healthy salad dressing recipes

How Healthy is Your Salad?

Salads are a great way to add tons of healthy vegetables full of essential vitamins and minerals to your diet. Unfortunately, the salad dressing and other toppings can also add a large amount of fat and unwanted sugars. Some things to watch out for include: added sugars (such as high fructose corn syrup), ‘bad’ oils (such as soybean and canola oil), and serving sizes.

With this in mind if you look at the ingredient listing of almost any salad dressing today you’ll notice they contain a large amount of these bad-for-your-tummy additives. So why not create our own salad dressings with healthy fresh ingredients?

Try the following tasty and quick to make salad dressings which can actually be a positive addition to your diet. ‘Good’ oils such as olive oil not only add flavour, but can actually help make the nutrients in your greens more accessible to your body. These delicious dressings will add extra zing to your salads while helping you keep up with your healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

Fresh Limon-Cilantro Dressing (2 tablespoons per serving)
1 cup reduced fat yogurt
2 tablespoons chives minced
2 tablespoons cilantro minced
2 tablespoons lime juice (fresh)
1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh)
1 tablespoon fresh mint minced
Salt to taste

Directions: Whisk together and pour over your salad of choice.


Hold the oil French dressing (2 tablespoons per serving, 38 calories yield: 14 servings)
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-sodium condensed tomato soup
1 tablespoon grated onion
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions: Whisk together and pour over your salad of choice.


Tuna salad dressing (2 tablespoons per serving)
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions: Whisk together and drizzle over tuna salad.


Healthy Ranch dressing (2 tablespoons per serving)
1 clove garlic mined
1/4 cup parsley chopped
2 tablespoons chives
1/2 cup low fat mayo
1/2 cup low fat sour cream
1/8 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Salt to taste
(makes 8 servings)

Directions: Whisk together, chill for an hour and serve over salad


Zesty Salad Dressing (2 tablespoons per serving, 20 calories, yield: 6 servings)
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon steak sauce
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions: Whisk all of the ingredients. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Shrimp salad dressing (2 tablespoons per serving)
1/2 medium onion, sliced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
1 teaspoon garlic finely chopped

Directions: Whisk together and serve over shrimp salad.


These 5 salad dressing recipes are not only going to make your salads more tasty, but definitely more healthy than any processed salad dressing you buy in a store. Try making more of the dressings and store them in a container to use for the week. Also feel free to add your favorite herbs to give these recipes a huge amount of variety.

What do you think about these salad dressings? Have any other healthy salad recipes you’d like to add? Please leave a comment below: