Simple vinaigrette dressing for your salads.


Get My Favorite Recipe

Welcome to the world of homemade salad dressings, where simplicity meets sensational flavor. If you’re tired of store-bought options filled with questionable ingredients, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Making your own dressing is easier than you think, and the results are remarkable. In this blog, we’ll dive into creating perfectly balanced and delicious salad dressings in your kitchen. From tangy vinaigrettes to creamy concoctions, get ready to elevate your salads to new heights and discover the joy of homemade dressings that are healthier, tastier, and completely tailored to your preferences. Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure that will transform how you think about salads and dressing. Let’s get started!

, Let me start by confessing something: I’ve never been a big fan of store-bought dressings that line the grocery store shelves, filled with a laundry list of ingredients I can barely pronounce and loaded with excessive amounts of sugar and additives. It just didn’t sit right with me. I discovered the joy of making my dressings at home, and it was a game-changer! The simplicity, the freshness, and the freedom to customize the flavors to my liking opened up a whole new world of possibilities. And let me tell you, once you experience the vibrant taste and wholesome goodness of a homemade dressing, there’s no turning back.

As we embark on this culinary adventure, I encourage you to experiment. Tweak the ratios, add your flair, and let your taste buds guide you. So, grab your whisk, dust off that blender, and get ready to transform your salads into sensational culinary masterpieces. I’ll be here, guiding you every step of the way, sharing tips and tricks to ensure your dressings are nothing short of perfection.

How to Make Salad Dressing 

All good salad dressings need to have a few key elements. No matter what ingredients you add, each salad dressing needs the right balance of acidity, sweetness, fat, and savory. 

Acidity: Every salad needs a bit of acid to give it that tangy flavor. You can get acidity from vinegar or fresh citrus. Add a basic apple cider, sherry, white wine, or champagne vinegar. Fresh citrus includes lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges, and mandarins. Try using the zest of the citrus for an even strong citrus taste. 

Sweetness: A good salad dressing also has a slight sweetness for balance. Adding a little bit of honey, maple, date, or coconut sugar will go a long way in the flavor of the dressing. 

Savory: Salad dressings also need a savory base, such as mustard, coconut amino, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. 

Salt is an essential ingredient that softens the acid and makes the flavors pop. Remember, if you use other salty ingredients, like anchovies or cheese high in salt like feta, taste the dressing before adding any more. 

Fat: Cold-press olive oil is an excellent source of fat in homemade salad dressing. You can also enhance the flavor using nut oil like almond or hazelnut. Avocado oil has also started to become very popular in salad dressing. 

Tips for Making the Best Dressing: 

  • Add fresh herbs such as mint, basil, tarragon, and cilantro for flavor.
  • Add some roots, like ginger, garlic, turmeric, shallots, and lemongrass, to add more nutrition to your salad dressing.
  • Oil and vinegar naturally separate, so use a whisk, blender, or food processor and slowly pour in the oil to allow them to emulsify. 
  • Even though the general ratio of acid to fat should be one to three, let your taste buds be the judge. Adjust your ratios as necessary.  
  • Hold off on the salt and pepper until the very end to see how it will taste—season according to taste.
  • Olive oil hardens when chilled, so bring it to room temperature before using it, and remember to shake the salad dressing every time. 
  • Whisk or blend your salad dressing to get it extra creamy. 

How Long Does Homemade Salad Dressing Last? 

When it comes to homemade salad dressings, the shelf life can vary depending on the ingredients used. If you store your dressing in an airtight container, like a mason jar, and refrigerate it, vinaigrettes can stay fresh for about 3-4 days. However, dressings with dairy-based ingredients tend to spoil faster, and it’s essential to inspect them for any changes in texture, color, or odor before using them. Additionally, dressings containing olive oil and vinegar typically last longer than those made with buttermilk or yogurt. By following these guidelines, you can ensure your homemade salad dressing stays safe and fresh for as long as possible.

Some Salad Dressings to explore:

These homemade salad dressings are my go-to recipes for any salad creation. They’re not limited to salads; I love using them as dips for fresh veggies or marinades for grilled proteins.

  1. Miso Ginger Dressing: This miso dressing with rice vinegar and ginger adds a savory kick to salads, enhancing the taste of greens and veggies.
  2. Lemongrass Salad Dressing: Add lemongrass dressing to your salads or use it as a marinade for grilled vegetables or proteins for a refreshing and citrusy flavor. Perfect for Asian-inspired salads.
  3. Mandarin Vinaigrette: Fresh mandarin orange vinaigrette for salads and fruits. Sweet and tangy flavor.
  4. Ranch Salad Dressing: Ranch dressing is a creamy and tangy mix of herbs and buttermilk, making it a popular choice. It’s excellent for salads and as a dip.
  5. Greek Goddess Dressing: This Mediterranean-inspired dressing features Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill, and parsley. It’s perfect for Greek salads or as a veggie dip.
  6. Lemon Tahini Dressing: Tangy tahini dressing pairs perfectly with grain salads, roasted veggies, or falafel sandwiches.
  7. Avocado Lime Dressing: Creamy avocado and zesty lime juice make salads, wraps, or veggies a delicious dressing.
  8. Dijon Balsamic Dressing: A tangy dressing with Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar elevates any salad.
Ingredient List


To prepare, gather all the necessary ingredients, excluding salt and pepper, and place them into an airtight container or jar. Place them inside. Shake the contents well, and add seasoning according to your preference. Store the mixture in the fridge until it is ready to be used.
Mark as complete

Please Support The SiteHome Cooking is Easy!With These Minimalist Kitchen Essentials


Adjust Servings
cup olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper


To prepare, gather all the necessary ingredients, excluding salt and pepper, and place them into an airtight container or jar. Place them inside. Shake the contents well, and add seasoning according to your preference. Store the mixture in the fridge until it is ready to be used.

Nutrition Information

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.
See our full nutrition disclosure here.

Have You Tried This Recipe?

If So, Mention Us @ranasrecipe

Or Use Hashtag #ranasrecipe

Let’s Start Cooking With Love!

Tell Me How I’m Doing?

Do you make your own homemade salad dressing? What is to go dressing you make? Love to hear from you! Let me know in the comment below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *