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3 DIY Better for You Salad Dressings

The healthy fats in salad dressing found from oils like olive or avocado, help your body absorb the good nutrients from all those veggies you top it with. A new study in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research showed that people absorb more of the heart-healthy carotenoids in fruit and vegetables when they toss their salads with dressings high in nutritious monounsaturated fats.  But, not all dressings are created equal and, in fact, can come with hidden ingredients you would never want to have on your plate? Your safest bet? Make your own!

Why not store-bought salad dressings?

What is so bad about store-bought versions? Here are a few common ingredients that they add and why you should avoid them:

Instead, try these three homemade dressings that will leave you asking why you’ve ever bought the bottled counterpart before:

Creamy Caesar Dressing

Serves: 4 salads



Place first seven salad ingredients in a blender & blend.  With the blender running, add ½ cup of the olive oil at a time, to create a smooth emulsion. When all the oil is incorporated, season the dressing to taste with additional salt and lemon juice. Add water to thin the dressing to desired consistency.

homemade caesar salad dressing

Superfood Vinegar Dressing

Serves: 2 salads


*Note: you can add local raw honey if you need that balance, I personally like it this way.


Put all ingredients, as listed into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid or a blender.

homemade superfood salad dressing

Avo-Olive Dressing

Serves: 2 salads



Blend all the dressing ingredients until smooth and creamy.

homemade creamy salad dressing

*The nutritional benefits matched with the tasty flavor these dressings will add to your salad are a no-brainer. Enjoy!

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Torie Borrelli is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist (NC), natural chef, and the founder of The Vida Well, a wellness brand rooted in holistic nutrition and wholesome living. From a young age, Borrelli’s Mexican and Italian heritage birthed her love for food and ever since she has truly valued what cooking offers; time spent with family and friends and nourishment to fuel the best life possible.

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