Save Money, Eat Healthy, Make Homemade Salad Dressing

We love salad!  Even better, we love homemade salad dressing.  Making my own homemade salad dressing was so intimidating to me…so I never tried it.  Little did I know how easy and CHEAP it is to make your own homemade salad dressing.  Now I wonder how the salad dressing market stays afloat.  It must be because a lot of people think the same thing I use to think about making my own dressing.

Here’s a few simple and easy recipes to get you started.  Most of these ingredients may already be in your pantry too!  Try a few salad dressing recipes out  and start to store the basic ingredients in your pantry so you can whip up delicious, fresh, healthy, homemade dressing anytime you need it!

French Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 small onions, grated  (it still tastes good if you leave the onions out)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (optional, add if you have it)

Add ketchup, sugar, vinegar, oil, lemon juice, salt, paprika, onions, garlic and blue cheese to a glass jar.  Use a mason jar with a lid and shake really well and refrigerate.  If you end up doubling a recipe, sometimes it is easier to use the blender. This dressing will keep in the refrigerator for quite a while.

Ranch Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.  This makes just under 2 cups of dressing.

Russian Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish, drained (if your unsure about horseradish, start with less and work up to your own liking.)

Mix yogurt and mayonnaise with a wire whisk.  Mix in the ketchup and horseradish.  You can also add a splash of Worcestershire to it too.  
Makes 2 cups.

I have lots more yummy dressing recipes and mixes that I will post soon.  Like some oil and vinegar based ones and dressing spice mixes… enjoy ;-)

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  1. Holly says:

    I like experimenting with homemade salad dressings! One product that I just LOVE is Pampered Chef's Measure, Mix and Pour. It is a plastic container with a pour spout and the lid has a plunger attached. Along the outside of the container 4 salad dressing recipes are written. They include markings so that you can pour olive oil to here, lemon juice to here, etc. Pretty easy and handy when you are in a hurry. Plus, the plunger built in makes it nice for vinaigrette's that will separate after time, you just plunge a few times and it's good to go!

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