Top 10 Salad Dressings to Make at Home

From ranch to balsamic vinaigrette, here are the top 10 salad dressings that are delicious, easy to make, and healthier than store bought.

10 Easy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

When Alex and I first started cooking together 10 years ago, we cleaned out our pantry of store-bought salad dressings and started making homemade salad dressing. Now, we’re not against buying salad dressing. But these days we almost always make time for homemade dressings because they are seriously delicious and healthier than store-bought. Keep reading for our top 10 salad dressing recipes.

Related: All our Homemade Salad Dressings!

Why make homemade salad dressing?

First though: why even bother making homemade salad dressing recipes? Is it worth the time investment? Here are the reasons that we spend the time and energy on making salad dressings at home:

  • Homemade salad dressings don’t have preservatives or lots of added salt and sugar. Salad dressing is never a health food: but it’s healthier to make salad dressing at home to bypass some of those added ingredients.
  • Homemade salad dressings are quick to make. All of these salad dressing recipes can be made in 5 to 10 minutes (or for one, 5 minutes of hands on time).
  • Homemade salad dressing recipes taste amazing. Really. All of these dressings taste much better than the typical store bought bottles. Ready to get cooking?

Don’t just stop at homemade salad dressings: try making Homemade Croutons too!

And now, our top 10 salad dressings!

Looking for more ways to top a salad?

Outside of our top 10 salad dressings, we’ve got lots more that are just as tasty. Here are a few more we love!

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Kirsti
    February 28, 2019 at 8:08 am

    These salad dressings look great! So excited to try them out – especially the caesar and ranch dressings as I haven’t had them in ages! Yum.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 23, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you so much! The Caesar and Ranch are two of our favorites. Let us know what you think!

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