Low Acid Creamy Herb Salad Dressing

Low Acid Creamy Herb Salad Dressing

This everyday salad topper is the perfect cross between a tangy, creamy Italian dressing and your classic Ranch dressing. The best part is that it only contains a single teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in as many as 8 servings. And did we mention that it’s dairy-free? That adds up to a low acid salad dressing that you can be confident won’t trigger reflux. Best of all? It’s so good you’ll want to put it on everything.

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We use plant-based yogurt for the tang and creaminess you’d ordinarily get from buttermilk in a recipe like this. While plant-based yogurt can contain as much as 10g of fat per serving, making it less than ideal for people with GERD, those servings are usually 3/4 cup and this recipe only uses 1/4 cup to create as much as 8 servings. In the end, each serving of this dressing actually contains less than 2g of fat!

 

We achieve the consistency of traditional salad dressings with a bit of kitchen wizardry by thickening with a small amount of cornstarch, however, this can be subbed out for arrowroot powder, or skipped altogether if you’d like. It will result in a thinner dressing, but one that’s still packed with flavor.

 

That being said, cooking and then chilling the dressing does add a depth of flavor that is highly recommended. It’s really worth the effort.

 

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Ingredients for Low Acid Creamy Herb Dressing 

 

  • Plant-based Yogurt – Nowadays there are quite a few great vegan yogurt options. Just remember that each different kind comes with a different flavor profile. Coconut milk yogurt tends to be sweet, while oat milk yogurt is a bit more “earthy”.  Soy yogurt tends to be neutral and keeps the protein level higher than others. Choose wisely.

 

  • Plant-based Milk – We like almond milk here because it’s easy to use in a 1:1 ratio to dairy milk. As mentioned above, different “milks” come with different flavors. Try a few different things and see what you like!

 

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – While ACV can be a divisive ingredient within the GERD/reflux community, in small amounts it is generally well tolerated. 

 

  • Herbs – This is where the magic happens. Oregano, parsley, basil, and a bit of garlic powder do the heavy flavor lifting. 

 

  • Honey  – Adds a hint of sweetness and depth of flavor.

 

  • Salt  – To really make those flavors pop.

 

  • Cornstarch  – The cornstarch acts as a thickening agent to really get that creamy consistency.

 

  • Water – Simply needed to mix with the cornstarch allowing it to work it’s magic.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below

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How to Make Low Acid Creamy Herb Salad Dressing

 

Everyone needs a go-to salad dressing recipe they can whip up in a few minutes! Bonus points if that recipe is so good your guests will try to drink shots of it.

 

Here’s how to make it:

 

First, in a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together all ingredients except cornstarch and water.

 

Now, bring that up to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Just enough heat to maintain a gentle simmer.

 

Next, whisk cornstarch into the water and then whisk that mixture into the simmering dressing.

 

Stirring constantly, let all of this cook together for 2 minutes to thicken up.

 

Finally, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Store refrigerated for up to 5 days.

 

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Notes

  • If cornstarch doesn’t work for you, substitute arrowroot powder in a 1:1 ratio. It’s a great thickener that has almost no taste and low PH, so it’s great for reflux sufferers.

 

  • If you absolutely don’t want to use apple cider vinegar, you can substitute a teaspoon of unsweetened apple juice or a dry white wine. 

 

  • In general, the herbs in this recipe are well tolerated, however, make sure to leave out or substitute anything that doesn’t work for you. 

 

A bowl of salad sitting on a table next to a bottle of dressing

 

More Favorite GERD Chef Recipes

If you love this low acid salad dressing, try one of these delicious recipes next:

 

Dehydrated “Cheesy” Kale Chips

Fresh Dill Chicken Salad

Dairy Free Bacon-Asparagus Soup

 

As always, I would love to know how this recipe turned out for you, so be sure to leave a comment and star rating below if you give this recipe a try!

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Low Acid Salad Dressing


  • Author: The GERD Chef
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x

Description

Everyone needs a go-to salad dressing recipe they can whip up in a few minutes! Bonus points if that recipe is so good your guests will try to drink shots of it. Here’s how to make it:


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Ingredients

1/4 cup plant-based yogurt

1/2 cup plant-based milk

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon cider vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

3/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon water


Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together all ingredients except cornstarch and water.
  2. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Just enough heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  3.  Whisk cornstarch into the water and then whisk that mixture into the simmering dressing.
  4.  Stir constantly. Let this simmer for 2 minutes to thicken up.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Store refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • If cornstarch doesn’t work for you, substitute arrowroot powder in a 1:1 ratio. It’s a great thickener that has almost no taste and low PH, so it’s great for reflux sufferers.
  • If you absolutely don’t want to use apple cider vinegar, you can substitute a teaspoon of unsweetened apple juice or a dry white wine. 
  • In general, the herbs in this recipe are well tolerated, however, make sure to leave out or substitute anything that doesn’t work for you. 

 



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