Salads are the perfect go-to meal when it is hot outside, and you don’t feel like cooking dinner. There are also so many different combinations to eat too. You can add a variety of meat choices, toppings, and salad dressing. Adding the wrong type of toppings especially salad dressing can quickly make your salad unhealthy. I have a love relationship with Ranch salad dressing; however, I know that it isn’t unhealthy and it is filled with junk that my body doesn’t need. There are also a wide variety of other unhealthy dressings too such as Blue Choose, Creamy Italian, and many others.
Today I wanted to share with you some alternative salad dressings that are made with healthy and fresh ingredients. Try these 5 guiltless healthy salad dressings that will tantalize your taste buds. Enjoy these healthy salad dressing and I hope that you enjoy all of them.
Healthy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
Image Credit and Recipe from Julie at Running in a Skirt
Julie from Running in a Skirt says, “Move over bottled dressing.” This recipe swaps all of those unhealthy ingredients and exchanges them for healthy ingredients. It only takes 5 minutes to make this healthy Ranch dressing recipe. You can use it all week long on your salads and not feel guilty while you enjoy your favorite salad dress recipe. The base of this salad dressing is made with plain greek yogurt and milk. She also uses fresh ingredients and herbs in place of the packet of Ranch Dressing mix. Click here to see the full recipe and enjoy this new creation.
Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing
Image Credit and Recipe from Meggan at Culinary Hill
Skip the fat laden and high-calorie salad dressing for this flavorful salad dressing that will tantalize your taste buds. Meggan from Culinary Hill even says it is is so good that you might even want to eat it with a spoon. This is the perfect salad dressing to add to your favorite Tex-Mex salad. She recommends using a food processor or blender to give it a smooth, creamy texture. The base of this dressing calls for plain Greek yogurt and olive oil. She also recommends using fresh herbs too. Click here to see the full recipe and give your favorite Tex-Mex salad an added twist without the guilt.
Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip or Salad Dressing
Image Credit and Recipe from Brianne at Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Do you enjoy blue cheese salad dressing? Skip reaching for that calorie filled bottle of blue cheese dressing. Brianne at Cupcakes & Kale Chips created this recipe while she was pregnant. During pregnancy, soft cheeses are off limits unless they are pasteurized due to potential foodborne illnesses. Use this recipe for your salad or as a dip for your buffalo wings. Click here to see the full recipe and try this guilt-free blue cheese salad dressing.
Healthy Ceasar Salad Dressing
Image Credit and Recipe from Serendipity by Sara Lynn
I love to have a nice Ceasar salad on occasion especially if places don’t offer other salad dressing that I enjoy. It is just so disappointing that this salad dressing is filled with so many calories and more fat than I should eat in a meal. Sara Lynn created a healthy version of Ceasar Salad dressing and I knew that I had to include it in this post. She previously tried a few other recipes from around the Interwebs and wasn’t impressed with them. Sara decided to create her own recipe that skips adding anchovies and eggs. I love that she incorporated Greek Yogurt into her recipe which drastically reduces the fat and calories. Plus, it adds additional protein to your meal. Give Serendipity by Sara Lynn’s recipe a try. You can find the full recipe here.
Creamy Yogurt Based Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
Image Credit and Recipe by Laurenda Marie
Do you kids enjoy dipping their chicken nuggets in honey mustard dressing? Swap this healthy creamy yogurt-based honey mustard dressing for their regular brand. This recipe leaves unhealthy ingredients like mayo and oil out. Instead, the base of the recipe calls for Greek Yogurt, honey, and dijon mustard (you can use regular if your kids don’t care for dijon). Plus, this recipe is perfect on a grilled chicken spinach salad too. Find the full recipe here and feel good about giving your child a healthy dip.
Salad dressing and other unhealthy toppings can quickly make your salad unhealthy. Eating a plain salad isn’t pleasing to the palette so I scoured the Pinterest to find you the top 5 healthy salad dressings that your tastes buds will love. If you love a particular recipe, please leave the original author a comment. Thank you!
Which healthy salad dressings do you plan on trying?