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23 Flavorful Salad Dressings You Can Make at Home

Updated on May 17, 2024

Skip store-bought with these easy and delicious recipes, perfect for topping an array of fresh, leafy greens.

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Our Best Salad Dressing Recipes (So You Can Ditch the Bottled Stuff)

Does this sound like you; You put a good deal of time and effort into creating a beautiful salad (washing delicate greens, chopping veggies, layering everything just so) only to finish your masterpiece with a store-bought bottle of dressing? We’ve all been there—and that’s why everyone needs these quick-and-delicious recipes. Whether you’re looking for a tangy vinaigrette to top peppery arugula, savory Caesar to go with crisp romaine or something creamier to dress hardy greens, you’ll find that homemade salad dressing is not only easy to whip up—it’s way more delicious than store-bought. Case in point? This bright and refreshing, made-from-scratch dressing that you know (and love!) from your favorite sushi restaurant. White, subtly sweet miso is the key to this well-balanced vinaigrette; it's mellower than other varieties and won’t affect the eye-catching color of the finished dressing.

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Buttermilk-Herb Dressing

This tangy dressing loaded with fresh herbs will bring any salad to life.

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Bacon Dressing

This tangy dressing, enriched with flavorful bacon drippings, is great over any hearty green but is especially tasty with sweet spinach. Add grilled chicken or salmon and call it a meal.

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Blue Cheese Dressing

This buttermilk-and-blue cheese dressing is a happy partner to a wedge salad or a plate of spicy chicken wings.

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