Salad Dressing Hacks, Everyone’s Favorites

Learn to Make Your Favorite Dressing Fast & Easy

Have you been following our Salad Dressing Recipe Series? It has been a big hit. We have listed all the recipes for your requested favorites here for your convenience. Pick your favorites, pass up the expensive bottles on the grocery store shelves, and make them yourself!

Herbs may be purchased or home-dried. Herb/spice blends may be purchased or homemade as well. See specific links in the recipe ingredient lists. Your dehydrated seasonings will give these salad dressings premiere taste and convenience.

As we add more recipes to our series, we will add more to this listing as well, so check back often!

The perfect dressing is essential to the perfect salad, and I see no reason whatsoever for using a bottled dressing, which may have been sitting on the grocery shelf for weeks, even months – even years.
—Julia Child


Italian Dressing Dry Mix (Like Good Seasons)

Use Dried Herbs & Spices to Make Your Own Inexpensively without Preservatives

GOOD SEASONS Italian Dressing Mix™ has been around a long time. The salad dressing and recipe mix is a dry seasoning mix that allows you to make your own salad dressing or marinade using a few kitchen staples (vinegar, water, and oil). I grew up on their Italian dressing. It was in both my Grandmother’s and my German Mother’s kitchens. And it is more than just a convenient way to make good salad dressings. It’s a versatile ingredient that helps you create unique marinades, sauces, dips, and more.


Buttermilk Ranch Dry Seasoning Mix

Many of you have requested a good dry convenience mix for Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. I have been searching for a good one for years and I think I have finally found it! This one has received two thumbs up in my home.

Versatile enough to make salad dressing, dips, and to use in cooking, this recipe will fit your needs at a quarter of the price of those little packets in the store.


Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Make Your Own Olive Garden Salad Dressing at Home with Dried Herbs & Spices

Served with all their meals, the Olive Garden salad and salad dressing is their signature—and only—dressing. They don’t offer any other flavors of salad dressing. It’s THAT good. Making this from scratch, you can adjust the flavors. With fewer preservatives, you will pay a lot less than the bottles you can buy.


Panera’s White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Make Your Own Panera Signature Salad Dressing at Home with Dried Herbs & Spices
(Fuji Apple Chicken Salad Recipe Included)

This is the Panera Bread Company’s copycat recipe they use on their Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. This is a very simple, but delicious salad dressing that allows the flavors of your salad to come to life with fresh taste.

I have included the recipe for Fuji Apple Chicken Salad as well. To make the salad authentic, you need glazed pecans (included), although you can use just plain pecans, but I think the extra step of making these little nut jewels is worth it (To die for!). Enjoy!


Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing

Virginia Brand® Vidalia Onion Dressing Copycat Recipe

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dressing and Marinade is one of my favorites. Try it as a dressing, dip or marinade. Enjoy as a dip for fried vegetables, and as a marinade for meat, chicken, fish (grilled salmon, yum!). This sweet, tangy and versatile dressing is excellent on coleslaw, spinach salad, and potato salad. Mixed with mayonnaise or just plain, this is a great spread for sandwiches, roast beef subs, and hamburgers. You may need a breath mint after using this delightful dressing, but it’s worth it.


French Salad Dressings

4 Recipe Variations from Classic to Spicy plus an Easy Ketchup Recipe to Make Your Own

Much cheaper to make, homemade French dressing in its various forms tastes better and packed full of healthy nutrients. And let’s face it; if you are going to pour it on a veggie-packed salad, shouldn’t it be healthy as well? There are a number of variations on the classic tomato-based dressing including Catalina so we have 4 recipes for you to choose from classic to spicy. Just a note: if olive oil is used, refrigerated dressing may need microwaved a few seconds to thin it to its original consistency or you can allow it to set out 1/2 hour before serving.

Lower Sugar option: If you wish to use your tomato powder for these recipes for a lower sugar option, it DOES work well. We tell you how!

Recipes include: 
Classic French Salad Dressing
Creamy French Salad Dressing
Spicy French Salad Dressing
Catalina Salad Dressing
Homemade Heinz® KetchupCopycat Recipe


Blue Cheese Salad Dressings

Making Good Blue Cheese Dressing GREAT

To make a great blue cheese dressing you first have to know what variety in the family of these cheeses you prefer. This distinctively flavored dressing makes a great accompaniment to a mix of fresh greens, as a dip with vegetables, or a side with celery and chicken wings. What is surprising to most people is that Blue Cheeses are wonderful to cook with. They add a complex, gutsy zest to dishes. You can choose your own degree of blue cheesiness making this dressing all your own taste. My personal favorite is Roquefort.

Both Smooth and Chunky options are described in this article.


Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Healthy, Oil-Free, Dairy-Free Salad Dressing, Low in Sugar, and Vegan

This dressing is in answer to those living with dietary lifestyle choices. One of the easiest ways to replace oils is to change it out with a mustard. Use plain mustard, not honey mustard which has excess sugar, and stick with yellow or stone-ground instead. A generous spoonful of Dijon mustard makes this vinaigrette creamy and tart, balanced by the small bit of sweetener used in it. Many organic brands also come in delicious flavors and are made with apple cider vinegar instead of distilled for even more benefits.


Herbed Creamy Mock Ranch Dressing

Tastes Just Like Ranch but It Is Oil-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Vegan

Though this dressing is a stand-in for ranch, it tastes just like the dairy-based original dressing. Creamy tahini made from sesame seeds are used, along with a touch of unsweetened, oil-free almond milk (you can also make your own), and some healthy herbs and spices. This dressing is simple, flavorful, and offers a bite that will likely make it a favorite in no time!

Bonus Recipe: How to make your own tahini fast and easy.


Stay tuned for more Salad Dressing Recipes in our series.

In the weeks ahead we will be adding:
• Applebee’s Oriental Salad Dressing
• Caesar Salad Dressing
• Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing
• Creamy Italian Salad Dressing
• Greek Salad Dressing
• Green Goddess Salad Dressing
• Hibiscus Salad Dressing
• Honey-Mustard Salad Dressing
• Italian Herb Salad Dressing
• Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing
• Maple Balsamic Salad Dressing
• Sandra Merrill’s Oriental Salad Dressing
• Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
• Sweet Onion & Citrus Dressing
• Tangy Tomato Salad Dressing (Russian)
• Thousand Islands Salad Dressing

Have we included YOUR favorite Salad Dressing?

Tell us what it is in the comments and we will give you the directions to make it in upcoming articles!

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4 thoughts on “Salad Dressing Hacks, Everyone’s Favorites

  1. Julie says:

    Do you have a Lebanese salad dressing using sumac?

    1. Admin says:

      Sorry, but I do not.

  2. Pam says:

    Loved this series!

    1. Admin says:

      More to come….watch for it 🙂

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