Seven Salad Dressing Recipes

7 Homemade 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 Dressing


  • 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.


  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.

Print the recipe here.

Zesty Italian Dressing


  • 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


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

Great with: any salad or as a marinade.

View or print the recipe here.

Tangy Greek Dressing


  • 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


  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.

Print this tangy Greek Salad Dressing recipe here.

Sweet Asian Dressing


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


  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.

Print this recipe here.

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing


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


  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.

Print the recipe here.

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing


  • 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


  1. Mix all ingredients in small jar or blender.

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

Print or save the recipe here.

French Dressing


  • 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


  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.

Print this recipe here.

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!

It can be a challenge to find healthy salad dressing. These recipes are delicious and easy to make.

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Reader Comments

  1. Just tried your Zesty Italian dressing & LOVED it!!! Can’t wait to try your other recipes 🙂 Thank you dearly…

  2. Whats the ingredients you ask for at a restaurant to whip up your own dressing?

  3. 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.

    • That sounds great! I’ll have to try it that way too!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. yum! i’ll have to try these recipes this week!

  7. How about ranch and thousand island?

    • Thousand island is just ketchup, sweet Relish, mayo, and garlic 🙂

  8. 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.


  9. Would you recommend not eating the Ceasar when you’re pregnant because of the raw egg? 

    • 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.

  10. I tried your Raspberry Vinaigrette and loved it! Great recipe.

  11. Wow. This list of dressing recipes looks great! I’ll probably try the Caesar first.

  12. 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 😀

  13. how long do each of these salad dressings last in the fridge, especially the caeser with egg yolk in it. thanks, jess

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. How long do these homemade salad dressings last when refrigerated?

  17. 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?

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

    • Punch it into FitnessPal App.

  23. 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?

    • At Anita’s Organic they sell Bragg’s Liquid Soy Seasoning, it’s a natural and healthy alternative to Soya Sauce….

    • If you are absolutely opposed to soy, look into Coconut Secret coconut aminos. Much less salt than soy sauce, not as strong umami as soy sauce, tamari, or Bragg’s. Also consider a liquid fish sauce. Fish sauce is really salty, but is very savory.

  24. Do you use extra virgin olive oil? Thanks for the recipes!

  25. I would love to make the French dressing for myself, however my husband will only eat the orange colored French dressing. Do you have a recipe for that one? Thank you

  26. We use a ton of evoo butvmy husband doesn’t especially care for the taste in salad dressings. What us another healthy oil that can be used in its place?

  27. We use a ton of evoo but my husband doesn’t especially care for the taste in salad dressings. What is another healthy oil that can be used in its place?

  28. I tried your balsamic vinaigrette and my whole family loved it. My dad is requesting a maple-balsamic vinaigrette and I have no idea where to begin. Do you have any suggestions?


  29. Thank u so much for sharing these amazing dressing recipes! I’ve been looking for whole food salad dressing recipes, and I hit the jackpot here!

  30. could you please tell me how long these will stay fresh after preparation in the refrigerator? thanks!

  31. Do you have a recipe for Buttermilk Ranch?

  32. I do not like mustard, what can I use instead, in my salad dressing?

    • Wasabi powder or horseradish is recommended by Cook’s Thesaurus.

      • Here is more info on the above —


        If you are looking for the tang and heat of yellow mustard in your substitute, horseradish offers a good substitute. Use less horseradish than you would yellow mustard, though, as it is spicier than the mustard. Add a little bit of fresh, grated horseradish to the recipe directly, or mash fresh horseradish into a paste before combining. Alternatively, use prepared horseradish and add directly from the jar.


        Another substitute for the heat of yellow mustard is wasabi. Generally associated with Asian cuisine, and sometimes known as Japanese horseradish — though it is a different plant from horseradish — wasabi is available as a root to be grated, powder, or as a ready-to-use paste. Add the wasabi in small amounts, as the heat is generally more intense than the yellow mustard. Unless your recipe calls for significant amounts of mustard, the flavor profile should stay similar. Consider mixing in a bit of mustard powder with the wasabi.


  33. In Portugal, as part of our mediterranean diet salad dressing is very simple. Any meat or fish dishes are always served with a simple salad made of just three ingredients, lettuce, tomato and sliced onions, seasoned with salt, olive oil and vinegar. Children are encouraged to eat salad from an early age.

  34. I really don’t like the taste of olive oil (I’ve tried hard to like it!) What is another healthy oil I can use in salad dressing recipes. Now knowing has kept me from making homemade dressing for salad because each time I try, I can’t get paste the olive oil flavour.

  35. I almost always ad a bit of xanthan gum to my homemade salad dressings. It keeps them from separating and coats the salad ingredients better. I am also a big fan of Red Boat Fish Sauce. Adds a lot to a dressing. I’m excited to try some or all of these new dressings!