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#AskJoyous - How to make a healthy salad dressing

Hello my joyous reader,I've started something new over here at Joyous Health and on my YouTube channel - ASKJOYOUS!Each week I will answer a question you as
Jan 21, 2015 | Joy McCarthy

Hello my joyous reader,

I've started something new over here at Joyous Health and on my YouTube channel - ASKJOYOUS!

Each week I will answer a question you ask me either on my youtube channel, on twitter or instagram when you hashtag #askjoyous. You can also post a comment below.

My first question comes from Annie @fitquips on twitter. She asks:

In this video I review the following:

Reasons to be cautious about store-bought salad dressings

Some of the ingredients you want to avoid

Tips for a making a delicious salad dressing

Some of my favourite ingredients

How to make a creamy cashew dressing

So don't worry about the calories, but be concerned about what your food is actually made of.


One other ingredient I totally forgot to mention in my video that I combine with apple cider vinegar and olive oil all the time is raw honey. The honey does a nice job of balancing out the apple cider vinegar.

If you are curious about the creamy cashew salad dressing I mention near the end of the video here it is.

This is a recipe that will be featured in book #2! So try it out and let me know what you think. It's creamy, wonderful, vegan-friendly, deliciousness.

Creamy Dressing Ingredients

Yields approximately 2 cups of dressing.

2/3 cup raw (unsalted, unroasted) cashews (soak for an hour)

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

3/4 tsp honey

1/2 tsp salt

Fresh ground black pepper

Method: Discard water from soaked cashews. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until creamy. Enjoy as a veggie dip or salad dressing!

Tip: Add 2 garlic cloves and you've got a Caesar salad dressing.

Have a joyous day and remember to #askjoyous through social media, youtube or comment below!


Jan 21, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy
Anne   •   January 22, 2015

Hi - I love your new ask joyous. My question, and I'm finding conflicting answers on the internet, is ... can I assume that if a product states non-GMO, it is also organic? I try to buy organic as much as possible - most of which also state non-GMO. However, I've been noticing quite a few new items in my grocery store that do not have the organic label, but do have the non-GMO label. Thank you so much - I absolutely love your website. Have a blessed day!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 22, 2015

Judy Hill   •   January 22, 2015

So excited for book number 2! thanks for posting this, I will be trying my hand at home made dressings from now on.

frank   •   April 11, 2018

Sherry   •   January 22, 2015

Hi Joyous Health, With the huge increase of people adding green smoothies and green drinks into their diet, I am wondering if you believe that they are good for everyone? I just started following an Ayurvedic diet and they say that too many greens or raw veggies can make Vata people feel worse. Do you have any thoughts on this? Thank you!

Joy McCarthy   •   January 23, 2015
Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 23, 2015

Debbie   •   January 22, 2015

I tried your Kale and Beet salad with dressing last week for the first time and I absolutely love it and I never thought this gal would love a salad. I've been bragging it up to everyone who will listen! I have found I prefer the dressings with oil and lemon as the base...I don't seem to take to vinegars. I add some raw honey or org maple syrup and spices and I'm good to go. I love the video recipes!! Deb

Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 23, 2015
Joy McCarthy   •   January 23, 2015

Lindsay   •   January 24, 2015

I want to start doing food prep on Sundays and make my salad dressing ahead of time as I'm always tight for time in the mornings, and the evenings. First off, how should I be storing the dressing? Second, what types of dressings last the longest in the fridge, and how long do they last?

Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 25, 2015

Meagan   •   January 25, 2015

Hi Joy! I have read on your blog before about the negative side effects of the birth control pill so I made the decision to stop taking it (after 16 years, yikes!) last September. Ever since, my skin has been a complete disaster. I have never had so much acne and so little glow in my life. Going on 4 months now, there is no end in sight. Do you have any suggestions about what I can add or remove to my diet to help speed up the process? I have never had acne so I have no clue where to even begin and eating organic/hormone free meats and eggs is getting me nowhere. Thank you!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 25, 2015

Pamela   •   January 30, 2015

Hi, my question is about food combining. I've read a lot about it, and the general consensuses is don't mix protein and starch, eat fruit alone, don't combine 2 proteins in one meal...I was wondering what your thoughts are on the subject. Thanks, Pamela


Carolina   •   February 3, 2015

Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! I'd love to try it myself! Greetings, Storage Poplar Ltd.


karen   •   January 27, 2016

Joy--Is the 3/4 cup of water listed above the water in which you soak the cashews? Or is this an additional amount of water added to the blender when mixing the other ingredients? Thanks.


Dera   •   March 9, 2016

Hi! Just wondering, how long will the dressing keep in the fridge? Thanks! Dera

Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 9, 2016

Esmeralda P.   •   March 30, 2018

How long can this dressing be stored?


Kella   •   April 10, 2018

My favorite salad dressing is ranch. I hate vinegar, oil, and sugar in my dressings.Do you have a good recipe?

Rachel Molenda   •   April 10, 2018

Joanne Inrig   •   April 12, 2018

Lovin it! Thk u!


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