Salads are always a great choice when deciding what to eat, especially during the summer months. We want something light, fresh and above all healthy.

Unfortunately not all salads are created equal and neither are salad dressings. Most salad dressings that you find in the stores are not very healthy at all. You can avoid this by making your own, most dressings are just a few ingredients and they are surprisingly easy to make, plus most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen pantry.

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A good rule of thumb is to remember, most dressings are 3 parts base (oil, mayo, Greek yogurt, etc.), 1 part acid (vinegar, citrus juice, etc.) and then add in your seasonings to taste.

Take a look below and you may never buy salad dressing again.

Easy Italian Dressing

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (red wine, balsamic)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 Tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tsp white sugar
  • (Salt and Paper to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a jar or container with a lid and shake. Store in an air-tight container. If the oil solidifies then

**Shake before each use.

Lemon Vinegarette

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tsp garlic salt (or 1 minced garlic clove)

Combine all ingredients in a jar or container with a lid and shake. Store in an air-tight container.

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**Shake before each use.

Healthy Bleu Cheese

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 (strained) Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 bleu cheese
  • 2 Tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar (white or red wine)
  • 1/2 Tsp garlic salt
  • Drizzle of honey
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Crumble the bleu cheese with a fork then combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir. Store in an air-tight container.

Easy Honey Mustard

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard (you use substitute Dijon for yellow mustard)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir. Store in an air-tight container.

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Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa Bay