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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Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing

Rating: 4 stars 5
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

Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
We could eat it by the spoonful.
Carolyn Malcoun
By Carolyn Malcoun

No-Cook Black Bean Salad

Rating: 5 stars 9
A classic black bean salad is a must for picnics and potlucks. This vegan version gets its creaminess from blended avocado. Any mix of salad greens will work well, but try arugula if you want to give this hearty salad a peppery kick.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Superfood Chopped Salad with Salmon & Creamy Garlic Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Curly kale forms the base of this salad, but you could use chard or spinach. To the greens, add a multitude of chopped veggies, such as broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Finish with rich salmon for protein and a drizzle of creamy yogurt dressing to bring it all together.
By Carolyn Casner

Sheet-Pan Chicken with Roasted Spring Vegetables & Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
This Greek-inspired chicken and vegetable sheet-pan meal is bursting with flavor. The chicken is coated in a mayonnaise and bread crumb mixture, roasted alongside asparagus, cremini mushrooms and grape tomatoes and then served with a lemon-feta vinaigrette.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

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

Caesar Salad Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Double this recipe to have extra dressing on hand for tomorrow night's salad.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Chicken & Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

The key to this chicken salad is the homemade bacon dressing, which is made directly in the pan used to cook the bacon. Brussels sprouts are tossed with the dressing in the warm pan, allowing the residual heat to gently wilt the shredded sprouts.
By Andrea Kirkland M.S., RD

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

Roasted Gnocchi & Brussels Sprouts with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 18
In this quick vegetarian dinner recipe, you can skip boiling the gnocchi--they'll cook through while roasting on the sheet pan with the rest of the ingredients. If you can't find Meyer lemons, use 1 small regular lemon in Step 2 and use 4 teaspoons lemon juice and 2 teaspoons orange juice in Step 4.
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

Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 1
Once you try this easy vinaigrette recipe, you'll want to use it in every meal. Meyer lemon adds acidity, while the sweetness from the honey and the sharpness from the shallot counterbalance to create a bright, flavorful vinaigrette.
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

I'm a Dietitian & These Are the Salad Dressings I Make to Help me Eat More Vegetables
After you try making your own Caesar Salad Dressing or Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette with Shallots, you'll never want to go back to store-bought.
22 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings Made with Olive Oil
These salad dressings use a base of olive oil to create a flavorful and delicious dressing.
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.