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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.
How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing
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.
Made with just a handful of ingredients, this Thousand Island Dressing tastes a thousand times better than any store-bought version. Make this homemade salad dressing in minutes and add to salads, sandwiches, burgers, or use as a dipping sauce!
This vegan tahini dressing is the sauce you’ve been waiting for to drizzle over your vegan bowl to make it even more delicious. You can also use it on falafel, salads, or anything else you want a delightfully sweet and tart creamy vegan dressing for; this Buddha bowl dressing will make any plate more delicious.
Creamy and healthy, this vegan hummus salad dressing is seasoned with lemon and garlic and comes together in a matter of minutes. Fresh and flavorful, it’s a great dairy-free alternative to your store bought dressings.
This easy vegan salad dressing is so good it's drinkable. You can make it at home in just 5 minutes with a few pantry ingredients that you most likely have on hand already. With deep flavor from nutritional yeast and garlic, it's the kind of dressing that will make you want to eat more greens!
This Honey, Lime Cilantro Dressing is divine trio of fresh flavors that goes so well with any salad. It's perfect on Strawberry, Spinach and Pecan salad, which makse a an ideal light summer meal, a side salad or potluck salad.
Fresh, sweet and tangy, this homemade orange balsamic honey vinaigrette is perfect for dressing your everyday salads. Made from a handful of everyday ingredients, this easy recipe comes together in minutes and works as a tasty marinade too!
Sweet, salty, tangy and umami-packed – this Roasted Red Pepper Miso Dressing hits all the right notes! Simply blend everything together, taste, season and enjoy! Serve as a salad dressing, tossed into roasted veggies, mixed into grain bowls and more!
This and bright and creamy lemon tahini dressing ads so much flavor to salads and grain bowls. Made with all natural ingredients and no added oils it’s a great healthy option. This dressing works well with Mediterranean and middle eastern flavors
This tart, tangy beautiful dressing will lift up any salad for the perfect flavorful bite. It is super easy to make and only 5 ingredients! Delicious on salads or as a dip for veggies – who doesn’t love a healthy snack!?
Avocado Green Goddess dressing is made with fresh herbs, lemon juice, rich olive oil, and creamy avocado, and it has SO MUCH FLAVOR! Best of all, it’s made with no mayo and is vegan, Whole30 and Keto friendly!
This homemade vegan honey mustard is tangy, sweet and only takes a few minutes to make! This is the most delicious dipping sauce or dressing—better than store-bought! You're going to want to make this ASAP!
This Cafe Rio Copycat Recipe for Cilantro Lime Dressing is creamy, flavorful and only takes 5 minutes to prepare. This simple 5 minute sauce is the highlight of any Mexican dish! Perfect as a dressing, sauce or chip dip, you’ll be asking for seconds!
Cider, Basil & Feta Dressing is handy for accompanying more than just salad greens. So, if you’ve got two minutes along with these few basic ingredients, you too, can make Cider, Basil & Feta Dressing which beats the pants off anything you could buy in the store, I promise.
earn how to make traditional Japanese Garlic Ginger Salad Dressing with this easy recipe! Made with peanut oil, lemon grass, and ginger, this salad dressing is perfect for when your craving Japanese flavors.
You can't buy the legendary Original Taco House Fiesta Dressing at the restaurant or in the store anymore, but now you can make it at home! Perfect sweet heat for tacos, salads, sizzling meats, party dips - and much, much more!