An Easy Dressing Recipe: How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing

by Merissa on December 3, 2009

in Recipes

How to make an Easy Salad Dressing with only 4 ingredients!

Easy Dressing Recipe

This recipe is from several years ago when I first started blogging but it's still a favorite. Enjoy!

I thought I'd share with you today my recipe for homemade salad dressing. I love this stuff.  It's a little vague but I adjust according to how I want it to taste.

Homemade Salad Dressing

Easy Dressing Recipe

  • About 1 cup Oil (can be vegetable oil or olive oil)
  • About 1/4 cup vinegar (can be white or apple cider)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic salt

Since this is all based on tastes you may want it to taste more like oil or more like vinegar by adjusting the amounts. Yummy!

Salad Dressing

We have SO many more homemade salad dressing recipes here on Little House Living. I LOVE making homemade dressings instead of buying them from the store, they taste so much fresher and are much cheaper! Here are a few of our favorites:

Update to the recipe:

As I mentioned's been several years since I posted this recipe originally here on Little House Living, it was 2009 in fact! Really the only difference in how I made it then compared to how we make it now is that I use a regular extra virgin olive oil for the oil in the recipe and I generally do about 2/3 cup of oil and 1/3 cup of vinegar (and I use a raw apple cider vinegar) since I like a little zip to my dressing!

Olive Oil is a great way to get healthy fats into your diet, especially when it's left unheated. Since we've been trying to do this more and have been eating quite a bit of salad, I love using a good quality extra virgin olive oil in my homemade dressings.

What is your favorite easy dressing recipe to make?


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1 Jean February 9, 2013 at 6:12 am

You comment that your dehydrator is running all the time. What are you all drying? I am relatively new to this and am having some problems grasping how much to be storing, how much to store. What do you dry? Thanks


2 Merissa February 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

Our favorite is drying fruits for snacks! I’m not much of a plain fruit eater but I will eat just about any fruit dried, I think it’s the texture or something! So that’s the most of it:)


3 gregory huelsenbeck January 27, 2017 at 9:52 am

Great recipe! I don’t usually go through the effort of measuring or mixing together the ingredients. I keep a bottle of olive oil and a bottle of pomegranite infused red wine vinegar on the shelf. I just add a little olive oil directly to my salad, then sprinkle the red wine vinegar over it, to taste. Sometime I will grind a little sea salt and black pepper on top.


4 lynn January 27, 2017 at 10:24 am

Coul…….could you please please please see that the bars on the left of your pages are not popping up all the time? They cover the left sides of anything here! Thank you.


5 Merissa January 27, 2017 at 7:10 pm
6 Al January 27, 2017 at 7:06 pm

That sounds really nice, although being a serious garlic lover, I would probably blend and add some garlic(or crush it and let it sit at the bottom, and eat later!) and some oregano.

Fanx for all your delightful recipes and advice! Stay well.


7 Suez January 29, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Well I followed it to a T. It was horrible. Even tried adding a bit of raw sugar. Still horrible..Don’t get it.


8 Lindsey Mozgai January 30, 2017 at 6:52 am

My fiance loves this dressing :). Can’t wait to try it updated


9 Shari February 17, 2017 at 10:00 am

When I click on the shea butter recipe the salad dressing recipe comes up?
I love your blog and you are very uplifting. Thank you!


10 Merissa February 17, 2017 at 10:01 am

I just resent the newsletter with the corrected links! Morning brain today 🙂


11 Shari February 17, 2017 at 10:03 am

I can relate!! Thanks!


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