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Even the highest quality store- salad dressings can be loaded with salt, sweeteners and preservatives. Sure, it seems convenient to have a bottle in the fridge, but it’s even easier to make it yourself. As with any from- recipe, you get to control the ingredients you use, which allows you to pick good-for-you ingredients.  Save your store- dressing bottle  and use it to store your homemade version. Here are some basic recipes to get you started, but don’t be shy about adding your own twist.  You can switch up the herbs, experiment with different types of vinegar (there are plenty), or add healthy ingredients like flax oil or chia or seeds for some extra nutrition.

Lemon & Shallot (awesome on a raw kale salad)
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  2. 3/4 cup lemon juice
  3. 1 tsp lemon zest
  4. 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  5. 1 medium shallot, minced
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk ingredients in a bowl to combine.
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White Balsamic & Thyme
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  2. 3/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  3. 1 tsp dijon mustard
  4. 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped (you can sub other hearty herbs like oregano and rosemary)
  5. 1 clove of garlic, grated
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk ingredients in a bowl to combine.
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Citrus and Walnut
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup walnut oil
  3. 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  4. 1 tsp orange zest
  5. 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  6. 1 tsp dijon mustard
  7. small shallot, minced
  8. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk ingredients in a bowl to combine.
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Green Goddess
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups fat free, plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1 small shallot
  3. 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  4. 1/4 cup chopped tarragon
  5. 2 tbsp fresh chives or scallions, chopped
  6. 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  7. 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  8. 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  9. Salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
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What is you favorite DIY salad dressing?

Katie Cavuto, MS, RD is a registered dietitian, trained chef, mom and lover of real food. She is the president of Healthy Bites, a Philadelphia based company offering culinary nutrition services. Katie is the consulting dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers. As a chef she is an energetic advocate of cooking and falling in love with food—and yourself in process. Widely sought for her knowledge and ability to translate nutrition into approachable messages, Katie can be seen on local and national TV and in print as an expert in her field. For more on Katie visit her website and follower her on twitter @healthybites or Facebook. read more about