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Salad Dressings

Dressed for Success

Getting your greens can seem like a pious mealtime obligation. But drizzling a delicious homemade dressing over salad makes it something to savor.


Vinaigrettes can be as basic as mixing together oil, vinegar and salt. From there, build flavor with herbs, spices, shallots and garlic. Play with oils and vinegars, too: olive, walnut, peanut or hazelnut oils; and balsamic, Champagne, and sherry vinegars or citrus juice.

Dreamy Creamy Dressings

Creamy dressings deliver a lush mouth-feel. From a base of sour cream, buttermilk, cream, yogurt or mayonnaise, creamy dressings are constructed with herbs, spices, shallots, and garlic. Cheese, pickles, chili sauce and other ingredients can add big flavor.

Dressing Up

Daring to range beyond what the name implies, salad dressings often make marvelous marinades and dipping sauces. Oil and vinegar dressings are popular for marinating meats, but don't overlook dairy-based dressings: the gentle acids in dairy tenderize meats slowly.

lara s.j 
Jun. 28, 2009 1:27 pm
thank you for showing how to make salad dressing i love homemade better now i can make it at home the best of luck
Jul. 9, 2009 12:05 am
Please, just let me know how could I get a nice dressing for our salad we eat together my husband and I every night. We want to get on diet but we find out if we take the mediterranean dressing of vinager and oil it taste boring. How to make our salad not a bomb of calories???
Belle Woods 
Jul. 16, 2009 9:26 pm
I would like to know if someone has a recipe that would be close to the old "Miracle French" dressing that was made by Kraft. I loved that dressing, and either they quit making it or it isn't available in my area. I think it would be great to be able to make it myself. I contacted Kraft, but got no response and I don't find it on their website.Can anyone help?
Jul. 23, 2009 4:53 am
Cati, try this: 1/4 c. extra virgin (first cold pressed) olive oil 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil 1/8 c. rice or white wine vinegar 1 tsp. dijon mustard 1/2 tsp. Stevia (natural sweetener) Put all ingredients in a jar and shake until well mixed. Adjust flavors to suit your taste and the contents of your salad. Pour half the amount of dressing you think you'll need onto the salad and toss well (for 3-5 minutes). You'll find that the more you toss, the less dressing you need.
Jul. 25, 2009 4:13 pm
For Cati: Take use a good hardwood salad bowl. Take a peeled garlic clove. You might mince it first. Add a few pinches Kosher salt. Mash together with (add some dried basil and/or oregano unless using fresh then add before serving)the back of a spoon until paste like. Add either fresh lemon juice or a good wine vinegar. Then wisk in a good extra virgin olive oil. Taste frequently until right mix is obatained. Add fresh, course cracked pepper corns to salad before serving. This is as basic a vinnegarette as possible. My bride jokes she married me for my salad. Actually taught to me by my gifted Mother. You may experiment with asstringents and herbs and spice. A good dijon mustard is a plus. You can mix this with a bit of mayo, fresh grated parmesan and anchovies for a "mock Ceasar". I hope you'll try this and have a wonderful family tradition as do we. Good Luck, Joe
Sep. 20, 2009 5:19 pm
Hi Cati: Just read our request - I have a suggestion - there are great books out there such as "The Best 50 Salad Dressings" (buy them inexpensively on Amazon). More importantly, since I am a chef who caters to those who are health and weight challenged I will say to you the same thing I tell my clients - do not go "fat free", low-fat, etc. Better: Make you own (less preservatives) and put it in a small one ounce container and dip your greens into it. Try it, you might like it. Good luck with renovating your eating habits. Chef Diane
Jan. 2, 2010 2:14 am
Can anyone tell me if they know how to make a good Sweet Italian drssing? Thanks
Jan. 7, 2010 3:23 pm
Just trying my luck if anyone can come closer to the Chilli's Restaurant Chicken Salad Dressing Recipe.
Mar. 25, 2010 12:11 am
hie.. would anyone know how can i make a simple salad dressing with little ingredients in it.. for a blood pressure patient..
May 11, 2010 9:28 am
olive oil (very good quality), lemon juice, and some fresh cracked black pepper. Make the ingredients in your salad tasty and the dressing if just a small component of the overall dish
May 14, 2010 8:04 pm
I am looking for an old simple recipe that my mother used over leaf lettuce grown out of the garden. Very creamy and sweet.
May 17, 2010 7:08 am
JJC216- My grandmother used to make a salad pretty much like you described - depending on how much dressing you need, use some miracle whip,brown sugar (tblsp.or so),dash of vinegar and add milk to get the desired consistency. Hope that gives you some idea!
Jun. 6, 2010 12:25 pm
Looking for a creamy cucumber salad dressing. Need to do something with all my cucumbers from my garden, especially if it can be canned.
Jul. 17, 2010 5:42 am
forbiddenkc-Italian Dressing-low sodium. 1/2 cup voo,1/4 cup white wine vinegar,2t basil,1 1/2 Mrs Dash seasoning, artifical sweetener to equal 1t of sugar,1/2 t garlic powder,1T light mayo,3 T water.Combine in blender for 30 sec.Place in glass bottle or cruet cover and chill. Will last for several day in frig.
Jul. 19, 2010 2:45 pm
I'm looking for a healthier salad dressing that still taste good. Does anybody have any suggestions?
Jul. 22, 2010 4:04 am
I'm looking for a creamy dressing made with radishes. Years ago I eat this at a restaurant in Eureka Springs, AR. It was so good and all I remember of it was that it was a deep pink color and tasted like radishes. Can anyone help?
Aug. 10, 2010 12:06 pm
Does anyone have the recipe or one that come close the the French Quarter salad dressing that is no longer sold by Jewel Food Store
Sep. 25, 2010 7:07 pm
TGI Friday's used to have a sour cream ranch dressing that was out of this world. It had a hint of pink in the color.
Oct. 27, 2010 12:51 pm
I've been looking for a healthy salad dressing that will benefit my diet. This is the one. Thanks, Beverly
Cary Johnson 
Nov. 11, 2010 11:39 am
I am also looking for the "Miracle French" dressing. Has not been on grocery shelves for years, Made by Kraft. It was my favorite dressing, does anyone know how to make it?
Nov. 24, 2010 7:49 am
ahenning: Does this sound like what you're looking for? French Quarter salad dressing - 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil; 1/4 cup red wine vinegar; 1/2 cup barbecue sauce; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder; 1/2 teaspoon paprika; 1 teaspoon sugar
Nov. 24, 2010 7:51 am
ahenning: Never mind - I googled it and it looks like Jewel Food store's French Quarter dressing was kind of like ranch. Here's the ingredient list, maybe that will help! "buttermilk (cultured lowfat milk, salt, natural flavor), mayonnaise (soybean oil, eggs, water, vinegar, salted egg yolks (egg yolks, salt) sugar, salt, spices, garlic, spices, xanthan gum as a stabilizer, dextrose, carrageenan as a stablizer"
Dec. 27, 2010 2:20 pm
I want to find a bacon vingarette salad dressing recipe
Dec. 28, 2010 6:10 am
Does anyone have a recipe for Katsu-Hama's Cabbage Salad Dressing? They are located on 47th St. between Madison and 5th Ave, NYC This is the best cabbage salad I've ever eaten and I'm not a cabbage fan.
french quarter fan 
Jan. 18, 2011 8:14 am
I too am looking to find out more about the French Quarter salad dressing [buttermilk based] {NO tomato} It was ONLY sold in Chicago land Jewel or Dominick's supermarkets] Would do anything to duplicate, well, not ANYTHING, but would be very happy to get the recipe.
Feb. 3, 2011 4:20 pm
I too am desperately in search of a recipe that duplicates Jewel Chef's Kitchen French Quarter Dressing. If anyone knows a recipe or where there is the holy grail stash of this delicious dressing...please share!
Feb. 27, 2011 2:29 pm
Found this recipe in a blog for the "Miracle French". French Dressing Mix 1 c. sugar 4 t. paprika 2 T. dry mustard 2 t. salt 1/2 t. onion powder Measure all ingredients into a Ziploc bag; shake well. (transfer to vacuum seal bag and store up to a year, if desired.) To Use: Combine 1/4 mix with: 3/4 c. vegetable or canola oil 6 T. catsup 1/4 c. white vinegar Combine in blender and whip for 40 seconds, or until well blended. Chill
Feb. 28, 2011 4:29 pm
For a low-fat and tasty dressing for fruit salad, I use light yogurt. I especially like the fruit one to add a little extra flavor, but vanilla is good, too.
Mar. 5, 2011 9:18 am
I have been looking for a way to obtain the french quarter dressing that I used to buy at Jewel stores in chicago.I even contacted Jewel (which I guess was purchased by Albertson's food store chain).They just said they no longer carry it, no explanation. I do remember that it contained dill.
May 13, 2011 8:07 pm
Does anyone haqve the recipe for the 3-D salad dressing made by the Carrows Restaurant chain in So. Ca.
Jun. 5, 2011 10:32 am
Can anyone help to duplicate the house dressing at codys steakhouse?? I belive it might be a garlic ranch.... thanks..=0)
Sep. 4, 2011 11:44 am
Was there a oil and vinegar dressing on this site that came from a sub shop? I would like to know the name of it. Or is it a figment of my imagination? Can Anyone help?
Oct. 5, 2011 6:27 pm
I am looking for the spinach salad dressing that is made by Marie's. I can only find it during the summer months and we like spinach salad all year long. It's my families favorite and I would love to be able to make it from scratch. Thank you!
Nov. 14, 2011 8:30 am
Does anyone know what's in Peter Luger's garlic french salad dressing it's the best
Dec. 2, 2011 11:59 pm
does anyone know how to make Cracker Barrel's Peppercorn Ranch? I love that stuff! thanks
Dec. 9, 2011 3:00 pm
I am also looking for a creamy-style dressing and/or vinegar-base style to use with cucumbers to make a cucumber salad. thanks and Happy Holidays!
Feb. 16, 2012 3:23 pm
I am looking for a spinach salad dressing that has brown sugar , vinegar and God knows what. The Hawk Creek Cafe in Neskowin Oregon makes it for their spinach salad and it is fantastic
Mar. 17, 2012 5:39 pm
We used to get a creamy tarragon dressing at a little restaurant we used to go to. It was made with egg yolks, rice wince vinegar,EVOO, a little sugar or honey, and tarragon. I am not sure of the exct portions of each. It was yellow,and yummy. Has any one else ever had this?
Mar. 17, 2012 5:41 pm
also, the best Mayonnaise e ver was Borden's. It was even better thatn Hellman's and Best Foods. I contacted the company, but no response. Does any one have a knockoff recipe of this. It was creamy and amazing.
Mar. 27, 2012 10:42 pm
@elderdice Here's the recipe for Italian dressing used in a sub shop. It's a mix actually.
Aug. 2, 2012 8:39 pm
Does anyone have anything close to the Red Lobster caesar salad dressing, or even The Keg's?
Nov. 7, 2014 3:41 pm
For the easiest, quickest, healthiest salad dressing, just combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. No sugar, honey or any other kind of sweetener needed. You can add garlic, herbs or anything else you like, but it's not really necessary. This basic dressing works with any vegetable salad, and also with salads that include cheese, chicken, sea food - pretty much all salads. Enjoy!
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