How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing: 9 Easy Recipes

9 Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes that you’ll make over and over again. Recipes include ranch, creamy Italian, honey poppy seed dressing and more!

What I love about these recipes is that it only makes 1 cup of dressing too, so you can try a new one often! Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing (Great on Tacos), Best Peanut Dressing and Rainbow Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing are among my favorite homemade salad dressing recipes. 9 homemade salad dressing recipes you should know how to make!

9 Homemade Salad Dressings

I didn’t start making my own salad dressings until a few years ago when I read a book that had a chapter about MSG (Monosodium glutamate) in it. It scared me to death and so I stopped purchasing things with MSG in them. That included normal bottled ranch dressing, canned soups, and canned “cream of’s”. So the first dressing that I started making on my own was ranch because who doesn’t love a nice classic ranch? My kids sure do! After that I realized that I could make all kinds of really simple dressings quickly and easily.

I actually like making my own dressing now because I like to make a small amount (all of these recipes makes between 3/4 of a cup and 1 cup of salad dressing) which means my already tiny fridge isn’t filled with a bunch of condiment bottles. I also like that I can control the ingredients. Making dressing isn’t hard and there’s no need to have a mile long list of ingredients in them. You can have more variety when you make your own, and you’ll quickly learn what flavors you love together.

9 homemade salad dressing recipes you should know how to make!

When it came time to narrow down the 9 homemade salad dressing recipes I had a tough time deciding what should go in the mix. Here’s what I decided on and I know you are going to love them all. I went for a little bit of everything on the list and you are going to find the perfect dressing for just about any salad or dish you are making.

Homemade salad dressing recipes included in this post:

  • Creamy Italian
  • Ranch
  • Classic Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Honey Mustard
  • Honey Poppy Seed
  • Asian Sesame
  • Peanut Lime
  • Creamy Blue Cheese

In the world of salad dressing recipes, this is going to be a list you come back to again and again.

1. Classic Ranch Salad Dressing

Classic Ranch: whisk 1/3 cup buttermilk, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons each chopped parsley and chives, 1 teaspoon dried dill weed, 1/4 teaspoon each kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. (You can sub 1 tablespoon each of dried parsley and chives for the fresh) Once you start making homemade ranch, you’ll never go back to the store-bought stuff again. SO GOOD! This is perfect for cob salads, to dip fries in, over chicken salads, and most any other salads with romaine and other leaf lettuces as the base.

2. Homemade Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Creamy Italian: Blend 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoon each sour cream and olive oil, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1 clove garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a blender. Stir in 1 tablespoon chopped parsley.

3. Classic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Classic Vinaigrette: Whisk 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste. Gradually whisk in 1/3 cup olive oil.

4. Roasted Garlic Dressing

Roasted Garlic: Slice the top off 1 head garlic; drizzle with olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil and roast at 400 degree until tender, about 35 minutes. Cool and then squeeze out the cloves. Blend the roasted garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste in a blender. I’m obsessed with this one. SO good! Make a double batch and use part of it for a marinade for chicken breast. It’s also amazing on roasted vegetables. I made my freezer to slow cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs and served it with a simple side salad and this dressing last night and I couldn’t get enough. Super easy, healthy, delicious, whole food meal the whole family loves.

5. Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Honey Mustard: Whisk 2 tablespoons each of honey, Dijon mustard, and white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper to taste. Gradually whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil. So easy, super classic, I love honey mustard dressing on all the things.

6. Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

Honey Poppy Seed: Whisk 2 teaspoon black poppy seeds, 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Gradually whisk in 1/3 cup olive oil. This one I have around most of the time because it always hits the spot. This is great on salads with berries and other sweet fruits in them, it compliments them nicely.

7. Asian Sesame Dressing

Asian Sesame: Whisk 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled ginger, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or other neutral oil), 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. This dressing is also excellent on Asian inspired noodle recipes and chicken salads.

8. Peanut-Lime Dressing

Peanut-Lime: Blend 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons water, the juice of one lime, 1 tablespoon each rice or white vinegar, chopped peeled ginger, soy sauce, and honey in a blender. This dressing is awesome on “quinoa” bowls (roasted veggies/protein/quinoa) and it’s also excellent on fish.

9. Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

Creamy Blue Cheese: Whisk 1/4 cup each butter milk and sour cream, 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, and salt and hot sauce to taste. Here’s a little secret, if blue cheese is too strong for you, you can actually make this with crumbled feta for a more mild dressing that is still wonderfully creamy and cheesy. Dip everything in this including hot wings.

9 homemade salad dressing recipes you should know how to make!

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How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing: 9 Easy Recipes


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min each
  • Total Time: 10 min each
  • Yield: 1 cup dressing 1x

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9 Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes that you’ll make over and over again. Recipes include ranch, creamy Italian, honey poppy seed dressing and more!


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Ingredients

Classic Ranch Salad Dressing

  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons each chopped parsley and chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon each kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder

Homemade Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon each sour cream and olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Classic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oi

Roasted Garlic Dressing

  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons each of honey, Dijon mustard, white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 2 teaspoon black poppy seeds
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher sal
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Asian Sesame Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or other neutral oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Peanut-Lime Dressing

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon each rice or white vinegar, chopped peeled ginger, soy sauce, and honey

Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup each butter milk and sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • and salt and hot sauce to taste

Instructions

1. Classic Ranch Salad Dressing

Classic Ranch: whisk 1/3 cup buttermilk, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons each chopped parsley and chives, 1 teaspoon dried dill weed, 1/4 teaspoon each kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. (You can sub 1 tablespoon each of dried parsley and chives for the fresh) Once you start making homemade ranch, you’ll never go back to the store-bought stuff again. SO GOOD! This is perfect for cob salads, to dip fries in, over chicken salads, and most any other salads with romaine and other leaf lettuces as the base.

2. Homemade Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Creamy Italian: Blend 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoon each sour cream and olive oil, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1 clove garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a blender. Stir in 1 tablespoon chopped parsley.

3. Classic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Classic Vinaigrette: Whisk 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste. Gradually whisk in 1/3 cup olive oil.

4. Roasted Garlic Dressing

Roasted Garlic: Slice the top off 1 head garlic; drizzle with olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil and roast at 400 degree until tender, about 35 minutes. Cool and then squeeze out the cloves. Blend the roasted garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste in a blender. I’m obsessed with this one. SO good! Make a double batch and use part of it for a marinade for chicken breast. It’s also amazing on roasted vegetables. I made my freezer to slow cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs and served it with a simple side salad and this dressing last night and I couldn’t get enough. Super easy, healthy, delicious, whole food meal the whole family loves.

5. Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Honey Mustard: Whisk 2 tablespoons each of honey, Dijon mustard, and white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper to taste. Gradually whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil. So easy, super classic, I love honey mustard dressing on all the things.

6. Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

Honey Poppy Seed: Whisk 2 teaspoon black poppy seeds, 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Gradually whisk in 1/3 cup olive oil. This one I have around most of the time because it always hits the spot. This is great on salads with berries and other sweet fruits in them, it compliments them nicely.

7. Asian Sesame Dressing

Asian Sesame: Whisk 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled ginger, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or other neutral oil), 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. This dressing is also excellent on Asian inspired noodle recipes and chicken salads.

8. Peanut-Lime Dressing

Peanut-Lime: Blend 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons water, the juice of one lime, 1 tablespoon each rice or white vinegar, chopped peeled ginger, soy sauce, and honey in a blender. This dressing is awesome on “quinoa” bowls (roasted veggies/protein/quinoa) and it’s also excellent on fish.

9. Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

Creamy Blue Cheese: Whisk 1/4 cup each butter milk and sour cream, 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, and salt and hot sauce to taste. Here’s a little secret, if blue cheese is too strong for you, you can actually make this with crumbled feta for a more mild dressing that is still wonderfully creamy and cheesy. Dip everything in this including hot wings.


Notes

  • See recipes instructions for notes on each dressing
  • I can’t calculate nutritional information for all 9 recipes, just use an app like MyFitnessPal to calculate the individual dressings as needed
  • Category: side
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 15
  • Fat: 7
  • Saturated Fat: 7
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 5
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 5
  • Cholesterol: 0

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9 Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes that you'll make over and over again. Recipes include ranch, creamy Italian, honey poppy seed dressing and more!

What does the Dijon mustard do in salad dressings?

The Dijon mustard in these is a must because it acts as en emulsifier between the vinegar and the oils. Whisk up the mustard/vinegar/whatever else and then slowly add the oil while you are whisking. This will help the oil to not separate out of the dressing.

How long does homemade salad dressing last?

Store any extra dressing in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

What do you store homemade salad dressing in?

The dressings store so well in wide-mouth half-pint mason jars. These lids are also really nice to have on hand! Each recipes only makes about a cup which is great if you ask me.

9 Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes that you'll make over and over again. Recipes include ranch, creamy Italian, honey poppy seed dressing and more!

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Here’s to make all kind of easy salad dressing recipes at home so that you never get sick of eating your veggies. You could try a new one a week and you’ll have months worth of great salad dressings to try. I can’t wait for you to make them!

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Melissa Knue

What kinds of fruit can you use to make sweet Dressings ?

Virginia
Virginia

Can you substitute avocado mayo in the ranch dressing recipe? Is there much of a taste difference?

Thank you…

PHYLLIS E. SKILLMAN
PHYLLIS E. SKILLMAN

I NEEDED SOME RECIPES FOR SALAD DRESSINGS. THEY COST SO MUCH IN THE STORE AND THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF STUFF YOU SHOULDN’T PUT INTO YOUR BODY. I DON’T SEE A PRIVACY POLICY TO PUSH?

Juliana
Juliana

Hello, love some of you’re recipes. I do have food some intolerances. Wheat, red and yellow colorants ie: msg .

JOY WALL
JOY WALL

DON’T KNOW WHAT WENT WRONG, BUT I WASN’T ABLE TO PRINT RECIPES FOR SALAD DRESSINGS. LOOKING FORWARD TO YOU WENDING THEM. MANY THANKS
JOY

Wendy Hansen
Wendy Hansen

Thank you for the ideas and the recipes – I make all of my own salad dressings and it is very nice to not have all of those pesky dressing bottles in the fridge. Sometimes I just make up my own. – but it is always fun to try new things and get inspired by new ideas. You’re an inspiration!

Gary Dunne
Gary Dunne

Im trying your baked spuds tonight cant wait with slow cooked 5hr leg of lamb im used to cooking my spud in hot coles in the bush then just wipe any dust off before eating best ive ever had im looking forward too trying your salad dressing recipes im famous for my own aoli cant make it without all the neighbors turning up as soon as they hear the blender im just a novice cook but have the advantage of working in some the best restaurants in NOOSA i used to drive the chefs nuts with all my querys but i learnt alot

Jan
Jan

Melissa this post is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing. Love these dressings! So tasty and easy to make ?

Tea
Tea

Wow…can’t wait to try these dressings.

Msgd
Msgd

Could you prepare the dressings ahead without the oil, keep then in the fridg, then add the oil tha day you want to serve the dressing? How long would they last before the oil was added?

Lynda Pfeiffer
Lynda Pfeiffer

I have tried to print the salad dressing recipes thru the link twice. Both times I have to put in my e-mail address and name which I did. All I get is a blank page with a link to an advertisement. No recipes. What is up with that?

Barb
Barb

Is it best to use powder or ready made mustard please?

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.