Many, many years ago when I lived in Michigan there was a local grocery store called D&W that had a salad bar that I loved.  I would stop by every night and get a salad for my dinner.  The best part of the salad was the amazing tangy french dressing that they carried.  I loved that dressing so much I could literally drink it!  I asked many times for the name of the dressing or the company that made it but they never told me.  When my husband and I moved to Chicago I actually made him go to D&W on moving day so that I could have a salad one last time.  Months later when I was pregnant with our first child I HAD to have a D&W salad.  Did it matter that we lived 6 hours away?  Not to this pregnant woman!

I had all but forgotten about my precious D&W salad until recently when I was at my local grocery store getting myself a salad from their salad bar.  The thought of some delicious tangy french dressing popped into my head and I couldn’t shake the thought.  I searched around online for some inspiration and after experimenting I came up with the most fabulous dressing ever.  You’ve been missed my old friend!



  • 1/2 cup Garlic Gold Oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup raw coconut crystals
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • heaping 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (if you’re a garlic lover like me you can add in 4 or 5 cloves)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.  You can also mix by hand.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge until just chilled.
  3. Drizzle over your favorite salad or veggies and enjoy!

Nutritional Info:

Makes approximately 1 1/3 cups.

Serving size 2 tbsp.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 103.5, Cal. from Fat: 86.5, Total Fat: 10g, Sat. Fat: 1.5g, Carbs: 4g, Fiber: 0g, Sugars: 3.5g, Protein: 0g, Sodium: 11mg, Chol: 0mg


Dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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  1. Jeanne says:

    i don!t have any raw coconut crystals. What else could I replace it with?

    This recipe looks delicious.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Jeanne,

      You can substitute with date sugar or maple syrup flakes. You can also try a liquid sweetener like honey or coconut nectar. Those are the only clean sweeteners that I know of.



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