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4 Essential Salad Dressings Everyone Should Master

Kiss bottled salad dressing goodbye; make your own instead. It’s healthier, cheaper, and ready in a flash.

Associate Digital Food Editor

Making salad dressing from scratch is a no-brainer. It’s quick, easy, and tastes so much better than any of its store-bought counterparts. All you have to do is gather the ingredients and whisk them together. You can even delegate this ultra-simple task to the kids. Here are four go-to recipes that should be in everyone’s arsenal.

honey balsamic vinaigrette
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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Our version of this crowd-pleaser adds Dijon mustard for a little bite and honey for an extra touch of sweetness. The result? A perfectly balanced dressing for any green salad. Plus, since it only relies on pantry ingredients, it keeps well at room temperature.


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Photography by: Petrina Tinslay

Ranch Dressing

Did you know that ranch is the most popular salad dressing in America? We suspect some of that is driven by the heretics who use it as a dip for pizza (hey, we all have guilty pleasures!). Whether you're tossing it with greens or dunking your crust in it, homemade ranch is infinitely tastier and better for you. You can make an even lower-fat version by swapping out the sour cream for Greek yogurt.


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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Mustard and Herb Vinaigrette

You're going to want to put this bright, zesty dressing on everything. Just combine Dijon mustard, garlic, white-wine vinegar, and olive oil with the mixed fresh herbs of your choice. Get creative and experiment!


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Photography by: Petrina Tinslay

Green Goddess Dressing

Our riff on the beloved California concoction doctors buttermilk, sour cream, and mayonnaise with avocado, fresh chives and parsley, and lemon juice. It makes an equally delicious dip for crudites.


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