S/O salad dressing thread...do you make homemade salad dressing?

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Posted: 7/6/2012 12:04:26 PM
In the past year or so, I have developed some food allergies/sensitivities, and I'm trying to stay away from processed foods and make my own. I haven't yet tried any salad dressing recipes, but I would like to. They seem like they would be so much healthier and cheaper, too.

I thought it would be fun to share recipes if anyone has any.

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Posted: 7/6/2012 12:25:58 PM
Pioneer Woman Ranch dressing
I use this recipe and have adapted it to our liking. We don't like dill so that and the chives are left out.

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Posted: 7/6/2012 12:30:01 PM
Yes... I make Ina Garten's panzanella salad vinaigrette exclusively.

For the vinaigrette:
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic (I usually use at least a tablespoon)
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

So easy


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Posted: 7/6/2012 12:31:51 PM
no I don't but I would like to

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Posted: 7/6/2012 12:45:42 PM
I started making this one when my daughter went vegetarian. It is the best Caesar salad dressing I've ever tasted. I still make it now that my daughter has gone back to being and omnivore:

Vegetarian Caesar Salad

3/8 cup of mayonnaise
2 1/2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons of dijon mustard
lots of freshly cracked black pepper
3/8 cup of olive oil
1 cup of fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

1. Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic, mustard and pepper in a bowl. Whisk until well blended.

2. Drizzle in the oil and add the cheese.

3. Pour over a large head of romaine lettuce broken into pieces, toss and serve.
A splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice can also be added if desired.

I had a lot of strawberries on hand, so I made a salad with spring greens, spinach, sliced strawberries, toasted walnuts, and This Dressing I used fresh strawberries rather than frozen, though. Delicious!!


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Posted: 7/6/2012 12:54:59 PM
I haven't but I'm being overwhelmed with homegrown herbs, so I keep meaning to give it a try.


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Posted: 7/6/2012 1:14:25 PM
I often just wing it. I like to use the juice of an orange, lemon or grapefruit, some vinegar, olive oil, salt/pepper and a smudge of dry mustard...sometimes a little fresh garlic. Whisk, taste and adjust as needed. I don't measure it though.

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Posted: 7/6/2012 1:24:18 PM
Almost always.

The one I mentioned in the other thread is homemade:

April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing

Dressing is one of the easiest things to whip up. Most of the time I just make it to "taste." And I tend to stick to those with an oil/vinegar base as opposed to the creamy variety. Just for calories sake.

Here are a few more examples:
French Vinaigrette
Meyer Lemon & Garlic Dressing
Easy Salad Dressing Recipes via Real Simple
Salad Dressing Recipes via Martha Stewart

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Posted: 7/6/2012 2:35:29 PM
Since I'm more of a fan of vinaigrettes and italian type dressings, they are super easy to whip up and so much more tasty.

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Posted: 7/6/2012 2:35:31 PM
Since I'm more of a fan of vinaigrettes and italian type dressings, they are super easy to whip up and so much more tasty.

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Posted: 7/6/2012 3:01:38 PM
I make a greek salad dressing that we really love:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp dried oregano flakes
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Whisk together and serve over diced cucumbers, red onion and grape tomatoes ... so easy and good


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Posted: 7/6/2012 3:34:52 PM
I do make them when I'm making a salad 'recipe.' At this moment, I have a pint jar of sherry walnut vinaigrette in the fridge for making beet salad. And a bottle of Newman's Own. I love their light honey mustard and they don't generally have any ingredients on my personal naughty list.


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Posted: 7/6/2012 4:03:11 PM
I made a raspberry vinaigrette the other day:

1 10 oz jar raspberry all-fruit (Polaners?)
1 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil

Put it all in a blender and mix well.

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Posted: 7/6/2012 4:12:24 PM
Yes. Love how fresh and non-chemically they taste.

Buttermilk Dressing

1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 tablespoon sugar (I ususally use less)
3 tablespoons finely chopped chives

Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar, shallot, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl until sugar has dissolved, then whisk in chives.

1000 Island Dressing

1 pint mayonnaise
½ bottle chili sauce
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped fine
2 T grated onion
½ bell pepper, chopped fine
2 stuffed green olives, chopped fine


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Posted: 7/6/2012 4:49:15 PM
I have a big herb garden (basil, oregano, tarragon, chives, rosemary, thyme, and lemon basil). I make an olive oil base, which is basically a mixture of all of those herbs with a little salt and pepper. I then add wine vinegar to a portion of it for dressing. I make a large portion, maybe 2 cups at a time.

I also use the olive oil mixture on slices of crusty bread that we grill. It's really yummy!



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Posted: 7/6/2012 5:07:39 PM
Sensation Salad Dressing

- 1/2 Cup veg oil
- 1/2 Cup olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic, minced & mashed
- 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
- salt, black pepper and garlic powder to taste
- 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 Cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese

Mix well


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Posted: 7/6/2012 9:41:25 PM
I've only made this one, but it's a good one.

Maple Syrup Vinaigrette

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
2 small garlic cloves, crushed

Thank you for the other recipes to try, especially the vegetarian caesar dressing!

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Posted: 7/7/2012 5:26:29 PM
I like Ranch or Italian Dressing on my salads.

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