5 Homemade Salad Dressings Worth Trying
Salad is almost always a great addition to a meal because lettuce can be grown or purchased for a very low price year round. In the summer it seems like the lettuce in my garden won’t ever give up and in the winter I try to grow in in shoe box sized totes in a little winter garden (inside).
And of course if you purchase lettuce from the store or the farmer’s market you can generally get it for only a few dollars for a very large bag. It’s a great healthy meal stretcher!
However your lettuce comes to you, you are going to need something to top it with! Dressings can be much more expensive than lettuce but luckily it’s one of those great products that you can make homemade in very little time and often with very few ingredients. Here are a few of our family’s favorite homemade dressing recipes that are worth trying on your next salad!
Catalina Dressing is a very simple one to make and it’s a favorite one at our house! This dressing is not only great on salads but works well on taco salad as well.
Classic Ranch Dressing is always a favorite. I like to make this dressing for when we are having company over because it seems like most people in general enjoy Ranch Dressing. You can also make a homemade Ranch Dressing Mix recipe as well to have a quick version of this dressing on hand in your pantry or for using as a dry seasoning or rub.
French Dressing is another one that is super easy to make and tends to be a popular favorite among guests and our close family alike! You can make both regular and creamy versions of the dressing with this recipe as well.
I know this dressing is more of a midwest dressing but if you haven’t tried it before you should definitely give it a go! Dorthy Lynch Dressing was my family’s favorite when I was growing up. My mom would always make a HUGE batch because we always had plenty of garden lettuce!
Another great tomato based dressing to make is Russian Dressing. This one tends to be a little sweeter than the other dressings I’ve listed here so if a sweet salad is what you are going for you will want to check out this recipe.
Some more delicious dressing ideas from Little House Living readers!
Half balsamic vinegar, half strawberry vinegar, sunflower or pumpkin seed oil, grated shallots or sweet onion, a little grated garlic, sea salt and ground pepper if desired. If it seems too sour to your tastes, add a touch of honey. Great for a mixed greens salad with any combination of the following ingredients : strawberries, dried cherries or cranberries, dates, dried pineapple or papaya bits, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, etc. I also have added chicken or a little leftover ham and made this a good hearty summer dinner. – Dream C.
Use 1 can tomato soup (use the can for measuring the following) 1 can brown sugar (packed), 1 can olive oil, 1 can vinegar, put all in blender, store in fridge. – Judy J.
What are your favorite homemade salad dressings to make?