Dress to Impress with DIY Salad Dressing

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Remember being told you had to “eat your greens” growing up? Makes you think of soggy lettuce and bland dressing, right? Well, hold on! Salads can be just as exciting as any other delicious dish. It's all about the dressing! A good, homemade dressing can turn those boring greens into something truly extraordinary. So, let's dive into the world of DIY salad dressings and make your greens the favorite part of your meal.

Why DIY Your Salad Dressing?

With the business of our lives, you may be wondering why you would spend time making your own salad dressing when you can easily pick some up from the store. Well, beyond the accomplishment you feel from creating something from scratch, there are a number of reasons that DIY may win out. Flavor control, ingredient customization, cost, and fewer preservatives are just a few of the many benefits of home-crafted dressings. You can get the exact flavor profile to make your dish shine and know exactly what’s in your dressing.

What Is the Simplest Dressing to Master?

A classic vinaigrette is the simplest dressing in the salad world. Requiring just two basic ingredients - olive oil and vinegar - this minimalist dressing provides the perfect blank canvas for any salad. Its versatility is unparalleled and offers room for creativity. Experiment with adding salt and pepper, herbs, and varying oil-to-vinegar ratios to turn the average vinaigrette into a harmonious masterpiece. For an added touch of sophistication, dive into the land of infused oils and vinegars. Fragrant herbs like rosemary or thyme provide subtle yet distinctive flavors, while berry or citrus vinegar infusions elevate your vinaigrette to a whole new taste level.

Beyond Vinaigrettes

While vinaigrettes hold their charm, some of us crave the luxurious taste and texture of a rich, creamy dressing. The beauty is crafting these velvety delights at home is entirely within reach. Like simpler dressings, creating your own allows for unparalleled customization, catering to your specific tastes and dietary needs. A strong whisk becomes your magic wand, seamlessly binding the oil and acid into a singular, emulsified delight. This palate-pleasing experience truly celebrates the art of homemade craftsmanship.

This Creamy Balsamic Dressing is more than a condiment; it’s an invitation to savor homemade artistry. This creamy perfection is feasible and extraordinarily rewarding.

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 0 min.

Total Time: 5 min. Serves: 8 | Difficulty: Easy


  • 1⁄3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or finely grated
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 cup olive oil


  1. In a bowl, whisk together vinegar, maple syrup, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Slowly add the oil while whisking until the dressing is creamy and emulsified.
  3. Store refrigerated. Whisk or shake before serving.

Let Your Creative Side Shine

Once you get the hang of making your own dressing, the realm of options is only limited by your imagination. Your pantry becomes a playground of inspiration, offering an endless supply of ingredients waiting to be explored. Oils from around the world, specialty vinegar, herbs and spices, or even citrus peels and fruit can help enhance the depth of flavors. And, beyond salads, dressings seamlessly transition to marinades and sauces adding that burst of homemade excellence to your mains or sides.

Beyond salads, these versatile dressings seamlessly transition into extraordinary marinades and sauces, adding a burst of homemade excellence to your mains or sides, unlocking a world where every dish becomes a canvas for your culinary ingenuity.

When looking to unlock a world of versatility, this Cilantro Lime Dressing might be what you’re looking for. From marinating chicken and topping tacos to a killer dressing for a bean and corn salsa, this little wonder can do it all.

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 0 min.

Total Time: 10 min. Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy


  • 3⁄4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1⁄3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, lightly packed
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Store refrigerated.

In the world of DIY salad dressing, the possibilities are virtually limitless. From simple vinaigrettes to bold and creamy, crafting your own dressing lets your unique style and taste shine. So, the next time your go-to bottle of dressing runs out, embrace the joy of experimentation and try a DIY dressing. Who knows, with the ability to customize the flavor to meet your particular tastes, you might never go back!