• 1/2 cup soaked walnuts
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 3/4 cup of avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp orange extract

Last week I taught several healthy cooking classes and I got a few befuddled looks at this recipe when I told them my dressing was dairy free.  Needless to say, they all loved it. Well actually I should be truthful, one lady didn’t like this recipe and I sorta got anxious as she answered why.

As I held my breath, she proceeded to tell me she personally wasn’t a fan of the lemon’s tartness {ahh is that all}. Using the lemon gives this dressing the pungency like that of vinegar.  So out of 3 classes all but one LOVED this recipe {so hard being a people pleaser}.

My taste testers where also perplexed at the fact this is dairy free because it is so creamy with just using the soaked walnuts.  I know this is what taste buds dream about and your belly will thank you!


Making your own salad dressing is one way of keeping it real and healthy. Plus you can add amazing flavors to this dressing like the wild orange essential oil {or lemongrass, lime, cardamom, basil, oregano etc.} that give it that summertime taste!

Those store bought dressings are bad news with their cheap oils that are high in bad fats, preservatives and ingredients that even you Spelling Bee winners may gag on. So many of our patients at the Natural Medicine Clinic are on special diets for candida or weight loss and you “might as well fuhgeddaboudit” because most store bought dressings certainly have nothing good for you in that bottle.

To make a fancy concoction for our salads, which we serve almost every night with dinner, we use a squeeze of lemon and olive oil.  If time is of the essence, simple does the trick!


Creamy Walnut Orange Dressing {paleo, vegan, raw & gluten free}
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  • ½ cup soaked walnuts
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • ¾ cup of avocado or olive oil
  • ½ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried onion flakes
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • *Read notes below for a nut free

  1. In a strong blender or Vitamix blend nuts, oil, lemon juice, sea salt, onion and garlic powder.
  2. After the ingredients are creamy add extract or orange essential oil from do terra.
  3. Taste and add extra sea salt or orange extract to taste.

* If you need to make this a nut free recipe use ½ cup hempseeds or ½ cup soaked pumpkin seeds. To soak any seeds or nuts; fill jar ¾ full of nuts/seeds and add filtered water to the top. Soak for a few hours or overnight if it is harder like the walnut. If you would like this to be thicker for a dip just add a few tablespoons more of walnuts or seeds to help thicken. It will thicken in the fridge a bit so just stir it before pouring on your salad. I have also used juice of 1 orange and only 1 lemon. It will have a sweeter taste rather than the pungent lemon flavor that tricks the taste buds it is vinegar. Adding extra sea salt will help if using an orange. I have mixed avocado and olive oil in this dressing. Grape seed oil would work too. Please use organic when you can.

With a Spoonful of Health,