Way Beyond Ranch: 15 Fresh Ideas for Salad Dressing

We’ve found that the key to keeping our lunch salads interesting is switching up the kind of salad dressing we use every day. Just subbing walnut oil for olive oil or whizzing in a handful of fresh basil will do the trick, but it also helps to have a running list of excellent recipes to choose from.

We can make any of these in batches small enough for just one salad or large enough to last a whole week. Try these tossed in pasta salads and grain salads, too!

Vinaigrettes

1. Basic Olive Oil and Vinegar Vinaigrette
2. Garlic Confit Vinaigrette
3. Sherry Vinaigrette
4. Bacon Vinaigrette
5. Raspberry Vinaigrette
6. Honey Pepper Vinaigrette
7. Red Onion Vinaigrette
8. Lemon Vinaigrette

Creamy Dressings and Beyond
9. Better-Than-Ranch Creamy Dressing
10. Tahini-Miso Dressing
11. Peanut Dressing
12. Creamy Avocado Dressing
13. Egg-less Caesar Dressing
14. Anchovy Date Dressing
15. Thai Sweet and Sour Dressing

What are your favorite salad dressings?

Related: Frugal Tip: No Waste Salad Dressing with Mustard Jars from Martha Stewart

(Images: Liz Vidyarthi)