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Salad Dressing Recipes

It is easy to make a basic salad dressing at home with spices and kitchen staples like mayonnaise, vinegar, oil and other condiments. This page contains recipes for salad dressing.
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September 6, 20119 found this helpful

Here's a great way to add the wonderful avocado flavor to a salad without actually adding them sliced or diced.

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By 3 found this helpful
August 15, 2012
This is a great, quick dressing!

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • sugar, to taste

Directions:

Mix well or shake until sugar and salt are dissolved. Can be refrigerated. You can use olive oil, but it will solidify in the refrigerator.

By Anne from Sewell, NJ

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January 30, 2012
Love this sweet and tangy dressing on any tossed salad.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salad oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 small onion, chopped, or 2 Tbsp. onion flakes
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice or ReaLemon
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
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  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions:

Process all ingredients in blender until thick. Can be kept in refrigerator for several weeks.

Servings: varies
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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February 25, 2012
I didn't have blue cheese or ranch dressing so I took a couple of spoonfuls of mayo, Greek yogurt, buttermilk, flavorings and spices. I had a dresssing for the coleslaw in a jiffy.

Ingredients:

  • mayo
  • Greek yogurt
  • sugar or sweetener
  • salt and pepper
  • buttermilk
  • rice wine vinegar
  • Tabasco sauce

Adjust amounts to your own taste.

Directions:

In a small bowl, add mayo and Greek yogurt. Mix together.

Add sugar and vinegar, salt and pepper, mix again.

Now add the amount of buttermilk that makes you happy. Whip all together with whisk or fork. I like to add a pop of Tabasco to mine.

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Use dressing on salad or over a plate of sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper strips or broccoli florets. We used it over cabbage slaw tonight, yums!

Servings: easy to adjust from 4-8 or more
Prep Time: 5-6 Minutes

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

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By 2 found this helpful
November 25, 2011
Very easy and inexpensive to make

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar

Directions:

Blend well and store in refrigerator.

Servings: varies
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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September 4, 20042 found this helpful

You can use this basic oil and vinegar mix to make a variety of different salad dressings.

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September 4, 2012

This is good on lettuce salads as well as a dressing for other raw veggies.

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August 22, 2012

I always get compliments on this dressing which I use on salads, everyone just loves it. I've also used it on cooked beets for a side dish and it was also great on freshly cooked green beans with a sprinkle of almonds.

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January 30, 2012

I like the sweet flavor of this dressing. Very good!

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February 16, 2011

Melt butter and stir in flour; cook until smooth. Then add vinegar, water sugar and egg which have been beaten until foamy. Cook until thickened, stirring to keep it smooth.

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August 13, 2012

If you're a garlic lover like me, you'll enjoy this dressing on your salad!

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February 28, 2007

In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients until blended. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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By 2 found this helpful
April 30, 2008

You will surely scratch salad dressing from your shopping list and never buy salad dressing again after reading this tip. Clean an old salad dressing bottle and fill it 3/4 from the top full with your favorite oil (e.g. olive or canola or sunflower, etc) and add just a pinch of the following: apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, and pepper. Shake ingredients very well and you've got yourself a good tasting salad dressing made with ingredients you are sure to always have on hand at little to no cost to your wallet

Source: My mother, for years I thought she bought the dressing until I asked her where she ever buys it because I couldn't find it. She made it all those years.

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June 4, 2013

All you need to make French dressing, put ketchup in the mayo or salad dressing and mix for the taste you like. Or use mayo or salad dressing, add mustard, and ketchup for Thousand Island dressing. For this one, you can put sweet pickle relish or any other herb or onions or hard boiled eggs, if you like.

Sometimes, I just use plain salad dressing or mayo on the salad. I put it on just before serving the salad. You can also mix oil and vinegar, with herbs and garlic, if you want to make a nice Italian dressing.

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August 29, 2009

When I was in grade school (in the 70's in Ohio), back when schools made everything from scratch because it was cheaper, the school made a sweet salad dressing that I would love to find the recipe for. It was what made me love salads. It was a clear dressing probably just sugar and oil and vinegar, but I cant find a recipe anywhere that tastes the same. Any suggestions?

By plloyd714 from Erwin, TN

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August 30, 20090 found this helpful

If you can describe the taste a bit I could help search for it. Does it taste similar to French or to Thousand Island? If so, I might even have a couple clear ones in my collection ;-)

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August 30, 20090 found this helpful

I know at my old school it was watered down french dressing. It was actually pretty good. The bitter/tartness wasn't as bad.

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August 30, 20090 found this helpful

At my school in Florida they just spooned on salad dressing- the kind that comes in a jar that looks like a mayonnaise jar. They sell it next to the mayo in the grocery store. Unlike mayo it has a sweet taste. I hated the stuff and never touched a school salad, but there are people who like it. They had great homemade rolls at school though.

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August 30, 20090 found this helpful

I would love to find a good tasting salad dressing too.
Hope you get some feedback.

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

one egg
one cup of oil
vinegar
seasonings
honey

blender
Put the egg in the blender and pulse for a few seconds. Take the plastic thingy off the blender top, while blender is running, stream in the oil slowly. It will emulsify and get a great thick creamy mayonnaise look. Run in some vinegar until the consistency is how you want it.

about 1/2 teaspoon of salt

The finished product is actually home-made mayonnaise! You can then whisk in your favorite seasonings (garlic and a touch of celery salt are tasty. Mix in the honey until you get it as sweet as you like. If you add ketchup and relish it will be "french" salad dressing. Just keep fooling around with seasonings until you get the taste that you want.

If you season a tablespoon at a time it will give you an opportunity to sample the seasonings until you find the taste that you like best before seasoning the rest of the batch.

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

I grew up in the 70's too, and I'm from Eastlake, OH! LOL I agree, school lunches were really good back then!
here are a few recipes to try:
(this is my favorite, my mom makes it-I know my best friend fell in love with salad dressing as a result of this!)
Mom's Dressing:
2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinager
¼ or more (to taste) sugar
1 cup mayonnaise or miricle whip (mom does miricle whip, I do mayo...)
milk to consistency
pepper to taste (this really adds something!)

Salad Dressing:
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of mustard
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 lemon
2 garlic cloves
Half a cup of olive oil
mix all ingredients except the oil. Thendrop the oil in, tablespoon at a time for an extra smooth consistency.
If you want, you can just mix all the ingredients in a container and shake.


Hope one of these hits the spot!

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for the reminder. My mom made a similar dressing, and it was just vinegar, oil, sugar, and a few spices. I'd try 1/2 cup oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, and start with 3 T sugar, you might add a little more. Add salt, pepper, and whatever else you like, dill, basil, etc. I'm going to do this soon.

My favorite dressing tastes like British Salad Cream, and is just 1/2 cup mayo, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup sugar. Sometimes I use lemon juice instead of vinegar. I use the same for cole slaw, fruit/gelatin salad, or salad (by the way, I almost always put some fruit in my salad)

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

Take a coffee cup (we use Corelle) fill it half way with sugar. Add two tablespoons cider vinegar. Fill to top of cup with water, stir. No oil needed. Toss with lettuce. Surprisingly good.

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September 2, 20090 found this helpful

Have you tried Good Season's Italian dressing mix? It is a dry mix in an envelope. You just add oil and vinegar and I add a teaspoon of splenda (or sugar). It is the only Italian style dressing I like and I use a little extra vinegar and water and less oil - that way it saves a few calories! Most stores carry their own brand of dressing mix and the ones I have tried are just as good as the name brands. Hope this helps

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April 15, 20110 found this helpful

In a one cup measuring cup add one fourth cup water, one fourth cup vinegar, one fourth cup sugar and one forth cup oil.

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July 3, 20110 found this helpful

Schools should still cook food like we had in the 60's & 70's. We had wonderful simple food. Have you eaten in a school cafeteria in the last few years, might as well go to McDonalds it is almost all fast food and the combinations they put together, makes you wonder where they get their ideas.

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June 1, 20130 found this helpful

I have made this mayonaise for more than 50 years. You need to mix together 1 teasp. dry mustard, 1/2 teasp salt, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 tin condensed milk. I usually make a double amount in a large jar, it is yummy & I often eat it off a teaspoon.

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May 22, 20160 found this helpful

But condensed milk is sweet!! Can you taste the sweetness even with the added ingredients? Thanks

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October 7, 2007

Are there any members out there that know the recipe for the salad dressing at Steve's Lounge in Hegewisch, IL? I attended a funeral luncheon there yesterday and the tossed salad had the most delicious dressing. It was a white creamy dressing, possibly with garlic and maybe even a little sour cream? They probably make it there but I have no idea. I just loved it and would like to make at home. I live quite a ways from Hegewisch so unfortunately can't enjoy the dressing there too often. All the food there was quite good, especially the fried chicken!

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October 10, 20070 found this helpful

I googled the name and came up with the address so perhaps if you dropped them a line about how you enjoyed your meal, maybe they will be gracious enough to send the recipe you way. Somebody else had written about the fried chicken as well. Sounds great but I'd have to pass on that one. Hope you are able to get the recipe!
Steve's Lounge
5 star rating
based on 1 review

Category: Restaurants [Edit]
Neighborhood: Hegewisch
13200 S Baltimore Ave
(between 132nd St & 133rd St)
Chicago, IL 60633
(773) 646-1071

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October 10, 20070 found this helpful

If you do contact them and get the recipe, please come back and give the rest of us a chance to taste this yummy stuff!

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 3, 20080 found this helpful

While we were at a funeral luncheon (7/06) at Steve's I made mention to the staff that I LOVED the dressing and ended up buying a pint of it I believe it was like $5. It seemed to me to be a combination of vinegar, garlic, mayo and maybe some sugar. I have not gotten it 100% but it sure is good, I also still have a small portion of the original, in my fridge to use for comparison.

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June 5, 20140 found this helpful

I am looking for a good recipe for creamy garlic salad dressing.
I live in Arizona and have not found creamy garlic dressing in any of the restaurants including the Italian ones. In Illinois this is popular in our Italian restaurants.

By Paula

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July 21, 20170 found this helpful

I don't have exact measurements, but mix Kraft mayo, apple cidar vinegar, sugar salt and pepper, and garlic powder.

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March 12, 2011

Does anyone have the old Valerio's salad dressing recipe?

By Hank from San Antonio, TX

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November 4, 20160 found this helpful

Patrick Day Valerios Salad Dressing [Copycat Deconstruction]
½ cup coarsely chopped Parsley
½ cup coarsely chopped Basil
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt (May cut back to 1/2)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 ½ cup Mayonnaise
1 ½ cup Sour Cream
½ of a small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp yellow mustard

Place all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth.
Due to the heat of friction from processing, the result will seem thin. It will firm right back up after being refrigerated.
I remember that the salad was Iceberg lettuce, chopped coarsely, with slices of radish and, maybe, some shredded carrots. This was all mixed with a generous portion of the salad dressing so that the whole salad was thoroughly coated with the dressing. Then, the salad was dished into the bowl. Then there was a sweet pickled bell pepper strip, and, for those who like them, anchovy filet on top.
I welcome any input on remember components of the salad. I always had cherry tomatos on top with 2 strips of anchovy

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January 5, 2014

I would like the recipe for the Kroger chef salad dressing. Does anyone have it?

By Carole

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February 16, 20110 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1 cup sour cream

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and bring to a boil; stirring constantly. Let boil until it begins to thicken. It will thicken more as it cools down. Good on potato salad or macaroni salad.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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