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5 Homemade Salad Dressings – Quick, Easy, and Healthy!

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Today, I am sharing 5 Homemade Salad Dressings that are quick and easy to make and healthy too! You’ll never want to purchase store-bought again!

Homemade Salad Dressing Is Best

You can make these dressings with a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry right now. But if not, you can easily find these ingredients from your local grocery store. Since you can make these dressings with all-natural ingredients, they are healthy too.

The five varieties I make in the 5 Homemade Salad Dressings video include:

  • French Vinaigrette (with bonus recipes for Italian and Balsamic)
  • Ranch
  • Thousand Island
  • Blue Cheese
  • Green Goddess

What’s Wrong With Store-Bought?

Homemade Salad Dressings are so easy to throw together for much less than what you would pay for a store-bought version. That in itself is a plus. But even more important is that when you make salad dressing at home, you control what goes into it. You can choose to use healthy oils, like olive oil, or homemade mayonnaise, and you know for sure that they don’t include any ingredients that you can’t pronounce!

Most Important—The Taste!

But when it comes right down to it, the best reason for making Homemade Salad Dressings is the taste. The fresh taste is outstanding, and a store-bought version can never compete with that! So if you’re trying to encourage your family and friends (or even yourself!) to eat more greens, then freshly-made dressings will most likely do the trick. Trust me; no one will be able to resist any of these dressings, especially Ranch and Green Goddess!! (Be sure to print out the recipes.)

Stocking the Traditional Foods Pantry

Now that you’ve created your own Homemade Dressings for your Traditional Foods Pantry, watch these other pantry videos too! I share how to make the following ingredients that are all perfect to use in their associated dressings:

  • 10 Homemade Seasonings Blends
  • 1-Minute Homemade Mayonnaise
  • 2-Ingredient Homemade Sour Cream
  • Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Plus, for more great ideas for stocking your pantry, I share How to Make 10 Homemade Flavored Extracts, including a “Perpetual” Vanilla Extract.

Mary with 10 favors of homemade extracts.

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5 Homemade Salad Dressings

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Yield: 20 servings
Make these quick, easy, and healthy homemade salad dressings, including French Vinaigrette (with bonus recipes for Italian and Balsamic Dressings), Thousand Island, Ranch, Blue Cheese, and Green Goddess. For the shelf-life of each dressing, see the Notes below.

Ingredients

French Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar, preferably raw can substitute fresh lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Fine ground sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp Shallots, finely chopped can substitute with red or white onion
  • 6 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil

Thousand Island Dressing

  • 1 tsp Fine ground sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar, preferably raw can substitute fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Pickle relish, preferably fermented if using sweet pickle relish, omit sugar
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup, preferably fermented
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream, preferably cultured
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise, preferably homemade
  • 1-2 tsp Sugar, optional (if using – preferably "real" such as Sucanat) can substitute with maple sugar, date sugar, or light brown sugar

Blue Cheese Dressing

  • 1/2 tsp Fine ground sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar, preferably raw can substitute fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Sour cream, preferably cultured
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise, preferably homemade
  • 1/4 cup Blue cheese, crumbled an American blue cheese works best
  • 1-2 tbsp Milk or buttermilk, optional use to thin dressing to desired consistency, if needed

Ranch Dressing

  • 1 tsp Fine ground sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp Apple cider vinegar, preferably raw can substitute fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dried parsley can substitute 1 tablespoon fresh, fine chop
  • 1 tsp Dried chives can substitute 1 tablespoon fresh, fine chop
  • 1 tsp Dried dill can substitute 1 tablespoon fresh, fine chop
  • 1 clove Fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream, preferably cultured
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise, preferably homemade
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk, preferably cultured real buttermilk can substitute a store-bought cultured buttermilk product

Green Goddess Dressing

  • 1 tsp Fine ground sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar, preferably raw
  • 1 clove Fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 bunch Fresh parsley, stems removed
  • 1 Scallion (green onion), chopped
  • 1 tsp Dried tarragon can substitute 1 tablespoon fresh, fine chop
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise, preferably homemade
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream, preferably cultured
  • 1 tsp Anchovy paste, optional can substitute 1 whole anchovy

Instructions 

French Vinaigrette

  • Add salt and pepper to a jar or cruet and add the apple cider vinegar. Allow salt to dissolve.
  • Add mustard and shallot and mix.
  • Slowly add olive oil to allow dressing to emulsify.
  • If making the Italian Dressing, omit the mustard and shallot, and in their place, add 1 teaspoon of dried oregano or Italian seasoning and 1 garlic clove finely minced. (Optional, if you wish, you can use red wine vinegar in place of apple cider vinegar.)
  • If making the Balsamic Vinaigrette, start with the Italian Dressing but in place of the apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar, use balsamic vinegar. If you are using a high-quality aged balsamic vinegar, that should be sufficient. If you are using a lower-end, shorter-aged balsamic vinegar, you may need to add some dried cane juice (Sucanat) or another sweetener, such as maple sugar or light brown sugar. Start with 1 teaspoon. At most, you should need no more than 2 teaspoons of sweetener. You may also wish to omit the oregano if making Balsamic Vinaigrette, so as to not overpower the balsamic flavor.

Thousand Island Dressing

  • Add salt and pepper to a jar and add the apple cider vinegar. Allow salt to dissolve.
  • Add relish and ketchup to jar and mix.
  • Add sour cream, mayonnaise, and sugar (if using), and mix well until all the ingredients are incorporated, and the dressing takes on a light pink hue.

Blue Cheese Dressing

  • Add salt and pepper to a jar and add the apple cider vinegar. Allow salt to dissolve.
  • Add sour cream, mayonnaise, and blue cheese to jar and mix well.
  • If a thinner consistency is desired, add milk or buttermilk to thin, starting with 1 tablespoon.

Ranch Dressing

  • Add salt and pepper to a jar and then add the apple cider vinegar. Allow the salt to dissolve.
  • Add all remaining ingredients to the jar and mix well.

Green Goddess Dressing

  • Add salt, pepper, mustard, and garlic to a food processor or blender and process for a few seconds to chop garlic.
  • Add vinegar and process for a few more seconds to help dissolve the salt.
  • Add parsley and scallion and process until finely chopped.
  • Add tarragon, mayo, sour cream, and anchovy paste (if using) and process for 1 minute until dressing is smooth and turns a light green color.

Video

Notes

Oil-based salad dressings will stay fresh for two weeks, refrigerated.
Dairy-based dressings will stay fresh for one week, refrigerated.
Find this recipe and video at https://marysnest.com/5-homemade-salad-dressings/
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese Dressing, French Vinaigrette, Green Goddess Dressing, Homemade Salad Dressing, Italian Vinaigrette, Ranch Dressing, Salad Dressing, Thousand Island Dressing
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Comments

  1. Dora Cividino says:

    5 stars
    This is the best. All on one page. Thank you Mary!

    1. Mary Bryant Shrader says:

      Hi Dora,

      Thank you for your kind words!

      Love and God bless,
      Mary

  2. Cami says:

    5 stars
    Is this going to work if I use olive oil only, and how many ml I should use? Thank you!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Cami, Yes, you can use only olive oil. It will firm up a bit in the fridge. But should mix up ok. As to ml – they are not that different from our measurements – so if the recipe calls for 1 cup, just use about .25 liters. Love, Mary

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