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11 Fresh-Fruit Salad Dressings You Can Make from Scratch

It happens every September – in an effort to hold on to those last vestiges of summer, I turn to meals that highlight the flavors and ingredients I most associate with the season.

I want to wait – just a little while longer – before I start preparing stews, casseroles and roasts. And these fruity salad dressings are just the ticket – fresh and bright, perfect for when you want a little bit of warm-weather flair at the dinner table, any time of year!

So show summer who’s boss and whip up one of these lovely vinaigrettes (flip flops optional)!

  • 11 Fruity Salad Dressings! 1 of 12
    11 flavorful fruity salad dressings

    Love fresh fruit in your salads? Don't stop there - your favorite fruits also star in these easy to make (and totally delicious) dressings!

  • Grapefruit Vinaigrette 2 of 12
    aggies kitchen grapefruit vinaigrette

    Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice brightens up this salad of greens, pistachios and crumbled gorgonzola cheese.
    Image and recipe courtesy of Aggie's Kitchen

  • Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 3 of 12
    ambitious kitchen blueberry vinaigrette

    Fresh blueberries and blueberry jam give this "superfood" a star turn atop this lovely salad of fresh and dried fruits, tossed with crunchy nuts and seeds.
    Image and recipe courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

  • Honey-Lemon Dressing 4 of 12
    babble lemon vinaigrette

    Honey and lemon are a classic combination. This dressing gets a double shot of lemon - zest and juice - for a lightly sweet-tart flavor. It's served here with a pretty composed salad of shrimp, feta and pecans.

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Kiwi Vinaigrette 5 of 12
    angies recipes kiwi vinaigrette

    I've never thought to use kiwi in a salad dressing. Here it's blended with fresh orange juice for a light dressing with tropical flair, served over a main-course salad of pan-seared chicken and radicchio.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Angie's Recipes

  • Lime Agave Vinaigrette 6 of 12
    babble lime agave vinaigrette

    You'll swear off bottled dressing for good once you see how easy - and delicious - making your own can be.

    Get the recipe for Lime Agave Dressing at Babble

  • Mango-Mint Dressing 7 of 12
    babble mango mint dressing

    Mango and fresh mint pair up in this zesty, Thai-inspired dressing. This gorgeous "supper salad" is destined to become a regular at our house!

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Fresh Orange Dressing 8 of 12
    babble orange vinaigrette

    Oranges! Fresh squeezed juice, zest and fresh orange sections are layered with raw beets in this lovely-to-look-at salad.

    Get the recipe at Babble

  • Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing 9 of 12
    babble raspberry vinaigrette

    A quick shake in a jar and this dressing is done! Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors fully develop, then serve over this pretty salad, which features more fresh raspberries.

    Make Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing at The Secret Life of a Chef's Wife

  • Chili Lime Dressing 10 of 12
    what about the food chili lime vinaigrette

    I adore brussels sprouts and can't wait to try this salad. The dressing is Asian-inspired and chock-full of fabulous flavors - chili, fish sauce, fresh ginger and cilantro, to name a few.

    Image and recipe courtesy of What About the Food

  • Strawberry Vinaigrette 11 of 12
    babble strawberry vinaigrette

    This dressing is all about the strawberries - a half pound of fresh berries to be exact!

    Image and recipe courtesy of The Gracious Pantry

  • Citrus Vinaigrette 12 of 12
    babble orange and lime vinaigrette

    A double dose of citrus - orange and lime - partners with zesty cayenne pepper and fresh ginger for a dazzling dressing to drizzle over roasted asparagus. Toasted sesame seeds lend a nice crunch, and Valencia orange segments complement the "citrus" theme.

    Get the recipe at Babble

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