8 Easy Salad Dressing Recipe Graphics

 

I don’t know about you, but salad is usually my go-to meal. It’s just too easy to dump a bunch of fresh greens in a bowl, drizzle them with a tasty salad dressing, and enjoy without too much guilt. Although, I feel much better about what I’m eating when I know what’s actually in it! Unfortunately, most store-bought dressings have an ingredient list that’s longer than a DMV line. On top of that, who the hell can pronounce disodium guanylate??

In the past, I’ve always resisted making my own dressings because I made the bogus assumption that they were to difficult or time-consuming. The truth is, most salad dressing recipes are quite easy! They’re so simple that they usually only require a few main ingredients, and then you can customize to your taste from there.

Because I wanted to be able to experiment with different quick, homemade dressings without having to pull up a recipe every time, I figured I’d do some research and see what some of the most popular salad dressing ingredients are, and how to completely customize them to my own taste or dietary needs. You would be surprised at all of the substitutions you can make to avoid things like dairy, eggs or sugar.

I put together this list of salad dressing recipe graphics for some of the most popular and widely-used dressing flavors, mostly as a general guide for when you might need to throw together a quick dressing. And, most of the ingredients you probably already have at home!

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Basic Ranch Recipe

Ranch is probably the most widely used salad dressing– even kids love it! If you’ve ever tried a good homemade ranch, you will never eat the store-bought garbage again. Use it as a salad dressing or a dip.

TIPS:

  • Equal parts of mayonnaise and sour cream are probably the most popular base for this dressing, but if you would like to lighten it up, you can even use plain greek yogurt.
  • The amount of milk that you use depends on the consistency you want. If you’re using it as a dip, you might not need any milk at all.
  • To make this recipe dairy-free, use a good quality mayonnaise as your base, and then try either coconut milk or almond milk to thin it out.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment and add anything else to the mix that you’d like! Salsa and cayenne is a good mix-in for a taco salad.

Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing Recipe -- quick, easy and healthy! Made with your choice of mayo, sour cream, or greek yogurt. | Listotic.com

Simple Italian Recipe

Italian salad dressing is one of the most versatile dressings made up of  3/4 part oil and 1/4 part vinegar, and then seasoned to your liking with Italian herbs.

TIPS:

  • If your dressing is made from ingredients that do not need to be refrigerated (such as dried herbs instead of fresh), then you can leave the dressing at room temperature for a few weeks. If refrigerating, sometimes the oil in the bottle turns a little solid (olive oil seems to solidify the most), so let it sit out on the counter for about 10 minutes before using it, and then shake well.
  • Add more or less vinegar depending on your preference. I actually prefer a 50% oil and 50% vinegar ratio, but most people find this to be a little too tart. I’m definitely a vinegar lover!
  • If you plan on using fresh herbs, double the amount.
  • A sweetener like honey or sugar helps off-set the vinegar a bit, making it more palatable for some people.

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Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is my all time favorite dressing! But then again, I’d eat just balsamic alone– it’s that good. It’s one of the sweetest, most flavorful vinegars, which explains why I love it so much.

TIPS:

  • If your dressing is made from ingredients that do not need to be refrigerated (such as dried herbs instead of fresh), then you can leave the dressing at room temperature for a few weeks. If refrigerating, sometimes the olive oil in the bottle turns a little solid, so let it sit out on the counter for about 10 minutes before using.
  • Try pureeing a few fresh strawberries or raspberries, and throw them into the mix for a yummy spring salad.

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Easy Honey Mustard

I’ve tried honey mustards in the past that I just couldn’t stomach (I think it might have been the dijon–I’m not a fan), so I thought I’d try making it at home with plain yellow mustard instead… turned out to be a winner! Even my kids liked it. Dijon mustard is definitely the most popular mustard used for your typical honey mustard dressing, but you can certainly tone it down a notch by experimenting with other mustards.

TIPS:

  • For a thinner dressing, use oil instead of mayonnaise, or a nice mix of both.
  • Try mixing your mustards, especially if you want to tone down the dijon flavor a bit.
  • Start off with less honey, and add more if desired. Not everyone likes it as sweet.
  • This is also an excellent dipping sauce for chicken! Mmmm

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Asian Inspired Dressing

Boy is this dressing good in a cabbage salad! Just toss it together with some chopped cabbage, carrots, cilantro, red pepper, onions, oranges, or anything else you’d like! And, it’s over the top with cold ramen noodles. :)

TIPS:

  • If you use peanut oil, it will give it a strong peanut flavor (which I love), but it may not be for everyone. If you’d like to have a peanut flavor but don’t have peanut oil on hand, you can throw in a tbsp or two of creamy peanut butter to the mix.
  • fresh ginger and garlic is the best, but you can also use dry ingredients if you don’t have them on hand.
  • I buy sesame seeds that are already toasted, but if yours aren’t, you can simply roast them in a pan with a little butter or oil on low to medium heat.
  • Honey is an excellent addition to this recipe if you’re not watching your sugar.

Easy Homemade Asian Salad Dressing Recipe -- Made with soy sauce, oil and vinegar. Healthy and easy! | Listotic.com

Basic Strawberry Poppy Seed

Because it’s spring (thank goodness I can finally come out of hibernation), I had to include a good strawberry salad dressing. Pureed strawberry mixed with oil and vinegar is divine! I like to mix it with spinach, strawberries, feta and toasted almonds.

TIPS:

  • Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor until a liquid forms.
  • If you’re staying away from sugar, skip the sweetener and just throw in a few extra strawberries if needed.
  • You can use both oil and plain greek yogurt if you’d like. The yogurt gives it a pleasant, creamy tartness.

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Blue Cheese

Ok, all of you moldy cheese fans! I’ll bet you didn’t realize how easy it is to make your own blue cheese dressing. And, yes, it tastes much better than the store-bought.

TIPS:

  • The milk is to thin it out and make it easy to pour, so use as much as you need to get the consistency you like.
  • The blue cheese should be crumbled, obviously. :)
  • Use just a dash of worcestershire and then add more if desired.

Easy Homemade Blue Cheese Salad Dressing and Dip Recipe (healthy and easy!) | Listotic.com

Simple Thousand Island

If you like ketchup and pickles, then you probably also like thousand island salad dressing. It’s so savory mixed with a good crunchy lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and mushrooms. BUT, my family loves it spread on a juicy burger or sandwich.

TIPS:

  • You can also use this as a spread for burgers or sandwiches. If you are using it as a spread, try adding in a little mustard and/or barbecue sauce.
  • A lot of recipes call for mixing in a mashed hard-boiled egg, but I’ve never tried it. I don’t see how it could hurt, though!

Easy Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing Recipe -- plus burger or sandwich spread that's healthy and easy! Listotic.com

***Blend all of these recipes together with a whisk, or by simply shaking them in a jar or bottle. I use these squeeze bottles for most of my dressings and sauces, and this amazing salad dressing shaker for the balsamic vinaigrette I always have on hand.***