12 Dressings That Guarantee Your Salad Won't Suck
Eating a salad without dressing is like eating an ice cream sundae without fudge or caramel — you just don't do it! If your go-to dressing is store-bought or simple oil and vinegar, let these vinaigrette and creamy dressing recipes inspire you to upgrade your homemade salads.
Green Goddess Dressing
The iconic green goddess dressing is so full of greens, it's like eating a salad within a salad.
Mason Jar Salad Dressings
It's easy to get tired of the same salad dressing every day. But this three-in-one dressing lets you build off the base vinaigrette dressing to create a citrus-garlic dressing and a ranch vinaigrette.
Red Wine Vinaigrette
This red wine vinaigrette couldn't be easier to whip together. The secret is using a crushed garlic clove and plenty of salt and freshly ground pepper.
Olive Garden's Italian Salad Dressing
Love Olive Garden's salad? Re-create a creamy Italian dressing at home that tastes similar to the restaurant's with plenty of parmesan and Italian herbs.
Classic Caesar Dressing
No need to go to a restaurant for classic caesar dressing — make your own at home and massage it in kale for a salad you can easily pack in a mason jar.
The next simplest thing to oil and vinegar is this dijon vinaigrette loaded with garlic, dijon, and lemon juice.
Matcha Salad Dressing
Matcha, the finely ground green tea often used in sweet applications, has a grassy, umami flavor that ought to be utilized in savory recipes too like this matcha salad dressing.
Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dressing
Who doesn't love blue cheese dressing? This version is lightened up with plain yogurt instead of cream.
Toss tender butter lettuce and stone fruit in a three-ingredient honey-sherry vinaigrette.
Taco salads are instantly upgraded with a spicy lime vinaigrette seasoned with plenty of chopped cilantro.
Those who can't get enough of shallot will be instant fans of this pomegranate vinaigrette.