Hemp Seed Oil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Hemp seeds and oil
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 to 2 servings
Yield: 3 ounces
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
205 Calories
21g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 to 2
Amount per serving
Calories 205
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 497mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 53mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Hemp seed has been cultivated around the world for over 12,000 years. It's been used as a fuel, as paper, and as a textile, and it's a rather healthy choice for food with its fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals, as well as protein. Hemp seed oil is great to use in salad dressings since it has such a robust flavor. It is best used at room temperature, rather than heated or used as a cooking oil.

Here's a simple way to whip up a basic hemp seed oil balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing using hemp seed oil, lemon juice, and balsamic vinegar, with some spices to boot. (This recipe is vegan, but it's not a raw food recipe since this recipe uses Dijon mustard.)


  • 3 tablespoons hemp oil

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Whisk together all ingredients until evenly and well blended.

  3. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. If you have any fresh herbs on hand, you can mince about 3/4 teaspoon and add them in.

  4. Augment the recipe for a larger batch.

  5. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • Just about any kind of fresh herb will work well in this dressing recipe; consider adding a sprig of fresh basil, fresh oregano, or fresh thyme.
  • You can swap out the balsamic vinegar for raw apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, sherry, champagne, or white wine vinegar. Although any of these will create a very different flavor, each one will complement the hemp oil, herbs, mustard, and garlic.
  • To bring a bit of sweetness to the dressing, you can include a little agave nectar or honey.
  • If you are looking for a warmer and earthy taste, sprinkle in some ground cumin.
  • Changing up the lemon juice for lime or orange will give the dressing a nice flavor twist.
  • To make a creamier version of this salad dressing, replace the hemp oil with raw hulled hemp seeds and add 3 tablespoons of water in a high-speed blender. To make it thicker, just store the salad dressing overnight.