Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

Hi Friends,

Hope you all had a great weekend! Who enjoyed some Classic Lobster Rolls 🤤??. We sure did!! Packed them up for our first Lakeside picnic of the year, and they were perfect! The snow has finally melted over there and if everything goes as scheduled we will start building first thing in June!! Exciting things to come! I’ll keep you posted! Anyways, let’s try to be healthy on this Tuesday!

salad bowl with dressing on the side and flaky sea saltWe try eat our share of salad around here! I aim for one a day, sometimes as a main meal with some protein or just as a side with our dinner. Especially in the summer when we have so many delicious fresh veggies! I scored some mixed greens last weekend from our local farmers market, yumm! Added some tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers, and a little dressing, so good! I do try to buy as much locally grown fruits & vegetables as I can, but let’s be real I don’t have an avocado tree growing in my backyard! You do what you can right?

Pooring salad dressing

So, let’s talk about Salad Dressing for a minute. Who makes their own? 🙋🏻!! It’s so easy, why wouldn’t you. I’m pretty sure you have all the components at home! Basically, it’s oil + vinegar and a few add ins. There are soo many possibilities of flavours by adding fresh herbs, dried spices, playing around with different vinegars, adding mustard or Greek yogurt for creaminess, trying different oils… Delicious! You can also add some natural sweetness with honey or maple syrup. I seriously can’t remember the last time I bought salad dressing at the store. Why wouldn’t you cut out as much processed ingredients as you can, when you can? (I’m saving the processed ingredients for Doritos!!!)

By making your own, you know exactly what’s going in your dressing! See 👇🏻

ingredients for salad dressing

Store-bought Dressing: Vinegar, Olive Oil, Dried Herbs & Spices, Salt + Pepper (that’s basically all you need.) Sugar, Water, Soybeans Oil, Xanthan Gum, Oleoresin Paprika, Potassium Sorbate, Cultured non-fat buttermilk, Natural Flavors, Phosphoric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Modified Food Starch, MSG, Artificial Flavors, Calcium Disodium EDTA), ingredients color, Sorbic Acid, Disodium Inosinate, Preservatives…

Now listen, there are some really good “clean” store bought salad dressings out there!! They don’t all have that ☝🏻 ingredient list! I just prefer making my own but that’s me! I have so many different recipes I want to share with you but let’s start with these two. They really are my go-to’s because they really go with anything. The first one is a Red Wine Vinaigrette that kinda taste like Italian dressing and the second one is Maple Dijon Vinaigrette! The Italian doesn’t have any sweeteners added to it so it really goes with anything. The Maple Dijon is really good drizzled over a salad with some grilled chicken or broiled salmon.

salad dressing in a jar


that’s my two cents on salad dressing! Now go eat a little salad, because coming up this week are Caesar’s and Spring Carbonara😍!!

XO, Nat

salad dressing in a jar

Homemade Salad Dressings

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: lunch, dinner


These two salad dressings are my go-to’s! Red Wine Vinaigrette + Maple Dijon Vinaigrette. So easy to make, healthy and delicious!


Maple Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt + Pepper

Red Wine Vinaigrette:

  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 4 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1-2 small garlic cloves, grated*
  • ½ Tsp Dried Oregano
  • ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt + Pepper


Maple Dijon Vinaigrette:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a mason jar and shake. Refrigerate leftovers!

Red Wine Vinaigrette:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a mason jar and shake. Refrigerate leftovers!


*I find that grating your garlic on a microplane is the best for vinaigrette, dressing, anything you’ll be eating raw. By doing this you won’t bite into any big pieces of raw garlic. It incorporates really well this way. Grating it also intensifies the flavour so start with one clove, taste and if you want it more “garlicy” add a second one. 

6 thoughts on “Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings”

  • Haven’t tried these vinaigrettes yet…but reading your blog and going through your new vinaigrette recipes I have to say what I truly love best is that they are easy ,fast ,and are filled with things we usually have on hand…..needless to say I’m always in a rush or on the fly so I honestly love the quick easy healthy options you have for us…
    Thanks Nat xo

    • Awww Thanks Teen, so happy you are loving the blog!!! I’m happy that you are finding my recipes helpful 💕 I’ll try my best to keep those coming!! XO

  • I will be making this salad and vinaigrette this weekend.
    I’m so proud of you Natalie, you worked hard to start your blog and look what you have accomplished ——the simplicity of the ingredients , the display and presentation of each step of your recipes and the final picture which is PERFECTION.
    Congratulations to you and Guillaume.
    I would rate all your recipes 5 stars.

    • Thanks Matante!!! Those words mean a lot, thanks for all of your support!! A lot of what I’ve learned in the Kitchen is because of you guys!! XOXO

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