Delicious Salad Dressings

Impress family and guests with these easy homemade salad dressings.

  • Basic Vinaigrette

    Basic Vinaigrette

    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

    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

    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

  • Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
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    Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

    Bacon 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.

    Recipe: Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

  • Basil Vinaigrette

    Basil 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

  • Caesar-Style Dressing
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    Caesar-Style Dressing

    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

    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

  • Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

    Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

    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

    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

  • Creamy Cucumber-Avocado Salad Dressing
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    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. 

    Recipe: Creamy Cucumber-Avocado Salad Dressing

  • Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
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    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

  • Shallot and Grapefruit Dressing
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    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

  • Soy-Ginger Dressing
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams  

    Soy-Ginger Dressing

    This Asian-style dressing is delicious served over mixed greens with stir-fries, fried rice, miso soup, and other Asian favorites.

    Recipe: Soy-Ginger Dressing

  • Lemon-Molasses Dressing
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    Lemon-Molasses Dressing

    Try this sweet-and-tangy dressing over mixed greens, or use as a marinade for grilled meat, seafood, or veggies.

    Recipe: Lemon-Molasses Dressing 

  • Roast Lemon Vinaigrette
    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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