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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    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
    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
  • 28
    Ooh! Curry! That would never have occurred to me! And soy sauce in the honey mustard? Is that why my honey mustard dressing always tastes flat? - 1/28/2014   6:14:11 AM
  • 27
    They all sound delish! - 6/1/2013   12:56:19 PM
  • 26
    Such delicious sounding recipes. I'll be trying the Creamy Greek one first - 10/31/2012   1:42:21 PM
  • 25
    There several that I would like to try. I am a BIG salad eater, so a change in dressings would be nice. - 10/7/2012   9:46:55 PM
  • 24
    I buy Walden Farms. - 7/25/2012   5:34:00 PM
  • 23
    eh none of them impress me much.
    i'm more the ranch dressing or creamy
    minus the yogurt type girl. - 5/20/2011   8:41:09 AM
    They all sound wonderful but I think the first first one I am going to try is the Stacia's Barely There Salad Dressing. I love things with vegatables in them and garlic, it sounds yummy!! - 5/19/2011   6:59:23 PM
  • 21
    I've kinda lost my taste for salad dressings with oil. I use either seasoned rice vinegar (which contains smidgens of salt & sugar) or lime juice with small amounts of salt & sugar. During the spring/summer, fresh chives from my balcony pot too! - 5/19/2011   5:40:22 PM
  • JLOU77
    i will try the barely there salad dressing. i agree with the person who is uses the pampered chef device for salad dressings. makes it so easy. - 5/19/2011   9:46:23 AM
  • 19
    I will stick with my current dressing, it is chachies salsa from the deli, and it is delicious and almost no calories, no fat!!! - 5/19/2011   9:43:26 AM
  • 18
    I like to just select various spices depending on what sounds good that day, sprinkle them over my salad like I would salt, then top with half a fresh lemon. - 5/19/2011   9:42:47 AM
  • 17
    I will be trying quite a few of these salad dressings as I am always looking for new dressing recipes to try. These look great. Thanks for sharing. - 5/19/2011   9:00:59 AM
  • MINNIEKS1022
    Thanks for sharing, I'm always looking for new ways to flavor up my salads, lol - 5/19/2011   8:27:44 AM
  • 15
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes!! I'm so sick of store bought salad dressings. The only ones that really taste good are the ones that are full of fat and calories. I've been skipping the dressing lately because I can't find any I like. I will be adding the Mango, cilantro & lime and the Tangy Salad dressings to my cookbook. I hate vinegar and no matter how small of an amount is in a recipe I can still taste it.
    - 5/19/2011   2:11:04 AM
    I've been making my own for a while. The recipe is as follows:

    1/2 tsp olive oil and rice wine vinegar
    1/8 tsp kosher salt
    dash of garlic powder

    Wisk ingredients together and serve. - 5/19/2011   2:00:33 AM
    The Pampered Chef has a great kitchen tool that I love! It's a salad dressing maker/keeper. Not sure if that is the real name or not but it has a "jar" for lack of a better word with a lid and a plunger. On the side of the plastic "jar" there are several basic salad dressing recipes including - French, Asian, Italian and so forth. There are fill lines on the side of the jar that indicate that you should fill to this line with vinegar, oil, etc. The dry ingredients are listed as well with their measures. Once you add all the ingredients you plunge to mix. Great tool! - 5/19/2011   12:46:48 AM
  • 12
    I think I would try them all - they all sound great! - 5/19/2011   12:13:59 AM
    The Mango, Cilantro and Lime sounds awesome. - 5/19/2011   12:11:35 AM
  • 10
    I think I'll try them all. they sound so good. thank you. - 5/18/2011   11:04:35 PM
  • 9
    Thank you Spark people community.
    I like the sound of all of these & saved them to my file too.
    Nom nom crunch! - 5/18/2011   10:45:06 PM
  • 8
    I will be trying the tangy salad dressing and the creamy greek salad dressing. Both sound delicious - 5/18/2011   10:28:00 PM
    I'm totally addicted to Maple Grove Farms Wasabi Dijon Dressing - I would love to be able to make it at home - 5/18/2011   9:03:38 PM

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