While your grocery store may seem like a mecca for gourmet salad dressing, sometimes it's easy to get caught up in pretty packaging. The front of the bottle may boast health-conscious mantras, but when you check out the ingredients, it's often a very different story. Making your own dressing at home may seem unnecessary, but the freshness and flavors — and ease! — are incomparable; most of the time you just toss a few ingredients in the food processor and blend away. Forget the store-bought stuff, and try out one of these healthy recipes in your kitchen.
The same bottle of salad dressing can get old quick. Perhaps today you're craving something basic, but tomorrow you'll want a dressing that bursts with citrusy and herbaceous flavors. And other times, it's all about indulging in a creamy ranch dressing. Here's a technique for creating three very different dressings in one jar, so you'll never tire of your salads again.
Occasionally, I am prone to salad dressing ennui. I just can't take another balsamic vinaigrette. However, I recently found this antioxidant-rich tomato dressing that cures my boredom. It reminds me a bit of gazpacho, one of my most loved Summer treats.
Top off your favorite combination of greens with this tangy Summer dressing for a light, fresh, and flavor-packed change of pace. Keep reading to learn how to blend up this low-calorie recipe.
Although my fridge is stocked with all sorts of sauces and condiments, the one thing you won't find is bottled salad dressing. Why? It's really easy to make a simple and delicious vinaigrette. It takes only a couple of minutes to make and is far healthier than anything processed.
While there are tons of recipes out there, this one — which comes from my girlfriend Sonia — is my everyday vinaigrette. It's a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Dijon mustard.
Sometimes I'll throw in chopped herbs or a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese or a shallot instead of garlic, so feel free to make the recipe your own. To enjoy this tangy, garlicky dressing on a big bowl of mixed greens, read more
Finding a quick recipe for a creamy, low-calorie, and delicious way to dress up a salad is not an easy undertaking for vegans. Keep things simple in the kitchen with this hemp seed dressing.
Hemp seeds are a great source of omega-3s and vitamin E, and their nutty flavor and creamy texture lay the base for the dressing. When blended with fresh citrus juice and extra-virgin olive oil, you'll be surprised how quickly you'll reach the smooth and creamy consistency you're looking for. Even better, this low-calorie, flavorful recipe is free of preservatives and low in sugar.
Ready to taste something new? Keep reading for this hemp seed dressing recipe.
Take advantage of the season's fresh strawberries and make this fruity salad dressing. It's refreshing and tangy — just the perfect topping to add to fresh greens and veggies from the garden or farmers market.
Why make salad dressing when you can buy it at the store? Because this whips up in minutes and the fresh flavor can't be found in a bottle.
Keep reading to learn this simple 76-calorie recipe.
Skip the store-bought stuff loaded with added sugar and preservatives, and stir up your own healthy salad dressing at home. This low-calorie honey apple cider vinaigrette is a sweet and simple recipe with one ingredient that works to ward off illness while supporting healthy weight-loss goals. Watch this video and learn how easy it is to create this vinaigrette in your kitchen.
If you've tried it all — resealable baggies, plastic containers from delis, and even mini shampoo bottles — but haven't yet found the best way to pack salad dressing for lunch, then try these three mini containers and bottles, made from plastic, silicone, and glass. They're guaranteed to be food-safe, durable, and, most importantly, spill-free.
Nalgene Leakproof Jars ($2) — The makers of the BPA-free plastic water bottles also make these mini leakproof jars with a screw lid that hold just enough salad dressing for lunch.
With fresh, unprocessed ingredients, homemade salad dressing is often much more nutritious than those store-bought versions. This simple apple cider vinaigrette is one such example. Apple cider vinegar is known to be a digestive-, immunity-, and natural-energy-boosting food, and it also may have appetite-suppressing powers. And at just over 80 calories per serving, this salad dressing imparts big flavor into your favorite salads without the need for high-calorie ingredients.
I added mustard powder and dried basil to the basic apple cider vinaigrette recipe, but you can add different herbs and spices to your liking.
While it's convenient to purchase salad dressing at every grocery store in America, why not make your own? It's easy to put together a quick vinaigrette that's healthier than a store-bought counterpart because you control the ingredients that go into the dressing. This everyday vinaigrette is a simple mixture of mustard, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Watch the video now to learn how it's made, then print out the recipe and experiment with it at home.