Creamy Turmeric Salad Dressing | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Feb. 6. 2018

Creamy Turmeric Dressing

Feb. 6. 2018
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

A creamy, dairy-free turmeric dressing that tastes fantastic on salads and Nourish Bowls, alike.

Homemade dressings not only taste better, they include a shorter list of ingredients than store-bought versions and they enhance the food — they don’t mask it. Homemade dressings usually save you a trip to the store too; you probably already have a lot, if not all, of these ingredients on hand in your healthy pantry.

This Creamy Turmeric Salad Dressing is a win-win-win. It tastes amazing, it adds variety and creativity to cooked veggies and warm grain bowls, and it’s a true “beauty food” that will help you glow from the inside out. You can thank the turmeric for antioxidants that fight cell damage and its anti-inflammatory properties that can help to keep blemishes and wrinkles at bay.

I love to make salad dressings on batch cooking day; the one day I set aside — usually Sundays — to crank out meals and meal components for the week. I always like to make at least one or two condiments ahead of time to keep dinner prep time to a minimum just in case I’ve had a long day at the office or won’t get home until late.

I’ve enjoyed this creamy turmeric dressing on salads with fresh greens and seasonal veggies, as well as warm grain bowls with quinoa and roasted vegetables and fresh toppers like avocado. 

FYI — this creamy turmeric dressing keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator in an airtight glass bottle. The turmeric provides such a vibrant, cheery color that you’ll want to reach for all week.

Adding a salad dressing to your vegetable-rich dishes and salads is so important in helping your body absorb key fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, K. The healthy fats such as olive oil or cashew butter like in this recipe, also help keep your hunger at bay so you feel fuller longer.



Turmeric is the MVP here; its main active ingredient is curcumin, known for its strong leven of antioxidants. Thanks to curcumin, this one’s a true “beauty food” — it boosts our body’s ability to fight damage caused by free radicals, i.e. premature aging and skin issues.


Turmeric —and curcumin — also happens to be a rockstar in fighting inflammation. It’s anti-inflammatory compounds and phytonutrients have been extensively studied over the past few decades in its potential link to chemopreventative effects on cancer.

Healthy Fats:

A beautifully balanced meal needs healthy fats — and this dressing has them. Olive oil makes the list of 10 ways to add more healthy fats to your diet and is a perfectly smooth, neutral flavor to let the turmeric and ginger really shine through.

Helps Digestion:

I’m always a fan of adding digestive-friendly boosts to my meals, and I think I’ve found my new go-to with this dressing. The ginger and apple cider vinegar both ensure that whatever foods you’re enjoying this dressing with, that they’re processed and digested with ease.

Optimizer Option:

Looking to add some protein and more healthy fats? Tahini pairs well with this flavor profile and extends the creamy, smooth and satisfying consistency. Just be sure to add filtered water to keep the dressing from getting too dense.

The Recipe




1/2 cup cashew butter

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon fresh minced ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

Juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon honey


Step 1

Whisk ingredients together in a bowl.


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