3 of my favorite healthy homemade salad dressings

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Even though it’s been a very busy time of year with the temporary move straight into the holidays, I love that we hit the ground running when we got here. Liv is in gymnastics and ballet/tap, P is doing music class and gymnastics, and I’m subbing here and there and LOVING all of the fitness classes. Since Valdosta has a little to be desired on the fitness front (womp womp), I’m living it up while I can. Give me all of the (re)volve, barre3, Session Yoga, Breakout, and Orangetheory. 

I’ve been trying to get more produce in my life -it can be tricky when it’s colder outside and all you want is a cozy carb blanket- and have brought back my beloved salad beasts.

Today, I’m so excited to share 3 amazing and super healthy salad dressing recipes with you. 

Healthy homemade salad dressings

I loooooove to make salads at home, but tend to get bored with dressings. 

Also, I don’t necessarily love the taste or ingredients of store-bought stuff. They’re either bland or too fake-tasting, or they have weird gums and stuff in them. It’s been a long time since I’ve bought a dressing that blows my mind, and homemade is so easy and inexpensive.

Healthy homemade salad dressings and salads

Here are my 3 favorite healthy homemade salad dressings.

These are all dairy-free, completely delicious, and a snap to put together.

Carrot Ginger Goddess Dressing

Carrot Ginger Goddess dressing

This recipe is from my Uncle Eric and combines whole carrots and ginger with water, olive oil, a dash of sesame oil and fresh herbs. The texture is thick, and it’s bold in flavor, while also being extremely light. This is perfect for Asian-inspired salads, especially along with some homemade sushi or stir fry.

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 2-inch piece of ginger (more if you want it extra ginger-y!), peeled and chopped

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup olive oil (or any light oil you enjoy)

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon miso paste

2 heaping tablespoons each of chopped cilantro and scallions (can skip these if you’d like!)

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Serve immediately, or store covered in the fridge. 

House Dressing

House dressing

This is the dressing I always make when we have dinner parties. It tastes better over time, so it’s also fantastic for meal prep. I’ll make a bottle and store it in the fridge for the week, and the savory flavors mix well with pretty much everything. This dressing is perfect on salads with spicy arugula, fresh berries, goat cheese, grilled chicken, and almonds.

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar

2/3 olive oil

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sugar or coconut sugar

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1. Whisk all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately, or store in a bottle in the fridge.

Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing

Healthy homemade Ranch

This dressing was born out of my Penelope pregnancy craving to have everything swimming in Ranch dressing. Cow’s milk doesn’t do well on my stomach or my skin, so I’m always playing around with dairy-free or goat/sheep dairy versions. Mayo (!) combines with herbs, oil, and seasonings. It tastes just like restaurant Ranch dressing, and is especially awesome with crudités. 

1/4 cup mayonnaise or vegan mayo

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup almond milk

1 heaping tablespoon dill

1 heaping tablespoon chives

splash of apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

salt and pepper to taste

1. Whisk all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately, or store in a bottle in the fridge.

So there ya go! 

Do you buy or make your salad dressings? What’s your fave??

I recently tried the Primal Kitchen ranch (picked up through Thrive Market) and LOVED it. 



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  1. Lynn on February 1, 2017 at 6:04 am

    The house dressing looks really good. I’ll have to try that!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      please let me know what you think!

  2. Allison on February 1, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Love making my own salad dressing! There is a basil vinaigrette from Detoxinista’s book that is mind blowing. Also she has a hemp seed ranch that is delicious and dairy/mayo free.

    Not sure if you’ve heard this, but your posts aren’t showing up on my Bloglovin’ feed. Maybe something to do with the new site? Just want to make sure I don’t miss any posts!!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      ohh i will look for those recipes- thank you!
      yes, thank you so much for letting me know. i’m working with some tech help to see what’s going on!

      • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on February 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

        They are showing up in my bloglovin’ feed, but like a whole day late. I keep almost missing them.

  3. Crystal on February 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Those dressings look so good. I used to be afraid of adding a lot of calories to my salads, but they taste so much better with healthy dressing or oil.

    I live in a barren wasteland, fitness-wise. I’m just happy we have some yoga instructors here. You should open a fitness place in Valdosta! (I say, as if that were easy to do).

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      i totally agree!!
      ahhhh i thought about it, but it’s just so pricey for a location i don’t plan to be around for the long term

  4. Tracy on February 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

    My go-to dressing when I’m home (I think I learned this from you) is hummus thinned with balsamic. So much flavor!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      YES! such a great combo!

  5. Jacquelyn on February 1, 2017 at 11:17 am

    OMG..THANK YOU!! I’m in the same boat..I LOVE salads but get so bored with dressings. I’m going to try all of these!!!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      please let me know what you think!

  6. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on February 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    These look really good! They would be great to make and have on hand for a week of meal-prepped salads. The ranch is super helpful, too! thanks for posting : )

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      so happy you enjoyed it 🙂 xoxo

  7. Tavolini on February 1, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Wow–I really love the website redesign!! It’s very clean and easy to navigate 🙂 Also a fan of that carrot dressing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      thank you so much!

  8. Bethany on February 1, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    How long do they normally last in the frig?

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      about 3-5 days

  9. Amanda on February 1, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    For the house dressing it just says 2/3 olive oil. Not quite sure what that means 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      2/3 cup! sorry about that

  10. tanya on February 1, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    LOVE making my own dressings. sometimes when i have no time I just cave and buy store bought and it’s always gross. now i’m starting to make a larger batch and store it.

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      i’m the same way!!

  11. Meagan on February 2, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I’m addicted to ranch dressing. I can eat it by itself that’s how much I love it. If I ever make a dressing, it’s the lemon, evoo, salt combo. I also love that stuff and I often have it just with lettuce (=perfect combo).

  12. Michelle on February 2, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Mm! I’m excited to try the ginger one. I love going to Sushi restaurants and getting it but have never tried to make it at home. Thanks!

  13. Anna Becker on February 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    These sound great! I usually don’t like salad dressings, and use only a small amount. But these sound scrumptious, especially the house dressing. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks.

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      please let me know what you think!

  14. Patricia on February 12, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I always hate eating salads when I was a kid, until I discovered the wonders a dressing can do! Thank you for sharing your top 3 favorite homemade dressings! I’ll be surely to try one of these soon. Now, I can assure that this doesn’t contain any preservatives unlike most sold in local groceries.

    They all look really good! Can’t wait to have this on my salad soon! Thanks again!

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      hope you enjoy them!

  15. Dalia Natural on September 13, 2019 at 12:35 am

    These look awesome! I will definitely be making these Sunday night for next week!

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