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Easy Salad Dressing Recipes

I find it amazing how expensive salad dressings are in the store. I rarely buy them any more. Why buy them when you can easily make your own?

This year I spent the most time preparing Salad Dressings because we succeeded in growing lettuce in the garden. So I made the French, some Vinaigrette, and the Ranch Dressing. I did made some Italian, but wound up using it for an Orza pasta salad.

Also check the Homemade Sauces, and Homemade Mayonnaise pages

French Dressing recipes

Easy French Dressing

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 small onion grated (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a pint jar and shake well. Don't use a blender! Refrigerate. Keeps a long time.

Blender French Dressing

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups catsup
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp. celery salt
  • 3 tsp. salt

Put one small onion in blender to be chopped. After it is chopped, add remaining ingredients. Cover and blend well. Pour in jars and store in refrigerator.

Simple French Dressing

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

Put ingredients in small cream jar and shake. Some prefer the addition of a few drops onion juice. French dressing is more easily prepared and largely used than any other dressing. One tablespoon, each, lemon juice and vinegar may be used.
Recipe from 1800's

Tangy French Dressing

  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 Tblsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tblsp. vinegar
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • dash of red pepper

Combine all ingredients in a pint jar and shake well.

Thousand Island Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sweet relish

Mix it together in a bowl, and thin with a little milk if desired. If you need more, just double the recipe.

This is the creamy version

How to Make Caesar Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 beaten egg or substitute
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 Tblsp. oil
  • 1 1/2 Tblsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. dried parsley flakes

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Use a mixer to beat for about a minute.
Cover bowl and chill for several hours.

This is a vinaigrette version.

Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons spicy mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

In a jar with a lid, combine lemon juice, vinegar, water, cheese, mustard, garlic powder and pepper. Cover and shake well. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 3/4 cup salad oil
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 2 tsp. poppy seeds

In a pint jar, blend first four ingredients. Gradually add salad oil and stir. Stir in onion and poppy seeds. Chill several hours. Good on green salad with mandarin oranges and red onion slices

How to make Ranch Dressing

Ranch Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Tip: Use scissors to cut your parsley and chives in small pieces.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise or sour cream.(optional)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
  • Black pepper to taste

Add all ingredients in a screw top jar, put the lid on and shake well.

Need Buttermilk? Make your own buttermilk. Stir 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in one cup of milk. Let stand 5 minutes.

Honey Dressing for Fruit

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 5 Tblsp vinegar
  • 1 Tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. onion grated
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup salad oil

Mix all ingredients except oil in a blender, Gradually add oil
Drizzle over fresh fruit to serve.

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Food for Thought:
"The great man shows his greatness by the way he treats the little man"

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