by Texas Homesteader ~
Aaaaah, spring! The trees are turning green, daffodils are blooming, and there’s all those fresh greens in the garden for a healthy salad. I LOVE salads! The freshness, the crispness and the healthy aspect of it. To me, it’s like welcoming spring after the long winter season of eating more comfort-foody types of meals.
But ya know, although a healthy food may start out healthy, the health aspect can be changed drastically based on what you add to it. I mean, heck – an apple is about as healthy as it gets. But add flour, sugar, seasonings, butter and a thick buttery crust and it’s an apple pie dessert instead! So I really (really) wanted to make my own healthier yet creamy salad dressing. After doinking around a bit I made a delightful, creamy, healthy and tasty salad dressing that I can just mix together in a minute. And you can’t get a more worthy topping for those fresh greens than that, #amiright??
Comes Together In 1 Minute!
This salad dressing starts out with a base of my own Homemade Yogurt to give it the creaminess that I love while still keeping it healthy. Then I just stir in some lemon juice to thin it a bit and add a little tang. Finally I add a tiny amount of salt, heavy-cracked pepper, garlic powder & onion powder. Stir it all together and BOOM!
I love that this is not only healthy, but it’s inexpensive and zero waste too. And since I can make it up fresh every time if I wish, there’s no bottle of commercial dressing languishing in the fridge until it’s no longer fit to eat. And I can pronounce every ingredient in my dressing, unlike some of the ingredients in the bottled stuff. Plus, you know, fresher is better, no??
Adjustable To Your Tastes
No actual recipe is needed since you can amend this base dressing in any way you like. If you want more tang you can add a little more lemon juice. If you want a touch of sweetness you can add a tiny drizzle of honey. More seasoning, less seasoning or a small amount of flavored olive oil. Or maybe mince & add whatever fresh herbs you have growing at the moment. The world is your oyster!
I’ll share the base recipe with you below. The quantity is for a small 3-4 serving batch, but it’s easy to multiply the recipe by the number of servings you’ll need. It stirs together so quickly you can even make it fresh every time like we do if you like!
Recipe for 3-4 Servings:
Healthy, Creamy Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup Non-flavored yogurt
- 1.5 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp each salt, cracked pepper, garlic powder & onion powder
Add all ingredients and stir to combine. Drizzle onto your fresh salad greens & enjoy. Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator and use within about a week.
Other Favorite Condiments
- Homemade Mayonnaise
- Baconnaise – Bacon-Flavored Mayonnaise
- Fast Food: Basic Mix-n-Pour BBQ Sauce
- Honey-Sweetened, Smoky BBQ Sauce
- BBQ Rub & Beer-Based Mop Sauce Recipe
- Thousand Island Salad Dressing
- Sweet/Savory Pear Relish
- Fresh Pico de Gallo
- Fresh Herb & Olive Oil HERB BOMBS
- Quick Garlic/Herb Sauce Using Fresh Herbs
- Oats Can Substitute Easily For Bread Crumbs