Junk You Should Know Show Ep. 29: Dozens of Easy Homemade Salad Dressings in Five Simple Steps

Dozens of salad dressings

Do you still use store-bought salad dressings? Dr. Heather Denniston shared dozens of easy homemade salad dressings in episode 29 of The Junk You Should Know Show. Of course, what made this episode even better was the fact that all these salad dressing recipes were made in five simple steps. Just the peace of mind knowing exactly what ingredients are going into making your salad dressing is priceless. In fact, knowing that there’s less sugar, preservatives, and other additives will definitely make you want to stop and watch this episode of The Junk You Should Know Show.

Dozens of Easy Homemade Salad Dressings in Five Simple Steps

Dr. Denniston shares her 5-step process to making a homemade salad dressing. Now, there’s no need to get fancy with the bottling process. She makes a great point at the 4:00 mark in the episode, she not only uses recycled bottles but also keeps her schedule in mind when determining the batch sizes. 

Step #1 Start with a base oil

She suggests olive oil, avocado oil, or most nut oils for a great base. The key is to add a variety of oils to your diet instead of sticking to one type of oil with every single batch.   

Using organic, well-sourced oils can be a little more expensive, but makes a huge difference in taste and overall quality. Catch the challenge at the 6:30 mark for those of you who love to measure everything. Can you do it?

Step #2 Pick Your Flare

It’s time to add the vinegar. Some of Dr. Denniston’s favorites are balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and red wine. If you prefer a more oily dressing a 1:1 ratio will work, but if you prefer a slightly more vinegar flavor add a splash more vinegar.

Don’t skip past the 8:14 mark, as she points out the major difference between clear vs. foggy apple cider vinegar.   

Step #3 Add Your Zest

The trick to a full-bodied homemade salad dressing is using a lot of spices and herbs. Keep in mind if you’re using fresh herbs and spices you’ll want to use a bit more. Dr. Denniston loves her ZYLISS FastCut Herb Mincer

Now, you could call it a day right here and you’d have a perfectly good salad dressing. However, the next few steps can add whole new levels to your creation.

Step #4 The Sass (Optional)

Want to sweeten up your dressing a bit? You can do it naturally with honey, maple syrup, or palm sugar. Just use a little bit especially if your salad includes fruit.

Step #5 The Trick (Optional)

For a little kick add citrus undertones with lime or lemon juice.

To make a creamier (13:44), yet non-dairy homemade salad dressing, add dijon mustard or blend a half an avocado or soaked cashews into your dressing.

Easy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes You’ll Love


In case you missed the LIVE session, check out the replay here. What was your favorite wellness hack from this episode of The Junk You Should Know Show?

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A special thank you to The Change Cave for sponsoring The Junk You Should Know Show! The Change Cave is a 12-Module online membership program for women, who are motivated to take their wellness to the next level.

Don’t forget The Junk You Should Know Show airs LIVE on WELLFITandFED’s Facebook page every Friday at noon PST.

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Dr. Denniston is a wellness strategist for elite leaders and their teams, bridging the connection between personal well-being and professional success. She provides custom solutions for burnout and stress and facilitates cohesive habit-training strategies that maximize vitality, productivity, and resilience.

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