Now you will love eating your salads…10 Easy salad dressing recipes

Salads are so healthy! Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they make a great accompaniment to any meal or a light meal all by themselves. They’re also very good for when you are losing weight too, because they contain so few calories. Let’s be honest, though, even though there are hundreds of different fresh ingredients you can use in salads, you can get too much of a good thing and salads, day in and day out, can get just a little bit boring. So, to jazz up your salads and give you a fresh new taste every day, here are ten, easy to make, healthy salad dressing recipes that will add some wonderful new flavours to your healthy salads.

1. The classic vinaigrette

Let’s start off with something really simple and a receipted that will provide you with the base for many different types of healthy salad dressing recipes. This is a virtually zero calorie dressing that will add flavour to even the most basic of salads and it only takes minutes to prepare. Just mix the main ingredients and then add the olive oil slowly as you whisk up the vinaigrette.


  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • Pepper and salt to taste

2. Quick and easy creamy salad dressing

When ranch dressing gets a little too much, try this basic, quick and simple, creamy salad dressing to add something more to a green leaf salad. It’s doesn’t contain all the herbs and spices that a classic ranch dressing would, so it doesn’t overpower the salad at all. Whisk the mayonnaise and the other ingredients together first and then whisk in the vinegar.


  • 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Pepper and salt to taste

3. Roasted garlic vinaigrette

For all you garlic lovers out there, here’s a great way to add a lovely deep garlic flavour to any salad. Just wrap one small piece of garlic in foil, drizzled with olive oil, and roast it in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes. When the garlic has cooled, squeeze out the cloves and then blend them in a blender with our classic vinaigrette.

4. Lime and mango salad dressing

This one is a wonderfully light and refreshing healthy salad dressing that is just perfect for refreshing any salad. Puree the mango first, and then add the lime juice, the salt, mustard, and sugar. Finally, gradually add the oil and vinegar as you continue to blend.


  • 1 peeled and chopped ripe mango
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

5. Parsley salad dressing

This healthy salad dressing recipe works best with a mixed green salad and other salad ingredients that have a mild flavour. It would work great if you were having a salad with fish. Mix up all the ingredients, other than the parsley, first, and then whisk in the fresh parsley and enjoy!


  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

6. Classic Mediterranean dressing

Here’s another easy way to add a twist to our classic vinaigrette and this time we are taking a trip to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. This time, you will need to add to your vinaigrette: ½ cup of crumbled feta cheese, 1 diced plum tomato, and a teaspoon of dried oregano. It will add a wonderful taste of Italy to any kind of salad.

7. Dill salad dressing

You are going to have to try this healthy salad dressing recipe to believe just how delicious it is and we promise you that once you have tried it, you will soon be making it again! Just put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.


  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • Pinch of onion powder
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Pinch of mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

8. Raspberry and honey vinaigrette

This delicious healthy salad dressing recipe includes the wonderful fresh taste of mint and the natural sweetness of honey. This one will add a few calories to your salad, but we think it’s worth it for all that flavour. Just mix up the ingredients in a bowl and drizzle it over your salad straight away.


  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • ½ cup of raspberry vinegar

9. Jalapeno and honey salad dressing

This one will add a kick to your salads, but not so much that your eyes run! The bite of the jalapenos is tempered by the sweetness of the honey and the lime so it gives just enough spice to liven up a salad without ruining it.   


  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped thyme
  • ½ jalapeno, minced

10. Shallot and white wine salad dressing

If garlic is a bit too much for your palette, then try this simple shallot and white wine vinegar salad dressing that is based on the classic vinaigrette recipe. All you need to do is change the red wine vinegar in the original classic vinaigrette recipe for white wine vinegar and add one minced shallot to the mix.

What are  your favorite healthy salad dressing recipes?

Stay happy and healthy!

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