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
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c Mayo
  2. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  3. 4 tsp sugar
  4. 1 tbsp milk
  5. 1 tsp Paprika
  6. SALT AND PEPPER
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small jar and shake
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Fruit Salad Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c yogurt
  2. 2 T honey
  3. 1 tsp lime juice
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small jar and shake.
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Caesar Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  5. 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, finely grated
  6. black pepper, cracked
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small jar and shake.
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Ranch Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c mayonnaise
  2. 1/2 c sour cream
  3. 1/2 c milk
  4. 1 tsp Parsley
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp onion powder
Instructions
  1. MIx together all ingredients. Let rest for 30 minutes to allow powders to rehydrate. Mix before serving.
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Blue Cheese Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 3 oz blue cheese, crumbled
  2. 1/4 c milk
  3. 1/4 c greek yogurt
  4. 1/4 c mayonnaise
  5. 1 tsp lemon juice, Fresh
  6. SALT
  7. PEPPER
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine blue cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
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Green Goddess Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1 scallion, rough chopped
  3. 1 fresh basil leaves, rough chopped
  4. 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  5. 1 clove garlic, rough chopped
  6. 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  9. 1/3 cup yogurt or sour cream
Instructions
  1. Place all in a blender and blend until smooth. Once everything is incorporated, add the sour cream and process until just combined.
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Russian Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  3. 2 tablespoons ketchup
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  5. 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  6. 1 tablespoon chopped onion, (or 1/2 tsp onion powder)
  7. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a jar and shake
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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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