The Seven Best Homemade Salad Dressings

In my opinion, a delicious salad dressing can make the entire meal. In fact, I use to not be a big salad girl until I started making my own dressings! Far too many salad dressings are filled with artificial flavors, preservatives, and far too much sugar...and the one's that aren't filled with all of that are often rather expensive. I've found I actually prefer to make my own -- I like how they taste far more than store-bought, and I know exactly what I am consuming! Plus, the dressings only take a few minutes. So, I give to you, seven of the best homemade, simple salad dressings!


I'd personally keep all these dressings in my fridge for up to 7 days, although majority of them only recommend 3-5 days.


And as a little bonus, another favorite salad dressing that doesn't quite deserve a recipe is just simple extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a dash of pink salt -- yum!


White Balsamic Vinaigrette [Recipe by Emily Bowen]

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tbsp raw or local honey

  • pink salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl, pour on salad & enjoy!


Italian Dressing [Recipe Adapted from Christina with The Whole Cook]

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp dried basil

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions:

  • Place all the ingredients together in a small jar, shake & enjoy!


Greek Dressing [Recipe Adapted from Rachel Mansfield]

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 organic garlic clove, minced

  • 2 tsp dried oregano

  • 6 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • salt + pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Place all the ingredients together in a small jar, shake & enjoy!


Vegan Tahini Caesar Dressing [Recipe Adapted from Rachel Mansfield]

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup creamy tahini

  • Juice of one lemon

  • 2 tbsps dijon mustard

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

  • Place all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until all ingredients are combined into a smooth, creamy texture. Spoon over salad & dig in!


Basil Vinaigrette [Recipe Adapted from Gaby Dalkin]

Ingredients:

  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped

  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves stems removed (about 4 ounces)

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard

Instructions:

  • Roughly chop the shallot and remove the basil stems. Place all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until the basil is chopped into fine pieces and the shallot is minced. Pour over salad & enjoy!


Classic Chopped Salad Dressing [Recipe Adapted from Body Love Everyday by Kelly LeVeque]

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 tsp dijon mustard (optional)

Instructions:

  • Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl & pour over salad. Delish!


Simple Vinaigrette [Recipe Adapted from The Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines]

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tbsp minced shallot

  • 2 tsp whole-grain dijon mustard

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  • Place all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until all ingredients are combined. Pour over salad. Yummm!


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