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I like my salads dressed, thankyouverymuch, but have you ever stopped to read the ingredients in a store-bought bottle of salad dressing? :yikes: It reads like something out of a science fiction novel...lol...and they want me to pay for the honor of putting that in ~*my*~ body? I think not! Not when I can grab a few ingredients from the shelf and/or refrigerator and very inexpensively whip up a very tasty version at home!! Anyone else kicking the store-bought salad dressing habit? Do you have a homemade salad dressing recipe that would put large, major food corporations to shame? There's a naked salad out there just dying to get dressed, so please tell us what it could be wearing!

Some of my favorites...

Honey Mustard Dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Whisk ingredients together and store in refrigerator.

Ranch Dressing

1 c. mayonnaise
1 tsp. onion salt
1/4 tsp. dried chives
1/4 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper (ok to use black pepper if that's what you have)
1 c. buttermilk (can substitute 1 Tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to make 1 cup)

Mix the mayonnaise and spices together, then gradually add buttermilk. Mix until smooth. Best if stored in refrigerator overnight before using (stir before using).

Italian Salad Dressing

6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Pinch of dried oregano

Whisk together, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
 

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I'm going to have to try your Italian with less oil, more (Balsamic) vinegar and more lemon juice. Thanks!
 
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The fat free ones are the worst. Way worse than the full fat kind.

EVOO and a little vinegar with pepper I like.

I have some recipes but not digging them out now. :D
 

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Granny's Thousand Island

2 cups miracle whip
1/2 Cup ketchup
2 boiled eggs chopped
3 tablespoons sugar
6 small sweet pickles chopped or 3 tablespoons pickle relish
mix well and ref.
 

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Another one my mom always used to make was just to add some miracle whip and sugar to the salad and mix it all up.

I don't keep miracle whip on hand, so I use mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar instead. :)
 

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Another one my mom always used to make was just to add some miracle whip and sugar to the salad and mix it all up.

I don't keep miracle whip on hand, so I use mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar instead. :)
I do something similar ~

2 tbsp mayo
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp sugar

I like it best on greens with nothing else added to the salad.

I'm a huge lover of salads with weird add-ins and simple dressings. I almost always put cheese in my salads, some kind of nuts or fruit, English cukes, sometimes olives depending on the dressing.

For the dressings I like to keep it simple ~ olive oil, some kind of vinegar, seasonings of some sort either fresh or dried, garlic, and whip it up and I'm good to go.
 

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We use the powdered Ranch mix and the Good Seasons Italian packets, but everything else I make. I can't stand the oils they use in the bottled dressings. It all tastes like preservatives.

I make my own caesar dressing:

Caesar Salad Dressing

1 egg
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 inch anchovy paste (abut 1/2 t)
large dab mustard (about 1 T )
1-2 T worcestershire sauce
1-2 garlic cloves (depending how strong it is)
black pepper
1/2 -2/3 cup olive oil

Mix everything but the olive oil in a food processor or blender. Slowly add in the olive oil to thicken the dressing. Toss dressing with chopped romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and croutons.

Dressing for Asparagus Salad

1/6 c balsamic vinegar
2 T honey
2 T olive oil
1 T mustard
1 T soy
1 t marjoram

Blend well and serve over cold steamed asparagus, chopped tomato, and red onion. Sprinkle with toasted pecans.

Honey Mustard

1 c olive oil
1/4 c vinegar
1 18 c honey
1/2 c dijon mustard
3/4 c mayo

Blend well.

Blue Cheese

1/2 c mayo
2 T chopped onion
1t chopped garlic
1/4 cup dry parsley
1/2 c sour cream
1 T lemon juice
1 T cider vinegar
4 oz crumbled blue cheese (buy the best you can afford)

Mix well.


Cucumber sauce for gyros (tzatsiki sauce)

1 small container of plain yogurt
1 garlic clove, diced fine
1/2 cucumber shredded, drained, and squeezed in a towel
1 T olive oil
2 t lemon juice
1 T dill or mint
salt to taste
splash of red wine vinegar

Mix well. Best if made several hours in advance.

Balsamic dressing

1/2 c olive oil
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
2 T honey
salt and pepper to taste
1 T mustard
1 smallclove of garlic, chopped fine
1 t parsley flakes
1/4 t thyme

Mix well, best if made in advance.


Thousand Island (aka corned beef sandwich spread)

2 T chopped onion
1 garlic clove finely chopped
1 1/2 c mayo
1/4 c ketchup
1 T pickle relish
2 T cider vinegar
3-4 T sugar (to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

Mix well.
 
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I just use a little salt and some red wine vinegar or lemon juice. The vinegar is especially good with very ripe, sweet tomatoes.
 
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