Salads are a great go-to healthy on the go lunch option. You can load them up with lots of dark leafy greens and plenty of superfoods, but what you drizzle over your salad can be the difference between a nutrient-packed lunch, and a not so healthy meal option.
We’re talking salad dressings, and sharing how you can avoid the dressing with all the added sugar and artificial ingredients by making your own!
6 Healthier Salad Dressing Options
#1 Olive Oil & Apple Cider Vinegar: Try making your own salad dressing with just olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar. Add some freshly chopped garlic and rosemary or thyme for added flavor and health benefits.
#2 Lemon Vinaigrette: If you like adding a little zesty flavor to your salads, try making a lemon vinaigrette with olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice sea salt, and some cracked black pepper.
#3 Homemade Ranch: Who doesn’t love a delicious creamy ranch dressing? The problem is that the store-bought version is often full of damaged fats and artificial ingredients. Try making your own ranch dressing using full-fat plain Greek yogurt, garlic, and onion powder, dried parsley, and chives, and a pinch of sea salt. Drizzle over your favorite salads, or enjoy as a veggie dip!
#4 Balsamic Vinaigrette: If you’re looking for a lighter option and you’re a big balsamic dressing fan, try making your own balsamic vinaigrette using olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and a drizzle of raw honey.
#5 Creamy Avocado Dressing: This creamy dressing pairs really well with a Cobb salad or even used as a spread for your favorite veggie wrap recipe. All you need is a ripe avocado, full-fat plain Greek yogurt, a squeeze of lemon juice, freshly chopped cilantro, and a sprinkle of garlic powder.
#6 Sesame Ginger: Make a healthy homemade sesame ginger dressing with coconut aminos, olive oil, a drizzle of sesame oil, garlic, dried ginger, and raw honey.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a way to amp up your salad game and remove the inflammatory store-bought dressing from your pantry, give one of these salad dressing ideas a try. You can really tailor them to your taste preference, so get creative! The only real “rule” to making healthier salad dressing is to use whole food ingredients and steer clear of added sweeteners and inflammatory oils. Here’s to making healthier dressings that go well with all of your nutritious salads!