The only thing better than salad fresh from the garden, is salad topped with homemade salad dressings. Here are 12 amazingly easy varieties to try yourself!
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My garden isn’t quite ripe for the picking yet, but very soon we will have more late summer produce than we know what to do with. While I’ve spent the last few months dreaming up ways to use these fresh fruits and veggies, one of my favorite ways eat them is on a plate, lightly drizzled with a homemade salad dressing.
So, I’ve gathered together 12 inspiring, homemade salad dressings for you to try. These are not your basic dressings and taste so much better than anything you’ll buy in the store. Try it once and you’ll see it’s worth the extra effort!
Homemade Salad Dressings:
Mahy Of Two Purple Figs created this Honey Greek Salad Dressing:
It’s a Greek inspired dressing with kalamata olives and feta cheese.
Mahy has many great suggestions on how to use it, but I think it would add a whole new life to a simple tossed salad of tomatoes and cucumbers.
Jenn of Peas and Crayons has a fresh take on Maple Citrus Salad
This vinaigrette has an avocado oil base, which is something a little different in my kitchen. Like an good olive oil, an extra-virgin avocado oil can provide some amazing underlying flavors when added to a dressing. Picking an unrefined, extra virgin avocado oil will increase the wow factor even more with this dressing.
I love that this recipe includes tips on making a thinner or thicker dressing as needed. While I don’t think I’d take her suggestion of swapping the healthy fats and fuller flavor of olive oil for water, it is a suggestion you may want to try if you are looking for a lower fat option. This one has just the right balance of avocado and lime, along with a dash of sriracha that I cannot deny.
Christine from Mid-life Croissant created this Roasted Sun Gold Vinaigrette
For those of you that don’t know, a sun goldd is a type of tomato. According to Christine these babies are amazing and she has convinced me that next year I need to plant sun gold’s just to see if they are as good as she says. In the meantime I’m keeping my eyes peeled at the grocery and farmer’s markets. I must try this dressing!
Kelly from Tasting Page put together this Strawberry Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
The strawberry base in this dressing makes it a bit thicker and little less likely to separate than most vinaigrettes. The color is gorgeous and with only 1 tablespoon of olive oil it’s lower in fat too. The recipe is naturally gluten free and vegan friendly as well.
Rachel from Simple Seasonal shakes up a classic in this Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
The sweetness in this dressing – which is absolutely necessary for a balanced vinaigrette – comes from honey. If you’ve never tasted balsamic and honey together, they are made for each other. Rachel takes the old fashioned, tried and true method of mixing the dressing in the same jar that you store it in, which in this case is a standard canning jar. Less mess, less clean up.
As a fan of honey mustards everywhere, I have yet to find my favorite and I’ve yet to find one that I really dislike. Natalie adds her own twist on the dressing with a kick of fresh ginger. She also covers quite a few health benefits of the base of this dressing: mustard.
Lisa from Garlic and Zest created this Curried Mango Dressing
Lisa has the good fortune of having a mango tree in the family and she puts it to great use in this dressing. Like a mango smoothie the mango creates a thick base, which Lisa amps up with curry, mustard, and lime juice. It’s delicious on fresh, sliced zucchini and I can’t wait to try it as a glaze on some cedar plank, grilled salmon.
This dressing is the result of not having the ingredients for ranch dressing in her fridge. I, for one, am grateful for that! This dressing is thick, creamy and works great for dipping or dressing a salad. I also see it being a great marinade for an easy baked chicken dish.
Willow at Will Cook for Friends gives us ranch all grown up with Sun Dried Tomato Ranch Dressing
With fresh herbs, sun dried tomatoes, and a creamy mayo/sour cream base this is the recipe that could convince any ranch lover to jump on the homemade bandwagon. If you don’t keep buttermilk at home use 1/2 cup of whole or 2% milk with 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then measure like buttermilk for the recipe.
Robyn from Simply Fresh Dinners offers her take on Miso Turmeric Dressing
This dressing does more than just look and taste good, the turmeric is actually good for you. I’ve always known that turmeric is great for inflammation, but as Robyn shares, it has other health benefits as well. It never hurts to eat something good for you, especially when it tastes as good as this!
Sarah from A Saucy Kitchen completes the list with Caesar Salad Dressing
If you’ve ever tried making a caesar dressing from scratch at home you may have realized how much easier it is to make it with a mayo base. Sarah however knows the secret to a good caesar is in an immersion blender and a mason jar. The tall narrow shape of the jar is what helps this dressing to come together quickly and effortlessly, and it’s a great way to store the dressing in the fridge once it’s made.
If you’re anything like me, just looking at these homemade salad dressings recipes will have you checking your garden and scoping out the farmers market for all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens.
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