Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

Stop poisoning yourself with toxic food! Most bottled salad dressings are made of soybean oil and/or cottonseed oil. These oils are not suitable as food. They are manufactured liquids that are the end result of industrial processes that rely on high temperatures and toxic petrochemicals to make a product that looks clean and safe.


These oils were created as a use for the seeds leftover from cotton production processing.  Some clever folks figured out how to crush these seeds and process the result to lubricate their factories and tractors.  In the early 1900’s, Proctor & Gamble spent some time figuring out how to clean this oil up and make it shelf stable by mixing it with nickel compounds and processing it at high heat.  The result was a saturated hard fat.  To make this stuff a little more appetizing, they would clean it up a little further by using petrochemical solvents like hexane.  Don’t get me wrong, I use a similar product to get the grease stains out of my ties, but I don’t ever put those ties in my mouth.

Not only are these oils unnatural, high refined “foods”, but they are also not the type of fats we should be ingesting. All “vegetable” (where “vegetables” means soybeans and cotton seeds) oils contain a mix of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fatty acids. Canola oil consists mostly of monounsaturated fats (61 percent, almost as much as olive oil) and polyunsaturated fats (32 percent). Of all vegetable oils, it is lowest in saturated fats (7 percent).

“But wait!  The USDA and the American Heart Association have been telling me for years that I should be avoiding fat and particularly saturated fat!  What gives?”  The USDA gets it information from “scientific” groups such as the AHA.  What they didn’t tell you was that the American Heart Association came into being thanks to a generous campaign by the Proctor & Gamble Corporation!  The same company that created Crisco!  See where I’m going with this?  

In fact, look here.  Isn’t it interesting that all of these pharmaceutical companies are supporting an organization that suggests that you fill up on unhealthy oil?   Isn’t it interesting that these same companies get their money from people with heart disease who buy pharmaceuticals to mitigate their heart health issues?  

I’m not buying their pills or their suggestions on destroying my health on their seed oils.  I’m making my own mayo with yummy avocado oil and then incorporating that into my salad dressing.

Here are the printable recipe cards for making delicious salad dressings at home. It’s the companion page to the YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2xDg6ZsvlI

Creamy French Dressing

Author: John MacDowall

Ingredients

  • 1 c Mayo
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • SALT AND PEPPER

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a small jar and shake

Fruit Salad Dressing

Author: John MacDowall

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c yogurt
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a small jar and shake.

Caesar Dressing

Author: John MacDowall

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese finely grated
  • black pepper cracked

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small jar and shake.

Ranch Dressing

Author: John MacDowall

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  • MIx together all ingredients. Let rest for 30 minutes to allow powders to rehydrate. Mix before serving.

Blue Cheese Dressing

Author: John MacDowall

Ingredients

  • 3 oz blue cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/4 c greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon juice Fresh
  • SALT
  • PEPPER

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine blue cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.

Green Goddess Dressing

Author: John MacDowall

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 scallion rough chopped
  • 1 fresh basil leaves rough chopped
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • 1 clove garlic rough chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/3 cup yogurt or sour cream

Instructions

  • Place all in a blender and blend until smooth. Once everything is incorporated, add the sour cream and process until just combined.

Russian Dressing

Author: John MacDowall

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion (or 1/2 tsp onion powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a jar and shake
Bonus Secret recipe! 20:20

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.

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