45 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

healthy homemade salad dressing

A healthy homemade salad dressing recipe is a nutritional powerhouse. Making a delicious salad at home is only as good as the dressing that tops it.

Luckily for you, I love how much better (and cheaper!) healthy homemade salad dressings are than their store bought counterparts. 

So, I created this list of amazing healthy homemade salad dressing recipes so you can make any type of salad at home. There are:

  • Herb and root based salad dressings with fresh herbs, ginger, garlic, and turmeric
  • Spicy and south your mouth style dressings using lime, cilantro, peppers, and spices
  • Classic salad dressings you know and love like ranch, blue cheese, catalina, and caesar
  • Keto salad dressings that use no or alternative sweetener
  • Fruity and sweet dressings with fresh fruit and honey
  • Bright lemony dressings for all of you citrus lovers
  • Vegan versions of classics that are typically not plant-based
  • Dressing mixes. A couple of bonus dry mixes to have on hand for making dip or dressing in a snap

Herb and Root

herb healthy homemade salad dressings

Classic Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

Caesar Salad Dressing RecipeEating on a Dime

Homemade Catalina Salad Dressing & Marinade {Russian Dressing}This Old Gal

Simple Homemade Caesar SaladSpace Ships and Laser Beams

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch DressingBitz n Giggles

Cucumber Ranch DressingBitz n Giggles

Blue Cheese Salad DressingBeyond the Chicken Coop

classic homemade salad dressing

Keto Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

keto healthy homemade salad dressings

Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing Mixes

salad dressing mixes

Homemade ranch dressing mix recipeEating on a Dime

Homemade Italian Salad Dressing MixThe Housewife Modern

Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing Ingredients to Keep on Hand

Your healthy homemade salad dressing is only as good as the ingredients you use.

Choosing high quality products will allow you to make homemade dressings that are very simple but taste amazing because the quality shines through.

If you are normally a budget savvy shopper keep this in mind: store bought salad dressings can be twice the price per ounce. 

But even if your homemade dressing costs more than the big-box-store variety, please take into account all of the non-food ingredients (fillers, preservatives, thickeners, colours, artificial flavours, etc.) that you are paying for. 

Also, those cheap dressings just do NOT taste good. And certainly don’t taste anywhere close to as good as a healthy homemade salad dressing does.

Some ingredients to keep on hand:

  • olive oil
  • dijon mustard
  • herbs and spices
  • garlic
  • red wine vinegar
  • balsamic vinegar
  • white wine vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • lemons
  • avocado oil or grapeseed oil (for a lighter flavoured oil than olive
  • honey, maple syrup, monk fruit sweetener
  • greek yogurt, kefir
  • sour cream
  • fresh herbs

Even just with those pantry staples you can whip up almost any variety of salad dressing. To make a main dish salad meal, try topping any salad with my Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken.

Other healthy homemade salads to try:

Lighter Potato Salad

Healthy Spicy Egg Salad

Asparagus Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, and Balsamic Vinaigrette

healthy homemade salad dressing recipes
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