3 No-Recipe Salad Dressing Recipes to Keep in Your Arsenal


The secret is out: To cook a successful dish at home, you need not have a long, intricate recipe on hand or even any recipe at all. Sometimes, a simple how-to for the process or a general method for creating it will suffice.

On Saturday's episode of The Kitchen, the cast hosted a Recipe-Free Show, complete with savory and sweet eats and drinks, from saucy meatballs to a buttery fruit crisp, that are easy enough to put together without a recipe. Check out the cast’s easy ideas for making a trio of go-to salad dressings, each quick to prepare and ideal for no-recipe cooking.

Sunny’s Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad with Creamy “Equal-Parts” Harissa Salad Dressing

The name of the game here is 1/4 cup — keep that measurement in your mind. Just as the title suggests, this rich dressing boasts equal parts (1/4 cup) of mayonnaise, tangy buttermilk, spicy harissa and two kinds of fresh greens: cilantro and scallions. Once that mixture is whisked, it’s ready to be tossed with Sunny’s kale salad, which is studded with juicy chicken and grapes.

Shallot Vinaigrette

“It’s a three-to-one ratio,” Marcela Valladolid explained of the oil-and-vinegar base in her Shallot Vinaigrette. Beyond that foundational mixture, it’s all about tweaking flavor to fit your tastes — and what’s available in your pantry. Though Marcela opts for apple cider vinegar and the addition of agave, she noted that you could also feature balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of honey instead.

123 Asian Dressing

Once again, it’s all about the numbers. When mixing up Jeff Mauro’s sweet-salty dressing, count down from three with him as you add ingredients: three tablespoons of peanut butter, two of brown sugar and one of soy sauce. He incorporates Sriracha and lime juice, too, to add welcome heat and brightness.

Tune in to The Kitchen on Saturdays at 11a|10c.