Say goodbye to sad and bland low-carb salads with these heavenly keto salad dressings! From blue cheese to garlic tahini to pecan vinaigrette, your options are endless.
Bottled salad dressing doesn’t work on a keto diet. Most brands love to sneak in unnecessary sugars and carbs where none are needed. Yikes!
But no worries, these homemade keto salad dressing recipes are here to save the day.
Whether you like ranch, Caesar, or honey mustard, they all provide plenty of robust flavors.
Be-leaf me, with these low-carb dressings, you’ll never look at bottled dressing the same way ever again.
They prove you don’t need sugar or carbs to craft the perfect pairing with veggies!
1. Low Carb Keto Ranch Dressing
Ranch is the ultimate dip or salad dressing, but it’s not precisely waistline-friendly.
Traditional ranch dressing uses heavy creams like buttermilk for that tangy zip, but it’s not keto-friendly.
So, how can you capture the essence of the ranch without added sugar and carbs?
Swap buttermilk for mayo and sour cream for a creamy finish that’s not packed with added sugar and carbs.
The trick to this delicious ranch recipe lies in plenty of dried herbs! Dill, garlic, parsley, and onion lend savory herbal notes, while a touch of lemon juice gives it a bright kick.
2. Low-Carb Sesame Ginger Dressing
Do you like your salad dressings light and bright?
Whether you want simple Asian-inspired salad dressing to pair with crips greens, you can also use it as a marinate for healthy proteins like chicken or fish.
It earns its savory and nutty notes from the secret ingredient- toasted sesame oil. Toasted sesame oil is rich in flavors and adds a nutty kick to this bright salad dressing.
It also uses fresh ginger and raw garlic for a flavorful punch. For even more sesame flavors, toss a handful of sesame seeds for added crunch.
3. Keto Caesar Salad Dressing
Move over, ranch dressing. Traditional Caesar salad dressing is salty, nutty, and full of savory flavors, but it’s not precisely keto-friendly.
Making your own Caesar salad dressing at home is simple, and you likely have all the ingredients on hand.
What makes this salad dressing so addictive is the addition of anchovies. Don’t worry; they don’t have any fishy flavor at all!
When added to this dressing, the anchovies deliver a serious salty punch that pairs well with tangy Wotshtershire, garlic, and lemon juice.
4. Keto Avocado Lime Dressing
Sometimes, the best recipes are the ones that utilize the fewest ingredients.
While the ingredient list for this keto avocado lime dressing is short, it packs massive Mexican-inspired flavors.
The bright green color of this dressing is hard to resist, and you’ll likely use it for more than just salads.
The avocado base delivers massive creaminess without added sugars or carbs.
Build upon that creamy base with fresh herbs and a generous squeeze of lime juice to lift those flavors to the next level.
Sure, it’s excellent for salads, but it’s so thick and creamy that you can also use it as a dip for fresh veggies or swap it for mayo on burgers or wraps.
5. Low Carb Hot Bacon Dressing for Salads
Hot bacon? Yes, please! Adding bacon to your salad dressing is a great way to indulge in smokey and meaty flavors while omitting added carbs and sugar.
While bacon is a show-stopper on its own, this dressing gets a sweet and tangy kick from some usual ingredients.
Lakanto Monkfruit Golden isn’t a pantry staple, but it’s worth a special trip to the store.
If you miss sweet dressing on a keto diet, monk fruit delivers natural sweetness without sugar.
It helps to tame the tart notes from the vinegar with a yummy sweet kick of flavors that pair perfectly with fatty bacon.
6. Keto Blue Cheese Dressing
Just like ranch dressing, storebought blue cheese dressing isn’t carb-free. Most brands incorporate buttermilk, which is high in sugar and carbs.
The good news is that it’s easy to make keto-friendly blue cheese dressing with no added carbs or sugar!
A mixture of mayonnaise and sour cream is a great way to capture that tangy zip of buttermilk without the buttermilk.
With plenty of crumbly and funky blue cheese, this blue cheese dressing is even better than the storebought brands!
It goes great on a simple salad, or use it as a dip for fresh veggies or buffalo chicken wings.
7. Fat-Burning Raspberry Vinaigrette
Not all fruits land on the keto banned list. Raspberries are fine on keto, as long as you have them in moderation.
If you’re craving something a little sweeter and light, this bright pink salad dressing is worth checking out!
It earns its sweetness from a modest portion of raspberries. Since everything is blended, you can choose frozen raspberries to keep this recipe affordable.
The sweetness from the raspberries and stevia balance well with the tart kick of lemon juice. It’s light, bright, and perfect for a refreshing summertime meal.
8. Keto Lemon Dressing
What’s great about this lemon dressing is that it’s bright, tart, and destined for more than just a salad dressing.
With a short ingredient list and a ton of tart and salty flavors, it’s a great way to infuse flavors into bland meals.
While it adds a tart punch to crisp salads, it also works as a fantastic marinade for chicken or shrimp.
If you need a way to make roasted vegetables more appealing to picky eaters, tossing roasted veggies in this salad dressing lifts those savory flavors from all of your favorite veggies.
9. Carrot Ginger Dressing (Japanese Dressing)
Do you live for those little salads that accompany miso soup at Japanese restaurants? It’s bright orange and infuses new life even into boring iceberg lettuce.
If you want to recapture that magic at home, it’s surprisingly simple!
Carrots are naturally sweet, providing a subtle hint of sweetness without added sugar.
Pair sweet carrots with pungent fresh ginger; these rich flavors come together in nutty toasted sesame oil.
Next up, learning to roll sushi at home!
10. Keto Big Mac Sauce
The secret’s out! If you wish that you could pump an IV with McDonald’s Big Mac sauce right into your veins (don’t do that), this recipe is the next best thing.
Sure, it goes great on burgers, but those tangy and creamy flavors are a great way to get your family excited about salad night.
The trick to recreating the classic Big Mac sauce is pickles. When blended with creamy mayo and herbs, it lends a sour zip to savory flavors.
It’s part tartar sauce, part ranch dressing, and very addicting.
11. Keto Creamy French Dressing
Making keto-friendly french dressing is easy, but there are a few things to consider first. The base of the recipe calls for ketchup, but any ketchup won’t do.
It’s surprising how much added sugar is in many brands, so make sure you reach for a keto-friendly or sugar-free version.
What’s great about this recipe is that every ingredient is a pantry staple.
It’s rich and creamy with just a touch of sweetness from ketchup and a granulated sugar substitute.
It’s great to jazz up a boring salad or serve over grilled chicken or seafood.
12. Keto Italian Salad Dressing
As long as you have a jar of this Italian salad dressing in your fridge, dinner won’t be boring!
It has a bright flavor from olive oil and red wine vinegar with a nutty finish from Parmesan cheese.
Plus, there’s no end to how you can utilize this fragrant salad dressing at dinnertime.
Toss it into a salad, or use it as a base for a bright summertime antipasto salad for your next potluck. You can use it as a marinade for dinner proteins or jazz up fresh veggies.
13. Lemon Garlic Tahini Sauce
Tahini sauce is rich in nutty flavors and pairs well with almost anything. Toss it into a salad, pasta dish, or a dip for crisp veggies.
It’s impossibly creamy yet doesn’t use a drop of dairy! It’s great for a keto diet and as a dressing for vegan dishes.
It earns its creamy texture from tahini sauce. To combat the nutty flavors from tahini, add plenty of lemon juice, and finish with smoked paprika.
Even with a relatively short ingredient list, this dressing packs one robust flavor punch!
14. Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing
Are you looking for a bright salad dressing that is keto-friendly, high in flavors, and vegan?
This ginger salad dressing is a nutritional powerhouse and makes even boring iceberg lettuce sing. Plus, it’s vegan!
It fuses bright flavors from ginger, garlic, and onion with tart notes from rice wine vinegar and lemon juice.
For added sweetness (and that beautiful orange coloring), add sugar-free ketchup and any artificial sweetener (monk fruit erythritol blend works best).
15. Low Carb Garlic Avocado Caesar Dressing
If you are tired of ranch dressing (is that even possible?), this garlic avocado Caesar dressing is a great way to liven up dinnertime.
It’s creamy thanks to a whole avocado with salty and nutty notes from Worcestershire and anchovies.
Don’t be afraid to utilize anchovies! They add so many umami and salty flavors to this dressing and don’t have an overpowering fishy taste.
If you still don’t want to try them, you can swap them out for more Worcestershire or soy sauce for added saltiness.
16. Green Goddess Dressing
Panera should serve their Green Goddess salad dressing in a to-go cup with a straw. It’s insanely delicious, but unfortunately, it’s not keto-friendly.
The good news? You can easily make this keto-friend version at home!
Use a healthy portion of pureed green onions to achieve that beautiful green hue (fit for a goddess).
It provides a beautiful green color (without the need for fatty avocado) and tons of flavor.
17. Homemade Southwest Ranch Dressing
What’s better than ranch? Ranch dressing with a spicy southwest kick!
It has all the hallmarks of addictive ranch dressing with an added kick from chili powder and cayenne pepper.
Add this ranch dressing to a taco salad or a dip with crisp veggies. Try this recipe when you crave ranch dressing but need a little extra spice in your life.
18. Keto Honey Mustard Dressing
Going keto doesn’t mean you have to give up the honey mustard dressing.
While sugar is on the keto no-fly list, this honey mustard dressing offers a simple workaround.
Instead of honey, this recipe calls for a dash of low-carb powdered sugar for a touch of sweetness. It’s incredibly creamy and indulgent without sacrificing mustardy flavors.
19. Toasted Pecan Vinaigrette
When toasted, pecans release sweet, buttery flavors that turn classic vinaigrette on its head. Toasting pecans take a little extra time and effort, but it’s well worth it!
It uses real maple syrup (sugary Aunt Jemima isn’t invited to this party) and rice wine vinegar to combat the natural nuttiness of this salad dressing.
Rich in fall flavors, it’s the perfect way to dress an autumn harvest salad.
20. Creamy Feta Dressing
It’s hard to resist the siren call of feta cheese. It’s salty and tart and adds excellent texture to this delicious salad dressing.
Pour it liberally over a crisp summer salad, or use it as a dip at your next potluck.
The key to this flavorful summer salad dressing is fresh dill. Fresh dill has a light citrus taste that works well with crumbly and salty feta cheese.
If you’re tired of ranch dressing, this summertime staple is a great way to incorporate bold flavors at dinnertime.
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