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Make Your Own Salad Dressing

Do You Make Your Own Salad Dressing?

About 10 years ago, after reading the long list of ingredients in bottled salad dressing, I started making my own and have never looked back. While I do keep a bottle of store-bought dressing in the fridge at work for convenience's sake (my homemade dressing never seems to travel well), I always make my dressing at home — a little olive oil and white balsamic vinegar whisked with mustard to emulsify. If I'm feeling particularly fancy, I'll add fresh herbs to the dressing if I have any on hand. What about you?

Share your favorite salad dressing recipe below — I am always looking for new dressings to try.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I always make my own dressing. Usually I mix 1/2 c balsamic vinegar with 3 Tbsp EVOO and 1/8 c water, add 1-2 tsp Dijon mustard, garlic powder, and shake it all up in a squirt bottle. Then, I spray it on my salad, like a Salad Spritzer.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
VEGAN RANCH 1 cup vegan mayonnaise (I recommend Vegenaise) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/4-1/2 teaspoon dill weed 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped 1/2 cup unsweetened soymilk (or less, add as much as you need) Whisk and chill. VARIATION: Add some BBQ sauce for delicious BBQ Ranch.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Fuzzles, the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette sounds AMAZING, my guy agrees. Will have to try that, thanks!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Oh! The yogurt dressing post made me think of another recipe, again, from the same book. It's insanely good, and the radishes at the market are just starting to look perfect! RADISH AND CUCUMBER SALAD IN YOGURT DRESSING 2-3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and sliced 3 scallions or young onions, chopped 12 radishes, trimmed and sliced Dressing: 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill Grated zest of one lemon Juice of one lemon 1 cup plain yogurt 2 teaspoons sugar Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Mix up the dressing, toss with the chopped veggies and chill 15-30 minutes before serving.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Dana, These sound soooo yummy! Thanks for posting them!
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
Once I learned how to make a vinaigrette, I saw no reason to purchase Italian dressing, ever. If I want something creamy, I make a yogurt dressing. I'm pretty bad about flavorings, plain yogurt with lemon juice is fine for me, but my mom prefers to add a bit of salt, sugar, and Tabasco to it. I guess you could add Ranch Dressing flavor packets to yogurt (great for dips), but I find them to have too much salt, so I reserve that for guests. For my non-lettuce salads (segregate the salad ingredients, just have piles of veggies, yum), I usually go dressing-less.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I love homemade, but I also buy the bottled stuff. Once it's gone, I'm not buying more. Here are some of my fav recipes: Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing: 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (do NOT use the bottled stuff) 2 teaspoons diced onions 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon poppy seed In a blender or food processor, combine sugar, lemon juice, onion, mustard and salt. Process until well blended. With machine still running add oil in a slow steady stream until mixture is thick and smooth. Add poppy seeds and process just a few seconds more to mix. ^^ This dressing goes good on a salad with fresh fruit and cashews. Poppy Seed Dressing: 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 tsp paprika 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 1/2 teaspoon minced onion 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1/4 tsp Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup oil (I use Olive Oil) 1 tablespoon poppy seeds Follow the same directions as above. Main ingredients, add oil, then briefly mix in poppy seeds. Serve on a salad of spinach, strawberries, and sliced almonds. Both are delicious.
Arthur Arthur 7 years
one salt packed anchovy, filleted, rinsed and minced; a clove of garlic or some shallot minced, a big teaspoon of dijon mustard, 2 tsp red wine vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil. I have a nice maple salad bowl that I mix this up in before dinner and after we're done with whatever our main course is, I mix the salad in. mmmmm. I've been making this for years now and can do it in under five min. We used to have a bottle of salad dressing in the fridge, but when I realized we hadn't opened it in six months, I threw it out.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Another recipe from the same book and authors as above: CILANTRO LIME VINAIGRETTE 1 tablespoon seeded, chopped jalapeno pepper 1 tablespoon grated lime zest 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (about 1/4 cup) 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste Dash of salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste Combine the jalapeno pepper. lime zest, and lime juice, and then whisk in the oil. Add the cilantro and sugar to taste, then season with salt and pepper.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
And that should read 1/3 cup cider vinegar, not 1/2 cup. *shaking head*
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
sauce=salad! Thinking about dinner!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Oh, yes! Most bottled dressings taste "plastic-y" to me. Here is a phenomenal dressing for chicken or turkey sauce. It's from the book "Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland", and is authored by Beth Dooley and Lucia Watson. MAPLE MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE 1/2 cup cider vinegar 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 2 shallots, peeled and diced 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon course mustard 2/3 cup real maple syrup 1 cup vegetable oil Put all the ingredients except the oil into a blender. Blend on high, then pour in the oil in a slow stream until thick. :drool:
ginafabulous ginafabulous 7 years
A little bit of olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar, garlic salt and creole seasoning!
reynolda reynolda 7 years
1/2 grey poupon, 1/2 balsamic and a bit of olive oil is just perfect
outstripped outstripped 7 years
Plain balsamic vinegar for me!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
No, but I like Skelly's recipe. I think I'll start something different.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I almost always do. I use minced garlic, brown rice vinegar, mustard, and olive oil. Yum!
lblond lblond 7 years
i have discovered Salad Spritzers and i will never go back to old dressings again!!! i like a lot of dressing and it was just getting to be too many calories and too much fat. with Salad Spritzers, it's low-cal, low-fat, and i can spray like 30 sprays and have the perfect amount. yey
SFCA SFCA 7 years
My favorite is 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp country dijon mustard and 3 tbsp balsamic- SO yummy! I also really like it mixed with some lime juice!
lamicmic lamicmic 7 years
my grandmother's recipe is the best: balsamic + olive oil + salt and pepper + a bit of good parmesan and some garlic/random herbs if you desire amazing on a simple salad of lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, green onion and thinly sliced granny-smith apples
Skelly1029 Skelly1029 7 years
garlic+lemon juice+olive oil+salt = delish!!!
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Haha, yes I do, but it's worse than anything you could buy! My favourite dressing is natural yoghurt mixed with lots of sugar...I pour it over lettuce. That's the way my grandma would get us to eat salad and it takes me back to my childhood...
theworldloves theworldloves 7 years
olive oil + balsamic vinegar + salt&pepper + random herbs = :DDDDD
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