20 Must Try Homemade Salad Dressings
Homemade salad dressings can be tastier and healthier for you and your family. Here are some of the best homemade salad dressing recipes I have found. There’s no better time than the spring and summer to start making some of these. With farmer’s markets opening this month you can easily find the fresh vegetables and natural herbs close to home.
Due to high blood pressure readings that came back three times in a row late last year I have tried hard to revamp my diet and lifestyle. First thing to go out the window entirely was salt. Happy to say I don’t miss it that much. Then I began reading labels with more scrutiny. Now if the product is boxed or packaged and it is high in sodium it doesn’t make it into my house. It has been enlightening to see what contains sodium and what doesn’t. Dairy is mostly okay. Bread can be extremely high in sodium. I trimmed caffeine down as well. That was hard because I love my coffee. But happily I also have adjusted to drinking LOTS of caffeine free teas. Prepackaged frozen foods from popular retailers are extremely high in sodium. So they rarely make it into my house anymore. Cooking heart healthy has meant that I need to plan a bit better than I used to do for meals. I believe we are getting there together as a family.
[tweetthis]DYK many prepackaged salad dressings are high in sodium? [/tweetthis]
One thing I keep promising myself to do is make homemade salad dressing. Salad dressings can be extremely high in sodium. Each one is different but many have way too much sodium in them. I assume that is because pre-packaged bottles salad dressings sit on the grocery store shelf for months sometimes. Although I keep promising myself that I will make homemade salad dressings myself I have yet to find recipes I like and I have not committed fully to this yet either. So, this past week I decided to roundup a pile of great recipes for homemade salad dressings and post them here on my site so that I can use them and bookmark them forever.
[tweetthis]Have you ever made your own salad dressings? [/tweetthis]
Have you ever made homemade salad dressings? What is your favourite recipe for homemade salad dressing? Which one of these would you choose to try?
[tweetthis]From homemade healthy ranch dressing to pepper jelly vinaigrette there’s something here for everyone. [/tweetthis]
Must Try Salad Dressings –
Like Mother, Like Daughter – Poppy Seed Dressing – http://lmld.org/2013/05/02/cranberry-almond-and-spinach-salad-w-poppy-seed-dressing/
Our Best Bites – Red Wine Poppy Seed Vinaigrette – http://ourbestbites.com/2014/10/blackberry-pear-salad-with-red-wine-poppy-seed-vinaigrette/
Cherished Bliss – Homemade Healthy Ranch – http://cherishedbliss.com/homemade-healthy-ranch/
Like Mother, Like Daughter – Raspberry Vinaigrette – http://lmld.org/2014/05/12/raspberry-vinaigrette-dressing-2/
Eat Drink Love – Skinny Parmesan Dressing – http://eat-drink-love.com/2015/05/skinny-parmesan-dressing/
Recipe Girl – Blue Cheese Salad Dressing – http://www.recipegirl.com/2007/03/29/blue-cheese-salad-dressing/
The Ktichen McCabe – Toasted Sesame Ginger Dressing – http://thekitchenmccabe.com/2013/10/01/toasted-sesame-ginger-dressing/
Raining Hot Coupons – Restaurant Italian Salad Dressing – http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/restaurant-italian-salad-dressing-amazing-home/
Pinch of Yum – Honey Mustard Dressing – http://pinchofyum.com/rainbow-chicken-salad-almond-honey-mustard-dressing and http://www.pinchofyum.com/
Cookie and Kate – Honey Lime Dressing – http://cookieandkate.com/2014/kale-clementine-feta-salad-honey-lime-dressing/
The Little Epicurean – Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing – http://www.thelittleepicurean.com/2014/02/carrot-ginger-salad-dressing.html
Our Best Bites – Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette – http://ourbestbites.com/2014/07/pepper-jelly-vinaigrette-salad/
Southern Krazed – Orange Vinaigrette – http://southernkrazed.com/2014/01/mandarin-orange-spinach-salad-orange-vinaigrette-dressing/
Consumer Queen – Cilantro Lime Dressing – http://consumerqueen.com/my-royal-kitchen/cilantro-lime-dressing
Healthy Delicious – Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette – http://www.healthy-delicious.com/meat-free-friday-smoked-mozzarella-salad-with-sundried-tomato-vinagrette/
Dishin and Dishes – Garlicky Vinaigrette – http://www.dishinanddishes.com/warm-mushroom-salad-with-garlicky-vinaigrette/?doing_wp_cron=1431362609.5220611095428466796875
Tammi Lee Tips – Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing – http://www.tammileetips.com/2014/11/fall-kale-super-salad/
Say Not Sweet Anne – Simple Strawberry Vinaigrette – http://www.saynotsweetanne.com/2014/simple-strawberry-vinaigrette/
Our Best Bites – Thai Peanut Dressing – http://ourbestbites.com/2009/07/thai-peanut-dressing/
I Was Born to Cook – Simple Grapefruit Vinaigrette – http://iwasborntocook.com/simple-grapefruit-vinaigrette/
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aimee @ like mother like daughter
I love homemade salad dressing, these all sound so tasty! Thanks for sharing 2 of ours too!
SO yummy! I’ll have to try some of these.
Oh these are fabulous, thanks for the list! I’ve been wanting to make my own dressings for a while (I have a honey/mustard/mayo one totally down and much loved, but it doesn’t work for every salad, heh.) I find that I waste a ton of dressing in the multiple amounts of bottles we buy. If we made them at home, they’d be guaranteed fresh and will leave more room in my fridge, lol. Gonna check those Poppy Seed and Ranch dressings, thanks for the heads up! <3
Little Miss Kate
Summer time = lots of yummy salads. That Honey mustard dressing sounds delicious!
This is a great round up!! Being Gluten free, I have to be very selective with the salad dressings I choose. Gluten is used as a filler to thicken sauces. I love these and can’t wait to try them
Randa @ TBK
The skinny parmesan dressing is something I would want to try. Thanks for this great roundup.
You are very welcome Randa! I am trying several of these dressings out myself!
I love fruit and have always wanted to try raspberry vinaigrette. I’m going to add this recipe to my list of things to try this Summer!
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
Homemade dressings are the best. My dad makes a mean dressing out of oil, vinegar and salt. It’s my all time favorite.
We do make our own salad dressings. I make just a simple one for me, but my Hubs likes the Japanese House Dressing I make.
Great roundup! I love making homemade vinaigrettes…one of my faves is simple with Dijon mustard, balsamic, and a good quality extra-virgin olive oil!
Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations
Thanks for this list. They all look so amazing. I love making homemade dressing. Bookmarked!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
Thanks so much for this great collection. I’m always on the look out for new and interesting dressings for our salads.
I am definitely keeping these recipes. I make my own salad dressing so it’s nice to have alternatives.
My husband and kids are huge salad fans! I should try a couple of these and see how they like them. We go through so many dressings a month!
I don’t add additional salt to my food, either. I was never a big fan of salt until I had to stop eating it. I never realized how much sodium is in processed foods, even soup. These homemade salad dressings look good and I can hardly wait to try them all.
I love a good homemade salad dressing! My favorite to make are balsamic vinaigrette, and raspberry vinaigrette!
Wow! That is a lot of different salad dressing. I would love to give each of them a try, I might do a different one every week.
I usually buy bottled dressing, but I really should start making my own. It’s simple and healthier and these sound like 20 great ones to start with!
I have to say that I am not a big fan of slat, either. I am constantly on my husband and daughter about how much they eat. However, I have never tried to make my own salad dressing before! Thanks for the ideas!
Great Round up you have some of my favorite bloggers included. They all cook like a dream 🙂 Thanks for sharing :0
Thank you for featuring our recipe in your round up! I love to make things from scratch in the kitchen so much healthier!
I love to experiment with my salad. These all sound like delicious dressing recipes. I will have to the Thai Peanut Dressing first.
Fi Ní Neachtáin
Now that summer is here again I really must make salads part of our weekly meal plans. I’d love to make some of my own dressings to go with them.
You know, I never tried to make my own dressings before. It looks so simple I gotta try it one of these days.
Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies
These all sound like really great options for salad dressings! Thanks so much for the recipes!
I usually don’t eat any dressing. There are times though when I will break from the norm and try it. I think with homemade dressing I might be even more inclined to do so.
Really? I rarely like it without dressing. That’s interesting.
I dont like mess so I seldom put dressing my salad. There are great must-try for those who love to put dressing in a salad.
Bonnie @ wemake7
I am definitely pinning this for later! I have always wanted to make my own salad dressing but had NO idea how to. Thank you! =)
I love a good salad dressing! These look amazing!
I stopped buying store dressings a while ago when my mother in law taught me some tricks to make my own. Now I hate store ones. They are so full of sugar. Thanks for some great recipes!
This is a great list of salad dressings. I usually make my own dressing with Balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It is so good
Every vinaigrette that I have ever tried, I have loved. Now I have some new ideas! Yum.
Camesha | Mama Motivator
I’ve never tried making my own salad dressing. It’s been on my list of things to try. These are some great recipes. They sound tasty. Perfect for all of my summer salads.
I haven’t had a salad for ages, but I’ll definitely have to save this link. Thanks for sharing!
I think it’s about time I switch to homemade dressings!
I can’t quite put my finger on it but there’s something wrong with store bought .
Maybe it’s because of preservatives?
Mila (idea box)
Mila: Exactly! I agree. They taste so strange sometimes now. I need homemade things these days. These are mostly simple to make.
My wife has started a pretty strict elimination diet while we try to sort out some health issues she’s been having so this is a great resource for us. Most prepared food items are not ok for us for the next 30 days (or maybe longer).
Oh you hit me at just the right time I am so tired of bottle dressing. Pinned it and am going to try some of these great recipes. This post is my Editor’s Pick this week on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks ‘n a Row. Congrats ! ♥
I love all these different dressings. Thank you for sharing. Thanks for linking up to the #HomeMattersParty this week. Can’t wait to see what you link up next week.
Katie (Growing Up KAtertot)
YUM! I’m a HUGE fan of salads! All of the dressings look fantastic! It’s hard to chose just one favorite. 🙂 This is a great reference for later. Thank you for posting!