For me, a good salad recipe is all about the dressing. You can have all kinds of tasty bits in your salad, but if you haven’t got a great dressing to pull everything together, it will always feel like there’s something missing. If your salads have been feeling a bit naked lately, here are three easy ideas for salad dressings that will really liven up your lettuce!

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Basil Vinaigrette

First up, I made a classic vinaigrette, flavored with fresh basil and lemon juice.

Ingredients:

  • small bunch fresh basil
  • 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt
  • black pepper
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Instructions:

1. Add the fresh basil to a mini food processor and blitz until finely chopped.

2. Transfer the chopped basil to a small bottle or jar and add the remaining ingredients.

3. Replace the lid and shake thoroughly, until the mixture emulsifies to give a rich dressing.

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Add the fresh basil to a mini food processor and blitz until finely chopped. You could also chop your basil by hand if you don’t have a mini food processor.

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Transfer the chopped basil to a small bottle or jar and add the remaining ingredients.

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Replace the lid and shake thoroughly until the mixture emulsifies to give a rich dressing.

The mixture may separate into layers before serving — just give the bottle another shake before serving to mix it all up again.

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BBQ Dressing

If you like a super creamy salad dressing but still want big flavor, this next recipe is for you: a creamy BBQ dressing made with your favorite BBQ sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons water
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Instructions:

1. Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix well.

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I like to serve this salad dressing fairly thick, but you can add an extra dash of water if you’d prefer a more pourable dressing.

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Beetroot and Ginger Dressing

And finally, I made something a bit different which is sure to wow at your dinner table — beetroot and ginger dressing! The color of this beetroot dressing is absolutely stunning.

Ingredients:

  • small bunch fresh cilantro
  • 2 small cooked beetroots (or 1 larger cooked beetroot)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger puree
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons water
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Instructions:

1. Add the fresh cilantro to a mini food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and blitz again until smooth.

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Add the fresh cilantro to a mini food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and blitz again until smooth. Adjust the consistency with an extra dash of water if desired.

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With three easy dressings to choose from, these recipes will give you a salad for every occasion!

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