Did you know that making your own salad dressing at home could be as easy as mixing olive oil with leftover coffee? This recipe utilizes one tablespoon of brewed java in combination with spices like cinnamon and cumin for a peppy dressing alternative. You can use it to pour over a simple lettuce salad (as suggested in the recipe) or as a marinade for meat and vegetables. The dressing will keep well in the refrigerator, so feel free to make it on a Sunday evening and use it all week long!

From a health standpoint, the caffeine in “regular” (as opposed to decaf) coffee can help to alleviate pain – specifically of the headache variety – as it narrows the dilated blood vessels that develop when your head is throbbing. If you choose to take medication to lessen your symptoms, the caffeine can also amplify the impact of that, speeding up relief. However, caffeine can also exacerbate some pain conditions, so always ask your doctor first before trying out.

Greens with Coffee Vinaigrette (2-4 servings)


2 heads lettuce of your choice, such as Bibb, Boston, or Romaine

For the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee (regular or decaf)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  1. Chop your lettuce. Set aside.
  2. Mix the salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Dress the lettuce and enjoy!

Did you know that you could make salad dressing with coffee? Are you thinking about trying this recipe?