Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings


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Looking for a way to replace your store bought salad dressings that are high in calories and/or sodium? We've rounded up some healthy salad dressing recipes that will be sure to liven up your salads with less sodium and calories.

Mango, Cilantro & Lime Salad Dressing

Mandarin Salad Dressing

Curry Dressing

Ranch Dressing

Olive & Lemon Dressing

Honey Mustard Dressing

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Which of these recipes will you be trying? What is your favorite homemade salad dressing recipe?

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  • 78
    So helpful thank you - 11/25/2017   9:17:37 AM
  • 77
    thanks - 11/7/2017   7:10:46 AM
  • 76
    Thanks for the recipes for homemade salad dressings. - 9/17/2017   12:29:19 AM
    I love to make homemade salad dressings, but I don't like them too healthy. Finding a ranch, lowfat that I really liked was hard, but I think I finally found one on Spark. Can only advise, keep trying.... - 9/1/2017   7:33:50 PM
  • 74
    Great article! I can't wait to try the curry! - 8/6/2017   8:20:47 AM
  • 73
    Love homemade dressings. - 7/14/2017   11:49:25 PM
  • 72
    I'm glad that I stumble on this article. - 6/27/2017   3:26:45 PM
    great ideas thanks for sharing - 6/13/2017   12:50:05 AM
    I make a creamy apple cider dressing and was looking for a honey mustard dressing. Can't wait to try making that one in the next few days. Thanks for the suggestions. - 5/31/2017   1:05:55 PM
  • 69
    I've been looking for some good dressing recipes. Thanks for these. - 5/19/2017   9:39:46 PM
  • 68
    I don't take time to make my own but there are a couple that look really good and fast to make. They can be made with different seasonings too. Thanks - 5/19/2017   7:44:28 PM
  • 67
    I like to use organic virgin olive oil and organic balsamic vinegar......maybe a little garlic power and pepper to spice it up! - 5/19/2017   2:10:57 PM
  • 66
    I prefer homemade dressings. I usually add fresh herbs from my garden to them. - 5/19/2017   1:35:32 PM
  • 65
    The olive oil & lemon appeals to me. - 5/19/2017   11:47:59 AM
    i have a question that i hope you can answer. we don't eat salad everyday. if i made the homemade dressings, how long will the dressings last in the fridge? especially the creamy dressings??????? - 5/19/2017   9:48:32 AM
  • 63
    I love all these homemade salad dressing recipes! Can't wait to try them! - 5/19/2017   9:05:31 AM
  • 62
    I have made my own dressings for awhile. I have never heard of curry dressing before - can't wait to try it! - 5/19/2017   6:14:09 AM
  • 61
    Mango, cilantro and lime - personal favourite - 5/19/2017   3:54:02 AM
  • 60
    I am going to try the oil and lemon with natural seasonings. I have IBS and dressings sometimes are a trigger for severe pain. - 4/30/2017   10:32:00 AM
  • 59
    I'm excited to try the ranch. I love ranch dressing but never eat it because of the fat and calories. - 4/24/2017   9:46:32 PM
  • 58
    I'm definitely going to try the Mango, Cilantro and Lime and the Mandarin. Most of the others look great, too. - 4/22/2017   11:53:44 AM
    There are some really good suggestions on here and I will be definitely try out a couple. - 4/21/2017   8:09:47 AM
    Most of these don't interest me that much - maybe the Mandarin Salad Dressing, Olive & Lemon Dressing, or Honey Mustard Dressing? I agree about not wanting to use the ranch packet but would remind that it is not that hard to find a recipe for the packet ingredients that is better. - 11/29/2016   6:57:19 PM
    There is way too much salt and additives in Ranch Dip mix for it to be considered healthy. There are plenty of healthy recipes for Ranch mix online, with no added salt and no weird additives, like this one:
    - 8/8/2016   3:11:23 PM
  • 54
    Which will I be trying? Most of them! - 5/19/2016   1:15:58 PM
  • 53
    I went to one of the specialty oil and vinegar shops. They have some great selections and they'll be happy to share what oils and vinegars go well together and what foods they'll enhance. - 5/19/2016   10:30:30 AM
  • KATHYMAC1026
    I am a little disappointed to see so many packaged ingredients being used in recipes. I began to eat "clean" because the additives made me so ill. Love to see recipes without packaged additives. - 2/22/2016   11:43:55 PM
  • HAPPYAT115
    I make my own salad dressings to AVOID the salt and other unnecessary/unhealthy ingredients. I love getting new ideas - thanks! - 1/5/2016   6:49:11 PM
  • 50
    I love homemade salad dressings and have a collection of vinegars to make them with. I'll be trying some of these too. - 1/5/2016   12:43:48 PM
    I mix light mayo with a squirt of Ketchup and It makes a great homemade salad dressing. - 7/28/2015   10:33:51 PM
  • 48
    Yes, Tublady, a packet of Ranch Dressing is loaded with sodium & MSG! it is simple though... - 6/10/2015   10:24:20 AM
  • 47
    I will have to give these a try. Thanks for sharing! - 6/10/2015   8:31:48 AM
  • 46
    The mandarin is wonderful! - 6/3/2015   12:06:36 AM
  • 45
    What I want is a recipe for "ranch" dressing made from scratch - without the use of the packets. **Way** too much sodium there, but I love the flavor! - 5/20/2015   12:46:15 PM
  • 44
    My favorite dressing is a dill made with cottage cheese, doubles as a dip or topping for baked potatoes. Very simple! 10 calories per TBSP.
    Also like a Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing I make. - 5/19/2015   7:32:32 PM
  • 43
    Splash of olive oil with lemon best. sometimes I miss the blue cheese, so toss a little on salad.
    stopped using commercial dressings long ago.
    wouldn't a pack of ranch have additives? - 5/16/2015   10:55:04 AM
  • CLAY10237
    Olive oil and lemon has been a favorite for years. I also am partial to full fat, full calorie bleu cheese dressing and, so, have learned to enjoy just ONE tablespoon per serving.....just 75 cals! I think we forget that a half serving of something can be satisfying too. - 4/6/2015   10:14:27 PM
  • 41
    Why would you promote the use of packets of ranch? This is probably the worst ever in terms of chemical composition! If you want ranch simply use greek yogurt dill, cilantro and parsley with a touch of vinegar to loosen it up. You can add sugar if you want but I prefer the tangy flavor of the yogurt. For the love of health please stop giving us "permission" to use terribly damaging food stuff! Also I think non-fat is way worse for us than the low fat or even full fat versions! - 1/7/2015   11:51:18 AM
  • 40
    Thank you. I will be trying them all. I eat a lot of salads... I also eat a lot of oil and vinegar, but lately, it has been cliche. These will be a nice change. - 5/12/2014   7:56:41 AM
  • 39
    Just read the another article with new salads to try and now I'll definitely combine them together! It sounds soo good! - 3/22/2014   4:20:01 PM
  • 38
    Great article!
    I get flavor infused vinegar's (strawberry, raspberry, orange, etc.) and oils (orange, peach, walnut/cranberry, lemon, Tuscan herb, etc.) to combine with other ingredients. They are WONDERFUL! Tastes very gourmet. - 3/20/2014   9:13:30 PM
  • 37
    I do love the olive oil, and lemon. It has such a nice light taste. Thanks. - 3/20/2014   6:09:38 PM
  • 36
    I will probably be trying some of these - especially the honey mustard one. But, my usual go to is a splash each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar with salt and freshly ground pepper on top - 3/20/2014   1:14:19 PM
  • 35
    I make my own ranch dressing.
    Greek yogurt (no fat, low sugar, high protein), a bit of milk to thin it to the consistency I want (I use light soy), and then my own ranch powder blend (I can't use Hidden Valley because of the MSG).
    Fast, easy, high protein and way healthier than the bottle! - 3/20/2014   9:34:57 AM
  • 34
    I use 1 TBSP Wholly Quac 1 TSP Balsamic 1 TSP Horseradish, and a pinch of mustard, it's GREAT!!! - 3/20/2014   8:53:00 AM
    Just questioning the 18 calories for the Ranch Dressing? I would think the ranch dip mix alone would have that many - 3/20/2014   8:01:31 AM
  • 32
    Thanks so much! I LOVE ranch dressing but I HATE the calories. Perfect! - 3/20/2014   4:23:48 AM
  • 2FATNAN9
    The mandarin dressing sounds good, will try that first. Thanks for the recipes. - 1/30/2014   4:02:47 PM
  • 30
    Sounds yum! I have been wanting to try making my own salad dressing to leave out as much processed food as possible! - 1/28/2014   9:12:19 AM
  • 29
    Any way to make a ranch dressing without the commercial envelope? I don't live in the states and still would like to make something similar to a ranch sauce. - 1/28/2014   7:50:32 AM

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