Impress family and guests with these easy homemade salad dressings.
Basic VinaigretteThis all-purpose vinaigrette is light with just a little bite, and makes even the simplest salads a culinary treat.
Buttermilk Herb Ranch DressingMayonnaise, buttermilk, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper are all you need to whip up this classic salad dressing in your own kitchen. The prepared dressing keeps for up to one week when covered and chilled in the fridge.
Raspberry Salad DressingThis dressing requires just three ingredients: raspberry preserves, rice wine vinegar, and olive oil. Serve over romaine lettuce topped with sliced onion, crumbled feta cheese, toasted pecans, and bacon.
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Warm Bacon VinaigretteBacon in a salad dressing? Yes, please! Chopped shallots, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, pepper, sugar, and olive oil round out this salty, smoky dressing that's delicious on chicken-topped greens, grilled scallops, steamed asparagus, and more.
Basil VinaigrettePut that fresh basil from your herb garden (or the local grocery) to work in this simple summer vinaigrette. All you need is the fresh herbs, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Caesar-Style DressingTraditional Caesar dressing contains raw eggs, and it's a little easier to ignore that fact at the salad bar counter or restaurant than it is when you're mixing up your own dressing. This version calls for mayonnaise instead, along with anchovies, capers, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice.
Sesame Tofu DressingLove creamy dressings, but hate all the extra fat? Whip up this smooth, rich, tofu-based dressing that's far leaner and packs a protein punch to boot.
Cilantro-Lime VinaigretteThis vinaigrette perfectly complements any salad featuring fresh fish or shrimp. Make sure to use fresh cilantro for the best flavor.
Tart Poppy Seed DressingThis sweet-and-sour dressing is a delicious finishing touch on a fruit salad, or on a spinach salad topped with bacon.
Creamy Cucumber-Avocado Salad DressingWho says salad dressings can't be truly healthy and nutritious? This bright green dressing delivers a hearty nutrient punch and healthy fats from cucumber, avocado, baby spinach, and green onions. Drizzle over mixed greens, or use as a dip for fresh, raw veggies.
Herbed Buttermilk Ranch DressingThe South's most beloved ingredient, buttermilk, is a star player in this decadent ranch dressing recipe.
Creamy Blue Cheese DressingMaking your own blue cheese dressing at home is easy. Simply whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, and white wine vinegar. Add crumbled blue cheese and mash with a spoon. No buttermilk in the house? You can make some of your own from regular milk by pouring half a tablespoon of white vinegar (or lemon juice) in a measuring cup, then adding milk to the 1/2-cup line and letting stand for five minutes.
Shallot and Grapefruit DressingThis dressing gets its citrusy "zing" from fresh grapefruit juice, while fresh cilantro adds a little Southwestern flair. It's best served over mixed greens topped with goat cheese and roasted corn.
Soy-Ginger DressingThis Asian-style dressing is delicious served over mixed greens with stir-fries, fried rice, miso soup, and other Asian favorites.
Lemon DressingBased on the versatile French dressing called vinaigrette, this sauce can be tailored to any taste. Simply add more lemon juice, olive oil, or honey to adjust the flavors. We recommend making and shaking it in a jelly jar with a lid. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week; just take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before using and shake vigorously before dressing the salad. Speaking of salad, a head of romaine lettuce will only add about $1.50 to the cost. (Cost for recipe: $2.33)
Lemon-Molasses DressingTry this sweet-and-tangy dressing over mixed greens, or use as a marinade for grilled meat, seafood, or veggies.
Roast Lemon VinaigretteThis earthy, citrusy vinaigrette gets its gorgeous color and flavor from the juice of oven-roasted lemons. Add a little olive oil, honey, and salt, then drizzle over grilled shrimp, vegetables, or a green salad.