Seven Salad Dressing Recipes

easy primal ranch dressing Seven Salad Dressing Recipes

Salad dressings are also the only way some parents ever succeed in getting kids to eat vegetables. They certainly have their place, but the store bought ones are loaded with Omega-6 oils and preservatives. Healthy salad dressings, on the other hand, can be a great way to get a good serving of healthy fats in.

Salad dressings were my former vice. I would eat Ranch on anything, in fact, I will be forever grateful to it for getting me to love broccoli. Now that we eat real foods, I keep a recipe tab specifically for homemade dressings, and have come to love these. I can even whip one up at a restaurant by having them bring me all the ingredients “on the side.”

My current seven favorite homemade dressings recipes are:

Creamy Homemade Caesar

Ingredients:

  • One egg yolk at room temperature (very important it is not cold!)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard or mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely crushed
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, pepper and spices to taste.

Instructions:

  1. Whisk egg yolk with whisk or blender on low speed.
  2. Once creamy, add vinegar and other ingredients and blend until creamy.
  3. Slowly add oil, stirring constantly until incorporated.
  4. If it doesn’t incorporate well, your egg might still have been too cold!

Great with: Dark lettuces, chicken dishes, or on asparagus.

Zesty Italian

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 small squirt of Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1-2 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp each of thyme, basil and oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Pull all ingredients in small jar and shake vigorously.

Great with: any salad or as a marinade.

Tangy Greek

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • small squirt dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp each of oregano and marjoram
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in small jar with lid and shake until well mixed.

Great with: dark lettuces, feta cheese, olives, and cucumbers. Also a good marinade for a cucumber and onion salad.

Sweet Asian

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Pinch of dried ginger or 1/2 tsp fresh zested ginger root (preferable)
  • Spices to taste

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in small jar with lid and shake vigorously. You can also mix in blender or small food processor.

Great with: Sesame chicken (as a marinade and dipping sauce), on a spinach salad with cashews, on cauliflower fried rice.

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Great with: salad with feta and cashews, grilled chicken salad, marinade on pork.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • One clove of garlic, finely minced
  • Small squirt of dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon honey (optional)
  • Salt, pepper and basil to taste

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in small jar or blender.

Great with: any type of salad or as a marinade on beef, chicken or pork.

French

Ingredients:

  • 1 squirt of mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste (organic)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder or small chunk of fresh onion

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a small blender and blend until smooth.

Great with: any type of salad (I like it on chef salads), kids like to dip things in this dressing.

Other great things to throw on a salad:

  • nuts: especially pecans, walnuts and macadamias
  • olives
  • chopped veggies
  • chopped apples
  • sliced strawberries or blueberries
  • grilled or baked chicken
  • sliced steak
  • shrimp
  • all of the above!

What is your favorite salad dressing? Do you have a healthy variation? Please share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Rebekah Wilhelm says

    I just made the Greek dressing with some alterations– it is absolutely delicious. Doubled the oregano and marjoram, used whole-grain mustard rather than Dijon, added 1 1/2 teaspoon raw honey and 2 tablespoons yogurt.

  2. Marie says

    I always love getting good salad dressings.  Thanks.
    Here are two ways I often dress my salad.

    Coat the salad with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.  Add about an equal amount of lemon juice, sprinkle salt and pepper and toss.  I usually add tomatoes after the dressing.

    Greek Dressing:
    1/4 c vinegar
    1/4 c olive oil
    1Tbsp oregano
    1/2 t salt
    1/4 t pepper

    Shake together in a covered jar.

  3. Leanna says

    I just tried something new for the first time yesterday… And it was delicious! Instead of “dressing” I put some pesto on my salad- I ended up adding a splash of balsamic vinegar for the bite, but very yummy. My greens were some spring mix & spinach with strawberries, red onion, mushroom, and boiled egg

  4. says

    I saw all your recipes in the meal planner so forget I asked about ranch but do you have one for the thousand island dressing?  Next to ranch that’s my favorite.

    Maryalice

    • says

      That’s a call I think each person has to make. I personally eat raw eggs during pregnancy, but we either get them from our own chickens or from a farmer I trust… i wouldn’t eat store bought eggs raw.

  5. says

    The Caesar dressing recipe looks exactly like I make mine, only instead of worchestershire sauce, I use a squeeze of anchovy paste. It’s just not Caesar without anchovy to me :D

  6. Kathy Luce McCarty says

    Just found your site and am thrilled with finding your homemade dressing recipes.. they all look wonderful and I’ll start today, making them. Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Kathy Luce McCarty says

    Just found your site and am thrilled with finding your homemade dressing recipes.. they all look wonderful and I’ll start today, making them. Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Bridgette says

    Is soy sauce okay? (in the Asian Dressing) I use to use a real fermented soybean sauce which i havent been using (but missing!) since going healthy because i thought soy beans were no good?

  9. Angela says

    Lemon vinegrette: juice of one lemon, tablespoon of dijon mustard, 1 garlic clove, olive oil and s&p to taste, delish!

  10. Tracey says

    Wow, what a great list, I can’t wait to try them all. I’m going to start making mason jar salads to bring to work, so these dressings will be a great addition! How many servings do these recipes yield? Also, how long do they last if kept refrigerated? Thank you!

  11. Nadya says

    Thank you for all the recipes!!

    Here is my favorite:

    Caesar dressing (1/2 cup) 5 min
    2 TBL red wine vinegar or cider vinegar (I use first one)
    2 TBL mayonnaise
    1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
    1 tsp soy sauce or worcestershire sauce (I use first one)
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano (I use fist one)
    1/2 tsp salt
    pinch of black pepper
    1/2 cup olive oil
    whisk all of the ingredients, store in refrigerator for up to a week

    now I also add fresh garlic clove, pressed trough garlic presser

  12. Suzie Towns says

    I am lucky enough to grow a variety of lettuces for almost 8 months out of the year. I always have people ask me what is that wonderful dressing!? I only put on a drizzle of high quality locally grown Calif olive oil, seasoned Japanese vinegar, some kind of specialty salt large and crunchy, fresh fround pepper….sometimes a bit of garden basil, parsley, mint for flavor…..the lettuce is lightly dressed, and has a lot of flavor on its own.

  13. Cal says

    How do you figure the nutritional values? If you had the amount of servings you could just add it all up and divide by the number of servings. I am only asking in case you already have the information. I was just diagnosed as a diabetic and I am anxious to try your recipes. Thanks.

  14. Teresa says

    In your receipes that have soy sauce: being that soy is not supposed to be good for you because of the hormone properties, can there be something else used or is there a soy sauce that is better than others?

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