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Skip the Store-Bought Stuff and Stir Up a Healthy Homemade Dressing Instead

Oct 10 2015 - 8:30am

Your grocery store may seem like a mecca for gourmet salad dressing, but it's easy to get caught up in pretty packaging. The front of the bottle may boast health-conscious mantras, but when you read the label, it's often a very different story. Making your own dressing at home may seem unnecessary, but the freshness and flavors are incomparable; most of the time you just toss a few ingredients in the food processor and blend away.

Blue Cheese Dressing

The next time you want to take a dip in blue cheese, skip the store-bought stuff, and stir up this much lighter recipe [1] instead. Subbing in plain yogurt for fatty ingredients is an easy switch that (surprisingly) does not sacrifice the flavor. The best part? It's only 40 calories per serving.

Carrot-Ginger Dressing

Reminiscent of the salad dressing at your favorite sushi spot, this vitamin-A-rich carrot-ginger dressing [2] is refreshing, sweet, nutty, and spicy, and it will soon become your new go-to dressing. Luckily, this recipe makes well over two cups, so you'll have plenty of leftovers to enjoy all week long.

Spicy Hummus Dressing

Power up your standard salad dressing with protein-rich spicy hummus dressing [3]. All you need is a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes to whip up this easy recipe that will make any serving of greens more satisfying.

Citrus Hemp Seed Dressing

Hemp seeds blend with fresh citrus juice and extra-virgin olive oil to create a smooth and creamy hemp seed salad dressing [4]. Even better, this low-calorie, flavorful recipe is free of preservatives and low in sugar.

Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette

With just 80 calories per serving, this apple cider vinaigrette [5] aids in digestive health while boosting your immunity and energy levels. Apple cider vinegar has also been said to have appetite-suppressing [6] powers. See the steps to shake it up with this video recipe [7].

Smoky Bear BBQ Dressing

This low-fat yet sweet BBQ smoky bear dressing [8] would be a perfect topper for a healthy veggie side at your next barbecue. For those of you who have a special diet, you'll be happy to know it's also dairy- and gluten-free.

Tomato-Paprika Dressing

Stuck in the salad dressing doldrums? Antioxidant-rich tomato-paprika dressing [9] will be a welcome change of pace. The flavor will remind you of a bowl of gazpacho.

Quick Dijon Vinaigrette

For a healthy throw-together salad dressing, try this simple Dijon vinaigrette [10]. Most of the ingredients are probably in your pantry or fridge ready to go.

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing can be so heavy and full of empty calories. For a much lighter twist, try this vegan ranch dressing [11] that makes use of silken tofu.

Shallot and Grapefruit Dressing

Get doses of vitamin A and vitamin C in a zesty homemade dressing. This simple shallot and grapefruit dressing [12] will do the trick at only 35 calories per serving.

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

This fruity strawberry balsamic vinaigrette [13] is a refreshing and low-calorie way to dress up your favorite Summer produce.

Lemon Chia Dressing

Here's a tasty way to get your fill of chia seeds without gulping them down in water or kombucha. This lemon chia seed dressing [14] is constructed in the same vein of classic poppy-seed dressing.

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