by Texas Homesteader ~
Aaaaah, spring! The trees are turning green & the 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 heavier, more comfort-foody types of meals.
So I really (really) wanted to make my own healthier yet creamy salad dressing. After doinking around a bit I ended up making a delightful, creamy, healthy and tasty salad dressing that I can just mix together in just one minute.
And you can’t get a more worthy topping for those fresh greens than that, #amiright??
Not All Healthy Food Stays Healthy
You know how it is… Some foods may start out healthy, but then all manner of salts, fats or sugars get added to it before it’s actually served. So it’s true that how healthy a food is for you usually depends on what’s been added to it before it’s eaten.
I mean, heck – a fresh, crispy apple is about as healthy as it gets, right? But add flour, sugar, butter, seasonings and a thick buttery crust and your healthy apple has turned into an apple pie dessert instead! Fine for eating in moderation of course. But certainly not for eating every day.
So whenever possible I keep the overall healthiness of food in mind when I’m cooking for and serving to RancherMan. Flavorful yet healthy meal preparation tips is what I keep a lookout for like a NINJA!
You too? Well then you’re really gonna love this salad dressing.
Comes Together In Only 1 Minute!
This simple salad dressing contains previous few ingredients. It 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, some heavy-cracked pepper, a little garlic powder & onion powder to round it all out.
Stir it all together and BOOM!
Healthy, Zero-Waste Salad Dressing
I love that this is not only healthy, but it’s inexpensive and zero waste too.
I suppose it costs only about $0.10 to make this homemade salad dressing. And there’s no plastic bottle to dispose of. (Y’all know how hard I push back against Bringing Plastic Into Our Home)
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 if we end up going a while without eating salad.
Oh, and you can’t get much healthier than yogurt for a base with lemon juice & seasonings for flavor.
Plus I can pronounce every healthy ingredient in my dressing, unlike the myriad of franken-sounding ingredients in the bottled stuff. I mean, have you ever glanced at the ingredient label on those bottles of commercially-produced salad dressing? YOWZA!
And, you know… fresher is always gonna be better, no??
Adjustable To Your Tastes
No actual recipe is technically needed since you can easily 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? It’s all up to you. Or maybe mince & add whatever fresh herbs you have growing in your garden at the moment. Perhaps rosemary, parsley or chives. The world is your oyster!
I’ll share the base recipe with you below. The quantity is for a small 3-4 serving batch. (depending upon how heavily you add salad dressing to your salad of course.) 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 if you like! But sometimes I’ll double the batch, add it to a repurposed glass jar, add a label and store it in the refrigerator so that fresh salads can be on the table in minutes if I want. Y’all know how I prefer to use Glass Instead of Plastic in our refrigerator, right?
So make it for tonight or double the batch and enjoy it for the next few nights. Either way – you’ll enjoy this healthy, delicious and highly adaptable salad dressing recipe.
Recipe for 3-4 Servings:
Healthy, Creamy Salad Dressing
This healthy creamy salad dressing uses unflavored yogurt as a creamy base. Add some lemon juice and a few common seasonings and you have a healthy, creamy salad dressing in about 1 minute. #TexasHomesteader
- 1/2 cup Non-flavored yogurt
- 1.5 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Onion powder
- Salt & coarsely-cracked pepper to taste (We like 1/2 tsp pepper & 1/4 tsp salt)
Add all ingredients and stir to combine. Drizzle onto your fresh salad greens & enjoy. Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator and use within 5 days.
NOTE: I've found this dressing is pretty thick on day one, but less so on subsequent days. So it pours easier after the 1st day.
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
- 1-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing Filled With Probiotics
- 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
- MYO Pinto Bean Seasoning Mix
- Instant Pot Boiled Eggs WITHOUT The Shells
- Creamy Hatch Chile Sauce
- MYO Healthier Sour Cream Substitute
…and MUCH more
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