A variety of homemade low sodium salad dressings in mason jars.

Discover the Best Healthy Low Sodium Salad Dressing

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When it comes to maintaining a healthy diet, one of the most overlooked aspects is the sodium content in our foods. While we often think about reducing salt in our main dishes, we tend to forget about the hidden sodium in condiments, especially salad dressings. If you’re trying to cut back on sodium, making your own low sodium salad dressing or choosing the right store-bought options can make a significant difference.

In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of low-sodium salad dressings, share some flavorful dressing recipes, and highlight a few top store-bought dressings.

Why Choose Low Sodium Salad Dressing?

  1. Heart Health: High salt intake is linked to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. By opting for low-sodium dressings, you can help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. In addition, paying attention to creamy salad dressings as these have more saturated fats which can be a concern for heart health. 
  2. Reduced Bloating: Consuming too much sodium causes water retention, which can lead to bloating and discomfort. Reducing sodium in your diet can help you feel lighter and more comfortable.
  3. Kidney Function: Lowering your sodium intake can reduce the risk of kidney damage and support overall kidney health.
  4. Overall Well-being: A low sodium diet can contribute to better overall health, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and improving your quality of life.

Homemade Low Sodium Salad Dressing Recipes

Making your own salad dressing is a simple and easy way to reduce sodium while still enjoying a delicious salad. 

Healthy Choice Tip: If you are in a pinch for time and need a healthier alternative, drizzle oil and vinegar (any type) on your salad and your good to go!

Classic Vinaigrette

This simple and versatile vinaigrette can be used on a variety of salads.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • A pinch of salt substitute (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, and minced garlic.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking continuously until the dressing is well emulsified.
  3. Season with black pepper and a pinch of salt substitute if desired.
  4. Drizzle over your favorite salad and enjoy!

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Perfect for those who love a creamy dressings without the added sodium and fat.


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the avocado, Greek yogurt, lime juice, and minced garlic.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Stir in the chopped cilantro and season with black pepper.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to two days.

Honey Mustard Dressing

A sweet and tangy dressing that’s perfect for a variety of salads.


  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Season with black pepper.
  3. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Italian Dressing

A zesty dressing that goes well with any salad or pasta salad.


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Season as desired with black pepper.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Thy this recipe for a Low Sodium Ranch dressing. This is perfect as a dip or salad dressing.

For these healthy recipes, I recommend adding salad ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake or use a salad dressing shaker and dispenser

Top Store-Bought Low Sodium Salad Dressings

If you’re short on time, here are a few excellent low-sodium options for salad dressings and marinades available at most grocery stores:

  1. Walden Farms Calorie-Free Dressing: Known for their calorie-free and low sodium options, Walden Farms offers a variety of flavors such as Ranch, Italian, and Thousand Island. For the lowest sodium options with less than 200 mg sodium per 2 Tablespoons choose Ranch, Caesar, Russian, or French dressing.
  2. Annie’s Naturals Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette and Balsamic Vinaigrette: These dressings are both low in sodium offering 55-60 mg of sodium per 2 tablespoons. It’s also low in calories, making it a great choice for those looking to keep their salads light and flavorful. 
  3. Bolthouse Farms Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette: Made with real ingredients and 150 mg of sodium per 2 tablespoons, this balsamic vinaigrette is perfect for adding a robust flavor to your salads without the excess sodium.
  4. Brianna’s Dijon Honey Mustard and Champagne Style Vinaigrette: These dressings offer 140 mg of sodium per serving and zesty flavor you your salad without sacrificing flavor.


Choosing low sodium salad dressings is a simple yet effective way to enhance your diet and support your overall health. Whether you prefer to make your own or opt for a convenient store-bought version, there are plenty of delicious options to explore. Start experimenting today and discover how easy it is to enjoy tasty, heart-healthy salads every day!

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