Homemade Salad Dressing anyone!?

I want to make a homemade salad dressing!! help

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    "Not on the First Date" Red Onion/Shallot Dressing

    1/2 C olive oil

    1/4 C red wine vinegar

    1 medium shallot, minced, or 2 T red onion, minced

    1/4 tsp garlic powder

    1/4 tsp basil

    1/4 tsp McCormick's Spicy blend, or other general purpose spice blend

    1/4 tsp black pepper

    1/4 tsp Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt

    Combine in blender at top speed for about a minute, so that all of the onion or shallot is reduced. The result should be a creamy pink dressing. Chill overnight in refrigerator. The result is a mild, oniony dressing with a slightly sweet edge.

    Mom's Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    1/2 C balsamic vinegar

    2 tsp honey

    1 tsp Dijon mustard

    4 tsp cold water

    6-8 tsp olive oil

    1/4 tsp each of salt and black pepper

    Optional: 1/4 - 1/2 tsp herbs such as dill or basil

    Warm vinegar and honey in microwave for 20 seconds or more until honey dissolves in vinegar. Add remaining ingredients and whisk well. Shake vigorously after pouring into a bottle and chill before serving.

    Southwestern Vinaigrette

    1/2 C extra light olive oil

    1/4 C white or rice wine vinegar

    1 tsp mustard powder

    1/2 tsp oregano

    1/4 tsp black pepper

    1/4 tsp cilantro

    1/4 tsp garlic powder

    1/4 tsp cumin

    Shake, chill and serve. If you generally top your salad with cheese, pair this dressing with a mild cotija or colby. Avoid sharp or bitter cheeses such as bleu and feta.

    Basil-Sesame Dressing

    1/4 tsp garlic powder

    3 T rice wine vinegar

    1 T lemon juice

    2 T asiago or the cheese of your choice

    1/2 tsp dried basil

    2-4 leaves of fresh basil

    2 T chopped Italian or regular parsley

    1/2 C extra light olive oil

    1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil

    1/4 tsp black pepper

    Combine in blender until thoroughly mixed. Chill and serve with a green salad. It's a spooky color but tastes great.

    Caper Vinaigrette

    1/4 tsp garlic powder

    1 T fresh parsley (not dried!)

    2 T lemon juice

    2 T rice vinegar

    2 T capers, drained

    1/4 tsp dijon mustard

    1/4 tsp black pepper

    1/3-1/2 C extra light olive oil

    Combine in blender until very thoroughly mixed. Makes a very vinagery dressing - increasing the amount of olive oil used will change the balance. Chill and serve. Good with raw veggies.

    Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

    1/2 C extra light olive oil

    2 T plain yoghurt

    2 T lemon juice

    2 T rice vinegar

    1/4 C fresh, shreaded cilantro leaves, tightly packed

    1/4 tsp each garlic powder, thyme and black pepper

    1/8 tsp cumin

    a squeeze of fresh lime juice - about a quarter lime

    Combine in a blender until fully mixed. Chill and serve.

    Basic Vinaigrette

    1/2 C extra light olive oil

    1/4 C red wine vinegar OR rice vinegar

    1 T lemon juice

    1/2 tsp each oregano, thyme and mustard powder

    1/4 tsp each black pepper and garlic powder

    dash of cayenne and Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt

    Shake, chill and serve.

    Greek Dijon Vinaigrette

    1/2 C extra light olive oil

    2 T each plain non-fat yoghurt, lemon juice and red wine vinegar

    1 T Dijon mustard 1/4 tsp each garlic powder, sage, thyme, basil and oregano

    Combine in a blender at medium-high speed. Chill overnight before serving. I have no idea why this dressing is called "Greek", but it has been in the family for at least 25 years under that moniker.

    Fresh Tomato-Yoghurt Dressing

    2 Roma tomatoes, peeled and chopped

    1/4 C each extra light olive oil and plain non-fat yoghurt

    2 T each red wine vinegar and lemon juice

    1/2 tsp mustard powder, oregano and basil

    1/4 tsp black pepper

    dash of cayenne, garlic powder and Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt

    This dressing responds well to optional extras like a sliver of fresh onion, a chunk of feta cheese, fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Feel free to experiment. Put chopped tomatoes, lemon juice and vinegar in blender and blend at high speed. Add other ingredients, blending again at medium speed. Chill overnight before serving.

  • Here are some of my favorites:

    Basic Balsamic:

    Pour about 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil into a large bowl. (like, really big.) Then, whisking constantly, pour 1/2 cup of balsamic vinager into the bowl in a thin, steady stream. Once you start whisking, don't stop! this will keep the vinager and oil from separating. You can do this alone, but it helps to have someone to steady the bowl. If no one is available, place the bowl on a slightly damp towel. Next, add about a tablespoon of dijon mustard (more or less depending on your taste) and whisk that in. Season with salt, pepper, and dried herbs such as basil, oregano, 'italian seasoning', garlic salt/onion powder. Finally, add 2-3 tablespoons of very cold water while whisking. This will also help discourage separation. Let the dressing sit for at least half an hour so that the liquid can absorb the flavors. Then you can strain it if you want to.

    Garlic Parmesean

    Start with the same base as above, only substite balsamic vinager for apple cider vinager or red wine vinager. (whisk, whisk, whisk!) Then, add 1/2 to 1/2 cup of finely grated parmesean or romano cheese. whisk this in! Then add 1 tsp of garlic powder/salt (or mince 1 or 2 cloves of fresh garlic in a garlic mincer, or just chop up finely.) Season with salt, pepper, and any herbs that taste good to you. Let it sit for half an hour, (at least 1 hour if you used fresh garlic) and then strain, if desired.

    Sweet Dressing

    Got any jam jars lying around your fridge with just a tiny bit of jam stuck on them? perfect! it doesn't matter which flavor. Directly into the jam jar, add some safflower or peanut oil which have minimel flavor. (BTW, peanut oil is great for frying stuff, too. it can withstand higher temps than olive.) Then add apple cider vinager or balsamic vinger, (about half as much vinager as oil) and salt and pepper. Screw on the lid and shake it, baby! :) The jam gives the dressing a nice, fruity sweet flavor. My favorites are strawberry, rasberry, and grape.

    Great Green Dressing

    This is a smooth, creamy dressing. The lovely green color will have everyone a bit puzzled! It is easy because you make it in a blender or food processor.

    Scoop the flesh out of 1 ripe avacado. Dump it into the blender. Add olive oil (or any oil) and herbs. fresh ones work well with this recipe. Blend! Add spices and more oil to taste.

    Avacado works great in smoothies, too! it has hardly any flavor, and makes them very creamy. just add frozen berries like strawberries or rasberries and a banana and some orange juice and some yogurt. voila, yum!

    hope you like these recipes!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    8 oz. Cream Cheese

    2 T Cream

    2 T Mullen's Imitation French Dressing

    1/3 cup Catsup

    1 T Grated Onion

    1/4 t Salt (Optional)

    Blend all ingredients thoroughly, chill before serving

  • 1 decade ago

    Go to FoodNetwork.com, and look under Rachael Ray's 30-minute meals. She makes a lot of homemade salad dressings, and teams them up with great mixes.

    Also, for homemade Thousand Island, mix ketchup and mayonnaise, a bit of vinegar, and relish.

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  • ngufra
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    go to bed bath and beyond and get a salad dressing bottle.

    It's empty but you fill it with olive oil, vinegar, mustard and salt to the lines on the edge. Give it a shake and you're ready.

    These are the basic ingredients of the french vinaigrette but you can adjust the proportions, add herbs etc to make it interesting.

  • 1 decade ago

    Thousand Island is easy

    you will need a measuring cup or small container that will seal shut with a tight lid.

    Mayonnaise--2 Tdsp

    Mustard-- 1/2 tsp

    ketchup-- 1Tbsp

    sweep pickle relish--2 tsp

    Put all ingredients in a jar put the lid on tight and shake well. Taste and add a little of whichever ingredient you like to suit your taste.

  • eehco
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    It depends on what you're looking for.

    I make my own salad dressings all the time.

    Balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil with Italian seasoning,fresh minced garlic, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper

    Cilantro or Italian Parsley, mayo, and either lemon or lime juice is awesome. My personal favorite next to Ranch.

    You can make Caesar with mayo or (silken tofu and olive oil), parm cheese, worchestire sauce, salt, pepper, and anchovies or anchovie paste.

  • 1 decade ago

    I like just drizzling balsamic vinegar and E.V. olive oil separately, maybe a bit of fresh crushed garlic with it.

  • 1 decade ago

    fresh lime juice + olive oil + dreid mint + salt & pepper

    esp great with chopped tomato, cucumber and onion :)

  • 1 decade ago

    Equal parts of red wine vinegar and olive oil......

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