Salad dressing recipes have been growing in popularity for many years now due to the amount of unwanted additives in the store bought brands. Guarding your health by knowing what is in the food you are eating is a way of life and no longer a trend. With that in mind we thought our viewers would like a few great salad dressing recipes to bring to the table as homemade. Here is our collection of some our favorite homemade salad dressings that will be better than store-bought and healthier for you. Stock up on mason jars to keep your favorite recipes on-hand ready for your next salad.
Easy Oil and Balsamic Vinaigrette – With your best olive oil and best balsamic vinegar, you can add just a couple of simple ingredients into a great signature salad dressing. Wow your friends with this version of Balsamic Vinaigrette. Take the following ingredients and add to a container with a tight lid. Shake vigorously and serve over your choice of greens, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and enjoy. You can substitute red wine vinegar to make another version equally as tasty.
- ¼ cup – Your favorite balsamic vinegar
- ¾ cup – Your favorite olive oil
- 1 teaspoon – oregano
- ¼ teaspoon – sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon – fresh ground pepper
- 10 leaves fresh basil – washed / dried and chopped
Honey Mustard Dressing – Honey Mustard has become more than a salad dressing recipe in recent years. It has become a staple for vegetable and chicken wings and tenders as a dip. Even children are finding how to like fresh veggies with dips making them more interesting. Simple ingredients are blended together for this family favorite. Assemble the following ingredients and blend with a whisk, put into a jar with a lid and shake or blend with a hand blender.
- 1 tablespoon – apple cider vinegar
- 1 lemon – juiced
- 2 ½ tablespoons – honey
- 2 ½ tablespoons – Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup – your best olive oil
- ½ teaspoon – fresh minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Ranch Dressing – Ranch dressing is another of the family favorites across the U.S. This versatile dressing is used as a favorite dip for vegetable cruité as well as dipping chicken fingers and wings by the gallon in restaurants everywhere. We have a healthier, yummy alternative than store-bought. Blend together the following ingredients and let set in the refrigerator for an hour before serving, to have the ingredients marry for the best results. For a wonderful variety of this dressing you can substitute fresh cilantro in place of the parsley and dill.
- ½ cup – mayonnaise
- ½ cup – buttermilk
- ¼ cup – sour cream
- 1 tablespoon – chopped fresh parsley
- ½ teaspoon – dried dill weed
- ½ teaspoon – Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove garlic – peeled and minced
- ¼ teaspoon – salt
- 1/8 teaspoon – pepper
Blue Cheese Salad Dressing – Blue cheese is not a diet dressing by any means. It is tasty though for a splurge once and awhile. We have a blue cheese dressing recipe to add to your favorites collection. Like the Ranch and the Honey Mustard, Blue Cheese is a favorite as a dip for chicken wings and veggies. Simply fold together the following ingredients and set in the refrigerator so the flavors can marry for best results. If you like chunks, do not put in a blender.
- ½ cup – blue cheese crumbled (Maytag preferred)
- 1 cup – mayonnaise
- ½ cup – half and half
- 3 tablespoons – sour cream
- 1 tablespoon – lemon juice (use fresh)
- ½ teaspoon – sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon – Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon – black pepper
Lemon Juice Salad Dressing – Fresh lemon juice is known to be a great substitute on salad to help burn fat. Here is a simple lemon vinaigrette version of this vegan-friendly. Blend the following ingredients for a bright salad dressing recipe addition to your palate.
- ¼ cup – fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons – honey
- 1 tablespoon – fresh minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons – Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup – extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup – avocado oil
- ½ teaspoon – salt
- ½ teaspoon – pepper
Caesar Salad Dressing – The Caesar recipe has evolved through the years to eliminate the coddled raw egg for health reasons. We don’t think you will mind that it is missing from this recipe for rich Caesar dressing. The recipe is a bit time consuming so set aside some time to make this favorite. Starting with the anchovies, Worcestershire, mustard, lemon & garlic mash together in bowl. Add Mayonnaise and mix together thoroughly. Fold in 1/8 cup grated cheese leaving the rest of the cheese for salad topping. Enjoy.
- 5 fillets – anchovies drained of oil on towel and minced finely
- 5 large fresh cloves – garlic, peeled and minced
- ¾ cup – mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon – Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon – Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons – lemon juice
- ¼ cup – grated Romano cheese (may substitute Parmesan) save ½ for topping salads
Additionally, restaurants are creating their signature recipes that hook customers to come back time after time. Farm to table trends have been bringing new fresh ingredients for chefs to create new dishes with. This and the trend to live a healthier life has made salad no longer something to start your meal with. Salad is what’s for dinner more and more.
We are confident you will be happy to add these recipes to your favorites. Check back for more favorites to come and be sure to share with your friends.