Salads are healthy.
There’s no doubt about it. But salad dressings? That’s where it gets tricky. Many store-bought dressings can turn your healthy little salad into a calorie bomb. Loaded with preservatives, chock full of unhealthy fats and high in sugar, these dressings can sabotage your weight loss and turn a healthy lunch into a cheat meal faster than you can say “ranch.” The solution? Make your own!
Photo Collage Credit: Fit Foodie Finds, Lexis Clean Kitchen, Nutritious Eats
Homemade salad dressings are quick and easy to whip up and use ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. Ditch the store-bought stuff and DIY your dressing for a nutrient-packed flavor blast that will wow your tastebuds – no preservatives necessary.
Before you start checking out these recipes, you’ll want to make sure your pantry and fridge are stocked with the tools of the trade. For most of these healthier dressings, you’ll need these basics to get started dressing your salads in a healthier way:
- greek yogurt (for the creamy dressings)
- red wine, balsamic or rice vinegar
- olive oil
- fresh lemon or lime
- herbs and seasonings like cilantro and dill
19 Ways to Make Your Own Salad Dressing at Home
Homemade Ranch Dressing from Nutritious Eats
Apple Cider Vinaigrette from Run Now Wine Later
Mixed Berry Vinaigrette from Fitness Cheerleader
Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing from Ari’s Menu
Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing from Organically Mo
Vegan Dill & Ranch Dressing from Clean Eating Veggie Girl
Honey Sriracha Vinaigrette from SlimSanity
Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing from The Wholesome Dish
Cranberry Vinaigrette from Enticing Healthy Eating
Pink Pepper Hemp Dressing from Purely Twins
Greek Yogurt Honey Mustard from Live Fit Love Food
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette from Uproot From Oregon
All-Purpose Lemon Vinaigrette from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Ginger Citrus Avocado Dressing from The Lean Green Bean
Honey Lime Dressing from Running With SD Mom
Creamy Honey Sesame Dressing from Nosh and Nourish
Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing from Fit Foodie Finds
Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing from Fit Foodie Finds
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DIY simple salad dressing how-to video from Laura London: