Salad Dressing Recipes & Ideas
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Ranch Wants to Be So Much More than Salad Dressing — Here Are 5 New Ways to Use It UpSkills
It really does make everything taste better.
Aug 18, 2020
This Salad Dressing Recipe Is So Good, It Changed the Way I’ll Make Salads Forever
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I don't want to go so far and say this dressing changed my life, but it did change my salad life (which is integral to the rest of my life).
Jun 22, 2020
The Unexpected Secret to the Best Potato SaladGroceries
Stir this into your favorite potato salad and watch it disappear.
Jun 17, 2020
Recipe: Garlic Confit VinaigretteRecipes
Thomas Keller writes in his cookbook Bouchon that at his restaurant garlic confit is used in so many preparations that they consider it to be a pantry staple. Indeed if you’ve ever had it, it’s tempting to figure out a way to use it in virtually everything. Much like roasted garlic, as garlic confit cooks, submerged in a green pool of olive oil, it softens, turns golden brown and the flavor mellows to the point of an almost smokey sweetness.
Jan 29, 2020
DIY Recipe: Creamy VinaigretteRecipes
A rich, creamy vinaigrette can take a simple salad and turn it into an elegant dish worthy of center stage.Whipping up a cup or two at home is even easier than going to the store, and once you have the basic technique down, the variations are endless!This vinaigrette is really nothing more than a loose mayo–less oil and more liquid. You can adjust the consistency by adding more liquid to make it looser or more oil to make it thicker.Quick health note: This recipe uses raw egg yolks.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Sherry VinaigretteRecipes
We’ve been on a Sherry kick lately, what with Mary’s glowing defense of this currently unfashionable wine, and our own dinner and wine pairing party. We were left with a half bottle of excellent Sherry after that dinner, so we put it to work in a salad dressing.We were impressed by how well the Sherry went with our deliciously complex garden salad a couple weeks ago and so we were curious to see how well it would work in a vinaigrette.
Jan 29, 2020
Summer Recipe: Honey Pepper VinaigretteRecipes
This is my favorite summer vinaigrette, an unusual combination of honey, black pepper, mint and sherry vinegar. It’s perfect over fresh tomatoes, grilled shrimp or even a simple green salad. Pasta salad, too!The recipe is based on one from Sonoma chef and cookbook writer Michele Anna Jordan, from her book The Good Cook’s Book of Oil and Vinegar (currently out of print but still fairly easy to get.
Jan 29, 2020
Edible Gift Idea: Homemade VinaigretteRecipes
As far as holiday gifts are concerned, I believe homemade foods are the only way to go. They are economical, from the heart and fun to enjoy together. I give a jar of basic tangy vinaigrette every year, to the delight and impress of many friends. Little do they know how easy it is to assemble. I usually have everything on hand to whip up a few jars!Making vinaigrette was my first job in the kitchen, as my parents prepared weekday dinners.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Raspberry VinaigretteRecipes
Every once in a while during the summer, I stumble on the sale of the season. I’m not talking about clothes or shoes — this is far better. I’m talking about fresh, ripe raspberries for $1 per pint. Considering these berries can be upwards of $5 at the grocery store, I stock up! While I could easily eat my way through pint after pint, popping berries from the container straight to my mouth, I do my best to show a little restraint.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Fish Sauce VinaigretteRecipes
Like any recipe, once you’ve mastered the most basic version, it’s fun to step things up with flavorful tweaks and variations on the original. Take a classic vinaigrette, for example — if you’re looking for some extra oomph, the addition of fish sauce is what your salad dressing has been missing. This recipe is a play on a basic vinaigrette; the kind of dressing that you’re probably already familiar with.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Tomato VinaigretteRecipes
Next time you’re at the grocery store or farmers market and spot some super-ripe tomatoes, snatch them up quickly for this vinaigrette. You need half a pound of those juicy gems to make this dressing. My favorite part is squeezing them over a strainer — you end up with a pool of the finest, freshest tomato juice.
Jan 29, 2020
How To Make Ginger Carrot DressingRecipes
You know this carrot ginger dressing from the sushi, teriyaki, and hibachi restaurants who serve it over crisp iceberg lettuce at the start of many meals. The orange hue boasts a zippy sweetness, thanks to the carrots, sweet onions, and fresh ginger. Think this dressing is a one-trick pony? Try it as a marinade for grilled chicken or serve it on cold noodles and you’ll know why I’m never without a batch in the fridge. And the best part?
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Warm Walnut Brown Butter VinaigretteRecipes
Vinaigrettes and vegetables are a predictable pairing, but they can be so much more than balsamic and baby field greens. There’s nothing wrong with the staples, of course, but eat them day after day and things get a little blah. With a handful of everyday ingredients, you can whip up a rich, tangy dressing that’ll add the perfect amount of pep to everything that comes off the grill this summer.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Honey-Citrus VinaigretteRecipes
Hoping to take your fruit salad from good to absolutely outstanding? You need this easy honey-citrus vinaigrette. Once you try this tangy three-ingredient dressing, I guarantee you’ll never serve just plain ol’ fruit salad again. It’s a vibrant mix of orange juice and lime juice, with just enough honey to balance the tartness without adding too much sweetness. Because, hey, that’s what the fruit’s for, right?
Jan 29, 2020
My New Favorite Salad Dressing Recipe: Delicious Ricotta Salata CitronetteRecipes
I love a simple salad dressing made solely of really high quality olive oil and lemon juice. I always find that it’s those two simple things that dress some of my favorite salads at the restaurants I frequent the most. Good ingredients don’t need much more. Unless, that is, you add some ricotta salata. Other than salt and pepper, this dressing requires only 3 things: olive oil, lemon, and ricotta salata.
Jan 29, 2020
Two-Ingredient Recipe: Miso & Citrus Salad DressingRecipes
Salad dressings are so simple to make from scratch that I don’t buy bottled versions anymore. But there are some nights when even the act of measuring out vinegar and oil just seems like too much. I am careful about oil and vinegar dressings; I don’t eyeball the measurements, and I find them surprisingly time-consuming to get just right sometimes.
Jan 29, 2020
Homemade Ranch Is the Secret to These Honey Buffalo Wings
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For even better buffalo wings, make homemade ranch.
Jan 21, 2020
I Make This 3-Ingredient Dressing Every Week — So Should YouSkills
It's just three ingredients dumped into a mason jar and shaken, but it's pure genius.
Jan 15, 2020
The Secret Ingredient to a Perfect Vinaigrette Is … WaterSkills
Just a bit mellows out all of the flavors so that each can shine through.
Nov 5, 2019
Easy Anchovy Vinaigrette Might Be Better than Classic CaesarRecipes
Cookbook author and former Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell says this unfussy dressing is all about letting produce shine.
Aug 1, 2019
Ina Garten’s 1-Minute Guide to Making Great VinaigretteRecipes
If ever there was someone who could make salad dressing seem simultaneously like the easiest thing in the world to make and also the new star of your next dinner party, it would be Ina Garten. Everyone knows it’s best to make salad dressing from scratch, but sometimes it can seem a daunting task. Not if you listen to Ina, though: her latest Instagram video takes us through how to make lemon vinaigrette in less than a minute —with a few great tips to boot.
May 24, 2019
Recipe: Tahini-Miso DressingRecipes
Do you keep certain ingredients in your fridge or pantry, knowing that you can always rely on them to whip up a fast, healthy meal? For us, these go-to staples include miso and tahini. We don’t know where we’d be without tahini, or sesame paste, and miso, which is made from fermented soybeans and grains. Whisked together into a creamy and versatile sauce, we use it to dress everything from noodles to tofu.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Crisp Salad with Sprouts & Miso-Lemon DressingRecipes
A couple weeks ago Anjali posted a simple formula for salad dressing: Tangy citrus juice, with savory miso paste. A light bulb clicked on in my head; I had never used citrus and miso together for a dressing — walnuts and miso, yes, in this nutty, addictive salad — but now I clearly had to try this and find a salad to pair it with.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Carrot-Ginger DressingRecipes
Packed with lively flavor and color, this carrot-ginger dressing is a staple we use to brighten up everything from salad greens to vegetarian bowls, pita sandwiches, and cold soba noodles. This is an easy, handy recipe to have on hand for quick weeknight dinners or lunches to take to work. You can make the dressing thick or thin it with water … either way, if you’re like us, you might find it – and the foods it’s paired with – disappearing rather quickly!
May 2, 2019
5 Ways to Use Balsamic Vinegar Every Day (Other Than Salad Dressing!)Skills
If the only time you think of pulling that jar of balsamic out of the cupboard is when it’s time to make a salad, you’re missing out. This sweet and tangy vinegar is one of my favorite secret ingredients, and I’ve found all sorts of ways that its presence will perk up my everyday cooking. To Finish Soups and Sauces: Balsamic and ripe summer tomatoes have a well-known affinity for one another.
May 2, 2019
How Can I Make a Lighter “Newman’s Own” Vinaigrette at Home?Recipes
Ingredients on the dressing’s label are as follows: “Olive Oil Blend (Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil), Water, Red Wine Vinegar, Onion, Spices, Salt, Garlic, Lemon Juice and Distilled Vinegar”Sent by ShellyEditor: How to Make a Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette From there, it’s a matter of refining the spices. Try finely chopped shallots, garlic powder, and fresh or dried oregano to start.
May 2, 2019
Essential Summer Recipe: Creamy Blue Cheese DressingRecipes
Last August, I spent a relaxing week vacationing on North Carolina’s Outer Banks with a friend (and fellow personal chef) and our husbands. Away from our work kitchen and surrounded by fresh seafood and summer’s best produce, cooking was a real joy instead of part of the daily grind. No complicated menus, no stress, just a week of straightforward, satisfying meals made from scratch.
May 2, 2019
5 Delicious Salad Dressings You Can Make with Greek YogurtSkills
I honestly can’t remember the last time my fridge was yogurt-less. Greek yogurt is great for breakfast parfaits and smoothies, and a spoonful of this essential ingredient is also the perfect way to add creaminess (without the actual cream!) to salad dressings. Here are five of our favorite salad dressings that are made more magical with Greek yogurt.
May 1, 2019
How Do I Save a Broken Salad Dressing?Skills
Q: I made a salad dressing a couple of days ago from lime juice and zest, olive oil, shallots, garlic, and cilantro. I used some on a salad and stored the rest in a Mason jar in the fridge. Today it’s solid on the top and liquid on bottom — it that the olive oil? Is it safe to eat? If so, how do I make it into a dressing again? Shaking the jar is doing nothing. Sent by Gail Editor: Don’t fret.
May 1, 2019
10 Ways to Use Caesar Dressing Beyond the SaladSkills
Caesar dressing, whether store-bought or homemade, is a glorious thing. Its garlic, cheese, and anchovy-packed flavor with its rich and creamy texture is the key to one of the best classic salads around. But if it’s so good, why limit it to only salad? In fact, why not use it to make 10 other dishes infinitely better? We were asking ourselves the very same question, so we answered it. Toss chicken in Caesar dressing and let it refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Most Popular Salad Dressing Recipe on PinterestRecipes
Ditch the bottled stuff.
May 1, 2019
12 Salad Dressings Made with 3 Ingredients (or Fewer)Recipes
There’s a green salad on my dinner table almost every night. It’s an easy, painless way to up my veggie intake daily, and I honestly never tire of it. But there’s a reason why it doesn’t get boring: the dressing. You see, salad dressing possibilities are nearly endless. Here alone we’re giving you 12 ideas, all built off pantry staples. Dressings really are based off the pantry — not just the cabinets, but the pantry fridge and freezer as well.
Jun 22, 2016
An Easy Template for Citrus Vinaigrette, 5 WaysRecipes
Winter gets a bad rap when it comes to fresh fruit. Sure, it might not be quite as bountiful as the summer months, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for with its sunny assortment of citrus. Here’s the thing about making your own vinaigrette — it really couldn’t be any easier. It’s not an exact science, and it doesn’t require precise measurements.
Jan 7, 2016
5 Tips for Better Salad DressingSkills
Salad dressing can sometimes seem like an afterthought, something to quickly pick up at the supermarket while we focus more on the greens and toppings. But think about it this way: Dressing is like the music score to a movie, the undercurrent that weaves its way through the entire experience. A good dressing, like a good music score, works with every part of the salad and rounds everything out into a complete package, so it’s worth a little bit more attention.
Jul 31, 2015
The Best Way to Taste Your Homemade Salad DressingSkills
On its own, each ingredient in a salad is fairly unremarkable. Lettuce, cut-up vegetables, nuts, dried fruit, maybe some cheese or protein. What brings it all together, though, is the salad dressing, so the dressing deserves some extra care and attention. Here’s a tip on how to make sure your dressing is perfectly balanced and seasoned properly for your salad.
Aug 19, 2014
Use the Last Tiny Bit of Jam to Make Easy Jam Jar Salad VinaigrettesSkills
You know that point when you’re almost to the bottom of a jar of jam? It’s not quite empty, but it feels close enough because there’s not even enough jam to spread on a piece of toast. It might seem like what’s left is a lost cause and the easiest solution is to toss the jar. Don’t do it! This tiny amount of sweetness is the perfect beginning for a super easy jam jar vinaigrette.
Aug 4, 2014
How Can I Make My Coleslaw Dressing Thicker (Without Changing the Taste)?Skills
Q: My family loves my grandma’s simple coleslaw dressing recipe: mayo, salt, pepper, sugar and a dash of milk. It whisks into a thick, yummy dressing for my chopped cabbage and carrots but if I make it ahead of time (even 30 minutes), what was once creamy perfection turns to a runny mess. Is there something I can use to emulsify my dressing without changing the taste of grandma’s slaw too much?
Apr 9, 2014
Recipe: Miso Tahini DressingRecipes
I don’t often get so attached to one thing that it’s all I eat, day in and day out, but it happened with a salad dressing a few months ago. A simple shake-up of miso paste, tahini, and lemon, it’s nothing revolutionary, and certainly nothing I hadn’t had before at the local healthy lunch joint, but for some reason it’s really been hitting the spot.
Jun 21, 2012
Good Question: Vinegar Alternative for Salad Dressings?Skills
Here’s a good question from Brian about salad dressings. He says: I am wondering about salad dressings. I love salads but I am struggling at making homemade salad dressings. It might be because i’m not a big vinegar fan. For some reason I don’t like the taste. What do you suggest for a healthier alternative to vinegar salad dressings? Brian, this subject is near and dear to our hearts.
Mar 25, 2009
2-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing
2-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing
Jul 14, 2017