Are you one of those who can tolerate salads only because of the salad dressing? Hate how those store-bought dressings are no good and actually pretty unhealthy and fattening? Here’s helping you turn things around with homemade salad dressing recipes to help. 

Remember if you are enjoying an otherwise low-calorie meal such as salad you can make a nice salad dressing and could the syns/calories or points in that and still have a healthy meal overall.

Another top tip is to add a variety of ingredients to your salad. Have you tried Alfalfa sprouts? Popular in salads you should give them a go.

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count this as free or easily within your allowances, of course always check your plan for advice.

Bowl of homemade salad dressing
Homemade Wholegrain mustard vinaigrette by fresh ingredients

We all know salad is good for us but it is hard to enjoy them without a dressing isn’t it, here are some recipes you might like to try so you can feel your best in a dress. Why not have a read whilst you enjoy a refreshing glass of cranberry juice?

Remember that when making salad dressings if you use the best olive oil it will always taste better than the cheap stuff.

Sesame and Ginger Dressing

If you haven’t really explored the flavours of ginger and sesame together, now is the perfect time to. It has that perfect light consistency and at the same time, packs in the flavour punch that you’re craving. 

Making it is pretty simple too. You’ll just need to combine equal amounts of sesame oil, olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar and maple syrup in a bowl and then add in a bit of minced or grated ginger and some salt. That’s it. 

Avocado Lime Dressing

Perfect for the summer months, here’s a creamy and super healthy salad dressing you just can’t go wrong with. 

Blitz together an avocado (cut into small chunks), some garlic, lime juice, olive oil, Greek yoghurt and cilantro in a blender until the mixture is nice and smooth. Season with salt and pepper and you’re done.

Another great recipe with avocado is the breakfast smashed avocado.

Healthy Ranch Dressing

Perfect for all those who love Ranch dressing, here’s a healthy version you can whip up in minutes, and toss your salads in minus the guilt. And if you love the flavour, you can also use it as a dip for your appetizers and snacks. 

All you need to do is combine a cup of Greek yoghurt with some onion and garlic powder, some salt, a dash of pepper powder and cayenne and some chopped dill and give it a nice mix. That’s it. It is that simple. 

Garlicky Vinaigrette 

Vinaigrettes are the simplest, easiest salad dressings to try making. This one’s garlicky and punchy, and needs just 5 simple ingredients which you probably already have in your kitchen. 

First, combine some balsamic vinegar with a spoonful of Dijon mustard, 2-3 crushed garlic cloves and some olive oil with a crackle of salt and pepper of course. And that’s it. Your versatile and delicious salad dressing is all done.

This would be lovely drizzled over a roasted vegetable salad.

Honey Mustard Dressing

And last but not the least, here’s a flavour you just can’t go wrong with. It has a slightly tangy and sweet taste that can complement most ingredients well. And of course, you can also use it as a dip for your fries and veggie sticks if you’re up for it.

Start by whisking together some apple cider vinegar, honey and mustard together until you get a smooth mixture. While whisking, add a steady stream of olive oil until the mixture turns frothy. Season with salt and pepper and you’re done.

Will you be making any of these dressings with some homemade dips for a summer meal?

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