11 Easy and Delicious Salad Dressings You Can Make at Home

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While there are many salad dressings you can buy at the store, some are chock full of sodium and other chemicals that may not be the healthiest. Instead, whipping up your own homemade salad dressing using ingredients you've already got in your kitchen or pantry is a cost-efficient and easy way to cater to different taste profiles and preferences. 

Whether you're into creamy classics or tangy vinaigrettes, you can adjust ingredients like olive oil, lemon juice, or plain yogurt to fit your palate and the theme of your meal. Here are 11 DIY easy and delicious homemade salad dressings that you can make at home. 

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Classic Vinaigrette

In a jar, shake up 3/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar, one or two tablespoons of Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. This tangy dressing is perfect for any green salad or as a sauce for pastas. Adjust the acidity by adding more or less vinegar, and consider adding a touch of honey if you prefer more sweetness. 

Recipe: Food Network

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Greek Creamy Garlic

Combine 1/2 cup of unflavored Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of olive oil, minced garlic, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. This thick and creamy dressing works great on hearty salads with ingredients such as chicken or avocado. If too thick, thin it out with a bit of milk or water. 

Recipe: Well Seasoned Studio

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Balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Shake together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a tablespoon of Dijon mustard, some garlic and shallot, and salt and pepper to taste. This dressing shines on salads with tomatoes, mozzarella, or steak to add a refreshing touch without being overly heavy. To give it even more flavor, add a tablespoon of honey to balance out the acidity. 

Recipe: All Recipes

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Asian Sesame

Whisk together 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 1/4 cup of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger. This zingy dressing is perfect for Asian-inspired salads or to use as a marinade for meats. To add some heat, include a splash of Sriracha or sprinkle some crushed pepper flakes. 

Feeling the pinch from the Sriracha shortage? Consider these delicious alternatives. 

Recipe: Sweet Peas and Saffron

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Italian Herb

Combine 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, a tablespoon of parmesan or Romano cheese, 1/2 teaspoon each of dried oregano, garlic powder, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. This herby dressing is great on mixed green salads or pasta dishes. For a sweeter version, add a touch of honey or agave. 

Recipe: Taste of Home

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Lemon Tahini

Mix 1/2 cup of tahini, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper, and thin with water as needed. This creamy dressing works well with Mediterranean salads and grain bowls to add a refreshing and citrusy flavor. To add more depth, include a teaspoon of ground cumin and garnish with chickpeas and cilantro. 

Recipe: Food 52

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Blue Cheese

Though I'm part of the "ew, that's moldy cheese" group of people, I know so many friends and family that adore blue cheese. For this recipe, combine crumbled blue cheese with sour cream and mayonnaise, add buttermilk, some lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. This dressing is delicious on salads with crisp apples or pears. If you prefer it thinner, add more buttermilk or water. 

Recipe: Inspired Taste

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Avocado Lime

Blend together one large avocado, lime juice, olive or avocado oil, minced garlic or shallot, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin, and salt and pepper. This creamy and tangy dressing is perfect for Southwest-inspired salads with bacon, grilled chicken, and hard boiled eggs. Add a sliced jalapeño or some crushed red peppers for a spicy kick.

Recipe: The Spruce Eats

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Whisk together Dijon mustard, maple syrup, 1/4 cup of red wine or balsamic vinegar, and 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil. This sweet and tangy dressing is delicious on leafy salads with root vegetables or bacon. Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less maple syrup or sprinkle some crushed red pepper for heat if you prefer it spicy. 

Recipe: Foolproof Living