How To Make Your Own Salad Dressing

How To Make Your Own Salad Dressing

Salad dressing can make or break a good salad. It can also make or break your nutrition plan.

Many store bought salad dressings have enticing names like Lite Sun Dried Tomato or Organic Shitake & Sesame Vinaigrette, but they can also contain not so enticing ingredients. Store bought salad dressings often contain unhealthy industrial seed oils (like soybean oil and canola oil), high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors and flavors.

You can control the ingredients that go into your salad dressings by making them in your own kitchen. It’s easier than you think.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to teach you how to make your own salad dressing:

Step 1: Choose your oil.

Pick a cold pressed organic oil if you can. Olive oil is the most common choice, but you can choose from a variety of oils with subtle flavors to match the overall flavors of your salad.

Here are some common oils and the types of salads they taste best with:

Almond oil: Tastes best with asian style salads that include ingredients like cabbage, carrots, slivered almonds, sesame seeds, and chicken.

Avocado oil: Tastes best with mexican style salads that include ingredients peppers, beef, and beans.

Hazelnut oil: Tastes best with fruity salads that include ingredients like field greens, frisee, berries, and goat cheese.

Truffle oil: Tastes best with earthy salads that include ingredients like mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, beef, and lamb.

You can also choose infused oils, which are flavored by soaking natural herbs in the oil. Infused olive oils are easier to find than other types of infused oils.

Step 2: Choose your vinegar.

Balsamic vinegar is the vinegar of choice in most olive oil / vinegar blends, but there are many more choices that can completely change the flavor of your dressing.

Here are some common vinegars that taste great with many types of oil:

Balsamic vinegar: you really can’t go wrong with this classic vinegar. It’s sticky and a little sweet, with a deep earthy flavor.

Rice wine vinegar: this is a lighter vinegar that adds a little acid to a dressing without additional flavor. When you want the additional ingredients to have the flavor spotlight instead of the vinegar, this is a great choice.

Red wine vinegar: this vinegar tastes best with crushed berries added to a dressing a la raspberry vinaigrette.

Apple cider vinegar: raw apple cider vinegar boosts the nutrition of your salad dressing. Raw apple cider vinegar is commonly used as part of detox protocols. Add a sprinkle of raw apple cider vinegar from Bragg Live Foods, which you can find in almost any grocery store.

Step 3: Choose your flavors.

You can get really wild with this step. Although the only limit to this step is your imagination, there are some classic ingredients that taste great in homemade salad dressings.

Herbs: thyme, dill, tarragon, basil, chives

Fruit: mashed raspberries, mashed strawberries, mashed blueberries

Citrus: lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice

Savory and Spice: dijon mustard, horseradish, anchovy paste, minced garlic

Sweetness: honey, maple syrup

Step 4: Shake it up!

To blend the oil, vinegar, and flavors, you’ll have to emulsify the ingredients so that they don’t separate. You can either whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, or you can add all of the ingredients to sealed container and shake it like crazy.

The result will look something like this:

In our photo examples, we showed you a zesty dill vinaigrette. Here’s the recipe:

Zesty Dill Vinaigrette

Makes 3 servings


8 tsp. olive oil

6 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup diced fresh dill

1 tsp. dijon mustard

1 tsp. honey

Whisk together all ingredients and serve mixed into field greens.


Calories: 116   Total fat: 11.8 g   Carbohydrate: 4 g   Sugar: 2 g  Protein:

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