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These top homemade salad dressing recipes are easy to make and taste fresh and delicious! Pick from popular creamy dressings and vinaigrettes.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

30 Easy Salad Dressing Recipes


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 to 1 cup 1x

Description

These top homemade salad dressing recipes are easy to make and taste fresh and delicious! Pick from favorites like Caesar, Italian, and balsamic: or see the list above for more ideas.


Ingredients

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For the balsamic vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

For the Italian dressing

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced (about ¼ teaspoonor ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon each dried oregano, dried thyme, and dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

For the Caesar dressing

  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional but recommended)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon each kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. For the balsamic vinaigrette: In a medium bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and salt until fully combined. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, adding 1 tablespoon at a time and whisking until it incorporates, until an emulsion forms. Serve immediately. Makes ¾ cup. Store refrigerated and bring to room temperature before serving (keeps at least 2 weeks).
  2. For the Italian dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, garlic, oregano, thyme, basil, and kosher salt. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, adding 1 tablespoon at a time and whisking until it incorporates, until an emulsion forms. Serve immediately. Makes ½ cup. Store refrigerated and bring to room temperature before serving (keeps at least 2 weeks).
  3. For the Caesar dressing: Mince or grate the garlic. Grate the Parmesan cheese as finely as possible (it’s helpful to use a microplane or the fine holes on a grater). Juice the lemon. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl. Makes 1 cup. Store refrigerated (keeps at least 1 week).
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: Salad dressing
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Salad dressing recipes

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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    1. 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks
      1 1/2 C. Vegetable oil
      1 C chopped Green onion
      1/2 C Tomato Sauce
      1 T white vinegar
      2 t sugar
      1t white pepper
      1 t minced garlic
      1t Tabasco Sauce
      3/4 t ground red pepper
      1/2 t salt
      Blend in food processor