9 Easy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes From Scratch

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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.

Favorite Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

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 favorite homemade dressings recipes are:

Creamy Homemade Caesar Dressing


  • One room temperature egg yolk (it’s very important that it is not cold!)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp mustard or ground mustard
  • 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese
  • salt, pepper, and spices to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. Whisk egg yolk with whisk or blender on low speed.
  2. Once creamy, add the vinegar and all other ingredients except the oil and blend until creamy.
  3. Slowly add the 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



  1. Put all ingredients in a 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 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp each of oregano and marjoram
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice


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

Great with: Greens, 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. 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. 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. 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.

Roasted Garlic Dressing



  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Pureé until completely smooth.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers.

Print this recipe here.

French Dressing



  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 macadamia
  • olives
  • chopped veggies
  • chopped apples
  • sliced strawberries
  • blueberries
  • grilled or baked chicken
  • sliced steak
  • shrimp
  • all of the above!

Green Goddess Dressing

I love throwing just about every herb I have in the garden in this one!


  • 1 ½ cups fresh herbs (packed, such as basil, cilantro, parsley, tarragon, fennel fronds, dill, green onion)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth or use a medium-sized bowl and an immersion blender.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Print the recipe here.

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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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


57 responses to “9 Easy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes From Scratch”

  1. Denise Ferguson Avatar
    Denise Ferguson

    These dressings look great. How long do they last in the fridge?

  2. Mel Avatar

    Katie, can you suggest a healthy recipe to replace Ranch salad dressing?

  3. Paul Avatar

    I was wondering ,why no anchovy ,of any kind in your recipe for ceasar dressing ?

  4. Charlotte Avatar

    This is very good. I get raw cream and make my own butter- then use the buttermilk in this dressing. It is yummy.

  5. Carol Avatar

    Favorite Honey Vinaigrette
    1/2 C grape seed oil or avocado oil
    3 T red wine vinegar
    1 T fresh lemon juice
    1 T honey
    1/2 t salt
    1 garlic clove crushed
    Combine ingredients in a jar, shake well, enjoy!!!

  6. Peggy Avatar

    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!

  7. Renee Avatar

    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.

  8. ana Avatar

    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.

  9. Delia Bellanca Avatar
    Delia Bellanca

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

    1. Terelyn Avatar

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

      1. Terelyn Avatar

        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.

  10. Kim O'Connell Avatar
    Kim O’Connell

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

  11. Patty Avatar

    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!

  12. Kate Avatar

    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?


  13. Sarah Mae Avatar
    Sarah Mae

    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?

  14. Sarah Mae Avatar
    Sarah Mae

    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?

  15. Donna Avatar

    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

    1. Melissa O Avatar
      Melissa O

      Mustard (yellow) + tomato paste (red) = orange! 😉 I’ve made this one so many times. I find it a bit tart, so I add a little honey. Yum!

  16. Michelle Avatar

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

  17. Teresa Avatar

    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?

    1. Holly Avatar

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

    2. Joseph Avatar

      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.

  18. Cal Avatar

    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.

  19. Suzie Towns Avatar
    Suzie Towns

    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.

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