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Homemade Clean Eating Salad Dressings

Homemade Clean Eating Salad Dressings

Searching for a few homemade clean eating salad dressings to spice up your salads? You’re in for a treat because these are simply AMAZING!!

I’ve learned over time that if you’re looking to eat “clean”, you will have a hard time finding a “clean” salad dressing. Why? Because if you look at a label on a bottle of salad dressing, you may see ingredients you cannot even pronounce! I’ve learned that it is better to stay away from ingredients I cannot pronounce – especially if I do not know what they are! Typically they are preservatives – yuck.

I have found a few salad dressings that pass the “clean” test, but honestly, they are kinda pricey. I’m talking like $8 a bottle at some stores! So guess what? You can totally make your own and these recipes below are delicious. Making these dressings will also save you money, because these ingredients are not pricey! And you can buy the ingredients once and make numerous batches of the dressing. These dressings actually make me excited to eat a salad.

**Note: These salad dressings are not MY personal recipes. They come from the P90x3 nutrition guide – which is the workout program I am totally loving right now!

All of these recipes make approximately 16 servings. One serving is 1 Tbsp.

Balsamic Vinaigrette
6 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

**Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, and honey. Stir in mustard until well mixed. Slowly add oil while whisking.

Citrus Vinaigrette
6 Tbsp 100% orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
6 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

**Whisk orange juice, lemon juice, and honey. Stir in mustard, Slowly add oil while whisking.

Asian Ginger Vinaigrette
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
1 tsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
1 tsp. sesame oil
5 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

**Whisk garlic, ginger, honey, sesame oil, vinegar, and soy sauce. Slowly add olive oil while whisking.

Basil Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup packed fresh basil leaves

**BLEND honey, vinegar, oil, and basil until smooth.

Sweet Chipotle Vinaigrette – MY FAVORITE!!
2 Tbsp raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
6 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp chipotle chili powder
2 tsp. ground paprika
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper

**BLEND all ingredients until smooth.

Creamy Herbed Salad Dressing
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
6 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp finely chopped herbs (like chives, parsley, basil, marjoram, or thyme)
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 dash ground white pepper

**BLEND all ingredients until smooth.

Cumin Vinaigrette
6 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp 100% orange juice
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
6 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

**Whisk all ingredients in small bowl until mixed well.

All dressings should be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. And remember, they don’t HAVE to be used on salads. They could also be used as dipping sauces!

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