Nuts and fruit can make for creamy, juicy and flavorful salad dressings without adding any extracted oils. Plus you get the health benefits of those nutrient-dense nuts and fruits. Save money by using your imagination and what's in your pantry to come up with new flavor combinations.


  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts, such as walnuts, cashews, almonds or pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh fruit, such as plums, peaches, blueberries or strawberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk (or fruit juice, such as pomegranate or orange)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice (or vinegar)


Purée all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth. For thinner dressings, add a little more soy milk or fruit juice.