Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

Find healthy, delicious salad dressing recipes including vinaigrettes and low-fat salad dressings. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
While a 1-to-2 acid-to-oil ratio is common for vinaigrettes, shifting it to 1-to-1½ yields a dressing with a brighter flavor and fewer calories. For every ½ cup of acid, use 3/4 cup of oil in this salad dressing recipe.
Carolyn Malcoun
By Carolyn Malcoun

Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing

Rating: 3.5 stars 8
This creamy lemon-garlic dressing carries the full flavor of roasted garlic, with lemon juice and Dijon mustard rounding out the flavor.
Marianne Williams
By Marianne Williams

Caesar Salad Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Double this Caesar salad dressing recipe to have extra on hand for tomorrow night's salad.
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Copycat Olive Garden Italian Dressing

Rating: 3.5 stars 2
This copycat Olive Garden Italian dressing tastes just like the original. Italian seasoning is the backbone of this easy dressing, while mayonnaise gives it body and a little creaminess. Enjoy it on a salad or as a quick and simple marinade for chicken.
By Carolyn Casner

Creamy Lemon-Pepper Dressing

This creamy lemon-pepper dressing is tangy and bright with a peppery bite! This dressing pairs well with greens or other veggie salads.
By Devon O'Brien

Greek Salad Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 1
This simple Greek vinaigrette is so easy to make and so finger-licking good you'll never want to go back to bottled dressing again! Drizzle it over classic Greek salad, a green salad or even use it as a marinade for grilled vegetables or chicken.
By Carolyn Casner

Citrus Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 2
This versatile citrus salad dressing gets a touch of natural sweetness from orange juice, which balances the acidity of the lemon juice. Use it in coleslaw for a mayo-free dressing, or drizzle it over winter greens with dried fruit and nuts.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Basil Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 4
Drizzle this basil salad dressing over sliced tomatoes or cooked green beans. Or toss it into a grain salad for a pop of fresh summertime flavor.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Lemon-Shallot Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 1
This quick dressing features lemon juice and shallots for a simple, bright flavor. A touch of honey balances the acidity and tartness of the lemon. Use in a pasta salad or over leafy greens.
Karen Rankin
By Karen Rankin

Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 2
Here is a great, all-purpose salad dressing. The pleasing pungency of Dijon mustard makes it a good match for slightly bitter greens, such as escarole, chicory, radicchio or Belgian endive. It also makes an irresistible dipping sauce for crunchy vegetables (especially fennel) and crusty whole-wheat bread.
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Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Rating: 4 stars 5
Spoon this tangy dressing over cooked broccoli, green beans, salad or poached fish.
By Ruth Cousineau

Lemon-Parmesan Vinaigrette

This simple dressing is perfectly balanced thanks to zip from lemon juice and mustard, umami from Parmesan cheese and fresh flair from chives.
By Adam Dolge
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Inspiration and Ideas

Our 18 Best Salad Dressing Recipes
The pièce de resistance of any tasty salad is the dressing that adds flavor and moisture to every bite.
Our Top 10 Vinaigrettes That Will Make You Love Salad Again
No more boring salads. Making a homemade vinaigrette can help you customize the flavors and add fresh, nutritious ingredients like lemon, herbs and spices. Once you start making your own dressing, there's no going back.
Citrus-Lime Vinaigrette
Rating: 4 stars 4

Tangy and spicy, this citrus-lime vinaigrette with orange juice, jalapeno pepper, and fresh cilantro is perfect tossed with baby arugula.