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Today, I want to share my favorite quick and easy dressing, for when I want a delicious salad in a hurry.

dressing in jar

dressing in jar

Simple Oil-Free Dressing

5 from 1 vote
A quick and easy, fat-free salad dressing!
prep5 mins total5 mins


  • 3 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons stone-ground mustard (or Dijon)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or to taste)


  • Whisk the ingredients together, and pour over your favorite salad!


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 11mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, salad, salad dressing
Per Serving (2 tablespoons): Calories: 35, Fat: 1g, Carbohydrates: 9g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 1g

Now, you may be thinking, “Why would I want an oil-free dressing? Olive oil is a healthy fat.”

And you’d be right. It is a healthy fat!!

However, when you plan on enjoying a salad with toppings like goat cheese, avocados, or nuts, you’re already getting a dose of fat! Pouring a fat on top of another fat, just makes the whole digestive process more complicated.

Limiting your fat-intake to one type of fat per meal is a helpful tool if you want to lose weight, or simply want to feel better after meals! Anytime you help your digestive system out, you should feel better because of it! (and it may be a good boost for your immune system, too! Remember– 70% of our immune system is housed in our digestive tract! [source])

So next time you eat a salad, try it out and let me know how you feel!

Megan Gilmore leaning on her white countertop.

Megan Gilmore

Hi, Iā€™m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. This looks great! I understand what you mean about the “fat on top of fat” thing.

    Lately I have just been using homemade guacamole as my salad dressing. The lime juice in the guac provides enough acidity and if I am going to be taking in the healthy fat from the avovados I may as well use it as my dressing too!

  2. Hi Megan! Love the site—-recommended by a friend b/c I am allergic to yeast and stick to a diet to try and rid my body of excess Candida. Question about this dressing……we are encouraged not to have anything with vinegar in it for this lifestyle of mine (and really no sweets but I think Stevia would be fine). Is there anything I can sub for the mustard by chance? I cannot have dairy, vinegar, sugar, yeast…..pretty much anything that’s good! And I have to follow a food combining regimen constantly so I wish I could enjoy your recipes, but looks like a lot of it combines proteins with starches or fruits with things that I can’t do šŸ™ Ugh!! Love the site though!!!! šŸ™‚

    1. Most of my recipes, with a few exceptions for treats, are properly combined– so they don’t mix proteins with starches or fruits. Be sure to check out my Candida Cleansing recipe section for more ideas!

  3. Hi Megan! Have you doubled or tripled this recipe before and stored in the fridge? I’m wondering how long it will keep in the fridge…

    1. Yes, I double this recipe all the time! I go through this stuff so fast, it usually only lasts a day or two in my fridge before I use it up… but I think it should last up to 4 days in the fridge with no problem!