These crazy good homemade salad dressing recipes are super easy to make — from a basic balsamic vinaigrette to peanut, honey mustard and cilantro lime, these delicious homemade dressings will take your salads to the next level!
When it comes to homemade salad dressings there are basically three kinds,
Vinaigrette, usually mixture or emulsion of salad oil and vinegar, often flavored with herbs, spices, salt, pepper, sugar, and other ingredients
Creamy dressings, usually mayonnaise-based, which may also contain yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, or milk
Cooked dressings, which resemble creamy dressings, are usually thickened by adding egg yolks and gently heating.
Why you should make your own homemade salad dressings
Why make your own salad dressing when there’s a whole aisle of them in all flavours and varieties in every supermarket? Here are six good reasons I think you should:
They’re fresh. When you make your own salad dressing you know it’s fresh. The ones in the supermarket have not only been sitting in their bottles for months, but they are chock full of preservatives just so they can sit there for months.
Homemade salad dressings are made with real ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, and lemon juice in them, not a whole stack of numbers like 330, 332, 407, 410, 415 and 440!
Homemade tastes better. You can use that lovely boutique, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil you bought from the local olive growers at the Farmers’ Markets; your own pot grown chives and home grown lemons.
You can control the quality. With a bought dressing you don’t know what quality of oil was used and many of store salad dressings rely on flavour enhancers to make something that doesn’t taste of much at all taste acceptable.
You can control the ingredients. By making your own salad dressing you avoid additives, gums, thickeners, colours, flavours and preservatives. If your salad dressing stays evenly mixed (doesn’t separate into two layers), you can be sure it’s got something in it to keep it mixed. If you can avoid unnecessary additives then I think it’s wise to do so especially if you have food sensitivities.
It’s cheaper. You pay a premium whenever you buy anything ready-made and so making your own salad dressing will save you money.
It’s dead easy! The homemade salad dressings listed below are all a snap to make!
I’ve put together a collection of delicious and easy salad dressings so that you'll never have to buy salad dressing from a store ever again! store-bought ones. These crazy good homemade salad dressing recipes are sure to spice up your healthy salads!
Homemade Healthy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing recipe. A DIY, Clean, simple and easy recipe using pantry staples. Can be made thicker to use as a dip for Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. Tastes amazing- use for low carb, skinny or weight watchers to top a salad, a dip for veggies, or a dip for pizza. This is a super flavorful ranch dressing made from scratch! Learn how simple it is to make your own ranch dressing at home!
This dressing delivers the WOW factor to any salad and Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing does just that. Cool and tangy with flavors of buttermilk, sour cream, onion, fresh garlic and fresh herbs! 10 minutes max to make it!
A blend of four delicious fruits: Wild Blueberries, Strawberries, Red Raspberries and Blackberries. Bursting with flavor, this mixed berry vinaigrette salad dressing is the perfect topper for your summer salad.
Yes! You CAN make a delicious creamy cilantro lime salad dressing! Creamy, delicious Cilantro Lime Dressing with greek yogourt! This dressing is so easy to make and pairs well with Southwestern-style salads!
Made in minutes in the blender or the food processor, this creamy avocado dressing with lime tastes like heaven on a plate! You can use it on fresh green salads, pasta salads, and you can use it as a veggie dip, too. Say goodbye to salad bar dressing and hello to this amazing creamy avocado dressing with cilantro and lime!
Made with easy to find ingredients this easy Greek Salad Dressing is not only great as a dressing for Greek salad but also for pasta salads, quinoa salads or as a marinade for chicken. It is delicious and simple!
Turmeric Cilantro Vinaigrette is a homemade salad dressing recipe that combines the powerful and amazing turmeric with fresh cilantro and ginger. Our Cilantro Vinaigrette will add a burst of flavor to your salad, chicken, fish, vegetables and pasta.
Honey Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette is an easy homemade vinaigrette recipe that combines the perfect balance of sweetness with the crisp edginess of citrus notes. This salad dressing recipe is an updated twist to the traditional balsamic vinaigrette that we all love!
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