Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes | Wellness Mama


Salad dressings are also the only way some parents ever succeed in getting kids to eat vegetables. They certainly have their place, but the store-bought ones are loaded with omega-6 oils and preservatives. Healthy salad dressings, on the other hand, can be a great way to get a good serving of healthy fats in.

Favorite Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

Salad dressings were my former vice. I would eat ranch on anything. In fact, I will be forever grateful to it for getting me to love broccoli. Now that we eat real foods, I keep a recipe tab specifically for homemade dressings, and have come to love these. I can even whip one up at a restaurant by having them bring me all the ingredients “on the side.”

My current favorite homemade dressings recipes are:

Creamy Homemade Caesar Dressing

Ingredients:

  • One room temperature egg yolk (it’s very important that it is not cold!)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp mustard or ground mustard
  • 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese
  • salt, pepper, and spices to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Whisk egg yolk with whisk or blender on low speed.
  2. Once creamy, add the vinegar and all other ingredients except the oil and blend until creamy.
  3. Slowly add the oil, stirring constantly until incorporated.
  4. If it doesn’t incorporate well, your egg might still have been too cold!

Great with: Dark lettuces, chicken dishes, or on asparagus.

Print the recipe here.

Zesty Italian Dressing

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a small jar and shake vigorously.

Great with: Any salad or as a marinade.

View or print the recipe here.

Tangy Greek Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp each of oregano and marjoram
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in small jar with lid and shake until well mixed.

Great with: Greens, feta cheese, olives, and cucumbers. Also a good marinade for a cucumber and onion salad.

Print this tangy Greek Salad Dressing recipe here.

Sweet Asian Dressing

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in small jar with lid and shake vigorously. You can also mix in blender or small food processor.

Great with: Sesame chicken (as a marinade and dipping sauce), on a spinach salad with cashews, on cauliflower fried rice.

Print this recipe here.

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Great with: Salad with feta and cashews, grilled chicken salad, marinade on pork.

Print the recipe here.

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in small jar or blender.

Great with: Any type of salad or as a marinade on beef, chicken, or pork.

Print or save the recipe here.

Roasted Garlic Dressing

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Pureé until completely smooth.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers.

Print this recipe here.

French Dressing

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a small blender and blend until smooth.

Great with: Any type of salad (I like it on chef salads), kids like to dip things in this dressing.

Print this recipe here.

Other great things to throw on a salad:

  • nuts: especially pecans, walnuts, and macadamia
  • olives
  • chopped veggies
  • chopped apples
  • sliced strawberries
  • blueberries
  • grilled or baked chicken
  • sliced steak
  • shrimp
  • all of the above!

Green Goddess Dressing

I love throwing just about every herb I have in the garden in this one!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups fresh herbs (packed, such as basil, cilantro, parsley, tarragon, fennel fronds, dill, green onion)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth or use a medium-sized bowl and an immersion blender.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Print the recipe here.

What is your favorite salad dressing? Do you have a healthy variation? Please share below!

It can be a challenge to find healthy salad dressing. These recipes are delicious and easy to make.






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