Cut the Inflammation Oil-Free Turmeric Dressing

If you've heard turmeric is this powerful superfood and now you're wondering how you can get more of this spice in your diet, you're going to be ALL ABOUT this dressing!

This weekend, I know I've fallen for this dressing, and I imagine it will be life-long love affair!

To start with it has a stimulating and delightful balance of spice and sweetness. It makes every bite intriguing, which is just what I want when it comes to salad.

On top of the craveable flavor, I'm extra motivated to make this dressing for the sole reason that I want to have turmeric in my diet daily.

There's a large body of scientific evidence showing that turmeric is remarkable for human health, in large part thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic effects.

Thus, Dr. Greger of recommends we have 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric per day (or about one teaspoon fresh) to reap the health and longevity benefits.

Of course, I don't need to have it every day, but I shoot for most days. It's just become natural for me to think about adding it to my homemade latte in the morning, stir-fry, my salad dressing, etc.

This oil-free recipe is the variation I make most often when I want a turmeric salad dressing. With a green salad, I like to make sure I add some fresh fruit because it pairs so well with the warming spices of turmeric and ginger.

Although I call it a dressing, you can also use it as a sauce drizzled over a Buddha bowl or roasted vegetables, or use it to make a veggie curry.

It's very versatile, and I encourage you to get creative and see how many dishes you can add it to!

If you find a combo that you absolutely love, let us know below, and maybe you'll inspire others to try it.

Oil-Free Turmeric Dressing

By Chef Katie Mae

Makes 4 servings | Ready in 5 minutes | Stores 1 week in fridge



  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup walnuts OR ¼ cup nut butter
  • 4­ Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2-inches fresh turmeric OR 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2-inches fresh ginger OR 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 large garlic cloves OR 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper



  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend into a smooth dressing.
  2. Pour the dressing over two individual salads or store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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