Homemade Salad Dressing

Don't buy- make your own homemade salad dressing! Learning to make your own salad dressing is healthy, economic and actually much easier than you might think to do.

Homemade Salad DressingMake your own salad dressing- easier than you think!

Stop throwing away money on store bought dressing filled with chemicals and weird ingredients. It actually takes only a couple of minutes to swish together a healthier vinaigrette or a creamy delicious salad dressing.

My favorite kitchen tool to make perfect salad dressings is a Mini Food Processor. It is easy and fun to use, and in this way you don’t even have to chop the herbs!

Make sure to also get a few pretty bottles or jars with screw top jars for mixing and storing the dressing.

What You Need

To make your own delicious, homemade salad dressings; make sure to stock up on these basic ingredients so you always have everything you need at home for making your very own gourmet salad dressing!

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Vinegars: Red wine, white wine and balsamic
  • Lemons
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dijon mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Buttermilk, sour cream or yoghurt
  • Herbs, fresh or dried
  • Garlic and onion, fresh or dried
  • Spices: Curry, cayenne
  • Soy sauce
  • Vegetarian Worcester Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Honey or sugar
  • Pickles

Purchase the best quality you can afford. Olive oil, vinegar's, mustard, lemon, honey, spices and dried herbs last for a long time so it is worth getting really great quality.


Homemade dressing normally lasts for up to a week in the fridge, so only make as much as you need for 5 days at a time.

3 Tips to Make a Great Salad Dressing

  1. A salad dressing generally needs as a base 2/3 oil and 1/3 lemon or vinegar. Then spices and herbs are added for a vinaigrette.
  2. Honey, maple syrup or sugar may be added to “round off” the acidity of the vinegar or lemons.
  3. Mustard can be added for making the vinaigrette thicker, and mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream or yogurt for making creamy dressing recipes and dips.

Try out the following popular recipes (below), and continue to improvise your own style of dressings!

Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

My super-good, really-tasty, yay-really-works kinda' salad dressing recipes! (Growing list- keep checking back!)


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