Make Your Own Salad Dressings-Get My Top 4!

photo credit: www.myrecipes.comI love hearing people tell me they’re trying to eat better, exercise more, take care of themselves, lose weight, or take time for themselves. I really get excited for them! The best is what I hear the most…”You’d be so proud of me! I’ve been eating huge salads for lunch!” I’m always like that’s great!! What did you put in it?? They go on telling me about all their fresh veggies, new lettuces or greens they’ve tried, most times they’ve thrown in some seeds or nuts to make it a little more filling. And then comes the big question…”What kind of salad dressing did you make?” And I always get back “Make? No I put ranch on it!” I have to chuckle to myself because they did start eating salad and that’s awesome and an incredible way to start changing their diet. I hate telling them that the ranch has actually cancelled out all the good they’ve done.

And then I get the question back, “well what do you put on yours?” I always tell them I make my own! You won’t even find a bottle of salad dressing in my refrigerator. I know everyone thinks that’s crazy and making your own dressings is to time consuming but actually its super easy, a lot cheaper, you can mix it up, and they’re a lot healthier when they’re homemade! I use mason jars or old baby food jars, put all the ingredients in it. Shake it up and pour it on whenever I’m ready!! So easy, cuts out the expensive dressings loaded with fats, cholesterol, chemicals, and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Use heart healthy and good for you oils, like olive oil which has no cholesterol, almond, grape seed, or avocado oils. Use fresh ingredients and spices and they’re guaranteed to taste better and keep the weight off too! Switch it up to make your own or use the ones below. But most of all enjoy and live a little better!!

Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 1 Tbsp of Dijon mustard (fast way or you can make your own Dijon mustard)
  • 2 Tbsp of Organic cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Grapeseed Vinaigrette:photo credit:

  • 2 Tbsp of grape seed oil
  • 1 Tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (if you like a little zing!)

Prosecco-Lemon Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp of Cold-pressed olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp of Italian Prosecco– (Champagne can be used as a sub)
  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1/2 Shallot- chopped finely
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Fleur De Sel salt

Fresh Herb Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp of Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 Jalapeno (seeds removed and chopped finely)
  • 1/2 Shallot
  • 1 sprig of rosemary (or dried- remove leaves and chop finely)
  • 1 sprig of oregano (or dried also-remove leaves from stems and chop finely)
  • 1 sprig of thyme-(or dried-remove leaves from stems- discard stem and chop finely)
  • Fleur De Sel
  • 4-5 whole peppercorns crushed
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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

9 thoughts on “Make Your Own Salad Dressings-Get My Top 4!

  1. Awesome list of homemade dressings! I usually just throw some balsamic vinegar and olive oil together, this post will help me mix it up 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Tina!
      Thanks for stopping by! I do a lot of balsamic and olive oil too, but I get bored with it alot and there is so many fun things to throw together! And I like to make up things as I go! I’m gona check out your site too! Hope your salads are a little yummier this week! 😉

  2. I would love each of these! I agree with Marthafied…the Prosecco Lemon really catches my attention. I think I have most of the ingredients to each of these wonderful dressings at home, so now I’m ready to go. I do love salads, and dressings seem to be tricky business. Too heavy, too fat, or too thin and tasteless. These sound so good! 🙂

  3. Pingback: Salad dressing recipe: with yogurt, French mustard and herbs. | Chocolate Spoon & The Camera

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