These top homemade salad dressing recipes are easy to make and taste fresh and delicious! Pick from popular creamy dressings and vinaigrettes.
The best way to make salad taste fresh and delicious? Homemade salad dressing recipes! Salad dressing made at home has incredible rich flavor, and none of the preservatives or additives of purchased bottles. It’s easy to whip up in a flash: many recipes have just a few ingredients! These dressing recipes will transform your greens…forever. Below we’ve got all the most popular types of salad dressing, from creamy Caesar to zingy vinaigrettes.
There’s something special about this balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing recipe. It’s creamy, tangy, a little bit sweet, and has that “something” that keeps you coming back. When you're not sure what to drizzle on a salad, make this! It's easy to whisk together and perfectly creamy.
Want to recreate the magic of that perfect restaurant Caesar? Try this homemade Caesar salad dressing! There’s something about the creamy, garlicky tang that’s pure perfection. You’ll never been tempted by the store-bought bottle again! For vegan, try Vegan Caesar Dressing.
Here’s a homemade salad dressing that will amaze you with its fresh, zingy flavor: Green Goddess dressing! Sure, you can buy it at the store. But nothing beats the flavor of this creamy green drizzle made at home with fresh herbs and ingredients. This healthy salad dressing is drop dead delicious.
Everyone needs a good homemade ranch dressing recipe, and this is ours! The flavor is unbelievably creamy, using a combination of mayonnaise and yogurt for maximum fresh flavor. It's also a healthy spin! Add a few spices, and it comes together in a flash. For vegan, try Vegan Ranch Dressing.
This zippy Italian salad dressing is a family stand-by! The flavor is zesty and bright, full of garlic, white wine vinegar, and olive oil, balanced with just a hint of sweetness. Add Italian herbs and it makes any salad that much better!
Here’s a go-to salad dressing that immediately takes any pile of greens to salad status: this easy vinaigrette! It takes 5 minutes, uses pantry ingredients, and is ultra versatile for any type of salad: both vegetable-based or fruity. One bite of this zingy, creamy flavor and you’ll be singing it’s praises!
Here’s one of the tastiest green salad dressings out there: creamy cilantro dressing! You’re going to want to bathe in this one. It’s creamy, savory, fresh, and tangy all at once. You can drizzle it on salads, or on tacos or enchiladas. It's even great as a dip for fries! Also try Cilantro Lime Dressing.
This Dijon mustard dressing is a top go-to salad dressing because it's so easy and versatile! There’s no lemon juice squeezing or garlic mincing required: all you need is a few ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. There's something special about the flavor: it’s perfectly balanced, tangy and savory. Add shallots to make it a Shallot Vinaigrette.
Everyone needs a good lemon vinaigrette salad dressing recipe! This zingy vinaigrette is full of citrus flavor, and great for Mediterranean-inspired salads. It tastes like pure lemon and gives all salads a refreshing zing.
This honey mustard salad dressing is another back-pocket salad dressing that's got incredible flavor! Whip up this deliciously tangy sweet vinaigrette and it comes together quickly with only 4 ingredients. Memorize it and make it on repeat.
Making tahini salad dressing could not be simpler! This one works as a sauce for drizzling or a creamy salad dressing. Just whisk together tahini and fresh lemon juice, then add olive oil, salt, and a bit of maple syrup to balance the flavors.
Try this Parmesan Peppercorn dressing! It’s tangy and savory, essentially a simplified version of Caesar dressing that’s just as bold with less ingredients. You can whisk it up in 5 minutes: no blender, no zesting of lemons: nothing fussy at all! When we serve this to guests, they can’t help remarking, “What’s in this dressing?”
Ready for one of the best homemade salad dressing recipes around? Try this Poppy Seed Dressing! There’s something about the way the acidity cuts through the sweet that makes this creamy dressing irresistible. It’s classic and a little nostalgic even, perfect for drizzling over just about any salad. Strawberry salad? Check. Pear salad? Check. Spinach salad? Check.
Need a tangy salad dressing recipe to liven up your greens? This zippy citrus salad dressing is where it’s at! It’s perfectly balanced with both fresh lemon and orange. It works in the winter during citrus season, and as a light healthy dressing for summer salads.
This creamy blue cheese salad dressing is a must try! The pungent earthy flavor of the cheese makes any salad better. It's fantastic with crisp greens and it takes only a few minutes to whisk together.
Here’s a trick that will bring a citrus pop to all your salads: this Orange Vinaigrette Salad Dressing! It’s got just the right zingy kick from the orange with a simple trick. It takes just 5 minutes to whip up with just a bowl and a whisk, and it takes your salads from everyday to extraordinary.
Here’s a salad dressing you’ll want to drizzle on just about everything: Chipotle Ranch Dressing! This spicy dressing is creamy with just the right heat on the finish. It takes only 5 minutes to whip up, making it perfect for weeknight meals.
Want a great creamy salad dressing for salads and bowl meals? Introducing…this Sesame Ginger Dressing! This dressing is part sauce, part dressing: creamy and full-bodied, with a bright zing from rice vinegar and a spicy ginger finish. Take one bite and every part of your tongue lights up: it’s savory, salty, tart, and a little sweet all at once. It takes salads to new heights, and transforms the everyday bowl meal into something transcendental.
Need a simple salad dressing to add life to a pile of greens? Look no further than this Red Wine Vinaigrette! The round, robust flavor of red wine vinegar is ideal for salad dressing, and this one delivers. It’s zingy and bright, with a strong acidity from the vinegar and a sweetness from honey.
Looking for a standout salad dressing recipe with everyone’s favorite vinegar? Try this Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing! Made with Dijon mustard and olive oil, it has the perfect creamy texture that doesn’t split and clings to salad greens perfectly.
This Greek salad dressing recipe captures the simplicity of the flavors and approach to life in this sun-drenched country. It’s tangy, lemony and altogether the perfect versatile dressing for salads of all kinds.
Thousand Island dressing is a classic salad dressing recipe with a retro feel. Ever made it at home? This healthy spin cuts the mayo with a bit of plain yogurt. It's perfectly creamy and a delicious adder to crisp greens.
Fruity vinaigrette salad dressings are the perfect pair with a savory salad! This raspberry vinaigrette features fresh berries dressed up with a little balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and maple syrup. The result? The perfect blend of tart, savory, and sweet that will smother your salads to perfection.
This creamy, dreamy green avocado salad dressing stars ripe green avocado, tangy lemon, and a secret ingredient: avocado oil! Avocado oil brings in an essence of pure avocado, at the same time being a fantastic oil to add to your pantry.
Got lots of basil? You don’t have to get stuck in a pesto rut. Try this Basil Vinaigrette salad dressing! It’s got loads of fresh, tangy flavor: it actually tastes like pesto in dressing form. It’s ideal on salads, especially a summer tomato salad.
Here’s a fresh, zingy drizzle for salads and bowl meals alike: Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing! This vibrant sauce is packed with a punch of salty, savory, tangy, bright and sweet all at once. It incorporates Asian flavors like miso and rice vinegar, it’s got a twist: Mediterranean tahini brings in a creamy body to the dressing. Whip up a batch and you’ll love drizzling it on your meals all week long.
Got a fresh, ripe tomato? Try this Tomato Vinaigrette! This easy salad dressing recipe is an easy way to use summer tomatoes to add big flavor to a salad. This recipe comes out dreamy, creamy, and zingy: and you only need 4 ingredients (plus salt).
Didn’t find what you’re looking for? We’ve got a few more salad dressing ideas that are great for specific seasons and applications. Got pesto on hand, or pomegranate juice? Need a dressing for your taco salad? Here are a few go-to ideas:
1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional but recommended)
1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ teaspooneachkosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
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).
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).
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).
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