Delicious Salad Dressings
Impress family and guests with these easy homemade salad dressings.
This all-purpose vinaigrette is light with just a little bite, and makes even the simplest salads a culinary treat.
Recipe: Basic Vinaigrette
Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing
Mayonnaise, 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.
Recipe: Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing
Raspberry Salad Dressing
This 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.
Recipe: Raspberry Salad Dressing
Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Put 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.
Recipe: Basil Vinaigrette
Photo: © Tina Rupp
Traditional 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.
Recipe: Caesar-Style Dressing
Sesame Tofu Dressing
Love 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.
Recipe: Sesame Tofu Dressing
This vinaigrette perfectly complements any salad featuring fresh fish or shrimp. Make sure to use fresh cilantro for the best flavor.
Recipe: Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
Tart Poppy Seed Dressing
This sweet-and-sour dressing is a delicious finishing touch on a fruit salad, or on a spinach salad topped with bacon.
Recipe: Tart Poppy Seed Dressing
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
Creamy Cucumber-Avocado Salad Dressing
Who 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.
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams
Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
Making 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.
Recipe: Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Shallot and Grapefruit Dressing
This 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.
Recipe: Shallot and Grapefruit Dressing
Photo: Quentin Bacon
Roast Lemon Vinaigrette
This 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.
Recipe: Roast Lemon Vinaigrette
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