Top 10 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

By Polly Conner
October 4, 2021

Making healthy homemade salad dressings is easier than you think. They are cheaper, healthier, and tastier, too. Why would you not!? Here are 10 easy recipes to start with when making your own salad dressing at home.

10 healthy homemade salad dressings

Confession: I’m a half-hearted gardener.

I want the fruits of a great home vegetable garden but don’t want to put in the work. I simply want to plant the seeds, walk away, and have a thriving garden in a few weeks. One can dream, right?

Despite my lack of time and effort, I still managed to grow a little spinach and lettuce this year that I am quite proud of. It’s also worth noting that these plants are SURVIVORS. Despite all odds (i.e. being planted by a 3 & 5 year old, not being regularly watered, and fending off the encroaching weeds), they have grown!

Spinach growing in a garden

Now that it’s time to harvest my crop, I have been on the hunt for some great salad dressings and researching the very best ways to make and store them.

Why Make Homemade Salad Dressings?

Let’s start at the beginning, though. Is it really worth all the effort to make salad dressing at home rather than buy it at the store?

Yes! Here’s why…

  1. They are healthier. Because you are in control of all of the ingredients, homemade salad dressings tend to be much healthier.
  2. They taste better! You just can’t package up the fresh taste of real ingredients. Once you start making dressings at home, you’ll have a hard time going back! You can customize them to your liking too.
  3. Homemade salad dressing is cheaper! The markup on bottled salad dressings is CRAZY—most of them you can make for pennies on the dollar.
homemade salad dressing in a bottle

How to Make Homemade Salad Dressings

Most homemade salad dressing recipes can be made using the jar-and-shake method. Just grab a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid (or a cool salad dressing jar like the one pictured above), toss in all the ingredients, and give it a good shake until it’s well-blended.

Storage Tips for Homemade Dressing

Storage times will vary depending on what ingredients are in the dressing but always store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Most vinaigrettes (oil-based) can last for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator or in the freezer for months. Dairy-based or mayonnaise-based dressings last about 1 week in the fridge and don’t freeze well at all.

10+ Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

1. Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

This slightly sweet, slightly tangy balsamic dressing is incredibly easy to make. Keep Honey Balsamic Dressing on hand for quick and healthy salads any day of the week. Works great as a marinade for chicken, too. 

Use it on this Strawberry Avocado Salad for a perfect pairing of flavors!

homemade salad dressing being poured over a salad

2. Creamy Citrus Dressing

The dressing is just about perfect in my estimation–citrusy, light, yet creamy-tasting. A simple mix of baby spinach, dried cranberries, feta or goat cheese crumbles, and some toasted pecans was complemented well by the Creamy Citrus Dressing. 

Creamy citrus salad dressing

3. Asian Slaw Dressing

This light, flavorful Asian Slaw Dressing served on a coleslaw salad is delicious. It’s a healthy side dish that is perfect for the spring and summer months. Use this Asian Slaw Salad recipe for inspiration on what to serve it on.

Asian slaw salad

4. Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

With only 5 simple ingredients, you can have this tangy, sweet honey dijon salad dressing ready to go! My favorite combo to add this dressing to is red leaf lettuce, apples, Craisins, feta cheese and toasted almonds. 

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

5. Balsamic Parmesan Dressing

This Balsamic Parmesan Salad Dressing is my default homemade dressing and has been for years. It’s a deeply flavorful yet versatile vinaigrette that our entire family loves.

Balsamic Parmesan salad

6. Creamy Southwest Ranch Dressing

A little creamy, a hint of spicy, and 100% delicious, this homemade southwest ranch dressing takes minutes to throw together and is super versatile.

7. Apple Cider Vinaigrette

It’s a little sweet and a little tangy and a beautiful golden color. Serve it on our Autumn Chopped Salad for a delicious salad!

8. Lemon Vinaigrette

Try this light, citrusy dressing on our Strawberry Fields Spinach Salad.

spinach salad on table and dressing

9. The Best Cobb Salad Dressing

The savory vinaigrette on My Favorite Cobb Salad is really what turns this it into something you won’t easily forget. The complexity of ingredients like Dijon, Worcestershire, garlic, lemon juice, and more are simply amazing.

cob salad on a round white plate with dressing on the side

10. Ranch Dressing

Here’s a down-the-pipe homemade Ranch dressing that’s easy to throw together and better than store-bought.

Homemade ranch dressing

11. Greek Salad Dressing

A copycat recipe of the famous, secret recipe for Greek salad dressing from Christo’s Restaurant in Brockton, Massachusetts.

A terrific Greek Salad Dressing

12. Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

The sweet and vibrant flavor of this Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette homemade salad dressing will bring life and flavor to any salad. Serve it on any Mexican inspired salad (like our Mexican Chopped Salad) for a delicious, crowd-pleasing side dish.

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  1. anna says:

    thank you for the yummy ideas for salads and dressings – i printed some out for my son who has been diagnosed diabetic and these will help him put spice in his food and keep him busy in the kitchen- he lives in another state and i can only help with ideas and info or tips on cooking and now i can improve his diet to a much healthier and flavorsome one with your help