23 Mouthwatering Paleo Salad Dressing Recipes - Paleo Grubs (2024)

Salads make up a pretty regular part of the Paleo diet plan because you’ll want to balance out all of the meat you’re eating with a good portion of veggies at each meal. Salad dressings are a great way to make the salad taste better, but pretty much everything you find on store shelves is going to be a no-go because food manufacturers can’t help but put additives and preservatives that aren’t really needed into them. Here’s an assortment of dressings that keep it simple and healthier for you.

Updated March 18th, 2019.

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Easy Paleo Caesar Salad Dressing

Homemade Caesar paleo salad dressing is incredibly easy to make and tastes much better than the bottled version. And the taste wouldn’t be the same without a bit of anchovy paste, which can be found near the canned fish in the grocery store. If you prefer not to use raw egg yolk for the recipe substitute one tablespoon of mayonnaise.

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Ingredients
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 egg yolk
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp spicy Paleo mustard
2 cloves garlic
3 tsp anchovy paste
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions
1. Place all of the ingredients except the olive oil into a food processor and blend until smooth. Slowly add in the olive oil to emulsify.

Servings: approximately 1/2 cup
Difficulty: Easy

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Simple and easy to throw together, this colorful raspberry vinaigrette is excellent served with salads. Fresh or frozen raspberries can be used to make this sweet, tangy dressing. Toss it with mixed greens and pecans for a vibrant, delicious lunch.

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Ingredients
1/2 cup raspberries
1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp honey
Pinch of salt
4 fresh basil leaves, chopped

Instructions
1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, adding more olive oil to reach desired consistency. Adjust the amount of honey to taste.

Servings: about 1/2 cup
Difficulty: Easy

Creamy Herb Paleo Salad Dressing

Dill, parsley, and chives provide a lot of flavor in this dairy-free option for a creamy paleo salad dressing. Use this dressing to pour over mixed greens, mix into coleslaw, or to make a tasty cucumber salad. If you do not have fresh herbs available you can substitute the dried version.

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Ingredients
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp chives, chopped
1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions
1. Soak the cashews in a bowl of water for at least one hour. Then place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary to achieve desired level of creaminess.

Servings: approximately 1 cup
Difficulty: Easy

Ginger Dijon Paleo Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette takes only minutes to whisk together for topping your salad. It is a simple dressing with a kick of Dijon and ginger, best for pouring over a light salad of mixed greens or romaine.

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Ingredients
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp Paleo Dijon mustard
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp dried parsley
Pinch of salt

Instructions
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or jar and stir well to combine. Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Servings: approximately 1/2 cup
Difficulty: Easy

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Make this quick, flavorful vinaigrette for a great way to use up any extra basil you may have in your garden. Light and refreshing, lemon and basil work well together in this recipe. The recipe can be used for salad dressing, and can also act as a sauce for fish, chicken, or tomato salad.

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Ingredients
1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp Paleo spicy mustard
1/2 tsp honey
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions
1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, adding more olive oil to reach desired consistency. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Servings: about 1/2 cup
Difficulty: Easy

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Creamy Avocado Paleo Salad Dressing

Avocado makes up the base of this rich salad dressing. Although it is dairy-free, the dressing is still luscious and creamy. Lemon and cilantro add extra zest and flavor to the avocado. Toss this simple dressing with a chopped salad or even use it as a topping for taco salad.

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Ingredients

1 avocado, pit removed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Instructions

1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Adjust salt to taste. Drizzle over salad to serve.

Chipotle Paleo Ranch Dressing

Add some spice into regular ranch dressing with a bit of adobo sauce. Chipotle ranch dressing is a tangy spin on the classic to add some variety into your kitchen. Use the recipe as a dip for veggies or toss with lettuce for a tasty salad.

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Ingredients

1/4 cup Paleo mayonnaise
1 tbsp adobo sauce
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp cumin
2 tsp cilantro, chopped
1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

1. Whisk all of the ingredients together to combine. Add some water if necessary to reach desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Greek Dressing

Serve this greek paleo dressing over a salad of crisp lettuce, tomatoes, olives and cucumbers for a delicious lunch full of Greek flavors. The dressing does not need to be refrigerated, so it travels well for picnics and gatherings. It is actually best when you let the mixture sit for 30 minutes to let the flavors blend.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp Dijon mustard

Instructions

1. Whisk together all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking to make an emulsion. Serve immediately or store at room temperature tightly sealed.

Orange Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

This tangy and sweet poppy seed dressing is terrific on a fresh fruit salad. Low in fat and calories, the recipe relies on simple ingredients to provide bright flavors. You could also try it tossed with a traditional green salad or as a dressing for coleslaw.

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Ingredients

Juice of 1 orange
Zest of 1 orange
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small shallot
1 tbsp Paleo mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tsp poppy seeds

Instructions

1. Place all of the ingredients except the poppy seeds into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and stir in the poppy seeds. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

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3 Minute Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette (Laughing Spatula)

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Apple Cider Vinegar Vinaigrette (A Clean Bake)

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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Dressing (Unbound Wellness)

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Nutritional Yeast Paleo Salad Dressing (Whole New Mom)

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5 Minute Caesar Dressing (Paleo Hacks)

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Fresh Tomato Vinaigrette (Laughing Spatula)

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Japanese Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing (The Endless Meal)

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Almost Ranch Dressing
You don’t have to give up the classic taste of Ranch dressing just because you’re following Paleo. It just requires a little bit of tinkering to make sure that there’s no diary or artificial ingredients being used. Traditional Ranch dressing has buttermilk, mayo, and sour cream, three ingredients that get the kibosh on Paleo. This version of Ranch is using a genius mix of cashews, coconut milk, and the required spices to replicate the taste while sidestepping all of the ingredients that can cause trouble to your digestion and health. You can use this as a salad dressing, or a dip for anything Ranch-worthy.

French Tarragon Shallot Vinaigrette
This is a vinaigrette with a fancy name which may seem like you’re taking Paleo to the gourmet level. But in actuality it has just a handful or so of ingredients and it keeps things pretty simple with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Champagne Vinegar. The vinegar gets its name because it’s made by using the same types of grapes used to make champagne, so it’s not just a phony title. The tarragon, shallots, and garlic all do well to make this a treat for your taste buds, and poured over a kale or spinach salad make it easy to top up on your veggies.

Red & White Balsamic Vinaigrette
This recipe proves that you don’t always have to have it plain and simple with Paleo, and that you can experiment with different flavors to find what works. Here it’s the use of both white wine vinegar and red wine vinegar in what would otherwise be a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Since each vinegar has a slightly different taste, it comes out with a different flavor than if you’d just used one. The dijon mustard also provides a strong flavor that makes this a special creation, while keeping it within the confines of a Paleo inspired diet..

Strawberry Rosemary Dressing
The use of strawberry in this dressing gives it a nice color, as well as the sweet fruity taste you’ve come to expect from strawberries. Fresh rosemary goes nicely with fresh strawberries, and they’re using olive oil and lemon juice to complete the dressing. They show this being served on a bed of arugula, but it can be used to flavor up any type of salad. Try this simple salad on for size: a bed of baby spinach leaves, fresh organic cucumber slices, a fresh tomato cut into wedges, and baby carrots sliced in half. It’s a simple and tasty salad with all Paleo friendly ingredients and this dressing goes nicely with it.

Ginger Dijon Vinaigrette
This recipe should only be used by those Paleo followers that like the taste of ginger as well as dijon mustard. That’s because when the two of these combine it forms a taste that will definitely perk up your mouth and make you pay attention. Olive oil and apple cider vinegar are used to create the classic vinaigrette backdrop, but what you’ll really taste is the ground ginger mixed with the dijon mustard. Try this on a steak salad like the one shown on the recipe page. It’s nice to get a half and half mix of meaty protein and fresh vegetables.

Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing
This is a nice light dressing that will have a bit of an Asian zing to it because of the ginger. It’s the sort of dressing you’ll often see on the salad that is served before sushi at a Japanese restaurant. You can replicate that experience at home while on Paleo, just be sure to eat sashimi, which often is served without rice so you’re just getting fresh and raw fish. They show this being used on a very simple salad, which will really make the dressing pop.

Avocado Ranch Dressing
What can make Ranch dressing even better? Avocados! Not only do they lend their distinctive flavor, but they provide an extra creamy and smooth texture, and loads of healthy benefits. They have plenty of fiber and healthy fat, as well as potassium and a bit of protein, not to mention an assortment of vitamins and minerals. This recipe uses no dairy whatsoever, with coconut milk getting the call instead.

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FAQs

Is balsamic vinaigrette paleo friendly? ›

Balsamic Vinegar is paleo. Balsamic Vinegar is likely suitable for a paleo diet. Use the free Fig app to quickly check if ingredients like balsamic vinegar are paleo.

What is a Paleo substitute for balsamic vinegar? ›

Some people swear by a mixture of soy sauce and grape jelly—or you may try tinkering with a blend of soy sauce, lemon juice, and molasses. Again, these substitutes can be used in the same amounts as balsamic vinegar in recipes.

What vinegar is Paleo? ›

So, is vinegar Paleo? The short answer is yes, if it's made from Paleo-friendly ingredients (like apples). So, while apple cider vinegar is okay in moderation, rice wine vinegar and other vinegars from non-Paleo ingredients are the exception.

What store bought salad dressings are Paleo? ›

18 results
  • Primal Kitchen Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing with Avocado Oil - 8fl oz. ...
  • Primal Kitchen Dairy-Free Green Goddess Dressing with Avocado Oil - 8fl oz. ...
  • Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Dressing - 8 fl oz. ...
  • Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayonnaise - 12 fl oz. ...
  • Primal Kitchen Balsamic Vinaigrette with Avocado Oil - 8fl oz.

Is balsamic vinegar allowed on Whole30? ›

Most vinegar (including white, red wine, balsamic, apple cider, and rice) and alcohol-based botanical extracts (like vanilla, lemon, or lavender) are allowed during your Whole30 program. (Just not malt-based vinegar or extracts, which will be clearly labeled as such, as they contain gluten.) Coconut aminos.

Are bananas okay on Whole30? ›

What about bananas? Yes, both pickles and bananas are allowed on Whole30. Yet if they are a potential trigger food for you (for instance, the sweetness of bananas sets off a craving for other treats or makes you want to binge on the fruit), then you may consider including them on your “don't eat” list.

Is balsamic vinaigrette low FODMAP? ›

Balsamic vinegar: Monash University's Low FODMAP Diet App lists balsamic vinegar as containing the FODMAP fructose and is low FODMAP in quantities of up to 1 tablespoon or 21 grams per serving.

Why is vinegar not Paleo? ›

Vinegar goes through a fermentation process, which is a form of food processing that some Paleo enthusiasts aim to avoid. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which some argue is not a naturally occurring component of ancestral diets.

Is balsamic vinegar inflammatory? ›

Last but not least, consuming balsamic vinegar can have an anti-inflammatory effect as well. Long-term, high levels of inflammation can be extremely detrimental to your health, and research shows inflammation plays a role in whether you develop chronic conditions, diseases, and even cancer.

Is balsamic vinaigrette Whole30 compliant? ›

Vinegar. Nearly all forms of vinegar, including white, red wine, balsamic, apple cider, and rice, are allowed during Whole30 program. Added sugar, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date syrup, stevia, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, etc.

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