Coconut Chia Salad Dressing

Coconut Chia Salad Dressing

Amazing Coconut Chia Salad Dressing is flavorful and creamy. It is the perfect non-dairy and healthy alternative salad dressing for store bought high fat, chemical laden brands.

Being an island girl, I love coconut so I decided to make a salad dressing that’s super creamy without nuts. Many of you as even my husband is saying, “isn’t coconut a tree nut?” Well botanically it’s not, it is really a fruit.

But the FDA (food and drug administration) classifies it as a tree nut. Most people who are allergic to tree nuts (almond, cashew, walnut) are usually able to consume coconut without adverse reactions.  There have been documented allergic reactions to coconut so please beware.

Coconut Chia Salad Dressing

Coconut milk contains beneficial capric/caprylic acid and lauric acid which research has shown are both capable of killing yeast/candida. This dressing is great for someone on a candida diet, nut-free, gluten-free and vegan diet.

With this Coconut Chia Salad Dressing, you really don’t need to buy the store-bought dressing that has all the extra ingredients that you can’t pronounce. You can also try my Chipotle Ranch Dressing and Sunflower Seed Dressing.


  • 1-14 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2  teaspoon sea salt


Place coconut milk and the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, whisk together allow to sit for flavors to blend for 15 minutes. Transfer to airtight container and refrigerate.

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Derrick
    September 1, 2018

    My new favorite salad dressing!

  2. Lauren @ Wicked Spatula
    April 22, 2015

    This sounds so good! I always have these ingredients on hand too!

  3. Amber | Caleighs Kitchen
    April 22, 2015

    This sounds so light and refreshing, and the addition of chia! love it!

  4. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    April 22, 2015

    What a fun flavor combo – this looks fabulous!

  5. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
    April 22, 2015

    What a fabulous way to incorporate more chia seeds into your diet. Love this idea.

  6. Merri
    April 22, 2015

    Wow this sounds yummy. Do you think the low fat coconut milk would work in this recipe?

  7. Florian @ContentednessCooking
    April 22, 2015

    I love coconut milk! This dressing is pretty amazing to me!

  8. Sara
    April 22, 2015

    This sounds great, I would have never thought to use coconut milk for a creamy salad dressing but I can totally see how it would work!

  9. Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    April 21, 2015

    Omg yum!! I can’t wait to try this! I don’t buy store bought dressing, so anytime I see a good recipe I”m super stoked!!! Thanks for sharing!