Simply Homemade: 7 Fresh Ways to Dress Your Salad


I seem to have a love-hate relationship with salad. I love eating them, love how good they taste, love how good they are for me…but hate making them. It doesn’t make sense really.

When I find myself in a salad rut, I look for inspiration to liven up the taste buds a bit. I’ve noticed that my salad dressing is usually what drives the type of salad I’m going to make so it’s nice to have a little repertoire of tasty homemade salad dressings to fall back on. For instance, if I’m in the mood for something really fresh and bright, I tend to crave Mexican flavors, so a cilantro-lime vinaigrette would be a perfect way to dress a healthy, taco-less taco salad. Or have you thought of making your own homemade, lighter version of blue cheese dressing for those buffalo chicken (salad) cravings? It’s so much easier than you think.

If you are finding yourself in a salad rut these days and need some inspiration…be sure to take a look at these 7 fresh and tasty salad dressings you can easily make at home.

  • Strawberry Balsamic Dressing 1 of 7
    Strawberry Balsamic Dressing
    Strawberry season is right around the corner, or already here for those of us in the South. I love using fresh strawberries to brighten up dressings and salads like this one.
    Make strawberry balsamic dressing
  • Buttermilk Ranch Dressing 2 of 7
    Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
    Making your own buttermilk ranch dressing at home is easier than you think. All you need is a few staple ingredients a some fresh herbs and you've got yourself a delicious dressing for your salad or to just dip your veggies in.
    Make buttermilk ranch dressing
  • Bottom of the Jar Mustard Vinaigrette 3 of 7
    Bottom of the Jar Mustard Vinaigrette
    Use this simple formula for making mustard vinaigrette and you'll have delicious dressing anytime. Experiment with different flavors each time your mustard jars get down to the bottom!
    Make mustard vinaigrette
  • Greek Style Dressing 4 of 7
    Greek Style Dressing
    Go Greek! Enjoy a restaurant favorite, classic Greek salad, in your own home with this delicious lemon and herb dressing.
    Make Greek style dressing
  • Yogurt-Based Blue Cheese Dressing 5 of 7
    Yogurt-Based Blue Cheese Dressing
    Enjoy your favorite blue cheese dressing without all the calories with Ellie Krieger's healthy yogurt-based recipe. This dressing is perfect over grilled chicken tenders tossed in buffalo sauce over greens.
    Make yogurt-based blue cheese dressing
  • Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette 6 of 7
    Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
    I love a good taco salad and nothing makes it taste even better than a good vinaigrette made with lots of cilantro and lime!
    Make cilantro lime vinaigrette
  • Apple Vinaigrette 7 of 7
    Apple Vinaigrette
    Naturally sweetened with minced apple and a couple of splashes of apple juice, this vinaigrette pairs up deliciously with nuts, cheese and mixed greens.
    Make apple vinaigrette

Are you on Pinterest? Check out my Salad board for even more delicious salad recipes and ideas!

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