Our Favorite Salad Dressing – Five Ways!

This Homemade Salad Dressing Recipe is now our favorite. You can make it five different ways --and we love ALL of them on salads, veggies, rice, and more! Simple to make--inexpensive-- and YUMMY!

I’ve been meaning to get this recipe for Homemade Salad Dressing to you all for awhile now.

Life has been crazy and things really get in the way sometimes, you know?

Anyhow, this one is a real keeper.  And it’s a great homemade salad dressing for those with food allergies as well – no dairy and some substitutions that should make this work for anyone.

If you haven’t already checked out my other homemade dressing, Moroccan Vinaigrette, then you really should check that one out as well.  It’s wonderful and has been on our table for basically every meal for–well–I don’t know how long.  It’s great.

I love having homemade seasonings and such on the table to dress up even the most bland simple meal.

You know – like we’ve got a plate of a whole grain, a protein source, beans, and some veggies -

Kind of blah-

But when you add some amazing toppings like

you can turn Blah into Wow.   It may not be the prettiest meal, but your taste buds will sure thank you!  And when you make these seasonings and dressings yourself, your wallet will thank you too!!!

Anyway, awhile ago I thought I’d try to shake things up a bit with a new dressing to grace our table and I went searching through my cookbooks and even put a shout out to readers on my Facebook page asking for the best salad dressing recipes.  (If you haven’t become a fan yet, you really should.  I share tons of great things I find on the internet that I don’t have time to blog about – and I also post reader questions so we can help each other out.  Good stuff.  Great community!)

Well, one of the cookbooks that I turned to is an old favorite of mine, Cybele Pascal’s The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook.

 

I LOVE this book.  Cybele’s book is basically the first cookbook I bought when we knew we were dealing with food allergies in our household (if you haven’t read it yet, check out my posts on Eczema and Food Allergies – From Despair to Healing).

Some of the recipes in this book have become family favorites (like Raf’s Cuban Rice and Beans, Four Bean Stew, and yummy Coconut Squares) – it’s one of those cookbooks that you will turn to again and again. – Note, it does use gluten (barley) and a fair amount of sugar, but I just adapt to our family’s needs.

Well, anyway, once I read the description of Cybele’s recipe, My Favorite Dressing, I just knew I needed to make it.

And boy, am I glad that I did.  You will be too.

Cybele is the wife of Adam Pascal, a famous Broadway actor.  And they live in a very “posh” area of New York (I used to date someone from the town where they live, and you could see Billy Joel’s house from my boyfriend’s grandmother’s backyard.  Really.  That kind of “posh” :-).  Anyway, if this dressing is Adam’s favorite – you can bet it’s a winner.

Here’s the quote from the book:

This salad dressing never wears out its welcome.  I’ve been making it for 15 years and every single time I have dinner guests they say, “Yum!  What’s in this dressing?!”  My husband refuses to eat his salad with anything else.

Sounds good, right?  Well, let me add that if this dressing is on the table, my old favorite, Moroccan Vinaigrette takes a back seat.

Enough, right?  Let’s get on with the recipe.

The only thing I’ve changed is one ingredient — and I’ve doubled Cybele’s recipe and I’ve added some dietary options.  We eat this so fast you’ll want to at least double it.  Truth is, I make a quadruple batch each time :-)!

Now, truthfully, I typically don’t even bother to blend this dressing and it is still wonderful.  (In my photo above you can see that it’s not blended.)

TIPS:

1.  Cybele recommends using only high quality olive oil and balsamic and she specifically mentions using a brand of balsamic that’s been aged at least 10 years.  Now, the highest rated balsamic on Amazon is priced over $40 for 8.5 ounces – ouch!  This one is waaay cheaper and still gets great ratings – even high ratings from Cooks Illustrated apparently (see the ratings).  I’d buy this one for sure!

2.  Love using fresh herbs?  See my post on The Easiest Way to Preserve Herbs

Want some more ways to add flavor to your table?  You for sure should check out:

I look forward to see what you think of this dressing!

Do you have a favorite salad dressing to share?

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  1. This is a well-timed recipe! I have a half-bunch of fresh basil in the fridge that I wasn’t sure what to do with, and we’re out of salad dressing. Thank you!

  2. Jacqueline Murphy says:

    This recipe and the others you referenced all look great! Can’t wait to try them. Sure don’t mind seeing Ball jars on the table, but the bottles sound like a good option. Was happy to see the suggestion to donate the unused package of dressing (or any other unused item) to the food bank. They count on us :o)

  3. Thank you for the ideas on substituting for dijon. Dijon mustard is currently one of my daughter’s eczema triggers, but most of my salad dressing recipes call for it.

    I make one similar to yours, but only ACV instead of the balsamic and then a tsp of basil and a tsp of thyme. I don’t add any sweetner to it. It is tangy and oh so tasty.

  4. Sounds delicious and I am always up for a good homemade dressing! You can use them for so many things. :)

  5. These sounds fantastic! Pinning :)

  6. yum-OH! I love using trader joe’s dijon adds a little pep!
    Blessings!

  7. These sound delicious! Coming over to visit from Tempt your Tummy Tuesday. I am hosting Try a New Recipe Tuesday now. Would love for you to come over and join us! :-) Many blessings, Lisa
    http://our4kiddos.blogpsot.com

  8. Yum. This sounds perfect!

  9. Great post and the salad dressing sounds amazing!

    I’d love it if you would link this (and a couple other recipes if you’d like) up to Wonderful Food Wednesday at: http://www.athometake2.com. I hope you can stop by.

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

  10. What a great dressing recipe! We’d love for you to link this up at our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/09/riverton-housewives-round-up-33.html

  11. This recipe sounds fabulous, and I love the variations too!

  12. This dressing sound delicious! I love apple cider vinegar! Thank you for sharing another great recipe at Fit and Fabulous Fridays!!

  13. This looks fantastic Adrienne! You’ve been featured on Weekend Whatever!

    http://wholeintentions.com/2012/09/weekend-whatever-link-up-39/

  14. The recipe looks great!
    do you have a substitution for the balsamic vinegar though, as I no longer use it due to it’s high sugar content and the fact that it is not really vinegar at all.

    Will be trying this soon.

    • I know about the sugar issue – I would just try Apple cider. I still have balsamic in the house but I don’t use it as much now. I didn’t know it isn’t a vinegar – what do you mean by that?

  15. Yum :) I use a similar recipe, but with wholegrain mustard and substitute some of the olive oil for flaxseed oil to get some omega 3s.

  16. Tina Stockton says:

    How long will this keep in the fridge? Sounds great…. can’t wait to make some!

  17. Adrienne,
    Thank you for posting this recipe. I’m making it right now. :)
    I’m curious, do you think the anti-bacterial properties of the garlic and honey create any interference with the probiotics in the acv and vice versa? I’m sure we’d still get some healthy properties from all of them, my brain just thinks of these crazy things. LOL
    Whitney

    PS I am enjoying the ebook bundle and appreciate the bonus soap nuts, too. Thank you for letting me know about the bundle *and* throwing in a gift!

    • Interesting. I don’t know. I guess I personally would just think they are all good for me and not worry about it. But I don’t count on my ACV for my probiotic needs. Did you see my post on probiotics?? You’re welcome! Which book do you like the best? I haven’t checked them all out yet.

      • I haven’t read them all yet, either. Some threw me off and I was curious why they were in the paleo bundle as they vehemently argued against Primal/Paleo, but they were definitely food for thought! :) Well Fed is my favorite, but I’ve had my hard copy for a while and love so many recipes!

        I’ll check out your probiotic post, but we don’t rely on acv as our only probiotic. I do use it to inoculate my fermenting chicken feed and put it in their water. We (the humans) have all sorts of homemade ferments in our diet…yum! :)

        I agree that we don’t need to worry about mixing things that are good for us. I just have a science background and enjoy working with live foods so I think of these things!

    • I just heard from another blogger and they said ACV doesn’t have probiotics – they only have enzymes.

  18. Pat Sheek says:

    Honey Mustard Dressing
    1 cup mayo
    1/4 cup prepared mustard
    1/4 cup honey
    2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
    1 tsp garlic salt
    1 tsp onion powder
    sprinkle of pepper blend

    Ranch Salad Dressing or Dip
    1 tsp dried parsley
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    1/2 tsp seasoned salt
    1/2-1 tsp garlic powder
    1/4-1/2 tsp onion powder
    1/8 tsp thyme
    pinch of dill weed
    For dressing add 3/4 cup mayo and 1 cup buttermilk (I use homemade kefir and Vegenaise)
    For dip add 1 3/4 cup sour cream and 1/4 cup buttermilk

  19. Hey, thanks for sharing so many $ saving ideas. You have helped me in so many ways. I have a challenge for you. I need Salad dressings with NO: Vinegar, Oil, or Mustard. I know you love a challenge so I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks again for all you do to help improve my life:)

  20. This looks really good! I’m glad to see a recipe for a dressing that’s homemade, easy, and healthy!

    Linda

  21. Does this need to be refrigerated and how long is it good for? I just made some and looking forward to trying it!!!!

    • I haven’t put mine in the fridge always but I will in warmer months. I can’t make claims about shelf life b/c of variations in how folks make / use it but it lasts for me quite awhile – thanks!

  22. I tried this to go with our salad tonight and it is so yummy!! Thanks for a great basic recipe!

  23. This is my new favorite salad dressing recipe, I had it on my salad tonight!

  24. This dressing is AWESOME! Thank you so much. I’ve been using a simple EVOO & ACV combo for over a year now and finally burnt out on it. This is such a nice difference! I’m sure it’s even better in the blender, but I’m also burnt out on washing dishes, so I just shook all the ingredients together in the same jar I’m storing it in. Result – delish!!

  25. Hi Adrienne ~ This sounds wooonderful and I will for sure make—but just curious if this has to be refrigerated or not. I make a balsamic vinegrette that I’m tired of it solidifying on me once I put it in the fridge so I started leaving it out (it’s simply, EVOL, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, garlic and salt). Just not sure that’s a good idea especially if it sits day after day. Would appreciate your thoughts. … Like if it COULD safely be stored at room temp … how long will it last, approx. before it’s not good anymore. Many thanks.

    • I am sorry but I can’t make shelf stability statements. The salt will preserve but you should store in the fridge b/c of the garlic (if you use it). I don’t but that isn’t recommended due to botulism risk.

      • Gotcha. I actually ended up tossing what I had sitting on the counter (after googling and reading about the potential botulism risk, I didn’t want to chance it– there wasn’t that much left anyway. Better safe than sorry). Thanks for getting back to me … Oh, and made your Five-Ingredient Salad Dressing tonight. LOVED it. Thanks so much … :)

  26. What would you add to any of these variations to make them a ‘creamy’ version? Coconut milk, perhaps? plain milk kefir? Homemade mayo? Guess I can experiment!