Homemade Salad Dressings – My Favorite Recipes

One of the easiest things to start making yourself is salad dressings. They don’t use a lot of ingredients and all you have to do is blend them together and pour them over your salad.

There’s been a lot of talk about how bad processed food is for us, but sometimes it’s hard to find a way to cut out the store-bought convenience foods and go back to homemade foods. These dressings are an easy way to get started. Pick your favorite and give it a try.

6 Delicious recipes to try.

Not only will you be eating food without additives and preservatives, it also tastes much better. And in most cases, the homemade version is cheaper than what you buy at the store – and you know it’ll be fresh.

Ranch Dressing 

Let’s start with a family favorite. We love ranch dressing around here, not just for salads, but also as a dip for raw veggies. This recipe couldn’t be simpler and  you won’t believe how much better it tastes than the store bought stuff. Just stir up the 5 ingredients and you’re good to go.

Quick and easy recipe for homemade ranch dressing. So much better than the stuff in the bottle.

Yogurt Ranch Dressing

If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter and tarter, give this yogurt ranch version a try. It’s my favorite in the summer time.

Delicious recipe for homemade ranch dressing made with yogurt.

Italian Dressing 

If you’re not a ranch person, or just not in the mood for a creamy type dressing, whip up a batch of this homemade italian instead. It’s quick, easy and of course delicious. As much as I like it on salad, I love it even more as a marinade for grilled or baked chicken.

Blend up this simple italian dressing and store in a glass jar.

Caesar Salad Dressing 

What would a post about salad dressing be without the classic caesar dressing? Grab some romaine lettuce, bake up some croutons and make a batch of this dressing. It makes a great side salad, or top it with some leftover chicken for lunch or a light dinner. Yum!

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

Then of course there’s the rich, flavorful blue cheese dressing. It’s delicious on a salad, with some slice cucumbers and of course you’ve gotta have it if you’re making hot wings.

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Basic Vinaigrette 

Last but not least, you can’t go wrong with a simple vinaigrette. I usually whip this up just before serving. It’s beautiful on some spring greens or some butter lettuce fresh from the garden.

A Basic Recipe for an oil based vinaigrette and 5 yummy variations.

 

These are my favorite homemade dressings and the ones I make on a regular basis. Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below and as always I’d love it if you have a recipe to share.

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