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10 Homemade and Healthy Salad Dressings

Emeril's Green Onion and Cilantro Dressing

A common myth is that to eat healthy, you have to give up taste. Chef Emeril Lagasse keeps the flavor in this green onion and cilantro dressing.


  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup grape seed oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 bunches or 1 cup of blanched green onion
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground white pepper

Combine ingredients and blend until smooth and -- Bam! -- a great salad dressing.

Of course, dieters may have raised eyebrows at the mention of grape seed oil -- a high-calorie oil (120 calories and 15 fat grams per tablespoon). But, on the plus side, it is a low cholesterol, low sodium and low saturated fat oil -- one of the healthy ones, if you will. Additionally, it is an antioxidant supplement and a good source of Vitamin E. So, a little grape seed oil in your dressing, combined with these other fresh, healthy ingredients is a good use of your calories and fat grams.