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3 Easy & Light Summer Salad Dressing Recipes

Three bowls of fresh salad greens arranged with fresh tulips and organic salad dressings.

Salads are the perfect spring and summer fare—light, crisp, seasonal, and nutritious! But let's face it, we've all grown bored with salads at one point or another. Like many things in life, it's important to have variation, and when it comes to cuisine, sauces and dressings are a great way to quickly mix things up a bit. These three summer salad dressing recipes all bring ingredients to the table that will delight your taste buds while providing whole food fuel for all your sunny season adventures. We’ve paired each with a recommended leafy base, but don’t be afraid to add sprouts, or think outside the salad bowl—they also make amazing grilling marinades, sandwich drizzles, and more. Your body deserves the best you can give it, so let's up your green game and get crunching! 

Fresh, colorful ingredients are arranged together including sliced avocado, minced shallots, basil, parsley, apple cider vinegar, red Alaea salt, and lemon juice, on a rustic wood table top.

Zesty Summer Salad Dressing Recipes 

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing Recipe (Keto-Friendly!) 

Makes about 1 pint. 

This dressing is rich and creamy and is excellent on crunchy lettuce and veggies. It also makes a nice veggie dip or sandwich spread. The base oil for this blend is avocado oil, enjoyed by many for its significant amount of oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid), which scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, supports cardiovascular health when used in place of saturated fats*. Talk about a salad with purpose! 



  1. Add fresh basil, parsley, and shallots to food processor or blender. Pulverize until roughly chopped.
  2. Add in avocado and blend until incorporated. 
  3. Add remaining ingredients (except avocado oil), then blend to incorporate.
  4. Turn blender on and slowly add oil to create a rich and creamy texture.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  

Ingredients for a citrus dressing are arranged on a rustic wooden tabletop. Ingredients include fresh lemon and orange, minced shallot, lime, vinegar, salt and orange rind.


Makes about 1 pint.


  • Zest of 1/2 organic orange (zest before squeezing juice)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed organic orange juice (about 3 oranges)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed organic lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed organic lime juice (1/4 lime)
  • 1 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. organic Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. finely minced shallot
  • 1/4 tsp. organic white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. organic garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground organic green peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp. red alaea salt


  1. Zest half of an orange into a pint size mason jar.
  2. Juice all citrus according to the measurements above. I like to use separate jars for each and then add any extra juice to flavor some water for drinking later.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and shake well.
  4. Store in a refrigerator and shake vigorously before each use. Store for up to 5 days.

 Measuring cups and bowls of oils and spices for Asian salad dressing arrayed on wooden table.

Asian Sesame Dressing with Shiitake 

Makes about 1 pint. 

Tangy and savory, this dressing is perfect for an Asian-inspired salad that your body will love. Avocado oil* and shiitake mushroom* have also been known to help support cardiovascular health, making this dressing a purposeful addition to your salad repertoire. I love this dressing most with shredded cabbage, carrots with a generous garnishment of sesame seeds and mandarins.  



  1. Add all ingredients to a pint size mason jar.
  2. Shake very well to incorporate honey into mixture.
  3. Drizzle on your shredded veggies.
  4. Store in refrigerator and shake vigorously before each use. Store for up to 5 days. 

Pro Tip: It's best to take these dressings out of fridge for 30 minutes before serving, as these high quality oils may partially solidify in cold temperatures. 


Looking for Other Delicious Ways to Eat Your Greens? 

Try This Homemade Nettle Pesto 


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Pinterest link to Mountain Rose Herbs. Three salad bowls with fresh greens and herbal salad dressings.


* DISCLAIMER: For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Topics: Culinary, Recipes


Written by Jessicka on May 13, 2019

Jessicka Nebesni works as a Marketing Strategist and is always working towards sharing the most educational, empowering, and useful resources with the Mountain Rose Herbs community. Having practiced Macrobiotic food preparations in California, beekeeping in Oregon and making herbal crafts for local farmers markets in New Jersey, she has a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to share. She is currently enrolled in Rosemary Gladstar’s "The Science and Art of Herbalism" and is eagerly awaiting open enrollment for the Master Food Preservers course this coming spring. Her passions include preserving food, gardening, practicing herbal wellness, making DIY skin and body care recipes, and living a lifestyle of minimal impact on the Earth.

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