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Make Your Own Salad Dressing

Updated: Jan 31

Say goodbye to store-bought salad dressings that contain questionable ingredients and say hello to a world of flavor by making your own salad dressings at home! It's easier than you might think, and we've got three delicious recipes to prove it.

Making these dressings at home not only ensures quality ingredients but also allows you to customize flavors according to your preferences. Ready to give it a try? Get started with any of the three great dressing recipes below.

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Photo from our Cooking with Jackie class. Participants created their own salad dressings from fresh ingredients.

Citrus-Lime Vinaigrette


  • 1/4 cup canola oil

  • 1/4 cup lime juice

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 2 tsp minced fresh jalapeno

  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Perfect Pair: balance the sweet citrus with notes of peppery arugula


Honey Mustard Vinaigrette


  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 2 tsp stone ground mustard

  • 1 tsp snipped fresh thyme

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Perfect Pair: Hearty kale won't wilt under this dressing. It's great with pork, too.


Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1/2 cup apple cider

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots

  • 2 tsp dijon-style mustard

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Perfect Pair: Toss delicate greens, such as spring mix, with this subtly sweet dressing.


Pro Tip: Looking to mix it up? To make any of these recipes creamy, just add 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt.


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