3 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

Salad dressing

Even though many prepackaged dressings are off-limits on the bariatric eating plan or for a healthy diet, salad dressings can still be flavorful, healthy and easy to make. In just a few steps, you can make your own Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at Arkansas Heart Hospital dietitian-approved dressing.

Try one of these salad dressing recipes:

Court’s Simple Vinaigrette


  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup red or white wine vinegar
  • About 1 cup of Splenda
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick Mediterranean spiced sea salt* or you can do Kosher salt, fresh black pepper, garlic, etc.


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Transfer to a glass bottle with a rubber stopper to store in the fridge.

Smoked Jalapeno Vinaigrette


  • 4 teaspoons Splenda
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chili
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil


  1. Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a small saucepan and place over medium heat.
  2. When the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the dressing into a bowl. Drizzle the oil into the dressing in a thin stream while whisking quickly.
  4. Pour into a covered container and chill until cold.

Asian Dressing


  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons minced ginger (can use less if desired)
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup Splenda
  • Few dashes of light soy sauce
  • Splash of sesame oil


  1. Add ingredients in a medium sized bowl, whisk to combine.

Estimated Nutrition info per Tablespoon: 60 calories and 7 grams fat

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