Healthier Salad Dressing

The problem with salads is salad dressings.  We’ve all seen the reports about how fast food salads can pack more calories and fat than a burger.  Same is true for the bottled dressings on the grocery store aisles.  Check the label and you’ll see they’re also loaded with sugar.

So, the advice is to make your own dressing.  But, what if you don’t know a good recipe for dressing or where to start?  This recipe for Italian Dressing takes minimal effort, tastes better than bottled AND uses ingredients that you most likely have on hand!

italian salad dressing

How to Make Homemade Dressing

Healthy eating, for me, definitely involves a few salads throughout the week.

When I make dressing, I always make sure that I have an oil and an acid.  You know, the old oil and vinegar thing.  But, then I usually add a few more ingredients to make it interesting and blend them all together. This particular recipe calls for oil, Dijon (or any fancy-ish mustard you’ve got), fresh garlic, Italian spices (or just oregano is fine), and lemon juice.  I do recommend fresh lemon juice.  If you don’t have a lemon, use red wine vinegar or white vinegar.

homemade healthy Italian dressing

  • Author: Joanie Simon
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x


Italian style salad dressing made with healthy ingredients


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbs dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil *or any mild flavored oil


  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth (30 seconds).
  2. Serve on salad!