10 Healthy Salad Dressings

Instead of opting for bottled dressings, whip up one of these easy recipes with clean ingredients at home.
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Spring is the perfect time to use seasonal veggies and fruit to create a delicious salad. However, you need to top them with the perfect vinaigrette. Instead of opting for bottled dressings with a laundry list of additives, you can easily whip up one of these 10 easy dressings with clean ingredients at home.

Blue Cheese Dressing  (pictured above)

You can eat your blue cheese and enjoy it too when you control portions of higher-fat ingredients like buttermilk and blue cheese.

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This simple dressing is made from olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper. Make a double batch to last you through the week.

Giada De Laurentiis' Quinoa Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette for Ladies Empowerment Lunch as seen on Food Networks Giada at Home

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This smoky dressing is perfect on salads made with grains like quinoa, couscous and wheat berries.

Combine mango with garlic, cilantro, white vinegar and agave for a savory dressing with a touch of tart sweetness.

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Bobby Flay's Bulgur Salad with Green Onion Vinaigrette

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A combination of green onions, lime juice and serrano chile, this refreshing dressing will perk up your taste buds.

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The orange flavor helps cut the bitterness of salad greens like radicchio and arugula.

The tart flavor of raspberries complements any bed of greens.

The recipe: Roasted cubed butternut squash, watercress, and pomegranate seeds tossed in a vinaigrette made with champagne vinegar, fresh ginger, and shallots. Butternut Squash and Watercress Salad with Champagne Ginger Vinaigrette as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 1.

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Similar to white wine vinegar, champagne vinegar is made from wine originating in the Champagne wine region of France. It adds a delicious flavor to vinaigrettes for few calories.

Kick up your fresh salad or cooked vegetables with this flavorful vinaigrette. Turmeric, one of the ingredients typically used in curry, contains the phytonutrient curcumin, which is thought to have powerful antioxidant properties and help fight inflammation.

Dress fresh green salads, or cooked greens like bok choy or spinach, with this Asian-inspired dressing.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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