Finally Something Savory!

As you know I have a sweet tooth and love love love my desserts, so naturally this is what I prefer to share with you, plus they're much more fun to post about! I do eat other things too though, LOL. For example, my daily fare normally consists of green juice, raw veggie soup with seaweed, chocolate, salad, and of course, dessert. The juice is the same every day, the soup is a basic combo of any of the following: zucchini, peppers, spinach, avocado, tomato, herbs, and/or celery blended with water and seasoned with seaweed....and my salad is also similar every day, BUT I do change up the dressing every few days so I'd like to share some of my faves - the "tried and trues".

This is an adaptation of a wonderful italian dressing in the book The Complete Book of Raw Food.
Creamy Italian Dressing

1 large red pepper
1 cup water
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked
(amount before soaking)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup packed fresh basil
3 tbs apple cider vinegar
3 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs nutritional yeast
1-2 cloves garlic
2 tsp ground kelp
1 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy, adjust any flavours to taste.
Alissa's Italian Dressing is another of my faves because I love fresh basil so much! Let this dressing sit for a few days and the flavours intensify!

1 cup olive oil

1 cup fresh basil
1 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup dried Italian seasoning
2 scallions
2 teaspoons onion
1 lemon, juiced
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Blend & chill for at least one hour.

I have to say that my #1 fave is my caesar dressing. I just can't get enough - occasionally I go for weeks eating this on my salads and must force myself to make something different, lol. This makes a large batch, so you might want to half it. I usually do that because it has a shelf life of about 6 days max in the fridge.
Caesar Dressing
2 medium avocadoes
1/2 cup cashews
½ c water
¼ c lemon juice
¼ c olive oil
2.5 tbs acv
2 tbs nutritional yeast
1-2 tsp sea salt
1-2 tsp black pepper
2 medium cloves garlic
1 large date
Blend all ingredients until smooth, starting with the lower amount of salt and pepper. Taste, and reseason if needed.

This next dressing posted by Ingrid on Natural Living Cuisine is really nice. I like to add either some lemon juice or more apple cider vinegar as I prefer a bit of a tangier dressing.

Tomato Dressing
Try this fresh slightly spicy tomato dressing on your next salad or as a dip with fresh vegetables. The garlic and pepper give it its spicy flavor.
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon celtic salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked mixed pepper
1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
Put all ingredients into the blender, except olive oil, and blend until mixed. While blender is still running slowly pour in olive oil, blend until mixture is creamy. Store in salad dressing bottle and refrigerate. Keeps about 5 days. Shake well before serving.Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Dill-icious Dressing

This is a dilly version of Carmi's house dressing - super delish! It's just as great without the dill too! Makes 3 cups

1/2 avocado

1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup water (or until desired consistency is reached)
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 or 3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon miso (or 2 tbs Braggs)
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 cup fresh dill
Blend all ingredients except dill until smooth. Add dill and process briefly. Alternatively, you could finely chop the dill and add it by hand.

So there you have it, my top 5 salad dressings...but I'm always on the lookout for new faves - do you have some great ones to share?!

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  1. Anonymous
    April 1, 2009 at 18:38

    On Caesar Dressing, what is the 2.5 Tbs acv?

  2. April 2, 2009 at 06:02

    Heathy!!!! you gorgeous girl!!! How are you?? last time I spoke to you, you and your mother(?) i think it was, came to AZ to spend a week at that retreat here in tuscon!!!! I've missed you!!! So good to have come across your blog!!<br />HUGS!!

  3. April 3, 2009 at 03:36

    Heathy, I love this post, I tried the raw ranch that Carmela posted, YOWZA, loved it, so can't wait to try these, thanks!<br />deb

  4. April 3, 2009 at 15:40

    Thanks for the recipes. I can't wait to try them.

  5. Stephanie
    April 6, 2009 at 19:15

    Hi Heathy,<br /><br />I love your blog! Do you use a high speed blender (Vitamix or Blendtec)? I can't seem to create a creamy consistancy when I make recipes and I was wondering if I would need to invest in one of these blenders. Thank you!

  6. April 7, 2009 at 21:10

    Anon - acv is apple cider vinegar<br /><br />Malynda - OMG Hi!! How are ya girl? Whats new in AZ these days? We keep thinking about coming back there since we loved it so much!<br /><br />Debbie - oh yeah, the ranch is good too! I think you'll enjoy these. <br /><br />Stephanie - yeah, you'll definately want to invest in a high speed blener for many raw recipes. You'll be glad you did!

  7. April 8, 2009 at 16:32

    Yummy!! I just made the Tomato Dressing and am dipping cauliflower and broccoli florets into it. It is tart and spicy and wonderful! I can't wait to try the others. <br /><br />My favorite dressing that I came up with is<br />1/4 c. sunflower seeds,<br />1 clove garlic<br />1 scallion<br />1 Tbsp cumin<br />juice of 1 lemon<br />3/4 c. water or more as needed to blend<br />1 tsp. salt (more or less to taste)<br /><br />Sometimes I blend in a big handful of cilantro, sometimes I add in a couple Tbs of nutritional yeast. Hope you like it!

  8. April 9, 2009 at 16:28

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  11. May 14, 2009 at 02:38

    I can't wait to try your famous dressing on my next salad. I get creative with salads, but not dressings.

  12. August 10, 2009 at 14:25

    I just had some spinach with the tomato dressing. I added a little cayenne pepper and went very easy on the oil. It's great!

  13. December 7, 2011 at 11:00

    Hi Heather,<br /><br />I made your caesar dressing, except I substituted the nuts for chia gel and it made the most delectable creaming dressing ever!!<br /><br />You are an inspiration and I have now read every single post on this site :D<br /><br />I'm also going to purchase all your books as soon as I get paid.<br /><br />Hopefully one day you'll come visit Perth, Australia - we have some of the best beaches and wineries in the world :P<br /><br />xo Angie

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