Looking for a healthy way to spice up your salads? Check out our favorite Olive oil recipes for salad dressing, featuring our most delicious and nutritious olive oils. Spring is here—and summer is just around the corner—so refresh your body and spirit with light yet satisfying salads that you can quickly toss together and enjoy for lunch at the office, the park, or the beach!
Quick & Easy Salad Dressing Recipe
Ready to feel vibrant in the summer sun? A study published in The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages veggie-heavy salads as one of the simplest and most effective ways to increase daily nutrient intake and improve overall diet quality. So here are three delicious and easy salad dressing recipes to help you make mouthwatering salads your new healthy staple so you can look and feel your best all summer long.
Olive Oil Salad Dressing No Vinegar Recipe
Bored with the same old dressing? Let’s mix it up! Here’s a fun and refreshing dressing featuring avocado, cucumber, and our nourishing olive oil. No need to overpower these beautiful flavors with vinegar. Let the zesty combination of clean, green fruits and vegetables wake up your taste buds and energize your day.
- 1/2 cucumber without peel
- 1/2 mashed avocado
- 2 Tbsps of Italica Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 Tbsps of natural yogurt
- 1 tsp of dried oregano
- Lemon zest (to taste)
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
The preparation is super straightforward. First, mash the cucumber and mix it with the avocado until well integrated. Then, stir in the olive oil, yogurt, and oregano.
When your dressing is thoroughly blended, add the lemon zest, pepper and salt, to taste. Mix well, drizzle on your salad, and enjoy!
You can switch out the oregano for other herbs if you want to give another taste to the final result. Basil and thyme are our recommendations to keep the recipe healthy and nutritious.
The Best Recipe for Caesar Salad Dressing
Caesar salad is a versatile classic. It can be a main dish or a side, and its dressing highlights healthy properties of olive oil, and nourishing protein from eggs and anchovies. Let’s see how to create that timeless Caesar flavor.
- 2 oz of finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 anchovy fillet
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce ( or Worcester sauce)
- 1/4 cup of Italica Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The Caesar dressing simply requires all the ingredients to be thoroughly blended together. With a food processor, a blender, or a hand mixer, combine the egg yolk, lemon juice, anchovy, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and extra virgin olive oil.
Lastly, add the Parmesan cheese and blend again until fully integrated. The resulting dressing should have a thick, rich, and creamy consistency. Enjoy this delicious favorite with a crunchy and refreshing Caesar salad!
To prevent your Caesar salad from getting soggy and losing all its charm, wait to dress it until just before serving.
Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe
Need a dressing that works well with salads featuring fish or seafood? Lemon vinaigrette is your best option. Vinaigrette is a crowd-pleaser for a reason, and a touch of lemon will give it that extra pep in its step.
- 1 sprig of parsley finely chopped
- 3 Tbsps of Italica Olive Oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper
To prepare the perfect lemon vinaigrette recipe, simply squeeze the entire lemon into a small bowl, dice the garlic finely and stir it into the lemon juice, and finally mix in the olive oil and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste.
The most important thing in this recipe is the quality of your ingredients. It may seem obvious, but choosing a nice, fresh lemon instead of pre-squeezed lemon juice will make all the difference.
Surprise your guests by whipping up one of these healthy, sugar-free, tasty dressings and enjoy the refreshing taste of a summer salad together!