48 Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

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Making your own salad dressings is more than just a money saver. It lets you control exactly what’s in the dressing – no mystery chemicals or preservatives! You can go all organic.

And you can tweak the flavor so it’s exactly how you like it. You can make it fresh every single time, or close to it. Making your own really does add something special to your everyday salad recipe.

All of these salad dressing recipes are very quick and simple to make. Most use ingredients you probably already have on hand, like olive oil and vinegar.

Bowl of homemade salad dressing on slate cheeseboard

 

How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing

Quick Tips:

  • My favorite mayonnaise is Ojai Cook Lemonaise. It may be too tangy for some recipes, but I use it for everything. Regular mayonnaise, including the “olive oil” and other mayonnaises from all the leading companies, is loaded with soy, which I try to avoid. Even most recipes for mayonnaise require soy oil. If you want a mild-flavored, soy-free mayonnaise that tastes like traditional mayonnaise, try Spectrum Canola Oil Mayonnaise.
  • Using low-fat ingredients will reduce the flavor. Regular fat ingredients have far more flavor. Fat adds calories, but fat isn’t bad for you the way we’ve all been told.
  • Fresh herbs and freshly minced garlic and fresh everything taste better, but dried herbs are very good too. You don’t have to go to a lot of trouble for fresh salad dressing! And remember: it’s all fresher than store-bought.

How to Store Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

  • Keep your fresh made dressings in a jar of glass flask like these I’ve been using for years. Great way to repurpose used mayonnaise and other condiment jars.
  • Put them in your refrigerator. They will keep for at least a week or so, depending on the ingredients. Dairy spoils sooner than oils and sugary ingredients. You can generally smell if something is off.
  • You can also make very small servings by dividing recipe ingredients in half or quarters, and just have enough for a single meal or a couple of meals.

Easy Salad Dressing Recipes