Healthy Salad Dressing Recipe

Healthy Diet Salad Dressing Recipes

I love good salad dressing!
I love trying new flavors!

However, most salad dressings have something I don’t want like: added sugar, preservatives, soy derivatives and such.

So, I decided to start making my own salad dressing.Healthy Diest Menu includes oil and vinegar salad dressing

SIDENOTE: These recipes have olive oil!
I was reminded of this mis-conception last night.  I had a nice little dinner with some of my lady friends and one was offering up her avocado. She didn’t want fat.  I told her fat does not make you fat but she didn’t believe me.  So, I enjoyed her avocado!  :o)   (More on this later…)

Back to the salad dressing recipe(s)



OIL: I recommend Extra-Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil but there are several other oils you can try.

I tried coconut oil but it hardened as soon as it hit the cold lettuce. :o)
(Maybe Julia can give a few more tips here.)

ACID: Most of the time I use vinegar but you can also try lemon juice or lime juice.
(There are several types of vinegar: balsamic, white, red wine, apple

RULE OF THUMB: There is no rule of thumb when it comes to the ratio of Oil and Vinegar!   I have heard anywhere between 50/50 to 1/3 – 1/4 vinegar to oil.

I personally like about a 1 to 1 ratio.  I like Red Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil for my salad dressing base.  It is the items I add that really give it a kick!

My personal favorite home made salad dressing:

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • pepper
  • several cloves of garlic
  • 5-10 fresh basil leaves (cut up)

If you make double and leave in the frig, the garlic and basil tastes become more robust.

Here are a few more ideas of things to add:

  • shallots
  • Dijon mustard
  • oregano
  • honey (don’t use with our current diet)
  • thyme
  • Braggs liquid aminos (need to research a bit more)

Please put your favorite salad dressing recipe in the comments below. Remember, olive oil is a part of a healthy diet plan!

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One Response to Healthy Salad Dressing Recipe

  1. Julie says:

    I usually use olive oil for my salads. But sometimes I will top my salad with a steamed veggie of some kind (generally spinach, broccoli or green beans) and I’ll drizzle coconut oil on that so that it melts. The lettuce also wilts a bit, and it’s rather tasty!

    Another one of my favorite salad condiments is pesto, which is basically a leafy green (spinach, basil or even lettuce) whipped up in a food processor with garlic, olive oil and nuts (pine nuts, walnuts or almonds) and salt/pepper. Basil pesto in particular has a great flavor.

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