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Want to drizzle your salad with something light? Try these homemade healthy salad dressings: all under 50 calories per tablespoon!

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Looking for lighter ways to dress your salad? We’ve got them! Here’s a list of our top healthy salad dressings to try at home: fresh, bright and bursting with flavor! What makes them healthy? These salad dressings are:

  • Homemade with no additives or preservatives. Making dressing at home is healthier than store-bought because it uses high quality ingredients and less extra fats and sugars. It also avoids the preservatives or additives that companies add to make bottles last for years in the refrigerator.
  • Less calories. These healthy salad dressings all have less calories than the typical salad dressing! Most store-bought dressings recipes have about 70 to 80 calories per tablespoon: each of these have less than 50 calories per tablespoon. Ready to get started?

And now…our top healthy salad dressings to try!

More salad dressing recipes

There are so many great homemade salad dressings to try! If you’re looking for a bit of a splurge, here are a few more great dressing recipes:

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Green goddess dressing

10 Healthy Salad Dressings: Green Goddess Dressing & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


This Green Goddess dressing takes 5 minutes to make and is great on salads or as a vegetable dip. Perfect for weeknight meals!


  • 1 very small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise (or substitute olive oil)
  • ¾ cup fresh parsley leaves and tender stems, loosely packed
  • ¼ cup basil leaves or tarragon leaves and tender stems, loosely packed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon anchovy paste (or omit and use another ¼ teaspoon kosher salt)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Mince the garlic. Thinly slice the green onions.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor, smaller blender or the cup of an immersion blender (also works in a standard blender). Blend to combine. Taste and add another pinch of salt if necessary. Transfer to an airtight container; the dressing stores in the refrigerator for 1 week.
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Salad Dressing
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Barbara says:

    I love all your salads and homemade salad dressings! Everything is better when it is made from scratch!

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!