Paleo Lunch Box Recipe Five DIY Salad Dressings-min

Paleo Lunch Box Recipe: Five DIY Salad Dressings

If you’re leaving home with a pre-prepared salad for lunch, there’s nothing like having a small pot of on-the-go dressing to take with you. We all have our favourite salad dressings, but here are five delicious ideas for you to try so that you’re never caught with a boring salad again!

All of the following make enough for between 4 – 6 salads, and keep in the fridge for a week. I’ve made a note on each recipe saying ‘blender’ or ‘jam jar.’ In short, if it says blender, blitz your ingredients in a blender. If it says jam jar, just combine all contents in any kind of jar and shake to combine. Not rocket science, I know!

Paleo Lunch Box Recipe Five DIY Salad Dressings-min

Oil Free Raspberry Dressing (blender)

  • 125 grams fresh raspberries
  • ¼ of an onion, chopped
  • 100ml apple juice
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Lime and Coriander Dressing (blender)

  • 150ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice 1 1/2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 large handful fresh coriander

Balsamic Vinaigrette (jam jar)

  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 100ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper

Tomato and Basil Vinaigrette (jam jar)

  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 50ml cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

Lemon and Dill Dressing (jam jar)

  • 100ml olive oil
  • Juice and zest 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
Paleo Diet Recipe Primal Spinach Courgette Salad Orange Sesame Dressing-min

Recipe: Spinach and Courgette Salad with Orange and Sesame Dressing

Fresh, green salad combined with an incredibly delicious dressing. Perfect for al fresco eating with some barbequed protein.

Spinach and Courgette Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 courgettes, thinly sliced
  • 4 large handfuls fresh spinach
  • 12 sundried tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • Handful of pine nuts
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tahini paste
  • Juice of ½ orange
  • 1tsp honey
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper

Spinach and Courgette Salad How To:

Heat a little oil in a pan to a medium heat. Add the sliced courgettes and peppers a little at a time so they are not too bunched up. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes each with a little sea salt, ensuring they are nicely chargrilled.

In a large salad bowl, toss together the spinach and sundried tomatoes. Add the courgettes and peppers, then toss again. Scatter the pine nuts on top.

To make the dressing, whizz together all the ingredients bar the olive oil to make a thick liquid. Gradually add the oil, stirring as you go, until you reach the desired texture.

Drizzle the dressing generously over the salad, toss and serve.

Paleo Diet Recipe Primal Spinach Courgette Salad Orange Sesame Dressing-min

Moroccan Pork & Dressing paleo lunch recipe-min

Paleo Lunch Recipe: Moroccan Pork & Dressing

Further to her guest post yesterday, Stormy Sweitzer, owner of Maoomba, the Real Food for Active Lives blog, and author of Paleo Power Lunch: Easy, Filling & Delicious Workday Meal Strategies, has very kindly shared one of the recipes from her book.

This is the lunch that started it all. In the dead of winter, wanting something colorful to go with a leftover pork chop, I threw it together with a handful of berries, seeds, and avocado. It’s earthy, but light. Add a handful of raw mushrooms for more vegetables.

Moroccan Pork & Dressing
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Moroccan
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3 ounces pan-fried pork loin chop, sliced
  • ½ avocado, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup fresh blackberries
  • 2 Tbsp raw pepitas
  • ⅓ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp chives, chopped
  1. Layer all ingredients in a lunch-sized food storage container.
  2. Pack 3 Tbsp Creamy Lemon Chive Dressing in a separate container.
  3. Paleo Diet Lunch Recipe
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender, except oil and chives.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the oil while the blender is going.
  3. Stir in chives when done.


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For more Paleo lunch recipes and strategies, check out the Paleo Power Lunch book.
Moroccan Pork & Dressing paleo lunch recipe-min