Let's get dressed – Salad Dressings

By: Lisa Wright Burbach

I used to be intimidated by the idea of making my own salad dressing; it just seemed complicated. One day I just gave it a go and I’ve never looked back! I make all of our dressings now! Right now, during this time of Social Distancing and runs on the grocery story it’s handy to have a few good recipes in your back pocket too!

Homemade salad dressing are healthier and you are in control; no artificial ingredients, low or no sugar, just full rich flavor and they are just plain easy to make!

Health note: Keep in mind that most salad dressing are largely fat so the calories do add up. 1 gram of fat has 9 calories, over double of 1 gram of carbohydrates or protein! Enjoy, but moderation and learn to love the taste of all those yummy veggies!!

Here are a few of my “go-to” recipes:

Basic Vinaigrette – Hugh Acheson

Bit of a fan girl!!! But even if I wasn’t this is your base, your starting point! From here you can go crazy when it comes to vinaigrette once you master your base.

  • 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vineagar
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Kosher salt (did you know it matters? kosher salt is flatter and melts differently, among other things)
  • 3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Shake well and use. See the link above for yummy things you can add to it.


Ranch – Simple

  • 1/4 Cup Mayo
  • 1/2 tsp Dill
  • 1/4 tsp garlic

water to thin and a pinch of salt

Ranch Dressing – More involved, from my sweet friend Gail

  • 1/4 Cup mayo (can use lite)
  • 1/4 Cup sour cream (can use nonfat)
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp minced onion flakes (I usually use fresh onion)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 Cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Buttermilk to the consistency you like

Mix, cover & refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.


Dijon Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Mayo
  • Salt and Pepper

Mix and enjoy


1000 Island – Simple

  • 3 Tbsp Mayo
  • 1 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Sweet Pickle Relish
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tsp minced Shallot
  • Drop of Hot sauce

Mix and enjoy


For a more complex 1000 Island try this one from Kitchen Treaty


Ginger Dressing – from my friend Gail

  • 1/4 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Lite Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • 1/8 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Shake and serve


Here are some more for you to enjoy!

Curry Vinaigrette – Eric Ripert

Canal House Classic Vinaigrette

Smokey Orange Vinaigrette – Bobby Flay

Garlic Vinaigrette – Alices Waters

Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette – Thomas Keller

Momofuko Octo Vinegrette – David Chang

Caesar Dressing – do not be scared of the ingredients, you’ll be fine.

So let’s get dressed! The salad at least! Share your favorite dressing recipe with us.

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