The Best Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes


With spring and summer around the corner (and all year long in my house!), a salad is the most delicious way to enjoy the harvest of the season. Homemade salad dressings are so easy to make and taste so much better than bottled.

To make the process of choosing the perfect dressing easier we have gathered some of our best salad dressing recipes for you.

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Homemade Dressings are the Best

  • Homemade dressings are by far healthier than their store-bought counterpart as they’re made with less sodium and fewer unpronounceable ingredients.
  • They are quick and easy to make, most are less than 5 minutes.
  • Most of these easy salad dressing recipes call for simple ingredients that you have on hand!

The following dressings are so tasty as a topper for salads, a dip for chicken wings, zucchini fries, or as a marinade for chicken.

Classic Salad Dressing Recipes

There are a few tried and true salad dressing recipes that have remained popular for a reason. Here are just a few of them.

Quick Caesar Salad Dressing is an easier version of the classic caesar salad dressing, but just as delicious and flavorful.

Quick Caesar Salad Dressing

This Caesar Salad Dressing is creamy, tangy, and so easy to make!

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close up of Quick Caesar Salad Dressing in a jar

Spinach Salad Dressing is made with a few easy-to-find ingredients like oil and vinegar. A little shake and this dressing’s done.

Spinach Salad Dressing

Sweet, creamy, and a little bit tangy, this Spinach Salad Dressing pairs perfectly with a crispy, fresh spinach salad!

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jar of Spinach Salad Dressing with a bowl full of salad in the background

Easy Coleslaw Dressing is a fabulous way to turn that cabbage into a creamy, tangy, and sweet summer dish.

Easy Coleslaw Dressing

This dressing is rich and creamy, It’s perfect on a salad for those backyard BBQs!

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Coleslaw Dressing in a clear jar with a spoon

Homemade Ranch Dressing has a creamy tang that is better than anything bought in a bottle with fresh herbs and lots of dill.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

This Ranch Dressing is a creamy, tangy dressing that is great for salad or fresh veggie sticks!

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Homemade ranch dressing in a jar with a spoon and a salad in the background

Balsamic Vinaigrette is a classic dressing that suits most greens. Simple, classy, and full of flavor.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing is so quick to put together you’ll never need the bottled kind again!

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Balsamic Vinaigrette in a jar on a white plate

Creamy Salad Dressing

There is something so comforting and versatile about a creamy salad dressing. Perfect for adding to greens, or using as a dip for vegetables or appetizers, a creamy salad dressing will always be a hit.

Avocado Ranch Dressing takes a healthy spin on the traditional ranch dressing, with the addition of some avocado.

Avocado Ranch Dressing

Bright, tangy, & flavorful, this avocado ranch dressing can be used as a dressing, dip, sauce, or marinade!

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Avocado Ranch Dressing in a jar with avocados in the background

Thousand Island Dressing is creamy, sweet, and tangy, and all rolled up in one quick and easy-to-make dressing.

Thousand Island Dressing

The best Thousand Island Dressing has a few simple ingredients like mayonnaise, ketchup, and sweet pickle relish. 

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Thousand Island Dressing prepared in a jar

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is made with fresh herbs (like parsley & dill) and it’s one of my favorite salad dressings. This is also so good as a dip for chicken wings or your favorite veggies!

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is delicious and fresh! A simple base of mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, & a variety of seasonings & fresh herbs.

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip with a spoon

Blue Cheese Dressing is great for a wedge salad or for using as a dip.

Blue Cheese Dressing

This blue cheese dressing is the perfect dip or dressing for wings, veggies, or salad! The sharp flavor of delicious blue cheese is complemented perfectly with a silky, creamy dressing.

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jar of Blue Cheese Dressing

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing is great for a basic cold crisp salad of greens or as a dip for some vegetables.

Honey Mustard Dressing

This dressing is perfect over salads, used as a dip or even a marinade for your favorite meats! 

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Pouring honey mustard dressing over a salad

Chipotle Ranch Dressing is a combination of sour cream, mayonnaise, and seasonings. So creamy and tart.

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Creamy, flavorful, with a bit of a kick. This Chipotle Ranch Dressing is great on salads, with veggies, or in a wrap!

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Poppyseed Dressing has bits of delicious poppy seed and is perfect for a spinach salad.

Spinach Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

Spinach Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Vinaigrette – This Classic Spinach Salad recipe is topped with bacon, red onion, fresh mushrooms & boiled eggs. An easy homemade poppy seed dressing this is the perfect complement. This makes a delicious side or is great with grilled chicken for a complete meal.

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Classic Spinach Salad dressing in a jar

Creamy Italian Dressing is a favorite creamy vinaigrette with lots of flavor and a pinch of Italian seasoning.

Creamy Italian Dressing

This creamy Italian dressing is made with mayo, sour cream and Parmesan, & pairs perfectly with pasta or garden salad. It can even be used as a marinade!

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jar of Creamy Italian Dressing with salad in the back

Creamy Garlic Dressing is so creamy and punched full of flavor.

Creamy Garlic Dressing

This homemade dressing is creamy & garlicky. Use as a dip for veggies or as a dressing for salad!

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Creamy Garlic Dressing with salad in the background

Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

A little oil and vinegar with varying added ingredients like herbs, spices, or sugar, these healthy salad dressing recipes will brighten even the simplest bowl of greens!

Strawberry Salad Dressing is a colorful and bright dressing that will perk up any salad with fruit or nuts. Swap out the red wine vinegar for champagne vinegar if you have some.

Strawberry Salad Dressing

Bright & flavorful, this Strawberry Salad Dressing is easy to make and only uses fresh ingredients!

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Strawberry Salad Dressing in a clear jar

Cilantro Lime Dressing is bursting with pizzaz and just the right amount of sweetness.

Cilantro Lime Dressing

This fabulous recipe combines the flavors of cilantro, cumin, lime juice, garlic and olive oil into a dressing that’s bursting with zesty pizzazz.

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cilantro lime dressing in a jar with fresh cilantro beside it

Greek Salad Dressing can be used as a marinade, a dressing, or a glaze. So versatile and delicious.

Greek Salad Dressing

Greek Dressing is a delicious combination of olive oil, lemon juice, feta cheese, herbs & spices!

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Greek salad dressing in a jar.

Sesame Ginger Dressing is as the title suggests, a dressing with a bit of an Asian flair. It’s especially great on chicken salads.

Sesame Ginger Dressing

This easy concoction will give your salads an Asian flair.

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Sesame Ginger Dressing in a jar with a whisk and salad in the background

Easy Dijon Vinaigrette is a slightly sweet, and tangy dressing that pairs nicely with almost any green salad and this one is also great on kale salads.

Easy Dijon Vinaigrette

Sweet, Savory, and so easy to make, this Easy Dijon Vinaigrette pairs perfectly with any crisp, fresh salad!

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Maple Dijon Vinaigrette being poured on a salad

Italian Vinaigrette Dressing is a classic dressing that is great for a salad but also superb for dipping bread.

Italian Dressing

This homemade Italian dressing recipe is as delicious as it gets. Italian seasoning is blended with dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and oil. Everything is better homemade!

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Italian Dressing in a jar with a spoon

Lemon Vinaigrette is a fresh and light salad with a little zing to it!

Quick Lemon Vinaigrette

The possibilities are endless with this lemon vinaigrette! Mix up an extra big batch and pour over pasta salad, use as a dip or a marinade! 

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Lemon Vinaigrette in a jar with lemon slices

Peanut Dressing is a thick dressing with the perfect amount of nuttiness.

Peanut Dressing

Peanut Sauce has an easy, savory sauce that goes with nearly anything!

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Peanut Dressing in a jar with salad behind

Dressing Tips

  • For a vinaigrette that doesn’t separate, whisk all ingredients except the oil. Add the oil in a very slow drizzle while whisking. Do not skip dijon mustard or honey if the recipe calls for them, they help emulsify the dressing (so it doesn’t separate).
  • Most dressings can be stored in a mason jar or a jar with a lid for up to 1 week in the fridge (the exception is if the dressing has garlic in oil, this should only be kept for 2 days).

Variations

Oil: I find the best oil for salad dressings is mild in flavor (like light olive oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil). Use caution with extra virgin olive oil as the flavor can be a bit bitter and strong for dressings depending on the mixture.

Vinegar: In most dressings, the vinegar can be swapped and changed with other types of vinegar or lemon juice. Try any of the following:

  • red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, champagne or sherry vinegar

Flavorings: For the most part, flavorings can be altered based on what you have on hand. If using fresh herbs in place of dry, you’ll need 3x more (so instead of ½ teaspoon dry use 1 ½ teaspoons fresh).  Add lemon or orange zest, parmesan cheese, or your favorite spices.

Emulsifiers:  The use of dijon mustard and/or honey are added to emulsify the dressing. This helps keep the oil and vinegar parts of the dressing from separating.

Leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite Dressing recipe is!

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