Category: Dressings & Sauces

Delicious Salad Dressings (Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

With summer going strong you may be really feeling the heat these days! You know that it is too hot to cook, so salads are definitely the way to go. Unfortunately, you are running out of good salad dressing ideas. Here are some great dressing to add to your collections! For even more salads check out this.

I love having salads for lunch and dinner! To add protein, just add some, nuts, seeds, beans or cooked meat such as grilled chicken. The combinations are endless. Keeps me satisfied for hours!

Delicious Salad Dressings (Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Vinaigrette Dressing and Marinade

Vinaigrette Dressing and Marinade

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Raspberry Vinaigrette

 

Raw Cashew Ranch Dressing

Raw Cashew Ranch Dressing

Maple Citrus Dressing

Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Salad w Maple Citrus Dressing

Ginger Sesames Dressing and Marinade

Ginger Sesame Dressing and Marinade

Tomato Vinaigrette

Tomato Vinaigrette

Poppy Seed Dressing

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Shared On: Allergy Free Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Sunday Fitness and Food.

 

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Vegan)

Awe…. summer is wonderful isn’t it? Yes I know that it isn’t technically summer yet but it’s close enough. It is time for back yard barbecues, get togethers and just being able to enjoy some time outside!

With all the warm weather and gatherings that come with summer, I am always looking for easy yet special dishes to make. This salad is so simple yet elegant and delicious all at the same time.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

 

 

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Vegan)

Poppy Seed Dressing:

1/4 c. olive oil

1/4 c. raw apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey for non-vegan)

2 tsp. poppy seeds

Mix all dressing ingredients together. Set aside. Can be made and stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. Stir just before use.

Spinach Salad:

2 c. spinach (ripped up if leaves are larger)

1 c. strawberries (sliced)

1/3 c. walnuts (chopped)

1/3 c. red onion (diced and optional)

Mix salad makings together in a bowl. Top with dressing. Enjoy!

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This salad is so delicious that my husband even loves it! He is really not much of a salad person. I can make this and he’d eat it every night!

Shared On: Allergy Free Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays,

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free)

Most Green Goddess Dressings are full of dairy and fats that are not good for you. This one has no dairy and healthy fat that comes from avocado. Do not be afraid of healthy fats! They keep you full longer. That to me is a win win situation! In addition, it tastes absolutely delicious!!

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

No one can say that salads are only for the summer. You can get kale years round, add some steamed beets and a couple of other veggies and you’re set! You can also add some hemp hearts like I did for protein!

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

 

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free)

2 medium sized ripe avocados

1/4 c. raw apple cider vinegar

1/2 c kale

1/4 c. fresh basil or 1 Tbsp.dried

1/2 tsp. sea salt

black pepper to taste

3/4 c. milk alternative (I used my cashew milk )

Put all the ingredients into a high powered blender and puree until smooth. Add a little more cashew milk if you’d like it thinner.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Shared On: Allergy Free Wednesday, Sunday Fitness And Food, Gluten Free Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Savoring Saturdays, Gluten Free Recipe Fix

Apple Maple BBQ Sauce (Paleo/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I’ve had enough of winter! Is anyone else with me on this one? I collect snowmen that I leave out long after Christmas. I find that I really enjoy looking at their cute little smiles. Well, I’m over it. Those little guys are all going away for another year.

I know that this winter hasn’t been too bad but I’m still tired of it. I really shouldn’t complain because we have had much less snow and milder temperatures than other years. I am really looking forward to the even warmer temperatures and new life that spring brings! Okay, I have ranted enough. I’m done now…

Apple Maple BBQ Sauce

I really enjoy making different sauces to go into my dishes! At Christmas time, I was looking for a different flavour for my meatballs. I wanted sweet and tangy. This sauce is both of those! It also goes great with pulled pork or on any meat that you’re serving.

Apple Maple BBQ Sauce

Pictured on Pulled Pork

Apple Maple BBQ Sauce (Paleo/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 1/2 c. red onion- diced

1 1/2 c. apple- diced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2-5 oz. cans tomato paste

2 c. water

1/3 c. maple syrup

2/3 c. apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

2 tsp. mustard powder

sea salt to taste

In a medium size pan saute onion, apple in olive oil on medium heat. Saute for about 10 minutes until tender. Let cool slightly, then pour into a blender. Blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend.

Keep in a covered container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Can also be frozen.

Shared On: Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Savoring Saturdays

Cashew Cream Cheese (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free)

Since I have not been able to have dairy in over five years, raw cashews have become very good friends of mine. Well here it is… Who doesn’t love cream cheese? I mean, let’s be serious here people… Cream Cheese is (was, okay it still is even though I can’t eat it anymore) delicious!!  So since I can not eat the dairy filled kind anymore, I was sooooo happy when I figured out that I can make it! Yay!!

Yes, okay, alright, it may not be identical to the real thing… Nope, it’s better!! Well since I haven’t had the real thing in more than five years, yes this is better! Many people have tried it that have more recently gone off of dairy and they love it too!  I hope you will…

 

 

Raw Cashew Cream Cheese

Cashew Cream Cheese (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free)

2 c. raw cashews

1/3 c. lemon juice

1/4 c. water (more if needed)

1 Tbsp. onion or 1 tsp. dried onion

1/2 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)

Soak cashews in water for at least four hours or overnight.

Drain and rinse cashews, then add all ingredients into high powered blender. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides when necessary.

Store covered in the fridge for up to five days. Freezes well.

Shared On: Fat Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Savoring Saturdays

Raspberry Vinaigrette (Paleo/ Vegan)

It’s raspberry season! I remember taking my kids to pick our own fruits and veggies at the farmer’s markets. If you don’t have space to grow your own, then supporting your local farmers is the next best thing. Your can make a morning of it, taking the kids and showing them how fruits and veggies are grown in your own communities! You can then pick your own raspberries or other fruits and veggies that are in season at the time. You take them home, wash and enjoy them!

I still visit my local farmer’s markets but,  am so glad that I can now grow many of my favourites in my own back yard! Yes, one of my favourites are raspberries! The cross between tangy and sweet is absolutely delicious. I have been making this wonderful dressing for a few years now and thought that it was about time that I shared it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Paleo Raspberry-Vinaigrette

 

Raspberry Vinaigrette (Paleo/ Vegan)

1 c. raspberries- fresh or frozen

1/3 c. apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)

2 tsp. dry mustard powder

1/2 c. avocado oil (or desired mild oil)

sea salt to taste (I use ¼ tsp.)

Put raspberries, vinegar, maple syrup and mustard powder into blender and puree.

Vegan-Raspberry Vinaigrette

Slowly add oil, blending thoroughly. Add sea salt to taste. Makes approximately  2 cups.  Store covered in the fridge for up to a week. If you don’t like the raspberry seeds then strain dressing through cheese cloth, to remove seeds.

Shared On: Fat Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Healthy Vegan Friday, Savoring Saturdays

Tomato Vinaigrette Salad Dressing (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Nut Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I am always looking for different things to create. Last summer my daughter was hooked on french dressing. Hmm, I remember that. It had a tangy, slightly sweet tomato flavour. It was delicious.

Now I’m not trying to say that my tomato vinaigrette taste just like it because I haven’t had french dressing in over five years. It does remind me of it. I think that it might be ever better, with a more sophisticated flavour.

Tomato Vinaigrette

Either way, this is a delicious fresh dressing to top any salad!

Tomato Vinaigrette Salad Dressing (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Nut Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

2 medium size tomatoes-washed, and chopped (approx. 2 cups)

2 Tbsp. red onion (or mild onion of choice) (or 2 tsp. onion powder)

1/3 apple cider vinegar

1/2 c. olive oil ( or desired oil)

1 Tbsp. mustard powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. maple syrup or desired sweetener or 8-10 drops of liquid stevia-optional

Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Makes 2 cups of dressing. If too thick add 1/4 cup of water. Store in covered container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Shared On: Fat Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Foodie Friends Friday, Healthy Vegan Fridays

Simple 3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam (Paleo/ Vegan/ No-Cook/ Gluten Free/ Raw/ Refined Sugar Free)

Strawberry season is coming very soon! Yay!! I love strawberries. I used to spend so much time at the pick-your-own farms. Between my daughter and myself, I’m sure that we ate far more strawberries right there in the fields than we brought home.

I used to also spend hours cooking my strawberry jam. June/July when strawberries are in season, is not the best time to be standing over a hot stove cooking jam.

This recipe is just way too easy! It can be done with fresh or frozen strawberries. It can also be done in larger batches and frozen. Either way, there is no more standing over the stove on a hot summer day!! It leaves far more time for enjoying the beautiful weather!

3-Ingredient Strawberry Jam

 

Simple 3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam (Paleo/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Raw/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 c. strawberries- washed and hulled (fresh or frozen**)

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup or raw honey if not vegan

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse until you get your desired texture. Pour into a jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

** If using frozen strawberries you will want to let them sit out of the freezer for about ten minutes.

Shared On: Fat Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays Foodie Friends Friday, Savoring Saturdays, Mix It Up Mondays

Great Super Bowl/ Game Day Goodies(Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Paleo/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

The Super Bowl is on Sunday and many people will be gathering to watch it! Maybe you are having guests to your house or going to a friend’s place. You can have great tasting snacks without sacrificing your allergies or eating clean. Here are some fantastic recipes to help you out!!

Dips and Sauces

Honey Garlic Sauce

Honey Garlic Sauce

Simple BBQ Sauce

Simple BBQ Sauce

Brushetta Dip

Brushetta

 

Warm Spinach Dip with Goat Cheese– Contains goat cheese so not dairy free

Spinach Dip

Bean Dip– not paleo

Bean Dip

Raw Cashew Ranch Dip

Cashew Ranch Dressing

Super Guacamole

Guacamole

 

 Snack Foods

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Slow Cooker Fall Off The Bone Ribs

Slow Cooker Fall Off The Bone Ribs

Paleo Beef Nachos

Paleo Beef Nacho- Corn Free

Vegetarian Chili– not paleo

Vegetarian Chili

 

Cauliflower Crust Pizza– not paleo

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza– not paleo

Spaghetti Squah Pizza Crust

 

Shared On: Gluten Free Fridays, Real Food Recipes, Mix It Up Monday

 

Ginger Sesame Dressing/ Marinade (Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Paleo/ Soy Free and Vegan Options)

I have been adding ginger into recipes and food quite frequently these days. I really enjoy the flavour that freshly grated ginger brings to a dish.

This is fantastic as a marinade for beef, chicken or pork! Try my Ginger Sesame Chicken Stir Fry, Chicken Skewers, or even Roasted Veggies.

With summer brings many more salads! Why not impress people by making this healthy delicious dressing for your next gathering! Whether it tops a garden salad, Ginger Sesame Oriental Cabbage Salad, a Ginger Sesame Pasta Salad, your guests are sure to love it.

Ginger Sesame Dressing

Ginger Sesame Dressing/Marinade (Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Paleo/ Soy Free and Vegan Options)

1/2 c. raw apple cider vinegar

1/3 c. olive oil

1/4 c. raw honey(maple syrup for vegan)

2 Tbsp Bragg’s soy sauce or coconut aminos for soy free

1 Tbsp. grated raw ginger

2 tsp. sesame seeds

1/2 tsp. sesame oil (optional)

1 clove garlic grated

1/4. tsp. xantham gum (optional but helps keeps the dressing from separating)

Mix everything together in a jar and shake it up. Keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.

If using as a marinade, add to 1-2 lbs. of meat 30 minutes to 8 hours before cooking.

Shared On: Real Food Recipe Round Up, Motivational Monday, Mix It Up Monday, Mostly Homemade Mondays, In and Out of the Kitchen, Fat Tuesday, Gluten Free Tuesday, Southern Special, Tasty Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not, The Yuck Stops Here, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Naturally Sweet Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Foodie Friends Friday, Real Food Fridays, Get Him Fed, Healthy Vegan Fridays

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