Vinaigrette & Salad Dressing Recipes

Find healthy, delicious vinaigrette and salad dressing recipes. These healthier recipes come from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell and include creamy dressings like Caesar and ranch, as well as vinaigrettes.

Staff Picks

Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

We could eat it by the spoonful.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Flat-Belly Salad

Rating: 4.75 stars
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This 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.

Roasted Chicken Thighs, Potatoes & Scallions with Herb Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars
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Roasting chicken thighs directly on top of the vegetables bastes the scallions and potatoes with delicious drippings in this healthy dinner recipe. Serve with steamed broccoli, sautéed spinach or a mixed green salad.

Roasted Gnocchi & Brussels Sprouts with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.81 stars
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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.

Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Feta & Walnuts

Rating: 4.33 stars
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Sweet strawberries, salty feta and crunchy walnuts jazz up a simple spinach salad. The balsamic vinaigrette is incredibly easy; fresh shallots add more zip than you'll find in any commercial dressing.

Citrus Vinaigrette

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.

Greek Chicken with Roasted Spring Vegetables & Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.7 stars
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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.

Citrus-Lime Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars
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Tangy and spicy, this citrus-lime vinaigrette with orange juice, jalapeno pepper, and fresh cilantro is perfect tossed with baby arugula.

Basil Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars
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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.

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.

Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette

Rating: 4 stars
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This garlicky mustard vinaigrette is great to have in your repertoire as it goes with almost anything. The recipe makes plenty so you can fix it once and then have it on hand for several days. The garlic is delicious but bold here; use fewer cloves if you want to tone it down.

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

Spicy Mediterranean Vinaigrette

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

Four Swaps For Healthier Salad Dressings

Find out how to make your salad dressing healthier without losing flavor by making smart swaps in homemade salad dressing recipes.

Quinoa, Chicken & Broccoli Salad with Roasted Lemon Dressing

Rating: 4.33 stars
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Roasting lemons mellows their tartness and creates a layer of caramelized flavor that pairs well with the raw broccoli and savory quinoa in this healthy chicken dinner salad. Even better, the chicken and lemons roast on one sheet pan, making cleanup a breeze.