Homemade Salad Dressings

Summertime and the living’s…. hot. Really really hot. Good thing salads are so cold and refreshing! Right guys??!? (trying to pump you all up about salads. It’s hard)

Well if you ask me, salads are a great meal choice for anyone looking for something quick, light, and healthy. They won’t weigh you down mid-day, they are packed with all those great vitamins and minerals your body needs, and they are usually pretty low in calories. Usually.

“Usually” because this is all very dependent on the salad dressing you are using. If you have ever checked the nutrition label on a store bought salad dressing, you might notice the large amounts of unwanted sugars, saturated fats, and sodium that have been added. Then, if you take another look at the serving size recommendation, it’s usually per 2 tablespoons… and let’s be honest, only a complete psychopath uses just 2 tablespoons of dressing on their salad. You heard it here first.

So that brings me to this great idea of homemade salad dressings. Taaaa-daaa! They are easy + cheap to make and allow you to avoid some of those processed ingredients and added calories found commonly within store bought bottles.

Listed below are four basic recipes that I was able to make first hand in a past cooking course. Hope you guys enjoy!

❤ Mikayla


Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. raspberry preserves (or… just use fresh ones + a little brown sugar!)
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine the vinegar, salt, pepper, preserves, and shallot into a blender.
  2. While the blender is running, add the oil
  3. Blend until smooth

Fat Free Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup shallots, roasted, chopped
  • 1/2 cup rich-chicken stock (they have low sodium options!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend well until smooth

‘Healthy’ Thousand Island Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fat free mayonnaise (try Kraft reduced fat with olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce (aka sriracha)
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Whisk until well combined

Cilantro Avocado Ranch Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients into blender
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Scrape excess dressing off of side; Add 1/3 cup off water to thin the dressing
  4. Blend to preference

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