Since salad dressings are one of the first things I started making – and stopped buying from the store – and because they are used almost daily, I thought it would be nice to gather all the homemade salad dressings I’ve posted into one place that would be easy to find. Not only are they great tasting and I know exactly what’s in them, I love that I am freed forever from having to buy junk-laden store bought versions – or even expensive versions that don’t use all the junk.
I will add to this page as I publish new recipes and you will be able to find it by using the search bar (upper right under the header) or looking in the ‘Pantry Basics’ section of the Recipe Index. All the individual dressing recipes can still be found in the Recipe Index, but in the ‘Salads’ section. That way, since dressings are such a staple for our pantries, they can now be found in the Pantry Basics section as well.
This recipe is second only to Soft 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls in popularity. Just reading through the comments will tell you I’m not alone in thinking this is the best!
The one that started it all – when you realize how easy it is to create a dressing like all the bottled ones labeled “Italian” or a variation thereof, and with no junk, you’ll wonder why you ever bought them in the first place!
One of our family’s favorites, a Caesar salad made with this dressing and croutons made out of leftover Easy Artisan Bread appears on our menus frequently.
If you like honey mustard dressing, you will LOVE this – it’s fantastic and has spoiled restaurant honey mustard dressings for me for good.
My favorite way to use this dressing is on a green salad with carrots, onions, beans, olives, and corn chips. It’s also good on taco salads and lettuce-tomato salads.
This dressing is a nice way to use some of the dried tomatoes in oil I put up every year. We like the intense tomato flavor the bits of dried tomato add to any salad it’s used on.
This recipe was created at the request of my daughter who loves sesame vinaigrettes. It can easily be changed to a Ginger dressing with the addition of ginger (gee, you could see where I was going with that, huh?), and makes a very tasty marinade for grilling fish and chicken, too.
Our newest family favorite dressing is this vinaigrette sweetened just enough with the apple cider we press as a family each year. It can easily be made with any apple juice you have, though, and it’s really nice on all types of salads. The apple flavor is not pronounced by any means – it just gives the vinaigrette a nice sweetness.
And if any of these dressings have become a staple at your house, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
I’m sharing this at the Spring Hop Party.