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Healthy Salad Dressings (Slideshow)

Use these healthy dressings to create tasty salads all summer long.

  • Classic: Olive Oil and Lemon Juice Dressing

    Classic: Olive Oil and Lemon Juice Dressing

    Place salad greens in a bowl. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top, and extra-virgin olive oil. Add salt and freshly ground pepper, and toss gently until mixed. Grate on a little aged Parmigiano Reggiano if you like.

  • Classic: Basic French Vinaigrette

    Classic: Basic French Vinaigrette

    In a jar, shake together minced shallots, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil until dressing is emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you like, mix in flavor combinations, such as chives, dill and capers; basil, kalamata olives and garlic; or thyme, rosemary, oregano and garlic. Keeps in the refrigerator for two weeks.

  • Creamy: Green Goddess Dressing

    Creamy: Green Goddess Dressing

    In a blender, combine yogurt, sour cream or mayonnaise with spinach, scallions, avocado, fresh tarragon and white wine vinegar. Keeps in the refrigerator for one to two days.

  • Creamy: Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

    Creamy: Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

    Whisk together sour cream, buttermilk, minced garlic, scallions, fresh dill and other herbs of your choosing, and white wine vinegar. Keeps in the refrigerator for one week.

  • Asian: Thai Peanut Dressing

    Asian: Thai Peanut Dressing

    In a blender, combine peanut butter, grated gingerroot, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, honey and water. Keeps in the refrigerator for about two weeks.

  • Asian: Sesame-Shiitake Vinaigrette

    Asian: Sesame-Shiitake Vinaigrette

    Saute minced fresh shiitake mushroom caps and add to tamari, rice wind vinegar, grated gingerroot, minced shallot, cayenne pepper and sesame oil. Keeps in the refrigerator for about two weeks.

  • Fruity: Strawberry-Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Fruity: Strawberry-Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Blend together strawberries, balsamic vinegar and honey. While the blender is running, slowly drizzle in extra-virgin olive oil or walnut oil until the dressing is smooth and emulsified. Keeps in the refrigerator for one week.

  • Fruity: Curried Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette

    Fruity: Curried Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette

    Toast curry powder in a small skillet; remove from heat an dmix into almond oil. In a separate bowl, whisk together honey, orange juice and zest, rice wine vinegar, grated fresh gingerroot, and minced shallots. Finally, whisk in curry-infused almond oil until emulsified. Keeps in the refrigerator for two weeks.

  • Tool Time

    Tool Time

    Making your own salad dressings is even easier with a few simple tools: pepper mill, empty bottle or jar to shake up dressings, measuring spoons, garlic press, citrus squeezer, sharp paring knife.

  • Show Me How: Homemade Salad Dressings With Betsy Nelson

    Show Me How: Homemade Salad Dressings With Betsy Nelson

    Experience Life food stylist Betsy Nelson, a.k.a. That Food Girl, demonstrates how to make an easy and tasty French vinaigrette. Betsy also offers substitutions and modifications sure to please all the various taste buds in your household.

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