Salad dressings can make or break a salad. Too often, store-bought dressings are loaded with unhealthy additives, like sugar and fat. But you can still enjoy a flavorful dressing without compromising on nutrition. In this blog post, we will explore some delicious health nut salad dressing recipes that will make your salads stand out. So grab a large bowl and your favorite salad and get ready to dress to impress!
Why Homemade Salad Dressings Are Better
Store-bought salad dressings may be convenient, but they usually come with a hidden price – a hefty dose of unhealthy additives and no control over the sugar or fat content. That’s why homemade salad dressings are the best choice for flavor and nutrition.
When you make your own dressings, you have complete control over the ingredients. You can use fresh, wholesome ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, herbs, and spices to create a delicious and nutritious dressing. Homemade dressings allow you to customize the flavors to suit your taste buds.
Making your own salad dressings also gives you the opportunity to experiment and get creative with different flavor combinations. From zesty balsamic vinaigrettes to creamy avocado oil dressings, the possibilities are endless. So why settle for store-bought when you can elevate your salads with the freshest and healthiest dressings from whole foods you make right at home?
30 Health Nut Salad Dressing Recipes
Carrot Miso Ginger Dressing
Experience the delectable blend of sweet and tart in this dressing that will elevate any salad into a burst of flavor. With just 5 simple ingredients, it’s a breeze to whip up and can also be enjoyed as a dip for fresh vegetables. Who can resist a guilt-free and tasty snack like this?
Transform your ordinary salad into an extraordinary dish with this sensational cilantro dressing recipe that boasts a harmonious blend of zesty and herbal notes. Say goodbye to bland, mundane salads and hello to a burst of exciting flavor!
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad and Dressing
Make a refreshing summer salad, drizzled with a zesty lemon-Kalamata olive dressing, for an ideal appetizer or a main dish. There’s nothing more satisfying than a crunchy and nutritious salad on a scorching summer afternoon. Plus, both the salad and dressing are suitable for vegans.
Green Goddess Dressing
This recipe for green goddess dressing is a delicious and almost effortless way to create a luscious dip or refreshing salad dressing. Its creamy texture and vibrant flavor make it an ideal choice for any occasion.
Orange Dijon Vinaigrette
This recipe includes a delightful winter citrus salad and combines the vibrant flavors of blood and navel oranges, juicy grapefruit slices, and rich, creamy avocado, all enhanced by an orange dijon vinaigrette that you can use on any salad.
Prepare to be blown away by this exceptional Blueberry Vinaigrette – it goes beyond your typical salad dressing! Made with plump, juicy blueberries, rich honey, and a handful of basic pantry staples, this dressing is bursting with vibrant, delicious notes. Whether you opt to pour it over a crisp, garden-fresh salad or use it as a delectable marinade, it’s sure to become a highly sought-after go-to.
Garlic Herb Tahini Dressing and Dip
With only 6 simple ingredients, you can whip up a delicious Garlic Herb Tahini in no time. Whether drizzled over salads or used as a topping for sandwiches and burgers, this homemade creation is also ideal as a dipping sauce for fries.
Pumpkin Seed Dressing
This velvety pumpkin seed dressing has a robust and distinct taste, setting it apart from the traditional vinaigrettes. With simple ingredients commonly found in your
kitchen, it‘s a breeze to whip up and will add a burst of freshness to your salads!
Fresh Mint & Peach Vinaigrette Dressing
Nothing beats the taste of freshness! Treat yourself to these delectably fresh ingredients and whip up your own batch of Mint & Peach Vinaigrette Dressing. This delightful combination of mint and peach will elevate your salads or enhance your meats as a marinade.
Parmesan Lemon Vinaigrette
Whip up this delicious Parmesan Lemon Vinaigrette in just a few minutes using fresh lemon juice, tangy Dijon mustard, and savory Parmesan cheese. You can easily make this vegan or plant-based with vegan parmesan.
Honey Lime Dressing
In just 5 minutes, you can make a delicious honey lime salad dressing with only 5 easy-to-find ingredients. Simply shake everything together for a hassle-free and quick dressing. This is delicious on any salad or drizzled over roasted vegetables!
Hummus Salad Dressing
Indulge in the smooth and nutritious qualities of this vegan hummus-based salad dressing. Infused with zesty lemon and savory garlic, this homemade creation can be whipped up in just a few moments. Bursting with deliciousness, it is a perfect substitution for store-bought dressings, making it an ideal choice for those with dairy-free dietary preferences.
This delightful honey poppyseed dressing is a perfect combination of sweetness, tanginess, and nuttiness. With just 6 simple ingredients, it’s a breeze to whip up and pairs perfectly with a strawberry spinach salad or broccoli cauliflower salad. Plus, its delicious crunch adds a delightful texture to any dish.
Vegan Italian Salad Dressing
This simple yet flavorful recipe for vegan Italian salad dressing is the perfect blend of fresh, tangy, and savory ingredients. Bursting with traditional Italian flavors of garlic, red wine vinegar, and basil, this dressing also boasts a creamy texture thanks to the emulsification of dijon mustard and olive oil. But what sets this dressing apart is the addition of nutritional yeast, which adds a delicious “cheesy” taste to this classic Italian dressing.
Vegan Avocado Dressing
Whip up a zesty oil-free dressing with fresh, creamy avocado in just 5 minutes! All you need is 5 simple ingredients and a blender. This versatile sauce works wonders as a topping for salads or a luscious veggie dip. Customize the consistency to your liking, whether you prefer a hearty spread or a thinner drizzle.
Cashew Ranch Dressing
This oil-free creamy vegan Cashew Ranch Dressing uses raw cashews, zesty lemon juice, and flavorful herbs and spices that come together in just minutes. Drizzle it over your go-to salads or use it as a refreshing dip for veggies or something crispy like fries or roasted potatoes.
Tahini Balsamic Dressing
The tantalizing Tahini Balsamic Dressing offers the perfect blend of traditional vinaigrette flavors with a delicate hint of tahini. Made with wholesome ingredients, this dressing is quick and easy to whip up.
Cucumber Salad Vinaigrette
This recipe for Cucumber Salad is a great choice for a light, refreshing lunch or side dish. Packed with crisp cucumbers, tangy pickled red onions, and smooth avocado, this salad is a delicious addition to any meal. Use the vinaigrette on a regular romaine lettuce salad or any of your favorite salads!
Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette
The flavors of raspberry walnut vinaigrette drizzled over a bed of baby spinach, topped with fresh vegetables or fruit. This vibrant and zesty dressing is a must-have for the perfect springtime salad that you can enjoy any time of year.
This simple homemade recipe will be one of your go-to salad dressings. It combines the flavor of sweet cherries with a touch of tangy balsamic vinegar and nutty olive oil, making it an absolute favorite.
Nut Free Vegan Ranch Dressing
This effortless Nut-Free Vegan Ranch Dressing combines rich creaminess with tangy zip and classic taste. It’s simple to prepare and contains no oils, nuts, or sugar. Plus, it’s loaded with plant-based protein and can be whipped up in only 5 minutes.
Vegan Strawberry Tahini Dressing
Whether you use fresh or frozen strawberries, this creamy dressing is perfect for any season, but especially refreshing during summer. With only a handful of ingredients, blend up a mixture of sweet and savory that will elevate your salads, steamed vegetables, and other dishes to a new level of yumminess.
Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
Despite its fancy name, this Dijon vinaigrette is incredibly easy to make. The flavor is sweet and tangy and will quickly become one of your favorite salad dressings. Shake the ingredients together in a jar in just two minutes.
Carrot Ginger Dressing
This blender dressing recipe is incredibly convenient and requires minimal effort and time to make. It’s also suitable for a dairy-free and vegan diet, with no added sugar. The subtle sweetness from the carrots adds the perfect touch.
Creamy Mango Salad Dressing
Indulge in the creamy goodness of our mango salad dressing, with a delicious fusion of tangy, sweet, and spicy notes. Not only does it enhance the taste of your salads, but it also adds a dose of healthy ingredients. Made using vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free ingredients, this homemade dressing is the perfect option for any diet to make a deluxe salad.
White Balsamic Vinaigrette
This is the perfect versatile white balsamic vinaigrette recipe that complements any dish! With just a few basic ingredients that can be found in your pantry, you can create a vibrant and subtly sweet dressing. It’s perfect for adding a burst of flavor to salads, savory bowls, or even as a marinade.
Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
This 6-ingredient honey balsamic vinaigrette is incredibly versatile and difficult to top! Whether used as a dressing for a basic side salad, a flavorful addition to bowls, a complement to chicken, or a marinade for roasted vegetables and more, this recipe is a winner.
An amazing dressing or marinade, rhubarb vinaigrette adds a burst of fresh, fruity flavor to any dish. Its so simple to make and it elevates any salad or marinade to a whole new level of deliciousness.
Simple Green Dressing
With minimal preparation and a short cooking time, this vegan Greek Dressing is a quick and easy option that is bursting with rich flavor. It can elevate the taste of your salads and also be used as a marinade for grilled vegetables. This homemade dressing, inspired by the Panera version, is adaptable, fulfilling, and sure to become a go-to in your culinary repertoire for anything from a vegan cobb salad to a simple green salad.
Creamy Jalapeno Sauce
Indulge in the creamy yogurt goodness of this luscious sauce, infused with the bold flavors of fresh jalapeños, herbs, and seasonings. Make it with vegan yogurt for a plant based/vegan dressing/sauce. Once you taste it, you won’t be able to resist drizzling this delectable Creamy Jalapeño Sauce on all your favorite dishes. With just 5 minutes of prep time, it’s a must-have condiment that will always have a place in your fridge to serve with healthy food.