Creating salad dressing recipes has been a lot of fun for me lately. I think it’s because I’m enjoying playing with so many fruits now that the weather is finally warm!
Anyone else enjoying all this sunshine? I was one happy camper when I was finally able to plant my flowers, vegetables, and herbs outside.
With the right ingredients making your own salad dressing is surprisingly simple! You can feel confident that what you’re drizzling on your salad is 100% good for you and free of all those chemically sounding names that often fill the store bought kind.
Today I’m really digging this Raspberry Mint Dressing.
It requires only six simple and fresh ingredients.
Raspberries introduce a mild sweetness. The dressing is not terribly sweet so you can enjoy it with a wide variety of salad toppings. In fact I included a hint of fresh squeezed orange juice in here to amp up the sweetness just a bit.
Mint adds a bit of complexity to the flavor. We don’t use much though and it definitely doesn’t overpower the raspberries. This isn’t a mojito, folks. (Not that I’d complain if I had one right now.)
I’m often asked what salad toppings I recommend pairing with my salad dressings. For this Raspberry Mint Dressing I definitely include fresh fruit like raspberries, mango, pear, peaches, or blueberries. Those are all so delicious in salads! For crunch add walnuts, pecans, almond slivers, or pine nuts. If you’re not avoiding honey in your diet I strongly encourage you to try my Sticky Candied Pecans. I’d go with milder veggies for this dressing. Something like fresh broccoli, carrots, and green onion. If you’re eating dairy then goat cheese would be my personal cheese choice.
In my photos for this tasty dressing you’ll see blueberries, raspberries, mango, and Sticky Candied Pecans.
Can we talk about the color of this dressing? That’s one of the best things about working with fruit. Let’s get up close on this drizzle before you go.
Yep. You definitely need to make this.
If you give it a try and share your salad on Instagram tag me so I can check it out!
Want more salad dressings that are completely sugar free and easy to make? Try my Strawberry Basil Dressing, Blueberry Dressing, Easy Ranch Dressing, Easy Homemade Italian Dressing, and Cilantro Citrus Vinaigrette.
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- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup light olive oil do not use extra virgin
- 3 mint leaves
- 1 tbsp orange juice fresh squeezed
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve over salad!
- Store any remaining dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
I prefer to use fresh squeezed orange juice. It only take about a fourth an orange to get the tablespoon needed for this recipe and it's so much sweeter than store bought juice. Worth it every time!
I do not recommend using extra virgin olive oil for this dressing. While I love EVOO it is too thick and oily tasting for fruity dressings. Instead go with a light or extra light olive oil.
The mint flavor in this dressing is mild. If you prefer a stronger mint taste feel free to add more leaves.