12 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

12 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

Dress up your vegetables and meats with these saucy homemade dressings! Pour over veggies or use as a creamy dip for strips of meat, however you enjoy them you will know these healthy homemade salad dressings are 100% free from hydrogenated oils, artificial flavorings, preservatives, added sugar, food colorings and any other less than desirable things that lurk in bottles of most store-bought dressings.

These recipes are easy to make, usually nothing more than a blender is required. Homemade versions are often more economically viable and give you the opportunity to customize them with your favorite flavors.

I use dressings most to “dress” up finger foods like veggie sticks, sautéed greens, fish and meat. Healthy homemade salad dressings are nice to have on hand in the fridge, making them accessible to the whole family to grab whenever they want.

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These healthy homemade salad dressings are all low carb, gluten free and paleo, some are dairy free.

Homemade Salad Dressings

RECIPE NOTE: A quick word here – not everyone is on board with a high fat diet so you might see recommendations for low-fat yogurts or sour cream. If I were to make any recipe I would use full fat dairy products (cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk etc). In my opinion, the creamier the better!

The Basics Behind Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

Fats and Oils avocado, avocado oil, coconut milk, coconut oils, egg yolks, extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil, sesame oil, tahini and other nut butters

Acids lemon, lime, and orange juices, raw apple cider vinegar

Flavorings herbs (basil, dill, garlic, horseradish, oregano, rosemary, shallots, thyme), spices (ginger, horseradish, mustard, turmeric), salt, black pepper

Check out Mountain Rose Herbs as a high quality source of dried bulk organic herbs and spices.

Easy Homemade Italian Dressing – Peas and Crayons

True to its name this dressing is easy, peasy.

This uber easy Homemade Italian dressing is so fast and flavorful, you'll never buy pre-made dressing again!

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette – Goodness Gracious

Use seasonal herbs to make this recipe special all year round.

Balsamic Salad Dressing

Lemon Vinaigrette – Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Dress your salad up with a citrusy splash!


Cilantro Dressing (with Sea Scallop Salad) – Keep It Simple Foods

Those juicy scallops make me hungry! What a great flavor combination.


AIP Caesar Dressing – He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

This is a recipe I will make often!
AIP Caesar Salad Dressing

Green Eggs and Ham Salad – All Day I Dream About Food

A creamy avocado chipotle dressing.

Classic Blue Cheese Dressing – Recipe Girl

This blue cheese dressing is super rich and cheesy.

Jalapeno Blue Cheese Dressing – Sweet Treats and More

Here is another winner! This spicy sauce sounds good for just about anything.

Homemade Tzatziki – Fed and Fit

A classic recipe for good reason – so refreshing and great for summer.


Best Buttermilk Ranch Ever – The Primitive Palate

Dip into this classic buttermilk ranch dressing!

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing Recipe – Grass Fed Girl

A thoughtful dairy free version with a coconut milk base

low carb dressings

Low Carb Avocado Ranch Dressing – Peace Love and Low Carb

Every thing is better with avocado. 

Food should not be boring! Dress up your food with these healthy homemade salad dressings, eat nutritional food and enjoy your life!


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