4 Easy Homemade Dressing Recipes

By Jackie Cartier
January 17, 2018

dressing.jpgLast summer we tagged along with Nutritional Weight & Wellness nutritionist Melanie Beasley, RD, LD to see what she ate for meals and snacks throughout the day. One detail stuck out, Melanie’s love for sauces and dressings of all kinds. Melanie opted to make her own sauces not only because they have a huge impact on taste, but also so she can avoid the chemicals and refined oils that you find in most store-bought options.

With that in mind, Melanie shares some of her favorite homemade dressing recipes for you to make in your own kitchen and experiment with your own variations.

Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing


Simple Vinaigrette


  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 T real maple syrup  
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar


Mix all ingredients together by whisking or shaking in bottle. 

Poppyseed Dressing


  • 1 cup mayo (we like the safflower mayo brand, Hains Mayo)
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
  • Add maple syrup for sweetness if desired. For lower carbohydrates, add up to two Stevia packets for sweetness.


Mix all ingredients together by whisking or shaking in bottle.

Cashew Sour Cream


  • Soak 1 cup raw organic cashews overnight in water that covers the nuts.
  • In the morning drain water and add fresh water back in, enough to cover the cashews.
  • Blend twice in a high powered blender.
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (creates a creaminess similar to sour cream)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of hot wing sauce

 Whisk all ingredients together and store in the refrigerator for five days or so.

Mel created this recipe to recreate the taste of hot wings. She frequently adds this to diced chicken salad for a little kick of heat. Or she skips the heat from the hot wing sauce and uses it in place of sour cream on chili, tacos, you name it!

Too Much Of a Good Thing?

As a reminder we encourage the use of healthy fats, such as the mayo and olive oils listed in the recipes above, to help keep meals and snacks balanced. Fat serves to keep you satisfied and satiated!

By “balanced” we mean a real food trifecta of animal protein (steak, bacon, eggs, chicken, etc.), good carbohydrates (vegetables, sweet potatoes, brown rice, etc.) and a healthy fat (avocado, olive oil, nuts, butter, etc.). Breakfast, dinner and snacks should contain one serving of fat (usually recommend around 1 tablespoon), and lunch should contain two servings of fat.

Want more dressing options? Try this easy and healthy salad dressing or this olive oil dressing. To learn more read about store-bought options, read what The Deli Detective Reports on Salad Dressings.

About the author

Jackie Cartier is Content Strategy Manager for Nutritional Weight & Wellness. She was once a client, seeking natural solutions to her achy runner knees and hormonal imbalances. From then she was hooked and eventually ended up on their team, spreading the real food message on the blog and through social media. 

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Lisa Baillargeon
is grapeseed oil a good oil?
November 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm


Grapeseed oil is what we would call a refined oil. A grapeseed isn’t oily by nature so it has to be very processed to turn it into an oil- which makes it more inflammatory and doesn’t provide much nutritional value.

Kathy V
Will you express an opinion on avocado oil? Does it have to say “expeller pressed” in order to be considered a healthy fat? Thank you!
February 4, 2018 at 7:25 am


When shopping for avocado oil, look for the following criteria:
Certified organic
Cold Pressed
Extra Virgin
Unrefined or refined 

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