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!
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.
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.
Ingredient Brands Make a Difference
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.
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.
Lemon Luscious Fruit Salad Dressing | Keto, Low Carb, Low Fat, THM FP
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.