Here are 6 easy homemade salad dressing recipes you can easily make at home. From a super tasty ranch dressing, to homemade thousand island to a light Italian vinaigrette, these are the best dressings you’ve ever tasted! My husband Mike had to edit to add this after a recent taste test on our show!! These homemade salad dressings are quick and easy to make and cost a lot less than store bought!
6 Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes
One of the comments we hear over and over again is about how much money people are saving using the homemade salad dressing recipes from Volume 1 of our Dining on a Dime Cookbook. And you wouldn’t believe how delicious they are if you haven’t tried them! These easy salad dressing recipes are quick and easy and the best part is they are much less than half the cost of dressing from the store!
We get complimented over and over again about our homemade salad dressing recipes from people who say, “My family refuses to even eat store bought salad dressing now and they homemade dressings are so fast to make!”
This post includes some of our favorite homemade salad dressing recipes for you to try!
Ranch Dressing Recipe (Ranch Dip)
1 cup mayonnaise (low-fat may be used)
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp. green onions, minced (tops only or chives)
1/4 tsp. onion powder or 1 Tbsp. fresh onions, minced
2 tsp. parsley, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. garlic powder or 1/2 to 1 garlic clove, finely minced
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Combine ingredients in a container with a lid and refrigerate before serving. Makes 2 cups. For Ranch Dip, use sour cream or yogurt in place of buttermilk.
Thousand Island Dressing Recipe
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish or sweet pickle, minced
2 Tbsp. chili sauce or ketchup
2 Tbsp. green bell peppers, minced
1 Tbsp. fresh or 1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. onion powder or 2 Tbsp. onion, minced
1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1
hard-boiled egg, chopped
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl except egg. Mix well. Stir in the egg. Refrigerate. Makes 1 1/3 cups.
Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
4 oz. crumbled blue cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 head Iceberg lettuce, rinsed, cut into 6 wedges
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 cup chives or green onions, chopped
Mix the first 6 ingredients for the dressing the day before serving and chill.
Put a wedge of lettuce onto each plate. Top with dressing and sprinkle with mixture of bacon, Parmesan and chives (mixed together).
Italian Vinaigrette Recipe
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup olive oil or vegetable oil, or a combination
2 Tbsp. onion, finely chopped, or 1/4 tsp. onion powder
2 large cloves of garlic, crushed
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. parsley, minced
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. dried basil or oregano
1 tsp. sugar
Combine ingredients in a large jar with tight lid. Shake well. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
For Creamy Italian Dressing beat 1/2 cup mayonnaise into Italian Vinaigrette.
For Low-Calorie Vinaigrette substitute apple juice for the oil and reduce vinegar to 1/3 cup.
Old Fashioned Salad Dressing Recipe
2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
In a saucepan, combine sugar, flour, salt and mustard. Stir in eggs. Gradually stir in vinegar and water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, combine desired amount of dressing base with mayonnaise. Refrigerate leftovers. Tastes great on potato salad, coleslaw or salad greens. Makes 4 cups.
Homemade Cucumber Buttermilk Dressing
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup cucumber, peeled and grated
1 Tbsp. Dijon-style mustard
2 Tbsp. green onions, white and green parts, or chives, minced
2 tsp. fresh parsley, minced or 1 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. dill, dried
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1 tsp. lemon juice or vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight lid. Shake well. Refrigerate. Makes 1 1/4 cups.
3 Ingredient Salad Dressing Recipe
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
Mix all ingredients and pour the dressing over the salad. Toss and refrigerate 1 hour.
Crunchy Veggie Salad Recipe
2-3 cups broccoli
2-3 cups cauliflower
1 cup (4 oz.) grated cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup raisins
3 Ingredient Salad Dressing
Just before serving pour dressing over salad and add:
3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
Most of these easy homemade salad dressing recipes are from Volume 1 of our cookbook:
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How long can you keep these dressing in refrigerator?
Pretty much like regular dressings. At least 3 wks except maybe for the one with hard boiled eggs in it. That one I would keep only about 2 wks. Don’t forget too that you can halve the recipes or quarter them and make up less if you need to.
In the ranch recipe can I substitute sour cream for the buttermilk??
You can Yvonne but do realize that the recipe will not taste quite the same and of course the texture will be different.
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What is the ratio of Old Fashioned Sugar Dressing to mayo? What is the point of the sugar dressing? 2CUPS of sugar?? I dont get it.
Often sugar is added to a dressing to balance the acidity in it and to help with sometimes sharp taste of the it. Many dressings use sugar. Sugar dressings are really good in coleslaw. As far as the ratio goes, you put a small amount of the sugar dressing in a bowl and add a small amount of mayo until you get the taste you like.
I would use frozen broc and cauli, thawed, in the recipe. Or, blanch it and chill. Not quite so hard. Can eat more than a few tbsps then lol …my kids mouths get tired!
I’m like most people & love Ranch Dressing. It seems that since I have to buy buttermilk as one of the ingredients, it would cost more than just to buy it already made.
Many of the recipes we have aren’t for just saving money but for people to use if they run out of something or are in a bind. I can buy store bought bread much cheaper and for less work but we still have recipes on how to make your own bread and things. Plus there are a lot of people who keep buttermilk on hand for many things and so this recipe would work for them. Then we have people who like to make their own because they like to know the ingredients that is in their food. We cater to many many different people’s needs with the book. We hope people will use common sense and pick and choose what they need and what works best for them.
Loved the Italian vinaigrette. I did add some grated Parmigiano to it and balsamic vinegar. I poured it over gf pasta and veggies. It was really good. Thanks