While we enjoy a good salad any time of year, there’s just something about spring that makes us crave them more. Fresh, leafy greens are at their freshest, and local farmers markets offer a variety of in-season ingredients to mix and match. To get you all as excited as we are for salad season, here are some delicious DIY salad dressings to inspire your next plateful of plant-powered goodness.
Creamy Avocado Dressing, Tasty Yummies
One of our favorite superfoods, avocado is no stranger to a hearty salad – and it shines as the key ingredient in this creamy, tangy (thanks to fresh lime juice and apple cider vinegar) dressing.
Asian Honey Sesame Salad Dressing, The Café Sucré Farine
Fresh garlic and ginger really work to amp up the flavor of this sweet-and-savory dressing, perfect for drizzling over a salad of crunchy cabbage, carrots and protein-packed edamame.
Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette, Rubies and Radishes
This tasty vinaigrette’s got a kick, thanks to a healthy helping of chili powder. It’s also got fresh lime juice, cilantro, and a few other ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Thai-Style Peanut Dressing, A Dash of Soul
Dubbed “the most amazing salad dressing ever,” this combination of peanut butter and soy sauce (use gluten-free Tamari to make it gluten-free) will turn even the most ordinary pile of lettuce into something spectacular.
Poppy Seed Dressing, Love Grows Wild
We love that this recipe swaps out the usual mayonnaise for Greek yogurt to create a smooth and creamy poppy seed dressing. It’s the perfect way to complete a seasonal salad of fresh spinach and fruit.
Classic French Balsamic Vinaigrette, Chin Deep
Sometimes, you just want a classic – and this deliciously fragrant vinaigrette is as timeless as it gets. The combination of dried herbs, balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard is packed with traditional (and very versatile) flavor.
Sweet and Simple Mango Dressing, The Tasty Alternative
If you like your salads on the sweet side, this dressing is for you. It adds a delightful tropical flavor to any salad – and as a bonus, the recipe comes with three different salad variations.
Sweet Basil Dressing, Nutrition Stripped
Like pesto in salad form, this dressing is at once refreshing and comforting. It offers a wonderful way to use up leftover basil, and the added coconut water adds a unique depth of flavor.