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11 Easy and Healthy Mason Jar Salad Dressing Recipes

11 Easy and Healthy Mason Jar Salad Dressing Recipes

Walk down the salad dressing aisle in any grocery store and there’s a common trend you’re probably unaware of: nearly every dressing is loaded with artificial, chemical and GMO-laden ingredients. The most common one, soybean oil, is what Dr. Joseph Mercola calls “one of the absolute worst types of oils you can consume”.

Cheap, genetically modified oils like soybean oil contain primarily Omega-6 fatty acids, which cause chronic inflammation, a precursor to most diseases.

If you do happen to find a healthy salad dressing that contains a healthy oil like olive oil and other all-natural ingredients, you will pay a premium for it.

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Why not make your own healthy salad dressings instead? With a few all-natural ingredients, you can whip up a simple and healthy dressing.

I have personally tested each of these salad dressing recipes for my spice mix business. They’re all healthy, easy to prepare and incredibly delicious. And you can stop worrying about hidden processed ingredients that may be affecting your and your family’s health. Grab a set of mason jars and some good olive oil and get ready to start creating some awesome salads.

Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette Dressing

  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Directions: Squeeze the juice out of the lemon into the mason jar and remove any seeds. Add the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and whisk together. Refrigerate or serve immediately. Note: most olive oil-based dressings will harden in the refrigerator. Simply set the dressing on the counter for 10-15 minutes before you want to serve it.

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Orange Ginger Dressing

  • Juice from one orange
  • 1 T minced ginger
  • 2 T minced carrot
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 1 T mustard seed
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Directions: Squeeze the juice out of the orange into the mason jar. Finely mince the ginger, carro, and onion and add to the jar. Add the mustard seed, olive oil, and sea salt. Whisk together and serve immediately or refrigerate.

Caesar Dressing

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 T shredded parmesan reggiano cheese
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Directions: Add all ingredients into blender or food processor and blend for 10-15 seconds. Transfer to mason jar and chill in refrigerator before serving.

Tomato Basil Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 T minced sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 T minced basil
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Directions: Add all ingredients into blender or food processor and pulse several times. Transfer to mason jar and serve immediately or refrigerate.

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Herb Buttermilk Dressing

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped dill
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped chives
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped thyme

Directions: Add all ingredients into blender or food processor and pulse several times. Add a couple teaspoons of water if the mixture is too thick for your liking. Transfer to mason jar and serve immediately or refrigerate.

Parmesan Lemon Caper Dressing

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 T minced capers

Directions: Add all ingredients into mason jar. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Greek Dill Dressing

  • 1-1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 T minced dill
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 T red wine vinegar

Directions: Set aside half of the diced cucumber and the dill. Add all remaining ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse several times. Add the remaining dill and cucumber, transfer to mason jar and serve immediately or refrigerate.

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Spicy Honey Mustard Dressing

  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup organic Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions: Whisk together all ingredients, add to mason jar and serve immediately or refrigerate.

Honey Lime Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 T honey
  • Juice from one lime
  • 2 T white vinegar
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 black pepper

Directions: Whisk together all ingredients, add to mason jar and serve immediately or refrigerate.

Cherry Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. organic Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions: Combine cherries with balsamic vinegar and sherry vinegar. Let sit for 15 minutes. Combine with remaining ingredients into the mason jar and serve immediately or refrigerate.

Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 T mustard powder
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. minced thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. minced basil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Directions: Whisk together all ingredients, add to mason jar and serve immediately or refrigerate.

Featured photo credit: jeffreyw via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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