19 Healthy Sauce and Salad Dressing Recipes

Add something extra to your food (and we're not talking about calories).

Let’s be honest for a second. Sometimes eating healthy can get a little, um, boring. And if you’re not careful, your meals can end up downright bland. So what do you do to spice things up? You add a little sauce here, a little dressing there. No harm, no foul … right?

Wrong. All these extras can seriously add up—we’re talking a hundred or more calories before you even know it. If you’re looking to make a smarter sauce, we can help. Check out our roundup of 19 sauce and dressing recipes that will add some great flavor to your dishes without breaking the scale.

Italian-Inspired Sauces and Dressings

Salsa Palermitana
via Eating Well

This palermo-style sauce is the perfect topping to any pasta or roasted fish entrée.

Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo
via Pinch of Yum

According to user comments, this cauliflower-based recipe tastes just like the real thing!

Pesto Sauce
via Weight Watchers

Reduced-sodium chicken broth is what makes this Italian classic more figure friendly.

Easy Tomato Sauce
via Cheap Healthy Good

This super-easy-to-do recipe makes replacing the stuff from the jar (which is loaded with sodium and preservatives) easier than ever.

White Wine Sauce
via Cooking Light

This recipe focuses on using ingredients in moderation to create a more health-conscious sauce.

Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette
via TLC Cooking

Low is calories, sodium and fat without skimping on flavor—yup, this healthy salad dressing is pretty much perfect.

Greek-Inspired Sauces and Dressings

Tzatziki Sauce
via A Bitchin’ Kitchen

This Greek classic, made with non-fat Greek yogurt, is the perfect spread for a sandwich and works equally well as a dip. Gotta love double-duty dishes.

Creamy Caesar Dressing
via Cheap Healthy Good

A deliciously tangy dressing that only cost 11 cents a serving!

Low-Fat Greek Salad Dressing
via Food.com

This tasty dressing takes less than five minutes to prepare.

Greek Tomato Sauce
via Eating Well

Red wine, feta cheese, and olives makes this sauce a Greek staple.

Asian-Inspired Sauces and Dressings

Orange-Sesame Stir-Fry Sauce
via Cheap Healthy Good

With only 53 calories per serving, this sauce is the perfect addition to any stir-fry dish.

Sesame Tamari Vinaigrette
via Eating Well

The roasted nut and citrus flavors in this dressing will provide the perfect compliment to any Asian dish.

Sweet and Sour Sauce
via Healthy Food Guide

Prepare this dipping sauce in bulk and store left overs in the fridge.

Hoisin-Sesame Dressing
via Eating Well

This dressing packs a sweet and spicy punch—with no sugar added!

Asian-Inspired Barbecue Sauce
via Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Sesame seeds and ginger give this low-calorie, low-fat BBQ sauce an Asian twist.

Mexican-Inspired Sauces and Dressings

Grilled Tomatillo Salsa
via Eating Well

This sweet and smokey salsa is low in both fat and calories.

Ancho Chile Salsa
via Eating Well

Take the salsa up a noch with spicy ancho chile flavors.

Cilantro-Lime Dressing
via Simple Food Healthy Life

This spicy and tangy dressing is packed with flavor that will liven up any meal.

Mole Sauce
via Susan G. Komen for the Cure

A 42-calories-per-serving sauce with a hint of chocolate? I’m in.

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