Making Your Own Salad Dressing

When discussing healthy eating, many experts talk about the importance of removing harmful fats and sugars from your daily diet. For some families, this involves cutting back on fruit juices or eating less red meat each week, but what about the smaller, hidden ways that sugar and fat might be sneaking into your diet?  Even when you eat more salads at home, are you paying attention to what is in your favorite dressings?

Texarkana Emergency Center wants to help everyone in our community to stay healthy, and to help parents and kids alike become more aware of their dietary choices. So we’re going to share our very own recipe for making fast and tasty salad dressing at home which can cut back on a lot of added oil and sugar.

What’s in most dressings?

When you’re picking out salad dressing, check the ingredient list. Many salad dressings have added sugars or are full of fatty oils and cream. Ranch dressing is one of the worst culprits for added fat and sugar, even though it is notoriously delicious. Check the ingredient lists of your favorite store-bought salad dressings and sauces. Checking what’s in them as well as their serving sizes can help you to decide if your salads are getting a little too heavy.

Basic Balsamic Dressing

If you want to lighten your spring salads and cut out unnecessary fats and sugars, then try making your own! This recipe for a primary balsamic salad dressing is an excellent place to start”


  • 3 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, and olive oil in a boil until the mixture comes together. Then, season with salt and pepper to your taste. If you need a bit of sweetness to cut the vinegar, then add just a little bit of light agave nectar to soften the flavor.


This recipe is simple and easy, and if you make enough of it at once, you can store the rest in the fridge, ready to be re-whisked for use another day. Also, if the balsamic flavor doesn’t appeal to you, then you can use the same proportions with different ingredients to make different styles of dressing. Using sesame oil, soy sauce, and a bit of mayonnaise can give you the start of a delicious East Asian inspired dressing.

Texarkana Emergency Center supports all of our local families this season. As National Nutrition Month comes to a close, we hope that this fun and simple recipe will help you make your meals healthier and get inspired to start making more of your own condiments and sauces. Small changes can go a long way in improving personal health, and we can’t wait to see how our community uses this recipe in meal planning.

Nutex Health, Inc. supports you and your family’s health. Come visit Texarkana Emergency Center or any one of our concierge-level freestanding facilities for the emergency care you deserve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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