Super Easy & Healthy Salad Dressings Roundup

I love salads, especially salads with yummy dressings. I absolutely insist my dressings are healthy, too. Finally, they can only take minutes to make. Here's the most super easy & healthy salad dressings ever! 

Super Fast and Healthy Salad Dressing Roundup

Why I Make My Own Salad Dressings

I rarely use bottled salad dressings at home because I can't get the ingredients in either the quality or blend I want. I've got a few simple requirements for salad dressings:

  • Use ingredients I have on hand
  • Be a snap to make
  • Be super healthy
  • Make the salad taste sublime

Although I have to admit, I usually have these salad dressing ingredients on hand because I like the the dressings I make with them so much. Almost all of the ingredients keep really well, so it's not like they're going to waste before I use them up.

I came up with my own super easy & healthy dressings through a lot of trial and error. These are so ridiculously easy to make that I'm almost embarrassed to tell you about them. 

They seem like they couldn't possibly be good. Most of these "recipes" have only a couple of ingredients. They don't even require exact measurements!

However, I guarantee they'll take your salads to the next level...with almost no effort on your part.

I eat according to my Balanced Eating plan which focused on eating both low carb / higher fat and low fat / higher carb at different times. However, I've also listed whether the dressing is Keto and which Thin Healthy Mama type it is. 

Super Easy and Healthy Salad Dressing Roundup:I love salads, especially salads with yummy dressings. I absolutely insist my dressings are healthy, too. Finally, they can only take minutes to make. Here's my roundup of the super easiest healthy salad dressings ever!

Pesto Balsamic Breeze | Keto, Low Carb, THM S

Remember, I already told you these were laughably easy. 🙂

All you do is take your favorite pesto and add balsamic vinegar to taste.

A good rule of thumb is to use one tablespoon of pesto per serving. Remember to add the balsamic slowly until you figure out how much you like. You can always add more, but you can't take it out.

Stir it up and spoon it over your favorite veggie salad. That's it!

Pesto Balsamic Breeze dressing goes well with any salad that would taste good with a zesty dressing. I like it with lettuce and spinach salad with a mix of veggies and sometimes I thrown in feta cheese and olives.

This dressing has more fat than my other options. If you're eating keto, THM, or doing any type of food combining, then eat it with protein and fats with low carbohydrate content. You've then got a THM S salad. It's not nearly as high fat as most of the salad dressings you'd buy in the supermarket even with pesto as a base.

The type of pesto you use is going to vary in fat content. Since I'm only using a tablespoon or two of pesto per serving, it's way lower fat than a dressing with oil as the number one ingredient no matter what type of pesto you use.

Ingredient Brands Make a Difference

I prefer to use a pesto with olive oil or sunflower oil and real cheese. Beck is a picky pesto eater, so I usually pick one he's already approved. I'm currently using the Barilla Rustic Basil pesto I get from Walmart.

If you're sensitive to dairy, nuts, etc. then choose a pesto that works for you. That's the beauty of this dressing.

For balsamic vinegar,  I use the Vitacost brand of Certified Organic Balsamic Vinegar. I can usually get the Vitacost brand in their buy one get one 50% off sale at a terrific price. I stock up when they have a sale because we love balsamic vinegar.

Why do I use organic balsamic and not pesto? Because balsamic vinegar is made from grapes, and grapes are on the dirty dozen list. If you're curious about my views on organic, you can read more in my post When I Buy Organic and Other Options to Organic Foods
All Fruit Jam with raspberries and wooden spoon, A Key Ingredient of healthy salad dressings.

All Fruit Jam and White Balsamic Yumness | Low Fat, THM E

This is hands down my favorite dressing for a greens and fruit salad. It's sweet and tart and oh so easy to make. It's also no oil. 

All you do is take your favorite all fruit jam and add white balsamic vinegar to taste.

A good rule of thumb is to use one tablespoon of jam per serving.Type of jam makes a big difference in this dressing. If you want to try it without spending too much on the jam, you can try Smucker's Simply Fruit Blackberry Spreadable Fruit.

I use St. Dalfour All Fruit Spread usually. It's more expensive than Smucker's, but it's also organic. St Dalfour has so many yummy flavors, too. You can experiment and see how the jam flavors change the taste of your salad, then you can take the leftover jam and have a scrumptious snack with it. 

I use the De La Rosa Organic White Balsamic Vinegar from Vitacost. Because it takes so little vinegar for this dressing, the bottle will last a long time. 

It's unbelievable how this dressing brings out the flavor of the fruits in a salad. I  usually make a salad with spring mix, berries, maybe some apple slices, toasted pecans and a little gorgonzola cheese. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Since there's no oil in the dressing, you can get away with a little oil from nuts (if you're not doing nut free), or seeds and / or a flavorful cheese. 

Super Easy & Healthy Salad Dressings Roundup:I love salads, especially salads with yummy dressings. I absolutely insist my dressings are healthy, too. Finally, they can only take minutes to make. Here's my roundup of the super easiest healthy salad dressings ever!

Zesty Balsamic and Tamari | Keto, Low Carb, Low Fat, THM FP

Like my other super easy & healthy salad dressings, it just doesn't get much easier than this. This is a no oil dressing. Per serving just throw in a bowl

A tablespoon of balsamic vinegar (or more if you're making a higher carb salad) and add a few dashes of tamari.

A good rule of thumb is one tablespoon of vinegar per serving. Then, add a dash at a time of tamari and taste until it has the unami depth of flavor you want from the tamari. 

You can make the simplest of salads by throwing the vinegar and tamari in your salad bowl, adding a couple of handfuls of spring mix and whatever vegetables you have on hand. Then, just mix it up and enjoy.  

I use SAN-J Organic Tamari, Gluten Free Soy Sauce, Reduced Sodium. Even this reduced sodium tamari has a whopping 700 mg of sodium per tablespoon. If you're watching your sodium intake, you either want to chose a different dressing or go really light on the tamari. 

If you want, you can add a little oil to this dressing, but I never do. I like it just as well without the oil. Using a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and 1/2 tablespoon of tamari, this dressing is still less than three grams of carbohydrates per serving with no fat! That makes it THM FP. 
Super Easy & Healthy Salad Dressings Roundup:I love salads, especially salads with yummy dressings. I absolutely insist my dressings are healthy, too. Finally, they can only take minutes to make. Here's my roundup of the super easiest healthy salad dressings ever!

Lemon Luscious Fruit Salad Dressing | Keto, Low Carb, Low Fat, THM FP

This is the dressing I use on my fruit salads just about every time. I've tried at least a hundred other dressing recipes, and I always come back to this one because it's so easy and tastes delicious.

All you use is fresh squeezed lemon juice, a sweetner (I prefer monk fruit powder), and vanilla. Sometimes I add several shakes of cinnamon if I'm feeling fancy. 🙂

I use 1/4 lemon squeezed for the juice with 1/2 tsp vanilla per serving, then add monk fruit powder to taste to sweeten. Mix up in a bowl, pour over the fruit salad and mix well. If you have no idea what monk fruit powder is or why you'd want to use it, see my post For the Love of Sugar: Addiction and Natural Substitutes.

This dressing helps to keep fruits from turning brown due to oxygen exposure, is super healthy, sugar-free although it tastes sweet thanks to the monk fruit powder, and tastes lightly of yummy vanilla. 

So Much Variety!

I've this simple fruit salad dressing on hundreds of fruit salad combinations over the years. My favorite combo is navel some type of good citrus such as navel orange; some type of berry, preferably red; bananas; and some type of dark berry, such as blueberries. 

I often make this salad for special occasion breakfasts. It's so easy and always pleases. 

Like most of these super easy & healthy salad dressings recipes, it has no oil. This makes it great to use for Thin Healthy Mama or other types of food combining diets where you're eating either oil /protein or carbohydrate / protein. 

For Thin Healthy Mama, it's super easy to make a fruit salad and whisk in 1 1/2 tablespoons of collagen to the dressing before adding to the fruit salad. You can then use it as a healthy snack on plan as a THM E snack. 

I hope you love these super easy & healthy salad dressings as much as I do. They help me to eat more healthy salads, and I hope they help you, too. Please let me know if you've tried them and what you think. Do you have other favorite super easy & healthy salad dressing recipes you'd like to share? Please comment and share your experiences.

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