Simple salad dressing

Italian Salad Dressing

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Refrigerate until chilled.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 tablespoon)

Recipe Notes


  1. Loved the dressing and was able to use my home grown herbs.

  2. can we have cheese?

  3. I know there is no dairy on the fast, but is almond milk or soy milk considered dairy?

  4. How many times do you do the fast in a year?

  5. Can we use corn tortillas from the store?

  6. Can I use Italian dressing from the store? Is honey prohibited?

    • Store-bought salad dressing usually contain at least one (and often several) ingredients that aren’t allowed on the fast, such as sugar, vinegar, etc. You can find tasty salad dressing recipes in my book,, and on my website. Also, honey is not allowed (no added sweeteners).

      • I thought vinegar was allowed on the Daniel fast? I have read on several other sites lists of approved foods that include vinegar as well as recipes that contain it.

        • You’ll find some variation in the specific guidelines for the modern-day Daniel Fast, as far as what foods are included and which ones are restricted. The food guidelines on my website are the ones most commonly described in a Daniel Fast. The intention of today’s Daniel Fast is not to duplicate exactly what Daniel did but the spirit in which he did it. Daniel’s passion for the Lord caused him to hunger and thirst more for spiritual food than for physical food, which should be the desire of anyone choosing to participate in this type of fast.

          This is why I do not promote the use of vinegar on the Daniel Fast: The process of creating vinegar involves fermentation, and the oxidation of ethanol produces an alcohol-containing liquid. However, one particular vinegar, apple cider vinegar, has many nutritional benefits, so some people may choose to include it on their fast. The idea of the fast is to deny yourself as an act of worship to the Lord. We don’t want to be so legalistic about every single thing that we put into our mouths that we miss the whole point of the Daniel Fast, so I would encourage you to seek the Lord for direction on this issue.

          Note: Fresh lemon juice is a good substitute for vinegar!

  7. This is my fist time doing the Daniel Fast and I’m on my second day. I must say I had to stop and reflect on the purpose of this fast rather than focusing so much on the food. (I think I was becoming obsessive with not messing up). However, once I decided to do my best and follow the guidelines as close as possible I am focusing more on God and encompassing an important fruit of the Sprit— self control; with that being said I have a couple of questions:

    I know sugar is not allowed however triscuits are and they have 1g of sugar. Which brand does not have any? (Organic tomato soup also has sugar).

    Is there an list that you know of that provides already made products from the store that are acceptable on the fast? I’m only asking becuse I’m penny pinching and buying several ingredients for many different meals becomes costly. For example: soups, cereal (cold cereal), snacks etc..

    Thank you so much for your time and information. God bless.

    • I’m thankful you are seeking the Lord through the Daniel Fast. I pray the Lord continues to strengthen you as you draw near to Him.

      To answer your question about sugar, check the ingredients label of the foods. I’m pretty sure both the Triscuits (if they are whole grain) are acceptable. As long as there isn’t any ADDED sugar listed, they are fine. There is naturally-occurring sugars in foods (like fruit). The tomato soup is the same. Check for any sugars that are added to the tomatoes (other forms of sugar are honey, molasses, agave nectar, or dried cane syrup).

      I don’t know of any resources that list store-bought items. However, my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, can help you in this area. I give you three weeks of meal plans, which are designed in such a way to make it easier to grocery shop and prepare foods (many of the meals feature the same ingredients or complement one another). Having a plan always helps with budgeting! 🙂

  8. Is multi grain pita bread ok for the Daniel fast?

    • Only unleavened bread is allowed on the Daniel Fast, so check your ingredients to make sure the pita bread doesn’t contain yeast or any other ingredients not allowed (sugar, etc.).

  9. I think fruits will be my only food for the duration of the fast. I am the furthest thing from a chef and the recipes are intimidating. I thought I would be able to use vinegar as a dressing for my salads but since it is not, I don’t even think I could eat a salad.

    • Hi, Adam! Don’t throw in the towel yet! I provide a few different ideas for salad dressings, which you can find HERE. Also, sometimes I will add just lemon juice to flavor my salads. You might also try mixing in mashed avocado to coat your lettuce.

  10. Its day two and I’m freaking out. I’m doing this fast because I really wanna be closer with god, but foods are screaming my name. Please help! Also I don’t have money to buy or make any of thee recipies so I really can only eat lettuce and fruit as of now.

    • First of all, remember that the Lord is with you and He will help you. You can do all things (including this fast) through Christ who gives you strength! Eating on the Daniel Fast is not as expensive as you think. After all, you’re not eating meat, which is very pricey. You’re replacing that cost with vegetables, beans, etc. I recommend getting a copy of my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, which will be a HUGE help as you get started. The book helps you with practical things, such as meal planning.

  11. Is whole wheat tortillas acceptable? I am running out of dinner ideas and I’m really stuck concerning breakfast. I’ve been eating oatmeal and fruit as I have to eat something due to medication.

    • You can have whole wheat tortillas, as long as they don’t contain a restricted ingredient. Check the label to be sure. For more recipe ideas, browse my website. There are literally hundreds! 🙂

      • deborah ewing says:

        How do I get to your website for the recipes… this is my first time doing the daniel diet.. I am so excited about building a closer relationship with my father in heaven…… but I also want to eat correctly…. to cleanse my body and read the word and enjoy the relationship with my lord

        • Hi, Deborah! God will certainly honor your desire to get physically and spiritually stronger. To access the recipes, go to the top navigation bar on my home page. You’ll see the “Recipes” tab. When you click on it, you’ll see a drop down menu of the recipe categories.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you Kristen for allowing the Lord to use you in this area. I love the clean and Godly comments on this site. I believe this is my fourth year of doing Daniel fast, and I want to encourage everyone who is seeking the face of the Lord in this manner to focus on the reason for the fast. It is not as restricted as you think, if you are a meat lover, you will crave for meat, but by the fifth day the craving will susbside. May you truly find the Lord as you seek Him.

  13. I started my fast three days ago, and I read on another site that you could have vinegar and cheese. I’m on your side and you say that you cannot have vinegar and cheese. I am not going to stop my fast. I’m going to continue and be a steward of God and focus on why I am on my fast and not the food itself. But now I will press even harder with my foods and just probably just do vegetables and fruits only.

    • Yes, you will find some variation online for the Daniel Fast Food List. And, you’re right to focus on the spirit of the fast, which is not about the food at all. The purpose of the Daniel Fast is to set aside physical desires (certain foods) and press in to know the Lord in a deeper way. I’m glad you aren’t giving up but going on with God!

  14. Tamara Lewis says:

    Somewhere I read Newman’s has an Italian dressing that is acceptable do you have any knowledge of this

    • The Newman’s Own Italian Dressing ingredients are: Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil And/Or Canola Oil), Water, Vinegar, Romano Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Salt, Contains 2% Or Less Of Garlic Powder, Sugar, Spices, Barley Malt Extract, Anchovies, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Soybean Protein, Xanthan Gum, Paprika, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Onion Powder, Tamarind, Natural Flavor. So, no, it doesn’t qualify as being Daniel Fast friendly for several reasons! Thanks for your question.

  15. You list nut butters as being ok. Does that include peanut butter?

  16. Is peanut oil acceptable

  17. ANGELICA says: