6 Salad Dressing Recipes That Don’t Seem Healthy, But Are

A plate of colorful salad with a healthy dressing

Let’s be honest: Without dressing, a salad is just vegetables, and vegetables can be really boring. But they’re important, and the easiest way to get your daily dose is with a salad. Dressing will tszuj up your greens, but the bottled stuff can be full of sugar and additives. Don’t worry, we’ve found six healthy dressing recipes that will make your salads more palatable.


We're Gaga For Greens

Randy Mayor

Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette

The meatiness of the tomatoes plus the basil and shallots bring bold flavor to this simple and light vinaigrette. It packs a lot of Italian flavor without a lot of calories. This dressing would also be great on quinoa—or pasta, if you want to be a little naughty.

Recipe author: MyRecipes

Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Asian Ginger Carrot Dressing

This salad dressing is reminiscent of almost every salad we've had that's come with a bowl of miso soup before sushi. The usual suspects are all in it: carrots, ginger, garlic, onion, peanut oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce. But there's also tomato paste, which helps the dressing coagulate. Start your Asian supper with a salad topped with this signature or make it your main course!

Recipe author: SkinnyTaste


Apple Cider Vinegar Salad

This sweet and tangy vinaigrette is perfect for summer. The fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, honey, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar are a flawless blend of sweet and sour. It's also easy—you literally just shake all of the ingredients together. It's great for a light side salad or with lettuce, cucumber and avocado; it'd be a delicious marinade, too, if you want to add some chicken on top.

Recipe author: PopSugar

Food Network

Skinny Caesar Salad Dressing

This Caesar dressing from celeb Chef Candace Kumai won't have you saying, "Et tu, Brute?"—it will have you saying, "More, please!" The recipe swaps mayo for non-fat Greek yogurt and is so creamy, it's deceptive. In this case, we don't mind a little trickery.

Recipe author: Shape

Simply Whisked

Almond Mint Dressing

We'd never heard of almond mint dressing, but now that we have, we're obsessed! Almond oil and fresh mint add pop to this dressing, and lemon juice rounds it out with the perfect amount of acid. This dressing is so tasty, we'd eat it alone (although we should probably put it on salad sometimes).

Recipe author: Fitness

WeekNight Bite

Pesto Dressing

This pesto salad dressing is bellissima—and even better, it's simple. Its two most time-consuming ingredients come frozen from Trader Joe's, so you can spend your time focusing on what's underneath. WeekNight Bite's Lentil Avocado Salad sounds pretty good to us!

Recipe author: WeekNight Bite