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Homemade Salad Dressings

Homemade Salad Dressings is way better for you and more flavorful than store bought. Try some of these vinaigrette's and creamy dressings!

Homemade salad dressings….

My mom always makes her dressings in mason jars. She adds all of her ingredients then places the lid on the top and shakes. We rarely had store bought dressing in our home growing up. 


Creamy Dressings

Buttermilk Ranch

1/3 cup dry buttermilk powder

3 tablespoons dried parsley

2 ~ 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 ~ 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons dried onion flakes

2 teaspoons dried dill weed

2 teaspoons dried chives

1 ~ 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper 

  • Mix 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup sour cream, 3/4 cup milk, 3 tablespoons ranch dressing mix

Salad Idea: Spinach Chicken Penne

Yogurt Herb

1 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

1 ~1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard

3/4 teaspoon dill weed

3/4 teaspoon italian seasoning

3/4 teaspoon prepared mustard

1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • Stir all ingredients together well. 


The trick to a good vinaigrette is two parts fat and 1 part acid. So an example would be 2/3 olive oil to 1/3 red wine vinegar. 

Dijon & Parmesan

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

  • Shake or stir all ingredients

Salad Idea: Spinach Chicken Penne

Orange Ginger

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons fresh gingerroot, grated

1/2 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

  • Shake or stir all ingredients

Salad Idea: Ham and Fruit

Oregano & Basil

1.5 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/2 clove garlic, minced

1/8 teaspoon oregano

1/8 teaspoon basil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

  • Shake or stir all ingredients

Salad Idea: Tomato Cucumber

Strawberry Mint

In a food processor or blender add:

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

4 strawberries

2 tablespoons of water

2 tablespoons of lime juice

2 tablespoons mint leaves, chopped

2 tablespoons of honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • Blend until smooth. 
  • Slowly add 2 tablespoons of olive oil while the motor is still running. 

Salad Idea: Strawberry Walnut

White Balsamic

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 minced garlic clove

  • Shake or stir all ingredients
Yogurt Red Wine

1/8 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon honey

2 tablespoons yogurt

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup olive oil

  • Shake or stir all ingredients

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