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Spicy Harissa Dressing for Salads & Veggies

Spicy Harissa Dressing for Salads & Veggies

Harissa dressing is a super easy and flavorful way to dress up just about any salad.

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This simple harissa dressing is packed with flavor. It is delicious on a salad of mixed greens. The spiciness also nicely complements sweet vegetables like beets or carrots, or bitter ones like kale or brussels sprouts.

What ingredients do you need to make harissa dressing?

This is a simple vinaigrette dressing and only requires a short list of ingredients.

  • Red or white wine vinegar
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground coriander
  • Dijon mustard
  • Harissa paste
  • Olive oil

What is harissa paste?

Harissa paste is spicy chile paste that is common to North African and Middle Eastern cuisines. You’ll find it in the culinary traditions of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya.

Every region (and every family) has its own version of harissa paste. What they all have in common is a base of hot red chile peppers and other flavorful ingredients including caraway seeds, coriander, garlic, paprika, and sometimes rose petals.

In North African cuisine, harissa paste flavors sauces, dips, spreads, stews, and soups. It is also often used as the base of marinades for meat or fish.

Mix a dollop of harissa paste with olive oil and use it as dip for fresh bread.

Where do you buy harissa paste?

You can make it at home using this easy recipe for harissa paste!

Harissa sauce or harissa paste comes in tubes, jars, or cans. You’ll find it in the International aisle in many supermarkets, in Middle Eastern markets, or you can buy harissa paste online. There are many good brands.

I really like Trader Joe’s harissa paste! (by the way, this is a link to the TJ’s paste on Amazon. I don’t recommend buying it there if you can get it from TJ’s but you can see what the jar looks like and the ingredients).

What should I put this harissa vinaigrette on?

This vinaigrette is delicious on any green salad or mixed vegetable salad.

It is also the perfect thing to spice up this Moroccan Beet Salad.

Or toss it with these Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts.

It would also make a great dip for Homemade Pita Bread or steamed artichokes.

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Yield: 1/2 cup

Harissa Dressing

Harissa Dressing

This spicy vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for leafy green salads, beet salads, or roasted or sauteed veggies like Brussels sprouts or kale.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar (red or white)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • ¼ cup olive oil


    In a jar or bowl, whisk together the vinegar, cumin,
    coriander, salt, pepper, mustard, harissa paste, and olive oil.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 70Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 112mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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