Salad Dressings List
Homemade salad dressings are easy, flavorful, and wonderfully fresh. Drizzle them over greens or get creative and use them as dips and marinades! Find a list of our dressings below:
Ingredients for DIY Salad Dressings
While the list of ingredients differs from dressing to dressing, there are a few ingredients that all of the dressings have in common:
- YES to high-quality oils – first, all of the oil-based dressings are made with high-quality, good-for-you oils. This is probably the biggest differentiator (as far as ingredients go) between our dressings and store-bought dressings.
- YES to simple – overall, the ingredient lists you’ll find in each of these salad dressing recipes are incredibly simple. Because of that, the flavors are really able to shine through, and you aren’t wasting your time or money on ingredients that aren’t necessary.
- NO to obscure ingredients – another ingredient stand-out here is that NONE of the dressing recipes listed above call for obscure, hard-to-find, expensive ingredients. You know, the ones that you pay $12 for and will only use 1 time before they go bad …yeah, zero of those!
What are the top 5 salad dressings in your opinion?
Ooh, what a fun question! First disclaimer here is that I have tried ALL of the dressings and truly, I love them all. BUT, I’m happy to play this game and chat about my 5 favorites and why/when I’d reach for each one:
- Thai-Inspired Peanut Sauce – okay, coming in hot at NUMBER 1, is this peanut sauce. It’s a sauce, it’s a dressing, it’s even (in my opinion) completely acceptable to enjoy straight from the spoon. I love this dressing over hearty greens (like it’s used in this Thai-inspired chopped chicken salad).
- Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing – I love this dressing. I’m a honey mustard girl through and through, and this one is so easy to make and, honestly, so much better than any store-bought version I’ve tried. I love using this as a salad dressing (obviously) but also really enjoy it as a dip for chicken tenders or fries!
- Jalapeno Ranch Dressing – while I do love a classic ranch dressing, I think this spicier version tops the classic for me. It isn’t too spicy — the jalapeno just adds a nice kick of zest and flavor to the dressing. I use this just like I’d use a regular ranch dressing: on a salad or as a dip!
- Greek Salad Dressing – I LOVE the bold, herby flavors of this Greek salad dressing. It’s got such a nice tang from the red wine vinegar. It’s really delicious. I use this one pretty much exclusively for salads!
- Green Goddess Dressing – oh boy, this dressing is delish. It’s creamy (if you can’t tell, I tend to gravitate for creamy dressings over oil-based), herby, and really, really good. I use this one as a sauce on burgers or sandwiches more than a dressing (though it’s perfect either way).
What are the different types of salad dressing?
I’d say that the biggest distinctions between our dressings are whether they’re oil-based or cream-based (meaning: made with a base of oil or a base of something creamy — mayo, yogurt, etc.) For example, the Green Goddess dressing is made with a base of mayonnaise and sour cream, so it’s a creamy dressing, while the Italian vinaigrette is made with a base of olive oil, so it’s an oil-based dressing (as are most vinaigrettes).
What are the best salad dressing recipes?
In my opinion, these homemade dressings are the best. I love how simple, easy, and delicious they are. I’ve always heard that homemade salad dressing is so much tastier than store-bought, but to be honest, buying my old trusty dressing just felt so much easier and more convenient. Turns out, homemade dressings are incredibly easy to make (easier than a grocery store run, that’s for sure), and yes, it’s true — they really are much more delicious.
Which salad dressings are the healthiest?
Another thing I LOVE about these dressings is the fact that I feel really good about including every single one of them in my diet. Growing up, my mom always leaned on vinaigrettes and oil-based salad dressings as a healthier alternative to creamy dressings, but even the creamy dressings on this list are made with excellent ingredients and because of that, get my stamp of approval.
Just a reminder, though: “healthy” means something different to every person. Look at the ingredients included in the dressing you’re interested in making, and if you need to make a few simple ingredient swaps so that your body will tolerate it more easily, DO IT! We’re all about making things work for everyone!
Are DIY salad dressings easy to make?
YES! Most of the dressings on this list just require a few measurements and some whisking, and a couple of them require a quick trip in the blender — there isn’t any more involved cooking required, though.
What types of salad can this different salad dressings list work best on?
I’d say that every single one of these dressings can be tossed with a simple bed of greens and raw veggies for a no-fuss salad. If you’re looking for more thought out salad recipes, we’ve got several to try below:
- Italian Salad
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Spicy Spinach Salad
- Thai-Inspired Chopped Chicken Salad
- Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Harvest Salad with Kale and Butternut Squash
- Spring Salad
- Big Batch Healing Salad
- Lemon Sea Salt Arugula Salad
- Asian-Inspired Chopped Chicken Salad
- Big Batch Thai Pork Salad
- BBQ Chicken Cobb
Remember, though, these dressings don’t stop at salad! Many of them are also really delicious as marinades, dips, and sauces!