Salads are a beautiful and simple way to load your body with healthy vegetables. The downside of a salad for so many is their choice of salad dressing. Store bought dressing are sometimes LOADED with fat, sugar and sodium. I have found, even though their are healthy store bought options available, that homemade is definitely best. Salad dressing ingredients are not expensive, a little goes a long way, you can control the amounts of each ingredient and I find they simply taste much better. I have gone through my recipe lists and found my favorite 5 go to salad dressings.
FYI I have this awesome dressing container from Pampered Chef. You can get one here and make your life easier. This container actually has a few dressing recipes right on it’s side!
This is one of the easiest and most versatile salad dressing you can make. The ingredients are common pantry items.
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) vegetable or olive oil
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) balsamic or white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp (7 mL) sugar or honey
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
Combine all ingredients and mix or shake well.
Tangy Orange Dressing
I love this dressing on autumn inspired salads with cranberries or walnuts.
- 2 oranges
- 1/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon each salt and ground black pepper
- 1 small garlic clove, pressed
Zest on juice the orange. Use 2 teaspoons of zest, 1/2 cup of juice. Mix zest and all other ingredients EXCEPT the orange juice well. Then slowly whisk in a thin stream of orange juice until well blended.
Creamy Southwestern Salad
A perfect dressing for Cobb Salads or days when you are looking for a little kick in your salad. You can find a Southwester Seasoning Mix in most grocery stores. It is worth the purchase because you can use it on any meat.
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Southwestern Seasoning Mix
Mix ingredients and blend well. Set aside in refrigerator for about an hour.
This pairs well with slaw like salads and well and green salads
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 pressed garlic clove
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
Combine all ingredients well and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
Lightened Up Ranch
A little lighter than store bought, this ranch uses Greek yogurt for it’s creamy texture. Perfect for salad topping or dipping veggies!
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) low-fat buttermilk
- 2/3 cup (150 mL) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) each salt and black pepper
Mix all ingredients and blend well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
I love making my own dressing and will definitely share more with you all in the future. ENJOY!!!!