Looking for a delicious better-for-you salad dressing? Think beyond the store-bought bottle and make your own from scratch. Save money by using your imagination and what’s in your pantry (think nutrient-dense nuts and fruits!) to discover new flavor combinations.
It’s easy to make super-tasty salad dressings with healthy fats. When you choose one or more ingredients from each category below, it adds up to healthy and delicious! Simply purée all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth.
Tart. All types of vinegar, all varieties of fresh citrus, tomatoes, mustards, wines
Creamy. Avocado, nuts or seeds (raw or toasted), nut butter or seed butters (e.g. tahini), tofu
Salty. Tamari, olives, capers, miso, seaweed
Sweet. Fruits (dried or fresh), carrots, beets, coconut water
Seasoning. Garlic, ginger, hot peppers, onions, dried spices, fresh herbs
If you’re hungry for inspiration, check out a few favorites below and search our recipe database for more healthy salad dressings.
Tip: Many of these combinations come together not only as versatile dressings for salads and slaws but also as dips for veggies or possibly as a sandwich spread.
If you’ve discovered how easy it is to make homemade healthy salad dressings, what’s your go-to flavor combination?