Top 31 Healthy Dressing Recipes That Are Insanely Good (+ Dips, Sauces and Many More)

Why would anyone make their own healthy dressing recipes? I mean, you could simply buy all the sauces you need at the grocery store.

True.

But have you ever checked the ingredient list on commercial dressings, dips, and sauces? Absolutely horrifying!

But this doesn’t mean you’re doomed to eat dry, boring salads from now on.

In this article, you’ll discover 31 healthy dressing recipes that are insanely tasty. From classic dressings, to Ranch dressings, vinaigrettes, and various sauces, we’ve got you covered!

None of the recipes listed in this article call for junky oils, stabilizers, or emulsifiers since these exert nasty side-effects on the immune system. And the best part is that these healthy dressing recipes come together with very few ingredients and not much work.



 

A. Classic Healthy Dressing Recipes

1. Balsamic Dressing

Mix some sweet tangerine juice with sour lime juice and voila! You’ve got a unique healthy dressing that will transform even the most boring summer salad.

The salad in this recipe is super easy to make. You’ll only need sun-dried tomatoes, olives, nuts, and some mixed salad greens.

Tip: Don’t like soggy salads? Then, dress your salad right before serving.

Suggested modification:

  • Instead of the olive oil, you can also use avocado oil.

2. Citrus Salad Dressing

Thanks to this ready-in-5-minutes recipe, dressing your salad couldn’t get any easier. All you need for this healthy dressing is some lime juice, orange juice, olive oil and seasonings you like. Mix everything in a salad bowl. And that’s it.

Suggested modification:

  • For a completely different twist on this healthy dressing, replace the lime juice with 1 teaspoon of orange zest. And use the juice of 2 oranges instead of 2 tablespoons of orange juice.

3. Greek Salad Dressing

This Greek salad dressing wouldn’t taste the same without some Greek-style chicken. Want to know how I prep mine? Just follow the instructions below.

As ingredients, you will need:

  • Skinless and boneless chicken breast (2, halved)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (½ cup)
  • Lemon juice (obtained from ½ a lemon)
  • Garlic clove, minced (1)
  • Dried oregano (¼ tbsp)
  • Paprika (⅛ tsp)
  • Lemon, sliced (½ or 1)
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Proceed as follows:

  1. Combine the olive oil, garlic clove, paprika, lemon juice, dried oregano, salt and black pepper in a bowl.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in a glass or plastic container and pour the marinade over them.
  3. Make sure that your marinating container is well closed before sending it in the fridge for an hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  5. Place the chicken breasts side by side in a roasting pan, covering each piece with a slice of lemon.
  6. Bake for about 30-40 minutes.

Tip: If you have an oven-safe dish, marinate your chicken in it so that you don’t have to worry about transferring it afterwards.

Did you know? A real Greek Salad actually comes together with small bites of juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, sliced green peppers, salty Kalamata olives and feta cheese. Dried oregano and a salad dressing are then gently drizzled on top.

4. Zesty Ginger Dressing

Have you ever thought of using apple cider vinegar (ACV) to make a healthy dressing? Many people find it hard to do so because of the ACV’s overpowering taste.

But you won’t even taste the ACV in this healthy dressing thanks to the coconut aminos and olive oil. Pretty cool, right?

Suggested modification:

Instead of using light-tasting olive oil, stick to regular extra virgin olive oil. Why? Well, because light-tasting olive oil is produced at high temperatures using chemicals. If you really don’t care about EVOO’s taste, you can use macadamia oil instead but this oil comes with a hefty price tag.

Great to know: The essential oils in ginger roots are more abundant in and near the skin. So, you’ll want to avoid peeling your roots too aggressively. The best way to peel the ginger, and get the most out of it, is to gently scrape its skin with a teaspoon instead of using a knife or a veggie peeler.

5. Creamy Dill Dressing

This recipe calls for egg-free mayonnaise. But since the stuff we have here is loaded with chemicals, I use some of my own homemade mayonnaise when prepping this creamy dill dressing. Check out my egg-free mayonnaise below.

As ingredients, you will need:

  • Coconut butter, slightly warmed (1 cup)
  • Filtered water, warm (1 cup)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (½ cup)
  • Garlic cloves (6-8)
  • Unrefined salt (½ teaspoon)

Proceed as follows:

  1. Throw all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Whiz on high for about 1 to 2 minutes until you obtain a thick sauce.
  3. You can either choose to refrigerate it for 20 minutes or let it cool down for an hour.
  4. When using this mayonnaise in a salad dressing, add in a drizzle of water to make it thinner.

Great to know:

  • This mayonnaise works wonders with some fries, veggies and grilled chicken.
  • This mayonnaise will tend to harden when refrigerated. So, you’ll want to warm it gently, or let it reach room temperature, before using it.
  • For a perfect creamy dill dressing, don’t forget to cover it and refrigerate it for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours. This will allow the flavors to meld.

6. Creamy Avocado Citrus Salad Dressing

If you love avocados, then you definitely need to try this healthy dressing.

Thanks to the lime juice present in this recipe, you can keep this dressing for up to a week without the avocado turning completely brown. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge – this will help retain the avocado’s bright green color.

Suggested modifications:

  • Don’t like avocados? No worries! You can either sub them with some Greek yogurt or some coconut yogurt if you’re dairy free.
  • For a less sweet version of this recipe, use half the amount of honey and add some fresh ginger.

7. Vegan Lemon and Cashew Dressing

You’ll be surprised to see how absolutely fantastic this special dressing tastes on a kale salad mixed with dried cherries or cranberries!

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