26 Practical Steps to a Healthier You: Make Your Own Salad Dressing {Week 3}

For the next 26 weeks I will be sharing a different way you can become healthier in your daily life. Some of these suggestions have to do with food or exercise, others have to do with lifestyle changes, but all of them are practical and relatively easy to execute. You may already be practicing some of these habits, but hopefully you’ll be inspired by at least one or two new ideas you can begin to implement.


Do you have any idea how much salt, sugar, and other toxic ingredients are in your salad dressing?! Isn’t the point of eating salad to be healthy? Yet, we douse our greens in fat, calories, sodium… you name it.

Just recently I transitioned from buying overpriced and/or unhealthy salad dressing to making my own. I will never go back! I challenge you to try a few recipes and see how you like it.

Italian dressing

italianIn a jar, combine:
1 cup olive oil
1 cup red wine vinegar
2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder or dried minced onion
2 1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 1/2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp salt
2 tsp dried or prepared mustard
Shake well. Store tightly covered at room temperature. Shake well again before use.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

In a 2-cup measuring cup or small bowl combine:
1 clove or 1/2 tsp minced garlic
3/4 cup mayo (I have used vegenaise, and nayonaise)
1/2 cup rice milk (I’ve also used unsweetened coconut or almond milk)
1/2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp dried parsley (or 1/2 tsp diced fresh)
1 tsp onion powder (or 1/2 tsp minced onion)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
Whisk until combined. Store in a tightly covered glass jar in the fridge. Before use, stir again.

Balsamic Dressing


6 T balsamic vinegar
4 1/2 tsp dijon mustard (I’ve also used powdered mustard)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
Shake well and store at room temperature, tightly covered.

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Combine in glass jar:
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard (or powdered mustard)
1 tsp stevia (or 2 tsp sugar)

What are your favorite homemade salad dressing recipes?


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