe here.

FRESH AND EARTHY: THE TAHINI DRESSING

Fresh and earthy: the tahini dressing recipe

For an earthy Middle Eastern flavour, mix tahini, lemon juice, chopped mint and yoghurt.

Try the Waldorf slaw with tahini dressing recipe here.

BRIGHT AND TANGY: THE BEETROOT DRESSING

Bright and tangy: the beetroot dressing recipe

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.

Try the new Cobb-style salad platter with beetroot dressing recipe here.

SIMPLE AND FRESH: THE CUCUMBER DRESSING

Simple-and-fresh--the-cucumber-dressing-recipe

Need a refreshing salad dressing? Blend cucumber, parsley, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

Try the bocconcini with cucumber juice dressing recipe here.

HOT AND TANGY: THE VIETNAMESE-STYLE DRESSING

Hot and tangy: the vietnamese-style dressing recipe

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.

Try the Vietnamese-style chicken slaw recipe here.

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT: THE FRUITY SEED DRESSING

Waste not, want not: the fruity seed dressing recipe

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.

Try the chop-chop salad with papaya seed dressing recipe here.

NUTTY AND ZESTY: THE COCONUT DRESSING

Nutty and zesty: the coconut dressing recipe

Yet another delightful way to use coconut milk. Simply blend coconut milk, lime juice and zest, coriander leaves and a pinch of salt. Delicious!

Try the coconut-dressed cauli-rice winter salad recipe here.

Discover more satisfyingly fresh salad recipes here.

Melissa Scheepers Article by: Melissa Scheepers

Woolworths TASTE’s online content producer has faced constant temptation since joining the team last year. When she’s not thinking about her next meal (it’s usually a variation of a cheese toastie), she’s researching the best cooking methods for her next article.

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