A normal juicer generates heat, which ends up destroying many nutrients in fruit and veggies. A cold press juicer is different. It “squeezes” and grinds ingredients, so the juice keeps its vitamin content. You can use this to create delicious salad dressings that are packed with nutrients.
Cold Pressing Is Amazing
Cold-pressed juices and smoothies give you way more benefits:
- More vitamins and minerals
- More enzymes and prebiotics
- More juice
- More fiber
- More flavor
Cold-pressed juice has more pulp, too, so it’s thicker and creamier. Homemade salad dressings made this way taste incredible, and they do your body good.
Cold-Pressed Salad Dressings Are Really Healthy
Many scientists suspect that the secret to why people in Mediterranean cultures seem to live longer and stay healthier is their diet, especially fresh olive oil. Cold-pressed olive oil is rich in antioxidants that protect your heart and help to prevent diabetes and cancer.
In fact, the antioxidants in cold-pressed olive oil can even reduce inflammation and improve immune health. That helps sore muscles recover faster and painful joints feel less pain. It also has omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar levels.
Cold-pressed juices make a great addition to healthy salad dressings, too. They have prebiotics and enzymes that benefit your digestive health.
My Favorite Cold-Pressed Salad Dressings Are Easy To Make
1. Miracle Mediterranean Vinaigrette
Bring the healing power of the Mediterranean diet to your table:
- 1 cup cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
- A sprig of fresh rosemary, oregano, basil or any herb you like
- 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
Just mix the ingredients and let them chill in the fridge for a few hours or days. This vinaigrette is a great salad dressing base that you can add to with many different fruit or veggie combinations. For example, add a pop of orange with some grated orange zest.
2. Vegan Ceviche Dressing
Looking for a punch of flavor from South American cuisine? Follow the vinaigrette recipe above, but add cold-pressed orange juice and a generous squeeze of lime. Instead of other herbs, use a pinch of fresh cilantro for a Latin twist. I love using this dressing with salads that have some chopped avocado.
3. Tangy Apple & Ginger Dressing
I make this dressing when I’m having company over and everyone goes crazy.
- 1 lb. red apples
- 1/3 cup peeled orange
- 1 tbsp ginger root
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
First, put the fruit and ginger into the juicer. Then, add the honey and apple cider vinegar. Mix well and serve! Personally, I like using this dressing with Asian-inspired carrot/lettuce/cabbage salads, sprinkling some crushed peanuts on top.
4. Winter Beet Vinaigrette
Think outside of the box with your cold-press juicer! Get creative with seasonal ingredients: fennel, beets, carrots, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and more!
- 1 lb. beets
- 1/3 cup fennel
- 1 cup peeled orange
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Handful of fresh parsley
Beets are naturally sweet, so I pair them with fennel, orange, parsley and balsamic vinegar to balance them out. Add 1 cup plain yogurt (or ½ cup buttermilk and ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise, but you didn’t hear that from me) for a creamy version with probiotics for your tummy.
Whether you like smoothies for breakfast, fresh juice for an afternoon treat or cold-pressed salad dressing to spice up meals, you have a lot of ingredients to choose from. Go wild and benefit from the vitamin boost!