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3 Quick and Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

ressing can make or break a salad. So why would you settle for the bottled stuff? We talked to VIDYA RAO, senior food editor at, about why she makes her own and her favorite healthy dressing recipes to make at home…

Bottled dressing might seem convenient, but let’s be honest, is it ever really GOOD? More often than not, it’s not good for you either. Many store-bought dressings contain forms of added sugar and preservatives to extend their shelf life. If you’re doing the work to take care of yourself and make a salad, don’t waste it on bottled dressing when it’s ridiculously easy to make your own!

The best dressings have sour, salty and sweet components, and use a combo of vinegar/acid and oil. Here are a few of my favorite quick, healthy salad dressing recipes to get you started. With these homemade dressing recipes, you can put those extra tap backs you’re doing toward dessert!

Citrus Miso Vinaigrette
This one is super easy to put together. All you need is a whisk and a bowl. It’s got a nice umami flavor thanks to the miso, which is also great for your gut. I like serving this on a salad with melon and basil, but it can work on a variety of salads.

Yield:1/4 cup, 2 servings

3 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon miso paste
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon oil of choice (canola, grapeseed, avocado, olive)

Whisk ingredients until emulsified.

Spicy Coconut Cilantro Dressing

Umeboshi, a Japanese pickled plum condiment, is an amazing ingredient I discovered in culinary school. It’s got a tart, salty flavor that gives this dressing a taste similar to buttermilk. You can find it in Asian grocery stores or on Amazon.

This dressing is perfect for heavier greens like kale or collards. I like to chiffonade the greens, tossing them with some cooked lentils and this dressing, along with some nuts for crunchy satisfaction.

Yield -- 1/2 cup, 4 servings

1/2 cup coconut milk
2 slices pickled jalapeno
2 tablespoon fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon umeboshi vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped shallot
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil

Throw all ingredients into a blender and blend until emulsified.

Blueberry Tahini Dressing

This lavender-hued dressing makes for a perfectly pretty salad. Thanks to the tahini, it’s more savory than sweet and pairs nicely with a greens and berries salad.

Yield – 1 cup, 8 servings

1/2 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons tahini
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons neutral oil (canola, avocado, grapeseed)
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper, to taste
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until combined and blueberries are thoroughly broken down. Add more water or oil if you want a thinner consistency.

Vidya Rao is the Senior Food Editor at Follow her on Instagram @VidyaRao517.

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