Recipe: Two-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing

Recipe: Two-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing

(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

Sometimes a basic vinaigrette just won't do. Sometimes we need a velvety, creamy dressing drizzled on our greens. And yet ranch dressing can sometimes feel a little ... salad-bar-at-the-steakhouse? Occasionally, yes, I love it. But this dressing, well, this has a little more ooh-la-la in its favor. And it's so, so easy.

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The key to this dressing is a generous dollop of mayonnaise, which gives it the body and creaminess. But unlike ranch dressing, which usually calls for buttermilk and a host of herbs and spices, I keep this dressing simple — just add a little Dijon mustard and a nice, tangy Champagne vinegar.

It's complex and lovely, perfect for dressing a simple plate of greens, like our favorite side salad, or for using as a dip for party platter of veggies.

Two-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing

Makes enough for 2 side salads

  • 1 teaspoon

    Dijon mustard, or other grainy mustard

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons

    mayonnaise or full fat yogurt

  • Pinch


  • Pinch


  • Fresh pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon

    Champagne vinegar

Whisk together the mustard, mayonnaise, salt, sugar, and pepper until combined. Add the vinegar and whisk until smooth. Toss with salad greens and serve.

This recipe was originally published April 2010.

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