Three quick and lazy salad dressings

If you’re looking for a salad dressing for pretty much any salad, I’ve got you covered. These three dressings are quick and easy to make, don’t require a blender or any fancy equipment and can be kept in the fridge for several days.

Japanese salad dressing

This one is perfect to drizzle on fish, like smoked salmon or seared tuna. It is the perfect dip for rice based sushi, or if you’re a fan of raw fish you can marinade pieces of tuna or salmon sashimi in this dressing for an hour in the fridge.


  • 2 x spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 x medium hot red chilli chopped (or use Very Lazy Chilli like me)
  • 1 inch of root ginger, peeled and grated (or use Very Lazy Ginger)
  • 1 x tablespoon clear honey
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 6 x tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 x tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 x tablespoon sesame seeds
  • A few sprigs of fresh coriander, chopped


Put all the ingredients into a smoothie or sports bottle and shake them all up.

Tuna sashimi salad with Japanese salad dressing

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Sweet mustard dressing

This is similar to a vinaigrette and goes well with any green salad or a fresh Tricolore. If you’re feeling adventurous add this to chicory/endives, Roquefort cheese, toasted walnuts, parsley and poached pears for the most amazing starter that is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. This dressing is quite sharp, which is why it goes so well with the cheese, but you can add more oil and a few extra sprinkles of sugar to tone it down.


  • 1 x teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1 x teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 x teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 x tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 x teaspoon cold water
  • 2 x tablespoons olive oil


Stir the mustards, sugar and water together in a smoothie bottle. Add the vinegar and olive oil and shake that bootie. I mean bottle.

Mum’s creamy and tangy dressing

This one is called Mum’s dressing because it’s – you guessed it – my mum’s recipe. This one is so simple and quick and will give a lovely creamy tang to a salad. It makes a mean coleslaw, is a great accompaniment to chicken and can be used as an alternative to Caesar dressing, if you’re not too keen on garlic breath.


  • 4 x heaped tablespoons of Mayonnaise
  • 1 x heaped teaspoon of wholegrain mustard
  • 2 x tablespoons of water


Shove everything in to a smoothie or sports bottle and make like a cocktail waiter.


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Salad dressings, 3 quick & easy recipes