Dill & Red Onion Salad Dressing

by Sharon on May 2, 2013

Red Onion & Dill Dressing

Can I say spring has sprung here in Southern Ontario? Do I dare? Canadians love to discuss the weather. I guess in countries where the weather yesterday will be the same as the weather tomorrow there is nothing to discuss. Here in the Great White North that is most definitely not the case. We can go from one extreme to another in the course of an afternoon! The whole point of this is that is looking like a gorgeous week in my neck of the woods and I’m pumped for the sunshine. 🙂 At the same time I’m wary of getting too excited as it could all change…

Of course the sunny weather makes me crave salads so I thought I’d share a great, fresh tasting salad dressing recipe. It contains dill which is one of my favourite flavours. I used dried dill for this recipe but if you have fresh on hand, by all means substitute that in.

I started with some very finely chopped red onion and garlic.

Red Onion & Dill Dressing

Then added the usual suspects like olive oil, vinegar, sea salt and pepper. I learned a great tip the other day which is to always buy your olive oil in a dark glass bottle to protect it from the light. Who knew?

Red Onion & Dill Dressing

The dark bottle also gives a great reflection of me in the bottom of the bottle:) Hello!

Since I have some in the cupboard I also added a touch of coconut sugar to balance it all out.

Then I let the jar do the hard work and shook it all together. How brilliant is making your dressing in a mason jar? Not only do you save on dishes by not using a bowl, whisk, etc. but you also have a storage vessel for what remains. I love mason jars.

Red Onion & Dill Dressing

I loved that this dressing had both a freshness to it and a bite as well. Kind of like our Canadian weather!

Red Onion & Dill Dressing

Serves 2

Dill & Red Onion Salad Dressing
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  • 1/4 medium red onion, finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • sea salt & pepper to taste


  1. Shake all ingredients together in a small mason jar.

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Elle May 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm
Sharon, I live in Canada too and I am so excited about the warm weather! It's going to hit about 20 degrees this afternoon. I eat a lot more salads when it gets warmer (although I should be eating them all year round, because they can be so nutritious!), so I am glad I came across your recipe. Mason jars are great. They look cute enough that I sometimes just leave the salad dressing in it when I have guests come over. Would you recommend jut substituting the coconut sugar with any other type of sugar? I don't have any at home at the moment.
sharon May 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm
If you have raw sugar that's good, too. Try for as little processing as possible...
Marlene July 17, 2015 at 8:19 pm
Has anyone tried this with a touch of honey instead of sugar? I don't usually carry coconut sugar but will look for it soon. I do have nearly every other coconut usual suspect. I don't want honey to overpower and I know it will depend on what kind one gets too. Plus it has antimicrobial properties so I would suspect if you make a larger batch it would help preserve it.
Sharon July 17, 2015 at 11:15 pm
Hey Marlene! I'm sure honey would totally work. I like the longer shelf life aspect too. Thanks! Have a great weekend. :)
Carolyn March 8, 2017 at 11:22 am
I used maple syrup to taste. Yumm
Elle May 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm
Any suggestions for a substitute for dill? I really dislike dill. I suppose ant herb would do, but have you tried it with any others?
Sharon May 2, 2016 at 11:16 pm
I haven't tried any with this recipe in particular but parsley is always nice. Maybe fresh basil?
Carla December 31, 2016 at 3:41 pm
Hello how do you store leftovers??? How long is shelf life? Thanks!!
Sharon December 31, 2016 at 4:04 pm
It should be fine in the glass jar, covered in the fridge. Let it come to room temp & shake it up before using. It will be fine for a good week or two. This recipe make a small portion any way, enough for 2 salads. Thanks Carla! :)
Stacie January 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm
How many batches did you make to fill the jar in the picture? It looks like the recipe would fill 1/8 of that jar?
Sharon January 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm
Just one batch! The jar I use is an 8.5 oz size which is just over a cup.
Stacie January 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Wow ok thank you! Gonna make it today :)
Billy November 29, 2017 at 11:49 am
What a yummy looking salad dressing! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love recipes that make use of dill in tasty ways. Can't wait to try this one at home!
Sharon November 29, 2017 at 2:54 pm
Thanks so much! It's totally simple too. Hope you enjoy! :)
LaDonna January 14, 2018 at 8:42 am
Hi, my family is trying to go sugar free for health reasons, this is new to us. Do you think if we skipped adding the sugar it would significantly effect the flavor of this dressing it sounds delicious!? Thank you have a beautiful day!!
Sharon January 14, 2018 at 10:42 am
I do like a little sweetness for balance. You could use honey for a more natural solution!
Karen February 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm
The dressing looks mouth watering and would zing up any salad or fresh veggie dish. I think it would be yummy on a summer pasta dish. I love dill! Thanks for sharing.
Sharon February 12, 2018 at 10:40 pm
You're a doll Karen! Thanks for your sweet comment. I hope you enjoy the dressing. :)

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