Birthday Girl Oil-free Raspberry Dressing

Oil-free Salad Dressing (6)

A new year has begun!

It’s my birthday today which makes it a perfect time to look back on all the things I’ve accomplished in the last 12 months. I’m ready to close this chapter and set my sights on what I’d like to see unfold in my 27th year.

In the last 12 months I’ve left the corporate world to pursue my calling, moved across the country, spent a week in New York studying photography, hired a vocal coach, wrote my first book, met Danielle LaPorte, worked on some crazy self-love practices, completed two 30 day yoga challenges, learned how to sit in silence ALL day and read 16 books. Boom.

27. I want to… write another book, find a place to call home, meditate, read more, meet awesome women, get married, work with kids, deepen my faith, travel far, dance, sing, and draw pretty things.


This year, I am going to create.


I’m going to do what makes me feel good, and let go of the stuff that doesn’t.

I’m going to continue to celebrate the food I eat, and worship the amazing life that I have – ups, downs, smiles, tears, all of it.

I’m going to bathe my salads in pretty pink sauce and treat myself to bright colored things…

Oil-free Salad Dressings

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4.8 from 6 reviews
Birthday Girl Oil-free Raspberry Salad Dressing
Recipe type: Vegan (option), Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8
Naturally sweet raspberry salad dressing that's oil-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free.
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup homemade apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey or coconut nectar
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  1. Add raspberries, juice, vinegar, mustard and honey to the jug of your high powered blender and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into a container and add diced shallot.
  3. Cover and allow to cool in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Use on fresh veggies, salads or as a dip.
  4. Makes approximately 1 cup, 8 servings (2 tablespoons per serving)

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Oil-free Salad Dressings

I’m going to let my creativity flow.

I’m going to share my recipes with you, connect with you, learn from you.

And bathe more salads in more dressings…

Oil-free Salad Dressings

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4.8 from 6 reviews
Lemon Garlic Oil-free Salad Dressing
Recipe type: Vegan (option), Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 4
Deeply lemony salad dressing with a punch of garlic!
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey or coconut nectar
  • 1 clove garlic
  1. Add all ingredients to the jug of your high powered blender and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Pour into a container.
  3. Cover and allow to cool in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Use on fresh veggies, salads or as a dip.
  4. This salad dressing is a bit liquidy so does best as a marinade or salad dressing for shaved vegetable salads.
  5. Makes ½ cup, 4 servings, 2 tablespoons per serving

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Oil-free Salad Dressings

And before all of this goodness happens, Kevin has told me that I have a day planned at the spa today! So, off I go to soak in my reflective day and meld into the weekend with grace and ease.

Before we part, I’d love to know…

Do you set goals or intentions on your birthday? Here are the goals I set for my 25th birthday and 26th birthday.

What’s one thing that you hope to accomplish this year and… why? What is it that you find attractive to that goal, how are you going to feel after you get it?

Have a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend!

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  1. A very happy birthday to you, Leanne! What an inspiring post – I love the idea of celebrating accomplishments and setting intentions on your birthday. You seem to have a lot to celebrate this year.

    • Hi Josie – thank you for the birthday wishes! It seems I have a lot to celebrate every year (as does everyone) LOTS of struggles this year, but I always seem to come out on top – provided I have a good attitude about it all. Have a fabulous weekend :)

    • White balsamic is yum. So good. I’m sure you could use whatever vinegar you have… I just didn’t use the dark stuff because I wanted the bright colors of the dressing to shine through!

  2. Happy birthday my dear!!! You have indeed grown SO much this year and accomplished some pretty awesome things. I know 27 will be just as great for you. As for goals, I tend to set mine at the beginning of the year and work on them year-round, but birthdays are just as good a time to make new ones! Have a wonderful fabulous day!

    • Thanks Angela! Yes, lots of growth and hard things… thanks for being there for me :)

  3. Oh my god happy birthday! You kept that nice and secret :) A day at the spa sounds perfect! I just turned 25 a couple of weeks back. I try not to reflect too much to be honest as I’m not really a big birthday fan; I like to be treated rather than set expectations or new goals for myself. Though I will admit I like your ones…especially bathing in that salad dressing! Divine!

    • Bathing in salad dressing is where it’s at! I don’t know how Kevin goes without dressing on his salads… weird! And… happy belated birthday?!

  4. Happy Birthday Leanne! I don’t set goals on my birthday I do them around new years, but I like the idea of the birthday goal setting. My birthday falls at the beginning of April so it would be nice to set goals from spring to spring instead of starting mid winter. I generally will try to set year long goals but end up going with seasonal goals, being in Canada they are good markers of whats to come.

    My spring goals are to get running! I have been training our 1.5 year old dog to run with me because she will dig out of the backyard if she doesn’t get enough exercise :S!! Her excitement when I grab the leash is too hard to deny so 1 have been walking every day with both my dogs and running with the athletic one every other day and I have been getting better and better at running.

    My goals also include going to CSNN in September, get moving on being a part time Zumba instructor, and be stronger around food and make choices that are for me, not just eating everything around me even when I know I wont feel good and it takes me further from my goal.

    Enjoy your day, and I look forward to hearing all about your goals as they unfold, especially the wedding one!

    • Wow, sounds like one awesome running pal! I wish I could run with our dogs… they just get so distracted. I can’t wait to hear how you like CSNN!

  5. Happy Birthday Leanne!! It is so amazing to read this and see all you have accomplished in the last year, way to go!! My birthday is on Monday and I will also be 27 so I can certainly relate and have also been doing lots of reflecting lately. This weekend I’ve decided to get an early start to my 27th year by registering for the Holistic Nutrition course at CSNN. You have inspired me so much with your positive attitude towards so much in life, your incredible outlook on healthy foods, your beautiful recipes and your willingness (although scary) to jump into something new! I have been struggling for the last 2 years to find my calling and after discovering your blog a year and a half ago I know what I need to do! I can’t wait to start this fantastic program and embrace year 27 the way you are!
    Enjoy a wonderful day at the spa!!

    • Wow, that is so so so cool. You’ll definitely have to report back, Katie, and tell me how you like the course! Happy Birthday to you, too!

  6. Happy birthday! I’m generally not a fan of traditional salad dressing, opting instead for hummus/avocado/mustard or other condiments, but these dressings sound so refreshing and light! And they’re beautiful, too!

  7. Happy birthday! That is quite a list of accomplishments! I love how birthdays inspire reflection and goal-setting.

    These salad dressings sound *amazing*! I am always looking for oil-free dressings, thank you!

  8. Best wishes Leanne! Get ready for Saturn Returns in the next couple of years – its like an astrological ‘coming of age’! It sounds like you’re one step ahead though, shedding the things in life that don’t suit you and embracing the things that are true to you.

    • Saturn Returns… I like that! Sounds magnificent :)

  9. Happy Birthday! These look like such great recipies!! I can’t wait to try – may make the raspberry one for my mom as it is her FAVORITE but she hates all the store-bought, processed junk. By chance, do you know how long these stay good for if in the fridge?


    • Hi Christine – I think the raspberry one should last about 4 days. I made mine on Tuesday and I’ll be finishing it up today. The lemon one will last a bit longer, maybe a week or so?

  10. Happy Birthday! I hope this next year holds as much awesomeness for you as this one did!
    Jennifer Blake

  11. Happy Birthday, Leanne! Wow, what a great and productive year you’ve had. You are totally incredible.

    Hope you have many many more just like that one coming your way, and huge congrats on all your accomplishments. :)

  12. Love the salad dressing recipes. Being a cancer survivor (estrogen positive) I have gone back to being a vegan for the past 2 years. I was a vegan in the 90’s for about 6 years but slipped back into the SAD until my diagnoses. Now I can’t use soy products. I will be looking forward to trying your recipes. Wishing you an awesome birthday!!!!

    • Wow, you’re a courageous women! There is soy in practically everything, isn’t there? Jeez! Glad you can enjoy these salad dressings :) Have a great weekend!

  13. Happy claps for a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I got married when I was 27 – we’ll be celebrating our 11th anniversary in just under a month! You have some amazing, incredible, fantastic, phenomenal accomplishments under your belt, but I’m willing to bet you’re just getting started – Kudos to your last 26 and THREE CHEERS for your next!

    • Haha I don’t think Kevin knows I have ‘getting hitched’ on my goals list… but it’s time that boy get down on one knee lol. Happy anniversary to you, 11 years, that’s incredible! Have a great weekend :)

    • Thank YOU for dropping by my space every day and checking them out :)

  14. Happy birthday! I can’t believe I didn’t know you were turning 27 today! Congrats! 27 has been a great year for me and I think you’re going to ROCK IT! :)

    • If style is making tacos and dropping salsa all down the front of my shirt then yes, I rocked it in STYLE! haha thanks for the birthday wishes, Nikki!

  15. Happy Happy Birthday Leanne!!! What amazing things you’ve done in a year. The Raspberry Dressing makes my mouth water. Can’t wait to try it :) Have a beautiful day!!

  16. Happy Birthday Leanne!!

    Your goals brought a tear to my eye! I have undergone some big life changes recently too and feel that they really resonate with me!
    I think we all need a little more self-love to provide the best in ourselves to the world.

    And thank you for your delicious recipes!! Continue to follow your dreams!
    All the best for the year to come!


    • Hi Jamie – thank you for your encouragement. BIG changes can be hard to swallow. We’re just on the cusp of a bunch right now and it can be scary sometimes (but deep down you usually know that they’re exactly what you need even if it’s terrifying). Hang in there! Sounds like you’re totally on the right path ;)

  17. Bonne Fête, Leanne! Hope your day is joyful and nourishing to your soul.

  18. Happy birthday, Leanne! That raspberry dressing looks totally divine– what a way to ring in 27! :)

    I don’t set intentions at New Year’s and choose instead to do them on my birthday, which falls right around the summer solstice. I find the energy more auspicious at that time, and I also mentally try to shine the light of the longest days onto the areas of my life that need illuminating. I’m turning 32 this year and am totally blown away by everything you’ve managed to accomplish by 27. Kudos to you, Leanne (and enjoy the spa today!)

  19. Happy Birthday Leanne!!!!! Wishing you a day filled with love, laughter, and yummy food!!!!!!

  20. Happy Birthday Leanne…may this be your best year ever! Thank you for all you do and all you have given to me. I appreciate you so much. These Birthday dressing recipes are awesome! Thank you so much. God bless you.

    • And I appreciate you… every little bit!

  21. Happy Birthday! I hope this next 12 months is even more exciting than the last 12 – it sounds like it will be by the list of things you want to do during it :D Love the pretty pink salad dressing, looks delicious!

  22. Happy Birthday!! My b-day is in 5 days! Thanks for the great recipes! Quick question, I love the bottles you have for storing the dressing, just wondering where you may have picked them up?!


    • Oh, well then a Happy Birthday is in order for you, too :) I bought the tall skinny one at the dollar store and the round one at Value Village (a thrift store) so many good thrift store finds!

  23. Happy birthday my dear! You have accomplished so much in your 27 years that I know you are so proud of! This blog, for starters, is definately something to celebreate, your education and applying that to your clients, and now your book! Wow! You are truly an inspiration Leanne! I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months of your life will bring not only for you, but for us, your readers, as well! :)

    P.s. Lovin on the pink dressing- i want to pour it over everything edible!

  24. Happy Birthday Leanne! Wishing you many more fabulous ones! Thank you so much for your wonderful site. Every recipe is super healthy and delicious! Can’t wait to try these dressings on my salads.

  25. We have the same birthday!!! I check your website every day and was so excited to see the title of this post, especially since I LOVE making my own salad dressings! Thanks for making my day today and every day with fantastic recipes!! I hope you had an awesome birthday :)

  26. Happy happy birthday, Leanne! & a HUGE thank you for all of the wonderful recipes and love you so generously share with us! *big hug*

  27. Happy belated birthday, Leanne! You are such an inspiration to me and many others and I appreciate every single thing you do! I absolutely love your optimistic view on life, and whenever I’m feeling my optimism decreasing, your blog brings me right back up :) I hope you had an amazing birthday and enjoyed every single minute of it! The salad dressings sound great, I’ll definitely be trying them out soon!

  28. Happy Belated Birthday, Leanne!

    I wish you all the very best. You deserve amazing things…and YOU are making amazing things happen for yoursef. Good for you!

    You’re awesome and I love what you do. Thank you!

  29. Happy Belated, Leanne!

    I hope you had a wonderful day and enjoy everything that this year has to offer. I love that you keep up with your yearly birthday posts and reflect on old goals and create new ones. Personally I would love to hear more about your travels and your other artistic endeavors.
    I have to ask – one of your goals was to get married this year. Are you and Kevin engaged??

    • Hi Sam! Thanks for the birthday wishes :) I had such a great day. I will definitely be sharing my artistic adventures this year, you can count on it!

      Heh, Kevin and I are not engaged… I guess that has to come first, eh? I’m shooting for the stars on this one ;)

  30. Wow !
    What an impressive year ! You go girl !

    If you are ever in Hawaii, would love to meet you.

    Much aloha and keep up all the great things you are doing ~


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