Elevate your salad experience with this homemade cannabis-infused lemon vinaigrette. Made with fresh lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar, and cannabis-infused olive oil, this bright, zesty dressing is perfect to pair with all of your favorite salads, act as a marinade for meats, or a dip for your favorite crusty bread.
Zesty Cannabis Lemon Vinaigrette
Making a cannabis infused vinaigrette is one of the easiest healthy cannabis recipes to make because you can enjoy it in so many different ways.
This bright, zesty dressing is perfect to pair with all of your favorite salads, act as a marinade for meats, or a dip for your favorite crusty bread.
I’ve included ways to infuse this recipe with cannabis-infused olive oil, decarbed cannabis, leftover cannabis pulp, and even cannabis concentrates, so you can choose how you want to infuse this dressing.
And at the end of this post, you will find some delicious cannabis salads to pair this medicated vinaigrette with. Enjoy!
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Cannabis Infusion Options
The beautiful thing about making your own cannabis edibles at home is that there are many different ways to infuse a recipe.
Choosing an infusion option should be based on your personal preferences and what you already have available on hand.
To make a stronger or more potent vinaigrette, mix and match the options below.
Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil
This simple process allows you to essentially ‘set it and forget it’ once it is set up.
Recipe Recommendation: This is our preferred infusion method for this recipe.
Get the full recipe and directions for making Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil here.
Health Benefits of Infused Olive Oil
Olive oil will not only add to the flavor and texture, but it will also add to the health benefits.
I recommend using infused extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) for this recipe because of its beneficial health properties.
Like hemp seeds and hemp seed oil, EVOO has a high percentage of omega-3 fatty acids.
It contains polyphenols which act as antioxidants by reducing oxidative stress throughout your body.
Decarbed Cannabis Flower
Using decarbed cannabis flower is no different than using any other ground spice or herb in this recipe.
Most people want to feel CBD or THC’s full effects when making homemade edibles.
Consuming dried cannabis flower buds or raw cannabis will provide little to no intoxicating effect, or high.
To reap the benefits of activated CBD or THC, cannabis decarboxylation must occur before consuming the dried flower buds of the cannabis plant.
You can add ground, decarboxylated cannabis flowers to the mix for this recipe, just as you do any herb like dried basil or oregano.
Recipe Recommendation: If you plan to add decarbed cannabis flowers to this salad, add 1-2 tablespoons of ground decarbed cannabis flowers in step one.
Of course, this is just a suggestion and should be adjusted to your personal preferences and tolerance level.
Leftover Cannabis Pulp
Leftover cannabis pulp, also called sludge, is the cannabis flower material that is leftover after making an infusion.
Chances are, there is some good stuff (ie. CBD or THC) stuck in the leftover plant material, making it worth saving and enjoying.
Anecdotally, many members of my Well With Cannabis Facebook Community report that they find it beneficial to save the leftover pulp and use it in some recipes.
This cannabis vinaigrette is a perfect recipe to use up that leftover cannabis pulp.
It's flavor profile blends in well with the other ingredients, and the use of the immersion blender helps to break down the plant material so it is not too coarse.
Recipe Recommendation: If you plan to add leftover cannabis pulp to this salad, add 2-3 tablespoons of leftover cannabis pulp in step one.
One of the easiest ways to make an infused vinaigrette is with cannabis concentrates or extracts.
Because they are highly concentrated, you only need to add a tiny bit to each recipe to get the elevated experience you are looking for.
And because you only need to add a tiny bit, cannabis concentrates will not disrupt the vinaigrette's light texture and flavor.
From distillate or CO2 oil, to shatter or wax, and FECO or RSO, all can work for this recipe.
Depending on what concentrate you are using, you will want to ensure that your cannabis concentrate is decarbed first, if needed.
If you are not sure if your cannabis concentrate needs to be decarbed, you can check this guide here.
If you plan to add cannabis concentrates to this dressing, stir in your desired concentrate amount with the amount of olive oil called for and then add in step 3 as directed.
How to Determine The Dosing
While a calculator is no replacement for lab testing, this tool has been designed to help you get a more accurate guesstimate of the potency of your cannabis infusions and extractions.
Get More Cannabis Salad Recipes
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Use An Infusion Machine For Your Edibles
Cannabis-infusion machines are countertop devices that do all the work for you by decarboxylating and infusing your butters, oils, and more.
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Zesty Cannabis Lemon Vinaigrette
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- ½ tablespoon sliced scallion white only
- ½ tablespoon fresh grated parmesan cheese
- ¾ teaspoon white sugar
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon fresh minced garlic
- ⅛ teaspoon granulated garlic
- ⅛ teaspoon granulated onion
- ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1½ cup cannabis-infused olive oil
- Combine all ingredients lemon juice through crushed red pepper in a tall, wide-mouth container like a mason jar.
- Blend the ingredients with an immersion blender.
- With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the cannabis-infused oil to emulsify.