Best Healthy + Tasty Salad Dressings

Creamy salad dressings might taste wonderful, but the fat content is less than healthy. Creating a home-made recipe using alternative ingredients such as Balsamic Vinegar, Ginger, Honey and Mustard keeps the calories and your weight down.

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Creamy dressings are often high in calories and fat. That fat comes from saturated fat, which is bad for your heart. Manufacturers invented “fat-free” dressings to lower the fat content. Unfortunately, a lot of sugar and preservatives are added to these dressings to make them taste delicious. Avoiding fat-free dressings is better for your heart and general wellness.

Choose oil-based salad dressings. These dressings include lipids as well, but they are heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Even if you choose a healthy salad dressing, you should still measure exactly how much you’re using. I suggest purchasing a measuring spoon and scooping out two teaspoons before adding to your salad. You’ll be shocked to learn that a little little may go a long way!

You should aim for 120 calories per serving of dressing. Remember to keep an eye out for extra sugars. Many producers add them to sweeten the dressing, but you want to keep the sugar content under 3 grams per serving. Making your own salad dressing is the greatest method to guarantee you’re eating nutritious salad dressing. This might be daunting at first, but here are some wonderful recipes to get you started.

Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing Is The Perfect Marinade

This simple salad dressing doubles as an easy marinade for meat, poultry, or roasted veggies. It’s also easy to make using ingredients you likely already have on hand.


1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil

1 tablespoon (15 ml) sesame oil

1 tablespoon (15 ml) soy sauce

1 tablespoon (15 ml) maple syrup

1 tablespoon (15 ml) rice vinegar

1 clove minced garlic

1 teaspoon (2 grams) freshly minced ginger


Whisk together the

olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, and rice vinegar.

Add the minced

garlic and ginger and stir together until combined.


Nutrition facts:

  • Calories: 54

  • Protein: 0.2 grams

  • Carbs: 3.5 grams

  • Fat: 4.5 grams

Balsamic Vinaigrette Compliments Any Green Salad

With just five basic ingredients, balsamic vinaigrette is one of the easiest homemade salad dressings to prepare in a pinch. It has a sweet yet savory flavor that works well in just about any salad, making it one of the most versatile options available.


3 tablespoons (45 ml) balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon (15 ml) Dijon mustard

1 clove minced garlic

1/2 cup (118 ml) olive oil

salt and pepper


Combine the

balsamic vinegar with the Dijon mustard and minced garlic.

Slowly add the

olive oil while continuing to stir the mixture.

Season with a bit

of salt and pepper prior to serving to give the flavor a quick boost.

Nutrition facts:

  • Calories: 166

  • Protein: 0 grams

  • Carbs: 1 gram

  • Fat: 18 grams

Avocado Lime Dressing Goes Wonderfully with Seafood

Creamy, cool, and refreshing, this avocado lime dressing works great on salads or served as a tasty dip for fresh veggies. Avocado is a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and may help boost your HDL (good) cholesterol levels


1 avocado, cut into

small chunks

1/2 cup (113 grams) plain Greek yogurt

1/3 cup (5 grams) cilantro

1/4 cup (60 ml) lime juice

4 tablespoons (60 ml) olive oil

2 cloves minced garlic

salt and pepper


Add the avocado

chunks to a food processor along with the Greek yogurt, cilantro, lime juice,

olive oil, and minced garlic.

Top with a bit of

salt and pepper and then pulse until the mixture reaches a smooth, thick


Nutrition facts:

  • Calories: 75

  • Protein: 1 gram

  • Carbs: 2.5 grams

  • Fat: 7 grams

Lemon Vinaigrette is Low In Calories and Great with Fish Salads

This tart, tasty salad dressing is a great choice to help brighten up your favorite salads and vegetable dishes. It works especially well for simple salads that need a bit of extra zing, thanks to its zesty citrus flavor.


1/4 cup (59 ml) olive oil

1/4 cup (59 ml) fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon (7 grams) honey or maple syrup

salt and pepper


Whisk the olive oil

and fresh lemon juice together.

Mix in honey or

maple syrup for a bit of sweetness.

Season with salt

and pepper to taste.

Nutrition facts:

  • Calories: 128

  • Protein: 0 grams

  • Carbs: 3 grams

  • Fat: 13.5 grams

Honey Mustard is The Ideal Dressing for A Pasta Salad

This creamy homemade dressing has a slightly sweet flavor that’s ideal for adding a bit of depth and rounding out your favorite savory salads. It also works well as a dipping sauce for sweet potato fries, appetizers, and fresh veggies.


1/3 cup (83 grams) Dijon mustard

1/4 cup (59 ml) apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup (102 grams) honey

1/3 cup (78 ml) olive oil

salt and pepper


Whisk the Dijon

mustard, apple cider vinegar, and honey together.

Slowly add the

olive oil while continuing to stir.

Add salt and pepper

to taste.

Nutrition facts:

  • Calories: 142

  • Protein: 0 grams

  • Carbs: 13.5 grams

  • Fat: 9 grams

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