26 of Our Tastiest Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes
A good dressing can elevate even the simplest of salads into a crave-worthy dish. Whether you want to incorporate bold flavors or add a subtle finishing touch to the most complex assortment of greens, homemade salad dressing is a simple and tasty way to finish off a bowl of your favorite lettuce mix. Here, we're sharing some of our most delicious salad dress recipes, and they're guaranteed to take your meal to the next level.
If you're looking to create a very specific flavor profile, like in our Garden Salad with Herbs and Sour-Chery Dressing, pictured here, creating your own homemade salad dressing is the way to go. Not only is it made specifically to accompany the salad, but it's also quick and easy to put together. In fact, it only takes 30 minutes to make the salad and dressing for this summery dish. Another delicious homemade option that goes with any combination of tossed greens is our Carrot Miso Dressing. It gets its creamy texture from plain yogurt and puréed carrots. If you prefer your leaves dressed in a more traditional way, try one of our classic iterations, like Martha's Favorite Vinaigrette. It's a simple tart and tangy creation that pairs well with more than just salad—we've used it to round out rice pilaf, green beans, and baked chicken or fish, too. Another tried-and-true favorite is Blue Cheese Dressing. Our creamy version is made from a combination of buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, blue cheese, and salt for an extremely satisfying addition to a wedge salad, or even as a dip for game day-ready Buffalo Chicken Wings.
We all know that the dressing makes the salad. From creamy ranch dressing to light and sweet vinaigrettes, it's time to put down the store-bought bottles and whip up your own tasty salad dressings at home.
Lighter Ranch Dressing
This better-for-you version of a signature salad dressing only takes five minutes to make. It's lighter ingredients include low-fat buttermilk, light mayonnaise, and reduced-fat sour cream.
Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Create this easy vinaigrette, which features flavors of sesame and soy, to dress an Asian-inspired bowl of greens.
Mustard and Herb Vinaigrette
At its most basic, any vinaigrette is a balance of oil and acid—this recipe starts with extra-virgin olive oil and white wine vinegar. Dijon mustard, garlic, and a combination of herbs take it to the next level.
Crème Fraiche and Lemon Vinaigrette
Try this creamy vinaigrette when you want to add richness to a salad or a counterpoint to bitter greens.
Honey and Dijon mustard add sweetness and depth to basic balsamic vinaigrette. Use good-quality vinegar for extraordinary results.
Carrot Miso Dressing
With only 10 minutes of prep time and six ingredients, this creamy, sweet, and tangy creation is simply delicious. And it can be made up to three days ahead and refrigerated for easy eating.
Thousand Island Salad Dressing
Buttermilk, sour cream, and mayonnaise make this dressing rich and creamy, while ketchup and sweet pickle relish give it that distinctive Thousand Island character. Serve it with seafood salads or even burgers.
Whisk red wine vinegar, Dijon, and minced garlic with olive oil to make the perfect vinaigrette for any homemade salad. This recipe is easily multiplied, so you can keep a jar of it in the refrigerator to top a salad whenever the mood strikes.
Green Goddess Dressing
Parsley, tarragon, and scallion give this dressing its distinctive green hue. Anchovy and garlic give it depth.
Martha's Favorite Vinaigrette
White wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and extra-virgin olive oil combine to make a perfectly balanced all-purpose vinaigrette. This homemade dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, so you can have a batch of it on hand for everyday use.
Cucumber Ranch Dressing
Grated cucumber adds a refreshing note to traditional ranch dressing. Buttermilk, parsley, and chives give the homemade mixture its trademark flavor.
Eggless Caesar Dressing
Lemon, anchovy, and Parmesan: All the traditional Caesar ingredients—minus the coddled egg—are here. Dry mustard powder and capers add an extra kick to this dressing.
Spicy Asian Dressing
Rice vinegar, ginger, jalapeño, and fish sauce make a light, spicy homemade salad dressing that's perfect for Asian chicken salad, slaw, and more. It's also a great marinade for tuna steaks or pork loin.
Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing
Garlic becomes rich and sweet when roasted. A whole head of it goes into this creamy buttermilk dressing.
Paprika and ketchup are the defining flavors of this sweet-yet-tart dressing. Enjoy it on a shrimp salad or with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes.
Grind cumin, coriander, fennel, and mustard seeds to make your own curry powder for this tart and creamy homemade salad dressing. Use it to make an out-of-the-ordinary cabbage slaw, or drizzle it on baked fish.
A spoonful of sugar offsets the tartness of cider vinegar and grainy mustard in this easy vinaigrette. Try it on a salad of mixed greens with dried fruit and toasted nuts.
Peppercorn-Parmesan Salad Dressing
Freshly ground pepper and grated Parmesan add just the right amount of bite to buttermilk-sour cream dressing. This is wonderful on a steak salad or sliced tomatoes.
Creamy Lemon-Herb Dressing
This dairy-free dressing gets its creamy texture from puréed silken tofu. Basil, dill, chives, tarragon, and lemon zest make it fresh and lively.
Minced shallot and parsley dial up the flavor in this mild white-wine vinaigrette. This is a great all-purpose dressing to keep on hand in the refrigerator for green salads, vegetable side dishes, fish, and more.
Buttermilk Herb Vinaigrette
Use your choice of fresh herbs—tarragon, dill, chives, oregano, or thyme—in this tangy homemade salad dressing.
This tart and vibrant dressing uses the zest and juice of grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. It contains just a small amount of oil—a great choice when you want to keep things light.
Anchovy fillets and shallot give this vinaigrette an extra-savory dimension. This salad dressing is a great match for dishes with boldly flavored ingredients such as steak or olives.
Red wine vinegar and lemon juice provide the acidity in this homemade salad dressing, while brown sugar softens the flavors.