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4 Simple Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes to Try

4 Simple Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes to Try

Make your own salad dressing is easier than you think. Try these easy ideas including a take on a Caesar dressing recipe and a light, but flavorful Green Goddess.

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I may not be able to fully describe how good it feels to open the door of the refrigerator and see a bottle of dressing(Opens in a new window) that I made. It feels even better than a fastidiously Kondoe’d t-shirt drawer or closing your laptop when at the end of a workday(Opens in a new window). Having salad dressing in the fridge brings me joy in part because making it is so easy and in part because it converts to so much flavor and chomping.

More salad dressing means more vegetables. Whether it’s a salad(Opens in a new window), steamed vegetables(Opens in a new window), bowls, or dippers. A balanced dressing provides richness, salt to intensify, umami for satisfaction, and acid to sharpen flavors and bring them into focus. A bottle of homemade dressing means that not only do I but my whole family eats more vegetables. These four dressings hold up for the better part of a week in the refrigerator(Opens in a new window), and by the time you make all four, you will be ready to eat the first one all over again.

Need some salad inspo? Try our favorite summer salad ideas(Opens in a new window), a Caesar sald with grilled romaine(Opens in a new window), and a grilled veggie salad(Opens in a new window).

How to Guide

Makes 1 1/4 cupsabout 10 servings

We took the classic drizzle for Middle Eastern falafel as inspiration for this amazingly flavorful salad dressing. We added olive oil and a good amount of lemon and zest to keep it bright, light, and versatile. Turn to this dressing not only for salads, but also as a dip for raw veggies, a sauce for grilled meats, and a condiment on sandwiches

Directions:

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Combine olive oil and tahini. Screw on top and whisk until combined. Add lemon juice and water; whisk again until smooth. Add salt and cayenne. Press garlic through a press (or mince) and add to mixer. Screw on top and whisk together, adding more water a tablespoon at a time until you have a pourable dressing, about the thickness of heavy cream. Will keep refrigerated about 3 days.

How to Guide

Makes 1 1/4 cupsabout 10 servings

Looking for big, bold, Caesar taste without the raw egg or anchovies? Look no further. Use this crowd-pleasing dressing over romaine lettuce, chopped salads, or as a dip for veggies. Make a vegetarian version by replacing the fish sauce with coconut aminos and a pinch of salt

Directions:

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Whisk together the mayonnaise, oil, lemon juice, fish sauce, pepper. Press garlic through a press (or mince) and whisk. Add Parmesan and whisk again. Refrigerate in an airtight container. Keeps 3 to 4 days.
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How to Guide

Makes 1 1/4 cupsabout 10 servings

This take on rich, creamy, irresistible Green Goddess dressing is light on fat but big on flavor. Use it for salads, grain bowls, pasta salad, or over grilled salmon. If you like, replace the olive oil with 1/4 cup mashed ripe avocado and another tablespoon water

Green Goddess Yogurt Dressing

Directions:

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In a blender, combine yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon water. Blend until smooth. Add parsley, basil, tarragon, and salt to blender. Pulse, scraping down sides of blender and pushing herbs down, until pureed. Add a tablespoon or two more water if necessary to get a smooth, pourable dressing. Transfer to a container. Add chives and pepper and whisk again. Will keep refrigerated up to 3 or 4 days.
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How to Guide

Makes 1 1/4 cupsabout 10 servings

This super-easy, super-savory dressing is wonderfully versatile: Try it on steamed vegetables, delicate butter lettuce, and noodle and grain bowls. You can even use it as a marinade for fish or steak. Add a teaspoon or two of sesame seeds and a drizzle of sesame oil to the dressing to give it deeper Asian flavor

Directions:

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Whisk together the soy sauce, oil, vinegar, ginger, sugar, pepper, and chile flakes. Press garlic through a press. Add the sesame seeds and whisk again. Will keep refrigerated up to 5 days. Whisk again before using.

Once you have a dedicated shelf for dressings in your fridge, make sure you know how to wash and dry lettuce before pouring that homemade dressing over the greens.

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