10 Dressings To Turn Your Summer Salads Into A Feast

During the hot summer months no one wants to eat a heavy, hot meal. That’s where the summer salad comes to the rescue that’s hearty enough for a meal. To prevent your salad blues and give your taste buds something to celebrate, I’ve found 10 amazing homemade dressing that will leave your bellies happy and full and go easy on the pocket book.

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  • The World’s Best (and easiest) Homemade Salad Dressing 1 of 10
    The World's Best (and easiest) Homemade Salad Dressing
    This amazing dressing has only 5 ingredients and costs pennies to make. The secret is in the blending and allowing it to sit for 20 minutes to enhance the flavors. This is a must try for your salad and perfect because it goes well with just about any combination of veggies. In fact, I may try this one on some grilled veggies tonight!
    Make your own world's best (and easiest) homemade salad dressing
  • Bottom Of The Jar Mustard Vinaigrette 2 of 10
    Bottom Of The Jar Mustard Vinaigrette
    I'm so glad I found this recipe. I, too, am a condiment lover with several jar of mustard, many of which are on their last scrapings. This recipe calls for just that, that last scrapings (only a teaspoon or so) of mustard left in your jar. I've got some garlic honey wine mustard that is going to be made into dressing tonight.
    Make your own bottom of the jar mustard vinaigrette
  • Ginger Citrus Vinaigrette 3 of 10
    Ginger Citrus Vinaigrette
    The dressing uses fresh ginger, orange zest and lime juice and combines it with the Asian flavor of toasted sesame oil and brown rice vinegar. For some kick there's a little cayenne. There also a delicious asparagus recipe for the perfect pairing with this dressing.
    Make your own ginger citrus vinaigrette
  • Creamy Buttermilk Dressing 4 of 10
    Creamy Buttermilk Dressing
    I simply must include a homemade ranch dressing, especially one that uses some of my fresh garden herbs. Ranch is just a classic dressing and one that the kids love (ok, I do too). Also, if you don't have buttermilk on hand just add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and viola, buttermilk.
    Make your own creamy buttermilk dressing
  • Lime Agave Salad Dressing 5 of 10
    Lime Agave Salad Dressing
    This is a great dressing that skips the sugar in favor of agave. I think I will try this recipe on some grilled chicken, then serve it over salad.
    Make your own lime agave salad dressing
  • Green Goddess Summer Salad Dressing 6 of 10
    Green Goddess Summer Salad Dressing
    Kathy has the green goddess dressing down to a science, from the perfect green to the perfect tang. All you need are some avocados, fresh herbs (like parsley and dill), mayo, mustard, lemon, garlic, cayenne (for a tiny kick) and hemp oil. Now just get your salad fixins ready and your mouth may explode from the delicious flavor combination.
    Make your own green goddess summer salad dressing
  • Creamy Cool Vegan Ranch 7 of 10
    Creamy Cool Vegan Ranch
    Your kids will never guess this is vegan ranch dressing and that's because you blend up silky tofu and allow it to take on the flavors of the herbs and spices. The result? A creamy ranch that salad or dip worthy.
    Get the recipe for creamy cool vegan ranch dressing at Healthy Happy Life
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette 8 of 10
    Balsamic Vinaigrette
    Sometimes all I want is just a good balsamic vinaigrette on my salad. One of my favorites is spinach, tomato, steak, balsamic vinaigrette with some gorgonzola sprinkled on top. Mmmm, so simple, so delish.
    Get the recipe for balsamic vinaigrette at Bell' Alimento
  • Perfect Poppyseed Dressing 9 of 10
    Perfect Poppyseed Dressing
    This is such a perfect summertime salad. Get your spinach and some fresh strawberries from the farmers market and make this light and tasty poppyseed dressing to drizzle over the top. Oh, there's almonds too for some crunch and added protein.
    Get the recipe for perfect poppyseed dressing at Cooking With My Kid
  • Cary’s Famous Shallot Dressing 10 of 10
    Cary's Famous Shallot Dressing
    A little mustard, a bit of rice vinegar, some herbs and a chopped shallot make for this irresistible dressing and there's even an awesome chopped salad recipe to go along with.
    Get the recipe for Cary's famous shallot dressing at Cooking With My Kid

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