12 Light Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

These lightened-up versions might skimp on calories, but not on flavor!

You know salads are good for you. Crunchy leaves paired with colorful vegetables give your body an ample dose of nutritious vitamins and minerals. But let’s face it: when those leafy greens ride solo, a delectable garden dish becomes a mealtime tragedy. Scarfing down a naked salad will bore even the most loyal salad fans to tears. However, ordinary dressings sport a shocking amount of fat and calories. Luckily, you can make your own frugal, delicious dressings that represent lightened versions of your favorites.

We’ve compiled a list of 12 homemade salad dressing recipes that put store-bought ones to shame with their impressive nutritional profiles. Whether you’re craving something creamy, tangy, or cheesy, Skinny Ms. has you covered! Dress up veggies or salad with these heart-healthy, delectable dressings to go easy on the calories without skimping on flavor!

1. Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Ranch dressings taste thick, creamy, and delicious, but ordinary brands are loaded with fat and preservatives. This lightened version delivers the silky deliciousness you love without taking a toll on your waistline!

2. Chipotle Hummus Dressing
Stock up on fiber and nutrients with this wholesome, hummus-based dressing that carries a smooth texture with a spicy kick. The recipe calls for metabolism-boosting ingredients that’ll crank up your daily calorie burn!

3. Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

This refreshing recipe creates a lovely sweet-tart combination that’ll give ordinary salad greens a tangy makeover. A serving weighs in at just 26 calories – a number your waistline will love.

4. Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
This creamy, flavor-filled dressing allows you to enjoy the rich, cheesy yumminess of blue cheese guilt-free. Thanks to low-fat dairy products and wholesome superfoods, a calorie nightmare becomes a nutritious and delicious salad addition.

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Ellie Krasner

Ellie is a full-time violinist living in Las Vegas, and a writer with an insatiable appetite for clean eating and fitness! She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in English literature and violin, and loves investigating the world of healthy living.

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