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5 Easy Salad Dressings

Go Beyond the Bottle With These 5 Super Easy Recipes


Yes, you can make salad dressing at home. Be warned, though: If you've never done it before you're going to be amazed by how easy it is and kick yourself for buying all that bottled dressing in the past! These five recipes are a mix of classics and fresh takes, vinaigrettes and creamy dressings.

1. Avocado Salad Dressing

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Adding a mashed ripe avocado to classic vinaigrette makes a rich, luscious dressing perfect for fresh greens.

2. Basil Salad Dressing

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Fresh basil and a bit of garlic are whirled into this simple fresh basil vinaigrette. It's perfect on tomatoes, summer salad greens, or grilled meats.

3. Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing

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Lemon and garlic bring a lot of zing to plain lettuce, but feel free to add whatever veggies you like. This dressing also has enough of an acidic kick to work well on grains and pastas.

4. Classic French Vinaigrette

Homemade Vinaigrette
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This dressing is traditionally mixed in the bottom of a large salad bowl. After it's made, lettuce is added to the bowl and gently tossed to completely coat the greens, while leaving any excess dressing at the bottom of the bowl.

Proportions for classic vinaigrette are 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar or lemon juice, with a dollop of mustard added for punch and salt and pepper to taste. Add a minced shallot or garlic clove for even more flavor.

5. Green Olive Salad Dressing

Photo © Molly Watson

This thick, rich green olive salad dressing is perfect for slightly bitter greens like radicchio and endive.

Whirl a dozen or two pitted green olives with a clove of garlic, 2 Tbsp. each olive oil and sherry vinegar or lemon juice until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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