5-Ingredient Healthy Herb Salad Dressing

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It’s a salad dressing, a sauce and a marinade. It’s three, three, three things in one. I had a heck of a time coming up with a name for this 5-Ingredient Healthy Herb Salad Dressing recipe, because it’s less of a recipe and more of a technique. And when I say “technique” don’t get scared and think that it’s too fancy. What I mean is that you throw some very simple ingredients into a blender (or food processor) and out comes … magic. And it’s Paleo, Whole30, keto, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free. You can’t ask for much more than that from five simple ingredients.

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Seriously, this is the most simple and delicious salad dressing. I make a fresh batch every weekend and hope that we don’t run out during the week. Everyone who tries it asks for the recipe. I love it made with cilantro but I know that cilantro is very polarizing herb.  If you’re not on Team Cilantro, I’ve provided several other herb combinations that are equally delicious.

More Than Just A Salad Dressing

But, don’t limit this vinaigrette to just salads. It’s also amazing as:

  • a marinade
  • a finishing sauce (drizzled on top of grilled meat or seafood)
  • a vegetable topper that will make you want to eat your veggies
  • a sauce for pasta salad
  • a dressing for coleslaw
  • dipping sauce (for crudites, or steamed artichokes, or cooked shrimp)
  • a topper for this chopped salad or the rainbow salad jars

This recipe was inspired by Pinch of Yum’s 5 Minute Sunshine Sauce.


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This 5 Ingredient Whole30 Vinaigrette is salad dressing, sauce and a marinade. Put 5 ingredients in a blender and out comes magic. It's so easy & delicious. | www.grownupdish.com

5-Ingredient Healthy Herb Salad Dressing

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  • Author: jzmcbride
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


This recipe is a salad dressing, a sauce and a marinade. Put five ingredients in a blender and out comes a healthy herb salad dressing. It is paleo, Whole30, keto, vegan,  dairy free sugar free and gluten free – but mostly it’s just delicious.


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  • 2 cups packed fresh herbs*
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 23 tablespoons vinegar (White vinegar works fine, but you can substitute whatever you have on hand.)
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 1 thin slice of red onion or a 1/2 of a small shallot
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • (optional) 1/4 to 1/2 cup water, if needed

Suggested Herb* Combos

  • cilantro (this is my standard “go to”)
  • mix of cilantro and flat leaf parsley
  • basil (delicious on chopped tomatoes and cucumbers)
  • mix of basil and mint (great for Asian-inspired dishes)
  • mix of basil, oregano and flat leaf parsley


Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.overhead shot of blender with vinaigrette ingredients

Add water to obtain desired consistency.


Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week. It probably won’t last that long.

Try it as a marinade for chicken, shrimp, white fish (tilapia or cod).

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: recipe
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: American
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  2. […] your favorite salad dressing. I’m partial to my 5-Ingredient Soon-To-Be-Famous Herb Vinaigrette, but in a pinch I use bottled dressings from Primal Foods or Tessemeae (as they’re both made […]

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