3 Fat Burning Salad Dressings (Vegan-Friendly)



By Sammi McLeod

When you think of salads, you probably think you’re eating healthy, right? But sometimes they get boring and you get the urge to load them with fatty, rich dressings and toppings, totally defeating the purpose of your “healthy” meal.

Here are 3 dressing recipes to spice up your salads AND promote fat burning in the body. All of them are loaded with healthy, antioxidant-rich ingredients that satisfy your palate and your waistline! First, lets talk about these plant-based fat fighting ingredients…



These power fruits are known to have the most antioxidants and nutrients that promote overall health. The antioxidants help you to release toxins stored in unwanted fat cells. They also have amazing healing properties for the cardiovascular system and can help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. The polyphenols in pomegranates can help boost your metabolism, which will send your body into fat burning mode!


Vitamin C and phytonutrient rich, tomatoes are a great food to incorporate into your diet to help you burn fat. They are also loaded with lycopene, which add tons of antioxidants to promote overall health.

Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

It is all the rage and for good reason! Raw organic apple cider vinegar is a superstar for a healthy digestive system. It will help break down foods so that your body can properly absorb the nutrients. Improved digestion = improved weight loss!



Citrus sweet grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C and the antioxidant, naringenin. Vitamin C allows the body to burn fat, while naringenin helps balance blood sugar and insulin levels.


Ginger is healthy for so many reasons, one of them being an awesome weight loss and fat burning aid. It helps burn fat cells, not water weight. Ginger also helps with digestion, nutrient absorption and metabolizing glucose levels.


Another power root, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that promotes healing for so many issues. It also helps to detoxify the liver and block future fat to be stored by the body.


This healthy fat helps balance blood sugar levels and assists the body in a slower release of sugars into the bloodstream. When your blood sugar levels are balanced, for longer periods of time, less insulin is released. This means the body doesn’t feel the need to go into fat storing mode to hold on to the energy the sugars provide. All good things!



Many people think lemons are acidic, but what matters is whether or not they are acid forming in the body. Lemons are actually alkaline forming in the body, which promotes health and weight loss in so many ways. They are also antibacterial, filled with Vitamin C and aid with digestion as well as helping to detoxify the liver.

Cayenne Pepper

Spice up your dressing with some cayenne pepper, which can help with lipid oxidation. That means you are literally burning fat cells to use as energy! How awesome is that?!

Now for some mouth-watering, waist-whittling, guilt-free recipes for you to enjoy!

Pomegranate Vinaigrette
  • 2 Tbs. pure pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbs. raw organic apple cider vinegar
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or alternative natural sweetener, like raw honey)
  1. Blend together until smooth. Pairs nicely with a house salad loaded with vegetables and topped with pomegranate seeds, or coconut bacon.

Ginger Grapefruit Turmeric Glaze
  • Juice of 1 grapefruit
  • Juice of 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • Juice of 2 inches fresh turmeric root, or ½ tsp ground turmeric spice
  • 3 fresh dates, pitted
  1. Blend together until smooth. Pairs nicely with a mixed lettuce salad topped with garlic and herb quinoa.

Creamy Avocado Lemon Dressing
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • juice from ½ a lemon
  • ½ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ clove of garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp unsweetened almond milk
  1. Mix together with a fork until smooth. Pairs nicely with a “caesar” style salad for a healthy alternative to a cream based dressing.
  2. Add cucumber and coconut bacon to top.

About the Author

Sammi McLeod

Sammi McLeod has a passion for health and wellness and runs a global business in the industry. She has been studying the healing powers of natural foods since she was 16 years old and is now certified in Plant-Based nutrition. Sammi shares her personal experience and recipes on her blog and YouTube Channel, called Sammi’s Secrets. She thrives on a plant-based, vegan lifestyle and loves creating delicious new meals to inspire people to eat healthy and enjoy food again.

Sammi is also a Makeup Artist and uses only plant-based, vegan certified products made without harmful ingredients. She educates people around the world on the importance of clean products used on the outside and the inside of the body.

Sammi is from Ottawa, Canada and loves to travel. She can often be found on the beach in California.

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Drew Canole

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Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.

As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.


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