5 Low-Carb Salad Dressings That'll Make You Want to Grab a Fork
Let's be honest: Dressing can make or break a salad. Even if you have a beautiful bowl full of colorful fruits, veggies, and greens, the wrong topping can make even the most delicious-looking salad taste slightly off. Instead of settling for a subpar bowl, all you need is a shaker, a pair of tongs, and a few ingredients to toss a tasty salad.
Trust us—once you shake up these low-carb salad dressings, you'll never want to drizzle the store-bought variety over your greens ever again. Spanning a lemony tahini dressing to top a detox salad to a yogurt-cilantro lime dressing perfect for complementing a citrusy salad, these recipes are crazy delicious.
Keep scrolling for five low-carb salad dressings to add your healthy recipe arsenal.
Lemony Balsamic Dressing
The Recipe: Lemony Balsamic Dressing
The Standout Ingredient: The red pepper flakes. This ingredient gives this veggie-packed salad just the right amount of heat.
The Pro Tip: "This is the perfect salad to eat as a light meal, afternoon snack, side dish, or make it heartier by serving it with grilled chicken or fish," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "You could even add in some carbs like whole grain pasta, quinoa, or brown rice."
Green Curry Coconut Dressing
The Recipe: Green Curry Coconut Dressing
The Standout Ingredient: The Thai green chili. This recipe calls for making your own curry paste, allowing you to adjust the spicy, citrusy, and salty flavors to your taste.
The Pro Tip: You can either mash up your own curry paste by using a mortar and pestle or a modern kitchen appliance. "Depending on the intensity/freshness of your ginger and lemongrass, you may want to blend all of the dressing components instead, or do the whole thing up in a mini food processor and do yourself a little strain afterward," advises Laura of The First Mess.
Yogurt-Cilantro Lime Dressing
The Recipe: Greek Yogurt-Cilantro Lime Dressing
The Standout Ingredient: The Greek yogurt. This low-carb ingredient makes the dressing creamy without adding a ton of carbs.
The Pro Tip: The textures and flavors complement each other so well in this dish that you don't want to sub out any of the ingredients if you can help it. "Spicy, sweet, hearty, full of avocado, and topped with creamy dressing, [this recipe is] the best," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
The Recipe: Blueberry Dressing
The Standout Ingredient: The blueberries give the dressing a subtle sweetness that leans toward the tart side when paired with apple cider vinegar and ginger.
The Pro Tip: "If you want more a more pronounced blueberry-ness, I would suggest cooking the berries down in a saucepan with the maple syrup for a bit before you blend up the dressing," suggests Laura of The First Mess.
The Recipe: Lemony Tahini Dressing
The Standout Ingredient: The tahini. This condiment is what makes the dressing the best part of this detox salad, giving it a tangy twist that'll have you serving up seconds (and thirds).
The Pro Tip: This dressing is ideal for make-ahead lunches for the workweek. "I've found that the longer the salad sits and marinates in the dressing, the better it becomes," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.