Feb 22

Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing (a Trader Joe’s Copycat)

in Sauces & Condiments, Vegan

Salad with Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing

The people have spoken.  This is a recipe I worked on for myself, but after posting a picture of it on a salad on Instagram I got so many DMs from people asking if I was going to post it that I figured it would be cruel not to share.  Trader Joe’s has some dressings that I’ve fallen in love with.  One of them is an Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing.  It’s creamy, full of flavor, and oil-free (bonus!).  The problem is that our nearest TJ’s is about 30 minutes away, so I don’t go very often.  The ingredient list on this dressing is simple: water, almond butter (no added oil, salt, or sugar), lemon juice, ginger puree, cane sugar, garlic, sea salt, lemon zest, ground turmeric, and black pepper.  I decided that it was ridiculous to continue buying it if I could come up with a copycat version.  Not only would this save me a trip to TJ’s, but it would save some money too (both on gas and the cost of the dressing). 

Trader Joe's Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing Copycat

It took a few rounds of recipe tweaking, but I finally came up with a copycat version that I love.  I deviated slightly from TJ’s ingredient list by using Medjool dates in place of cane sugar, and white miso paste in place of sea salt.

Making almond butter turmeric dressing

This recipe makes quite a bit of dressing, about 2 and 3/4 cups (22 ounces).  But you could always cut the amounts in half if you want to make less.  Hey, I go through it quickly!  I have been making a big salad for lunch lately, topped with this dressing, for Monkey and I.  We’ve become a bit addicted.  This is the salad we’ve been making almost every day: baby spring mix, romaine lettuce, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, green onions, chopped avocado, broccoli sprouts, chickpeas, ground flaxseed, hemp hearts and plenty of almond butter turmeric dressing.

Our favorite lunchtime salad with almond butter turmeric dressing

The dressing tastes delicious on a simple salad of greens and tomatoes as well.  It’s just good!

Salad with Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing

Salad with Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing
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Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing

This dressing is a copycat version of Trader Joe's Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing.  This one replaces cane sugar with Medjool dates and salt with white miso paste to include even more nutrition.  This recipes makes about 2 and 3/4 cups (22 ounces), because it disappears quickly!

Author Rachael Hutchings, www.lafujimama.com


  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (100% almonds, no added oil, salt, sugar, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste (shiro miso)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  Pour into a jar, cover, and refrigerate.  This dressing will keep for about 7 days in the refrigerator.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenni February 22, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Sounds delish! Cannot wait to try it!
Thanks so much for new salad dressing because a great dressing makes eating a salad sooo much more desirable! ?


La Fuji Mama February 28, 2018 at 1:41 pm

You’re welcome Jenni!


Alison Roe April 9, 2018 at 6:19 am

This came out better than Trader Joe’s. Thanks!!!


AnnMarie April 22, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe! I LOVED this dressing and then realized it had added sugar in it and was super bummed!! I hate being food with added sugar. Tried your recipe today and loved it!


Leonie Henry April 26, 2018 at 5:39 am

We just came back from the U.S and this was the first item that caught my eye as I walked in. I was so pleased to see it was vegan even though it looks creamy. Now back in the U.K I am so pleased I have found the recipe. All my salads this summer are going to be smothered in this.


Deborah June 11, 2018 at 10:17 am

OMG!! Amazing. I almost bought the TJ’S this morning, but looked at tge sodium content. This was fabulous. Thank you!!


Ashley C. June 12, 2018 at 12:19 pm

So excited for this recipe! Bought this dressing from TJs and loved it, but after eating it I was so diasspointed to find out it had cane sugar and vowed i wouldn’t buy it again. Thank you for re-creating this without the added processed sugar! Im going to make your recipe this week!


Zee August 9, 2018 at 4:31 am

Thank you so much for posting this. I’m in love with TJ’s dressing and use if over salads, slaws, rice. Love that you’ve even used dates to replace the cane sugar. Can’t wait to try this.


Lisa Tilton January 4, 2021 at 1:53 pm

Thanks so much for creating this! I loved it. Just a note: I didnt have any almond butter so I used tahini and it was still great


La Fuji Mama January 5, 2021 at 1:31 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Yes, it’s great with any nut/seed butter! We love it with cashew butter too (my favorite actually).


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