Can You Suggest Some Great Homemade Salad Dressings?

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Q: My boyfriend and I recently joined a local CSA and we get loads of spring mix in our box every 2 weeks. Since we're having salads so often now, can you please suggest some great recipes for homemade salad dressings? We've both gotten tired of the few storebought selections we have in the fridge and my classic vinaigrette variations have only gone so far. I have a pretty simple pantry with the basics.

Sent by Jennifer

Editor: Jennifer, here's a look back at a ton of our favorite salad dressing recipes:

Two-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing (pictured above)
Easy Jam Jar Salad Dressings
Vinegar Alternative for Salad Dressings?
Sherry Vinaigrette
Lemon Dressing
Kale Slaw with Peanut Dressing
BLT Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
Honey Pepper Vinaigrette

That's a long list, but I have to say that my favorite way to dress a salad is to toss it lightly with olive oil, then to add just a touch of lemon juice or vinegar to the leaves. Very light, very simple. I also like to add big chunks of citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit) to a salad and then toss lightly with olive or hazelnut oil. The juice of the citrus gives all the sweetneess and acidity you need.

Readers, any good tips or recipes for Jennifer?

Related: Frugal Tip: No-Waste Salad Dressing with Mustard

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