How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing + 5 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

Wanting to eat healthier and enjoy more salads?  Try these 5 easy and heathy salad dressing recipes plus get tips for how to make homemade salad dressing!  You’ll never buy the store-bought stuff again!

How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing + 5 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes | Wanting to eat healthier?  Try these 5 easy and heathy salad dressing recipes plus get tips for how to make homemade salad dressing!  You'll never buy the store-bought stuff again! | A Sweet Pea Chef

I’m such a fan of homemade salads — they’re easy to make, great for meal prep (looking at you, Mason Jar Salads!), filling, and super tasty!

When it comes to salad dressings, there are so many different options and flavors, sometimes, I even find it difficult to pick one to put on my salad. So, I’m sharing with you not just one, not two, but 5 of my current faves!

One of the biggest annoyances about starting to eat healthy is the misinformation out there about store-bought salad dressings.  Sadly, there are so many unhealthy and unnecessary ingredients in most store-bought salad dressings.  This is a great example of what’s so important to pay attention and read the labels because there are hidden sugars, salts, fats, and other chemicals that can easily be avoided by making your own salad dressing at home.  More on that in this post.

WHAT TYPES OF SALAD DRESSINGS ARE THERE?

While it may seem like there are a TON of salad dressing types out there, try to think of it like there are actually two basic types of salad dressings. First off, we have vinaigrettes, which are simple salad dressings based on the mixture of oil and vinegar. The other type is made up of creamy salad dressings, which often use mayonnaise or other milk products, such as yogurt or sour cream as the base.

Overhead of different salad dressings options, which include lemon vinaigrette, Honey mustard, Avocado Dressing, Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing, and Sesame Ginger Dressing.

WHAT IS A VINAIGRETTE?

Ever wondered what makes it a vinaigrette?  Well, a vinaigrette is made by mixing oil with something acidic. In most cases, it’s either vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice.

When it comes to the kind of oil, you can use pretty much any tasty oil you like. I love using olive oil that is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. Once you’ve got your base, feel free to add herbs and spices for some extra flavor.

Samples of salad dressing containers for how to store salad dressings.

HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE SALAD DRESSING

You made extra? No worries! Whether you made a vinaigrette or a creamy salad dressing, you can safely store it in the fridge and use throughout the week.  This makes homemade salads way easy!

When storing homemade salad dressing, make sure you transfer it to a glass jar and cover it with a tight lid before placing in the fridge. Glass is a much better choice for storing your homemade salad dressing than plastic containers, so go get those mason jars!

Homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing in mixing bowl.

HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE SALAD DRESSING LAST?

When stored properly, in a glass jar with a tight lid, homemade salad dressing can easily last up to a week in the fridge. If you’ve made a vinaigrette, even up to two weeks which makes salads and homemade salad dressings a great choice for your meal prep.  Make sure to store any dairy-based salad dressings in the refrigerator so they don’t spoil.

5 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

Try these 5 easy and heathy salad dressing recipes plus get tips for how to make homemade salad dressing!  Recipes include lemon vinaigrette, Honey mustard, Avocado Dressing, Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing, Sesame Ginger Dressing

1. Lemon Vinaigrette – This Lemon Vinaigrette has a combo of lemon and honey and is so vibrant, tart, and sweet all at the same time.  So good! [GET THE RECIPE.

Lemon Vinaigrette – This Lemon Vinaigrette has a combo of lemon and honey and is so vibrant, tart, and sweet all at the same time.  So good!

2. Honey Mustard Dressing – This Honey Mustard Dressing is so dang good and only requires 4 simple ingredients. [GET THE RECIPE.]  

Honey Mustard Dressing – This Honey Mustard Dressing is so dang good and only requires 4 simple ingredients.

3. Avocado Dressing – This Avocado Dressing is my go-to for cobb salads and is so creamy and delicious.  [GET THE RECIPE.]  

This Avocado Dressing is my go-to for cobb salads and is so creamy and delicious.

4. Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing – This Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing is a cool, creamy, and tangy ranch dressing you can feel good about.  [GET THE RECIPE.]  

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing – This Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing is a cool, creamy, and tangy ranch dressing you can feel good about. 

5. Sesame Ginger Dressing – I love this Sesame Ginger Dressing because the flavors are so vibrant and delicious.  

A single glass container holding Sesame Ginger Dressing as an example of Healthy Salad Dressing, which is next to the fresh ginger root.

How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing + 5 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

4.5 from 2 votes
A single glass container holding Sesame Ginger Dressing as an example of Healthy Salad Dressing, which is next to the fresh ginger root.
Sesame Ginger Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Blending
5 mins
 

I love this Sesame Ginger Dressing because the flavors are so vibrant and delicious.  

Categories: Clean Eating. Gluten-Free, Salad, Salad Dressing, Sauce
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: healthy salad dressing, homemade salad dressing, salad dressing
Servings: 10
Calories: 118 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (can also use almond butter or tahini)
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients.

  2. Blend until smooth and fully pureed. 

  3. Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Sesame Ginger Dressing
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 115mg5%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

9 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing + 5 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

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  2. 4 stars
    This is a very tasty dressing and I love making my own dressing. Next time I make it I will use less garlic, like maybe 1 clove instead of two.
    I will definitely make this again.

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  4. Thank you Lacey for sharing. But I’m going to ask first….where did you get those awesome bottles in your dressing photos? Love them!!!

    1. Yes, please tell us where to get the bottles. In the video, you say there’s a link at the bottom for the bottles but I (along with others) am unable to find it. I’m a huge fan!

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