Easy Hemp Seed Oil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Hemp seeds and oil
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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1-2 servings
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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. But 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.

What You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons hemp oil
  • 1 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together all ingredients until evenly and well blended.
  2. 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.
  3. Augment the recipe for a larger batch.

Cooking Tips and Ingredient Substitutions

Just about any kind of fresh herb will work well in this hemp seed oil vinaigrette. Some additions to this recipe include:

  • Add a sprig of fresh basil, fresh oregano or fresh thyme
  • Use raw apple cider vinegar instead of balsamic vinaigrette 
  • Add rice vinegar, sherry, champagne or white wine vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar 
  • Agave nectar or honey can add some sweetness to the dressing
  • Add ground cumin for a warm, earthy taste
  • A different citrus juice, such as lime or orange gives the dressing added flavor

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. Note, this recipe is vegan, but it's not a raw food recipe since this recipe uses Dijon mustard. Enjoy your homemade hemp seed salad dressing!

Nutritional Value of Hemp Seed and Hemp Seed Oil

Not only are hemp seeds a perfect protein, but they also include each of the nine essential amino acids, making it a highly nutritious addition to any dish. Just one tablespoon of hemp seed contains 5 grams of protein, making it one of the highest concentrations of plant-based protein. Hemp seeds are also high in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Hemp seeds also provide a healthy helping of Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids as well for cardiovascular and brain health.