6 healthy salad dressings you can make in less than 3 minutes

A bowl of salad on a tray with a vinaigrette salad dressing

Salad dressings needn’t be tricky to make and are much healthier than ready-made dressings. Try one of these six simple ideas to get you started.

1. Classic lemon and olive oil

This is a very easy dressing that is good with strong-flavoured leaf salads, such as rocket or kale. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Black pepper to taste

Whisk ingredients together. If you want to make it thinner then add a teaspoon of water. Add pepper to taste and store in the fridge. 

A jam jar of olive oil and lemon salad dressing, with lemon, oil and kitchen utensils beside it

 

2. Lime and chilli dressing

This Mexican-inspired dressing is easy to make and gives salads some spice.

Ingredients:

  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 deseeded red chilli, chopped finely

Mix all the ingredients together and store in the fridge.

Two red chillis on a chopping board, cut in half with the seeds showing

 

3. Simple balsamic vinaigrette

Balsamic vinegar is full of flavour and olive oil is full of unsaturated fats which, when consumed in moderation, are good for your heart health.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Mix all the ingredients together; add pepper to taste, and store in the fridge.

A bottle of olive oil and bottle of balsamic vinegar in the kitchen

 

4. Raspberry vinaigrette

This light fruity dressing is perfect for summer salads.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together; add pepper to taste, and store in the fridge.

A wicker basket of freshly picked, juicy raspberries

 

5. Creamy cucumber dressing

A light low-fat creamy dressing delicious drizzled over salads and in wraps. Using fat-free natural yoghurt makes this homemade dressing much lower in saturated fat than pre-packaged options.

Ingredients:

  • 125g fat-free yoghurt
  • ½ cucumber, chopped roughly
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients together in a food process or blender, and store in the fridge. If you don't have a food processor or blender, then chop the cucumber finely instead and mix the ingredients together for a chunkier dressing or dip, like the one pictured below.

A dish of yoghurt, cucumber and lemon creamy salad dressing

 

6. Creamy mint dressing

This low-fat mint dressing is delicious served with beetroot or bean salads.

Ingredients:

  • 125g fat-free yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Freshly chopped mint (use as much or as little as you like)

Blend all ingredients together and store in the fridge.  

A bunch of fresh mint leaves on a wooden chopping board

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