3 staple salad dressings to try

    A well-stocked fridge should have a few essentials, salad dressing being one of them. No, we’re not talking about store-bought dressings with sugar and canola oil listed as the first two ingredients, but the real, homemade dressings with healthy oils and fresh ingredients. Salad dressings are one of those essentials that you likely have all the ingredients for sitting in your fridge or pantry. They take only minutes to make but make a world of a difference when it comes to meal prepping. Put together a few dressings at the beginning of the week for easy use during lunch on the go or dinner at home.

    Each of these dressings has a different flavor profile that plays well with different salad ingredients. There’s the all-purpose maple dijon, the fresh and fruity balsamic vinaigrette, and the herbaceous green dressing. Choose one or all three, store in your fridge, and enjoy the next time you need a dressing in a pinch!

    Maple Dijon Dressing

    Photo: Jenny Lieberman

    Maple dijon is truly the dressing that does not disappoint. It has so many different uses. It’s the perfect dressing to bring together that tomato, feta, and pistachio salad. If a simple garden salad with romaine, peppers, and cucumbers is more your speed, then this dressing will also work wonders!


    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1/2 tbsp water
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    Photo: Jenny Lieberman
    Photo: Jenny Lieberman


    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 tbsp mayonnaise, I like using
    • 1 handful of kale
    • 2 handfuls of parsley
    • 1 handful of dill
    • 1 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
    • 1 small garlic clove
    • Pinch of salt


    Add the kale, herbs, garlic, nutritional yeast, and salt to the blender. Turn on your blender and slowly stream in the olive oil. Once you have added the olive oil and an emulsion starts to form, add in the mayonnaise and continue blending. If the herbs are not breaking down then shut off the blender and scrape down the sides. Continue blending as normal until you get the consistency of a dressing. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

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    Jenny Lieberman is a recipe developer, certified group fitness instructor, and recent high school graduate from Boca Raton, FL. She loves all things health and wellness, so you will probably find her looking up the newest food and fitness trends. She is currently on a gap year program at Midreshet Torah v’Avodah (MTVA) in Jerusalem, Israel. Jenny will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park, starting Fall 2021. You can follow Jenny on her Instagram healthy food account (@toomuchonmyplate_) to see more of her recipes!