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3-Ingredient Salad Dressings You Can Whip Up In No Time

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We've all been there: We eat a glorious, healthy-looking salad for dinner, and expect the universe to reward us for our efforts by turning us into Wonder Woman. Is that really so much to ask? But as we're crawling into bed just two hours later, we feel a little less like Wonder Woman...and a little more like Wonder Woman's sidekick, Etta Candy, who is remembered among comic book fans for her love of candy and her shouts of "For the love of chocolate!"

The no-so-shocking culprit is often the dressing. After all, salad dressing manufacturers are known to load up on sugar and other sweeteners to make something that's seemingly healthy taste out-of-this-world good. 

The problem, of course, is that even when you're channeling Wonder Woman in every which way, you're likely to grab store-bought salad dressing just because it's convenient. But how's this for convenient? The following recipes are not only sugar-free—they also require just three ingredients each. (And sometimes that third ingredient is water.) They mix up in a couple minutes with no fuss.

For the record, Etta Candy's a pretty awesome character. But you're not sidekick material. You're a superhero. Now get cooking. Recipes below! (And for more inspo, check out the ultimate guide to DIY salad dressing.)

Avocado, Cilantro, Water: Mash one-half of a very ripe avocado in a medium bowl, and add to a glass jar. Throw in 1/3 cup minced cilantro, 1/2 cup water, a liberal pinch of salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Close the jar tightly and shake vigorously. Continue to shake and add more water until it reaches a creamy consistency of your liking. Taste; add more salt and pepper as needed.

Goat Cheese, Cumin, Water: Add 2 ounces of creamy goat cheese (bonus—pick one with herbs already added in!) to a jar, then throw in 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin. Add 1/3 cup water, a liberal pinch of salt, and some freshly ground black pepper. Close the jar tightly and shake vigorously. Continue to shake and add more water until it reaches a creamy consistency of your liking. Season with more salt and pepper as needed.

Tahini, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey: Add 4 tablespoons of tahini to a jar, then pour in 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons honey, and 1/3 cup water. Add a liberal pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Close the jar tightly and shake vigorously. Add more water and continue to shake until it reaches a creamy consistency of your liking.

Raspberries, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil: In a medium bowl, mash 6 ounces fresh raspberries using a fork. Add to a glass jar, then pour in 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, a liberal pinch of salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Close the jar tightly and shake vigorously. Season with more salt and pepper as needed.

Dijon Mustard, Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil: In a jar, mix 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard with 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup olive oil. Add a liberal pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper, then close the jar tightly and shake vigorously. Season with more salt and pepper as needed, and add more olive oil if you find the taste too acidic.

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