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 Cilantro-Avocado Dressing

Rating: 4.58 stars
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Use this tangy, creamy cilantro-avocado dressing on a salad of romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes and black beans, with crumbled tortilla chips or toasted pine nuts on top.

Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

Rating: 3.8 stars
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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.

Honey-Tahini Dressing

Rating: 4 stars
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Extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice are the backbone of this dressing, but it gets a unique toasty flavor from tahini.

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.35 stars
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Orange juice and cilantro yield a tangy dressing that you'll want to have on hand.

Avocado Buttermilk Dressing

This herbaceous and healthy salad dressing gets a tangy flavor from buttermilk, richness from avocado and brightness from fresh herbs. Try it on sliced tomatoes, cucumber salad or chopped chicken salad and as a dip for carrot sticks, celery, peppers and radishes--you name it! It would also make a great spread for sandwiches.

Caesar Salad Dressing

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

Sherry Dijon Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars
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This healthy salad dressing takes just a few minutes to whip together and keeps for several days in the fridge. Try it with spicy greens, such as arugula, or any of your favorite dinner salads.

Herb Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars
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This fresh herb vinaigrette dressing recipe is great tossed with mixed greens or as a dressing for cold pasta salads. To make a vegetarian version, swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth.

Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette

Rating: 4 stars
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This Asian carrot-ginger vinaigrette recipe is so yummy, you'd never guess it contains 37% of the daily value of vitamin A from the carrots. Use this quick and easy ginger salad dressing tossed with zesty salad greens or Asian stir-fry greens.

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette with Shallots

Rating: 5 stars
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This healthy homemade salad dressing has just the right amount of sweetness without being cloying. Try it on a salad with fresh strawberries and spinach or arugula.

Spicy Mediterranean Vinaigrette

Rating: 4 stars
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Sweet raisins, honey and carrot juice balance the heat of crushed red pepper in this brightly colored vinaigrette.

Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette with Lemon

Rating: 5 stars
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A healthy, tasty homemade salad dressing is as simple as shaking a few ingredients in a jar.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette

This versatile vinaigrette combines sesame oil, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, and green onions for a quick and easy salad dressing. Serve over torn romaine lettuce.

Kale Salad with Beets & Wild Rice

Rating: 5 stars
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Beets and kale, speckled with chewy wild rice and crunchy sunflower seeds, make a satisfying, colorful dinner salad. The beets are nicest when they are sliced paper thin. Use a mandoline or vegetable slicer, if you have one.