61 healthy homemade salad dressings

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“Lunch in the Garden” Salad Dressing ~ light, creamy, low-cal and lovely ~ chock full of veggie chunks!


Oven-Roasted Garlic & Sesame Dressing ~ bold, creamy, nutty & delicious with buttery, mellow garlic


Honey Dijon Dressing ~ simple, yummy and zesty!


Kicky Raspberry Vinaigrette ~ fruity, spicy and bright


oven-roasted lemon vinaigrette ~ tangy, silky and peppery


 Buttermilk Ranch Icebox Dressing ~ Beautiful, Creamy and Fresh!


Thousand Island ~ Creamy, Sweet & Spicy!


A Well Dressed Green Goddess ~ herb-laden, onion-garlic bliss!


Three Lowell Inn, Stillwater Salad Dressings: House French-Style, Citrus, and Tomato


Herb Garden Salad Dressing ~ lemony, herby, garlicy…featured in Ladies Home Journal!


French Press Vinaigrette ~ Maple, Coffee, Soy Sauce-Spicy


Sesame-Peanut Dressing ~ Spicy, Honey-Sweet & Peanutty!


Creamy Tapenade Salad Dressing ~ Italian Seasonings, Olives, Lemon & Tomato


Classic French Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ red wine, Dijon & herbs


Tarragon-Mayonnaise Dressing ~ French Herbs, Yogurt & Lemons


Greek Tzatziki ~ Baby Dill, Yogurt & Cucumbers


Parmesan Peppercorn Ranch ~ Cheesy, peppery, smoky


Honey Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette ~ Sweet, Tart, Light


Basil Peach Bellini Sauce/Dressing ~ Sweet, Herbal, Peachy


Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette ~ Bold Tomato, Balsamic, Oregano


gin tangelo dressing ~ juniper, citrus, garlic


grainy mustard dressing ~ fruity olive oil, creamy, zesty mustard


Maple Balsamic ~ the taste of classic balsamic vinaigrette with a twist of maple


Basil Vinaigrette ~ Minimalist, basil, olive oil


brown sugar balsamic ~ a sweet twist on the traditional balsamic, wonderful for fruit & veggie salads!


Tomato Soup Blender Dressing ~ homestyle, sweet, creamy & tangy


Greek Dressing ~ classic, lemony, garlicky and perfect!


Ginger Pear Vinaigrette ~ Ginger, Pear, Sesame


Better than Olive Garden’s Salad Dressing


Creamy Banana Dressing ~ Unique and wonderful on fruit salad or in place of coleslaw dressing!


Polka Dot Poppyseed Dressing ~ the perfect topping for fruit salad


Creamy Caesar Dressing ~ creamy, garlicy, lemony


Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing ~ your classic, creamy blue cheese with big chunks of cheese and a hint of garlic!


Pemberley Gardens Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing ~ all of the flavors of fresh pesto…in a creamy salad dressing!


Creamy BBQ Ranch Salad Dressing ~ Sweet and tangy barbecue mixed with creamy herbed buttermilk ranch!


Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum Cherry Vinaigrette ~ Sweet, kicky, fruity and tangy with just a hint of spiced rum!


Raspberry Jalapeno Parmesan Salad Dressing ~ sweet, bright, tangy, fruity and spicy!


Honey-Kissed Cilantro Vinaigrette ~ fresh, green, simple and sweet! Perfect on anything Tex Mex!


Buttermilk Dill Ranch Dressinga delicious, healthy ranch dressing featuring dill! SO good on chop chop salad!


The Original Thousand Island Salad Dressing ~ Classic, Creamy, Delicious!


Oven Roasted Strawberry-Vanilla Vinaigrette ~ Bursting with berries and just a hint of creamy vanilla!


Easy French Dressing ~ My favorite French! Minimal ingredients, awesome flavor!


Guacamole Ranch ~ Creamy and delicious… a healthy alternative to traditional ranch. Awesome on Mexican food and tacos!


Tuscan Villa Garden Italian Salad Dressing ~ chock full of fresh herbs, piquant parm cheese and floral olive oil with a kick of garlic!


Polka Dot Poppyseed Dressing {lite version} ~ Light, tangy, creamy and sweet! Perfect for spinach salads and fruit salads!


{Better Than Applebee’s} Fiesta Ranch Salad Dressing ~ Creamy, spicy, and the perfect addition to all of your Mexican salads and meals! Great on tacos too!


Ice Cream Salad Dressing ~ Yes, there’s really ice cream in this salad dressing! Wonderful on tropical-themed salads and fruit salads!


Bermuda Beach Salad Dressing ~ Inspired by the beautiful pink color or Bermuda beaches! It’s Thousand Island with beets added for color, flavor and nutrition.


{Just Like Benihana’s} Ginger Salad Dressing ~ This stuff is amazing! Seriously addictive. We love it on everything from salad, to grilled meat… even chip dip!


Creamy Parmesan Caper Ranch Salad Dressing ~ I created this to go on my favorite BLT Chicken Salad… but it’s awesome anywhere you’d usually use the classic ranch dressing!


“Pain is Good” Thousand Island Salad Dressing ~ Just like regular Thousand Island dressing, but easier to make and much spicier!


Easy Basil Dressing ~ Wonderful flavor, easy to make, so good on tomatoes and pineapple!


Lemon Herb Parmesan Ranch ~ A lightened up ranch dressing with the fresh flavors of garden herbs and lemon!


{Better Than Hidden Valley’s} Dry Buttermilk Ranch Mix ~ It tastes just like the stuff you get in the little envelope, but it’s better because there are no added “mystery” ingredients, and less salt!


“Magic” Garden Party Salad Dressing ~ I sometimes call it magic, because it’s super healthy, delicious, creamy, and only 3 ingredients!


Carrot Ginger Scallion Vinaigrette ~ Inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Japanese salad dressing! Fresh, sweet, and tangy. So good, and so good for you!


Cream Sherry Sesame Vinaigrette ~ Hands down, the BEST Asian dressing. Wonderful on Asian salads, stir fries, oven roasted veggies, and grilled veggies!


Apple Cider Poppy Seed Salad Dressing ~ Wonderful on autumn salads, and fruit salads! The tanginess of the apple cider makes the flavors of fruit and nuts, pop!


Burgundy Vinaigrette ~ This beautiful, sweet honey burgundy vinaigrette is the perfect accompaniment to chewy wild rice, juicy bits of orange, bright orange zest, pretty purple onion, and a sprinkle of fresh basil and mint.

Happy and healthy salad making!



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  71 comments for “61 healthy homemade salad dressings

  1. Renate
    April 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Yum! All the dressings look devine. I love home made salad dressing, and never use store bought dressing. I will make some of your recipes. Thank you.

    • Melissa
      April 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Renate! Thanks for commenting! enjoy πŸ˜‰ xo

  2. Lynn Marie
    April 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks so much for this awesome post. I’m pinning it for future reference!

    • Melissa
      April 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Enjoy, Lynn! thanks so much for commenting! πŸ™‚

  3. Ann
    April 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Wow…. A treasure trove of good dressings… Thanks…

    • Melissa
      April 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Hi Ann! My pleasure! I’m so happy you like the recipes πŸ™‚ enjoy, and thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the internet!

  4. Judy
    April 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you for suck a wonderful collection of dressings! Can’t wait to try several of these. πŸ™‚

    • Judy
      April 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Umm, that was “such” not suck, geez, I don’t see an edit button on here, lol!!

      • Melissa
        April 24, 2013 at 7:40 am

        LOL, Judy! πŸ˜€

    • Melissa
      April 24, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Hi Judy! thanks for visiting! enjoy! πŸ™‚

  5. Carol Carpenter
    April 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I would love to get a receipe for a homemade ceasar Salad dressing as I really love that dressing even on other salads. If you have one would you please email it to me ,thanks Carol

    • Melissa
      April 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

      I will make my Caesar dressing and add it to the list, Carol! thanks for the suggestion, and thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚

  6. Debbie Traynor
    April 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Oh my GOODNESS!!! Every single one of your special homemade dressings look incredible! I would have a hard time choosing one, so I will attempt to make them all, just not all at once! Salads…here I come! β™₯

    • Melissa
      April 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Hi Debbie! thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ I’m so happy you like the recipes! enjoy

  7. Abby LaMarine
    April 24, 2013 at 12:37 am


    • Melissa
      April 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

      thank you, Abby! enjoy πŸ™‚

  8. Jacqueline Howard
    May 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Thanks so much for posting this. Delicious! !!! I have been feeling so bored by salads. Just the inspiration I needed xx

    • Melissa
      May 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Hi Jacqueline! I’m so pleased you like the dressing collection! Enjoy, XO πŸ™‚

  9. Ruth Cobb
    May 27, 2013 at 9:29 am

    These look wonderful. I can’t wait to try some of these. thanks

    • Melissa
      May 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Hi Ruth! So happy you like the collection πŸ™‚ thanks for visiting! enjoy.

  10. Donna
    June 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Again, I just love your site. It is my ‘go-to.’

    I want to make every one of the dressings. Seriously! They sound wonderful.

    Two questions:

    Could any of these be made in November, stored outside the refrigerator, and used for Christmas gifts in a basket for family and friends???

    Do you have a link for any ‘make ahead food Christmas/hostess gifts’ from you?

    Thanking you in advance,

    • Melissa
      June 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

      Hi Donna! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the sweet compliment. I have never made homemade dressings to keep…I just make them fresh, so I’m not sure how that would work. Sorry about that. I do have plans to start making jams, jellies, preserves and pickles this summer…so very soon I hope to have those posted for you to try. I do have a few jam recipes on the blog…but I’ve never made those to keep either…just in the fridge for a week or so… Other than that, all I can think of right now as far as “make ahead” presents on my site would be bath salts/sugar scrubs:


      or apple butter that you can make ahead and freeze:


      massage oil:


      and…several knitting/crocheting projects if you’re interested in those.

      XO ~Melissa πŸ™‚

  11. Lisa
    June 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Hi. Do you have a recipe for really good Fat-Free Raspberry Vinaigrette? Thanks! πŸ˜€

  12. July 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Once refrigerated how long will they last

    • Melissa
      July 27, 2013 at 12:17 am

      Hi Mary, Most of these recipes specify how long they will last (within each recipe post.) A good rule for homemade recipes…5 to 7 days for creamy dressings, 10 to 14 days for oil based recipes.

  13. Jackie
    October 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I would love to make these recipes.

    • Melissa
      October 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you, Jackie πŸ™‚ enjoy!

  14. February 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Absolutely fabulous presentation of each dressings…I am looking forward to making them!!

    • Melissa
      March 4, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      thanks, Shawn! πŸ™‚ enjoy!

  15. March 3, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
    Please let me know. Cheers

    • Melissa
      March 4, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      That would be great, Kimber! thanks πŸ™‚

  16. Courtney
    March 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I didnt look at all the recipes, but they all look so amazing!!

    I just wanted to give you one of my homemade dressing recipe I recieved from my parents cuban friends. It is so simple and so easy!

    There are no specific measurements, I just wing it and taste test it. I make the dressing in the bottom of the bowl where I will put the salad and then toss it together.

    lime juice
    Olive oil
    Garlic clove
    Grated Parmesan
    Ground pepper

    It is the best dressing I have ever made! I hope you try it! You will never want to eat salad any other way.

    • Melissa
      March 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you, Courtney! Can’t wait to try this dressing πŸ™‚

  17. March 24, 2014 at 10:05 am

    An amazing collection of salad dressings Melissa!
    Pinned and I can’t wait to make my way through the list

    • Melissa
      March 25, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Helllllooooo there sweet Sawsan! It’s been awhile πŸ™‚ Thank you for the sweet compliment. That is high praise coming from you. I love your pretty recipes too! Enjoy the dressings. XOXO ~M

  18. Holly
    March 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Your pictures are lovely! Perfect complement to the recipe.

    • Melissa
      March 29, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Hi Holly! Thanks for the sweet compliment! You made my day πŸ™‚


  19. AVIVA
    May 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Is there a way to pin the whole collection at once? When I go to pin it, it shows individual dressings.TIA They all look mouth watering!!!

    • Melissa
      May 8, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Aviva!
      I believe that if you click on the pin it button it will show you a bunch of dressings in the collection and that if you click one, you’ll still have the whole collection with that photo representing the collection on your board.


      • Melissa
        May 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm

        PS…. Aviva, yes… I just tried it and it works! πŸ™‚ enjoy the dressings, and thanks for stopping by!

  20. Sissel Sandven
    May 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Hi πŸ™‚ Lucky me who found this web site and this amazing list of fantastic dressings. Looking forward to try.

    Best whishes from Sissel i Norway

    • Melissa
      May 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Sissel! I’m so glad you like the recipes. Enjoy, Lovely, and thank you for stopping by! xo

  21. Jo
    May 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I can not wait to try numerous dressings you have listed. My big decision will be which one first. LOL! Thank you so much for posting these. It must of took you quite a while between the recipe itself and the beautiful photos displaying them.

    Best wishes Jo from Virginia

    PS – The only store brought dressing that I love is Marie’s Blue Cheese Vinaigrette I am going to try adding some blue cheese chunks to one of your vinaigrette dressings and see if I can develop it unless you already have one not posted?

    • Melissa
      May 15, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Jo! I’m so pleased you like the collection πŸ™‚ They’re all yummy and pretty darn healthy too! I have a blue cheese dressing recipe in the collection (it’s the 9th one from the bottom and my cat is “photo bombing” the shot. LOL!) The blue cheese dressing is especially chunky and creamy, just the way I like it… and it’s awesome with the Lowell Inn House Dressing (if you enjoy the combination of French and Bleu.) XOXO ~M

  22. Gammy
    June 8, 2014 at 6:10 am

    These all sound great .I will be trying them for sure. Thank you.

    • Melissa
      June 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚ enjoy!

  23. Pam
    August 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I just discovered your website — your recipes and photography take my breath away! I’ll never buy another salad dressing again! My garden has produced the best ever Indiana tomatoes and herbs! Thank you for your lovely website!

    Pam in Indiana

    • Melissa
      August 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Hi Pam! I’m so happy you found me! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the sweet compliments. Enjoy the recipes! XOXO ~M

  24. Lori
    August 16, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    With all these wonderful recipes, I see an awful lot of salads in my future. Thanks

    • Melissa
      August 26, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Hi Lori! πŸ™‚

      Happy salad making! XOXO ~M

  25. Theresa
    September 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Thank-You so much for sharing…it is very kind of you, and i for one greatly appreciate it.

    • Melissa
      October 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

      My pleasure, Theresa! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  26. Maggie
    September 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

    there is only 45 recipes for the dressing, where are the last 2?

    • Melissa
      September 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      No, there are 47… Under the “Lowell Inn Salad Dressings” post there are 3 dressings listed.

  27. October 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Hows about I come to your house and eat? Okay, okay, just joshin’ with ya, hun. Honestly, I don’t know where to start with making all of these de-LISH dressings. My thinking is wouldn’t these make great Christmas gifts?

    Make um, wrap um up in pretty jars and VIOLA! My friends and sisters would crown me Martha Stewart…ah, if you added a few pounds. Thank you, Ms M…you rock!

  28. Liz
    February 22, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Melissa…thanks so much for this list and adding how long the dressings will keep in the refrigerator. I love your FB page!

  29. November 5, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Haven’t tried the dressings but love your first photo to pieces!

    • Melissa
      November 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      thank you, Sue! Enjoy the recipes. πŸ™‚ xo

  30. Jeannie
    November 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Do you have a recipe for cheddar ranch dressing? It seems to have disappeared from store shelves, thanks!

    • Melissa
      November 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      I don’t, but it sounds fantastic! I’ll see what I can do about creating that recipe. Thanks for the idea, Jeannie. πŸ™‚ ~M

  31. Maeve McNamara
    November 9, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Wonderful, thank you ????

  32. Debbie
    June 27, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you! I have been looking for homemade dressings. I’m trying to get away from store bought foods, too many unhealthy things in them. I look forward to trying them.

    • Melissa
      June 27, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      My pleasure, Debbie! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  33. Becky Marshall
    December 1, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    do you have a recipe for celery seed dressing

  34. Donna
    April 20, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I love several of the recipes…. always looking for something different… but for sometime I have been looking for a Sweet & Sour dressing recipe for coleslaw… Thank you if you can share… Donna

  35. Henry Xu
    May 12, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Which salad dressing do you think is best? I can mix the vegetables, the chicken and the beef . I want to eat it for my family!tks

  36. Lurkertype
    March 13, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Oooh! My husband and I are both watching our salt and fat, and I have several food allergies, so I want to make a bunch of these and pour them on everything.

    • Melissa
      March 15, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  37. Maureen Baisden
    January 3, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Where can one buy the spoon that hangs on the side of the container?

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