Creamy Salad Dressing Recipes

Find healthy, delicious creamy salad dressing recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

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

Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing

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

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

Crispy Chickpea Grain Bowl with Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 5
Our favorite part of these vegetarian grain bowls is the tangy lemon vinaigrette, which ties together a satisfying combo of quinoa, toasted pumpkin seeds, and roasted chickpeas and kale. Whip them up for easy meal-prep lunches or a healthy and satisfying dinner.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

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.

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

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

Loaded Chicken-Quinoa Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Turn simple precooked ingredients into a delicious one-dish meal, high in fiber and with plenty of protein to keep you feeling satisfied.

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

Chickpea, Artichoke & Avocado Salad with Apple-Cider Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
This delicious 400-calorie salad is a helpful tool for weight loss because it provides a good balance of fiber, protein and healthy fats from loads of veggies and beans, all tossed in a tangy apple-cider vinaigrette. To meal-prep these for lunch throughout the week, pack the dressing and the salad separately and make sure your veggies are thoroughly dried before packing them together.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer
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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.
Lemon-Honey Dressing

Lemon and honey—a classic, crowd-pleasing pair. You may want to double or triple this recipe. Chances are, it'll become your household's go-to dressing.