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10 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes to Make

Skip the store-bought dressings with crazy ingredient lists and make these clean, simple dressings instead!

Have you ever picked up a bottle of salad dressing at the store that has a long list of unrecognizable, secret ingredients? Because that has definitely happened to me, and it's infuriating! While I understand there are particular chemicals and perspectives used to keep the bottle lasting on the shelf, it's disheartening for someone who tries to be mindful of what they're eating. Which is why I decided it was time to whip up a few healthy salad dressing recipes of my own!

With these 10 healthy salad dressings, you'll know exactly what's in them. Most of them have an olive-oil base, some are made creamy with plain Greek yogurt, and some are sweetened using honey—which is a natural sweetener. But what these salad dressings don't have is a long list of ingredients you can't even pronounce, which is the best part, in my opinion.

Keep this in mind when storing homemade salad dressings

As I mentioned, some of these dressings are oil-based, meaning the oil will congeal in the fridge. I recommend before using your dressing to pull it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before so it can come to room temperature. However, not all of these healthy salad dressing recipes call for ingredients that go bad when stored at room temperature, so I've made notes on how to properly store each dressing.

Now some of these dressings do have a natural preservative, like vinegar or lemon, but you really should try to consume them within a two week period. It's a good rule of thumb to follow, but just in case, I listed how long you should hold on each bottle of healthy salad dressing as well.

Here are my favorite 10 healthy salad dressing recipes! And if you need salads to pair, here are our favorite healthy salad recipes.

1

Honey Mustard Dressing

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To be honest with you, this honey mustard dressing works really well as a thick salad dressing and a healthy dipping sauce. If you find the dijon mustard to be overpowering, you can always add more honey to it to sweeten up. So make sure to give it a taste and see if it's to your liking!

In order to make this dressing, whisk together the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Store this dressing in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3-4 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Dash of pepper

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2

Green Goddess Dressing

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Do you know what's the best part about this green goddess dressing? It will use up those herbs in the fridge! You can use all kinds of fresh herbs in this dressing, and even use a mix if you'd like. For my green goddess dressing, I mixed together a large handful of parsley, fresh basil, and a little bit of thyme. You can also add cilantro, dill, mint, or chives as well.

Before the parsley or basil go bad, throw them into a blender with these other green goddess dressing ingredients and pulse until smooth. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 cup fresh herbs (mix what you have on hand)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
3

Greek Vinaigrette

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While this Greek vinaigrette is great on essentially any fresh garden salad, I personally love to use it for Greek pasta salad. To make it, throw all of the ingredients together in a bottle and shake it up. Since there isn't anything in the bottle that will go bad, you can keep this dressing on the shelf for a few weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
4

Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

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Are you also obsessed with Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette from Chipotle? I am, too, and I couldn't help but make my very own copycat version of it. This Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette is spicy and flavorful, the perfect dressing to top on your fresh vegetable salads or even your homemade burrito bowls. To make this one, just whisk it together in a bowl. Store this chipotle honey vinaigrette in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 lime, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. fresh oregano (or 1/2 tsp. dried oregano)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dash of pepper
5

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

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Use up the cilantro that's about to go bad in your fridge and make a delicious cilantro-lime vinaigrette! All you have to do is blend up the ingredients and pour into an air-tight mason jar or bottle. This is a great topping to go on any of your favorite Mexican dishes. This cilantro-lime vinaigrette should be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 2 limes, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
6

Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

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If you're a huge fan of sesame and ginger-flavored foods, then you are going to absolutely obsess over this recipe. While it does call for a teaspoon of Sriracha, you can always skip it if you're not into a spicy salad dressing. To make, whisk the ingredients together in a bowl. This sesame ginger vinaigrette can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly minced ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha
7

Italian Vinaigrette

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Have you ever been able to find an Italian dressing that isn't doused in added sugars? I know I haven't, so I like to make my own at home! This dressing does have fresh-squeezed lemon juice, so you should probably store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. To use, make sure you take it out of the fridge and let the oil come to room temperature.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Dash of pepper
8

Healthy Ranch

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Healthy ranch, really? Yes, really! This ranch dressing is made with Greek yogurt and thinned out with a bit of water. It doesn't add any fatty buttermilk or other hidden ingredients, and yes, tastes extremely good without them. The key to a great ranch dressing is all the seasonings and spices, so make sure to have these on hand, you don't want to skip any of them. This ranch dressing should be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 5.3 oz. container plain Greek yogurt (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley (or 1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes)
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp. dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Dash of pepper
9

Lemon Vinaigrette

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If you're having any kind of salad that calls for some kind of seafood—fish, tuna, salmon, you name it—this is the dressing you want to pair it with. This lemon vinaigrette complements all kinds of seafood dishes nicely, and can even work well as a marinade. Make sure to store this one in the fridge, and it should last you a few weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Dash of pepper

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10

Balsamic Vinaigrette

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This classic three-ingredient balsamic vinaigrette is the one I always have on hand. It can store at room temperature for quite some time and goes well with a simple bed of greens for an easy and delicious side for dinner. You can even top a fresh Caprese salad with this vinaigrette, too. So if you're on the hunt for healthy salad dressing recipes that will last you a long period of time, this is one you can easily shake up.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
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Kiersten Hickman is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in recipe development, food, and diet coverage. Read more