Homemade salad dressings

Homemade salad dressings

  • 30 June 2020
A good salad dressing makes any salad much more exciting and can spruce up many other dishes too. Prepackaged dressings often contain additives like preservatives and flavourings, and much more salt and sugar than necessary.

Learning how to whisk up your own salad dressings at home can save you money and you may find they are far better tasting than prepackaged ones. When you make your own dressings you control the ingredients and customize the taste to suit your tastebuds. And they’ll only contain real ingredients - no nasties or funny additives.

For most of these recipes, all you need is a few minutes and a handful of ingredients, many which may be in your pantry and fridge already! You’ll also need a glass jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid.

A tip for homemade salad dressings is to use good quality ingredients, especially a good extra virgin olive oil, because that will have a big impact on the taste of the dressing.

And remember that many of these homemade dressings, particularly vinegarettes, will separate because they don’t have added emulsifiers and stabilizers to keep the ingredients together. All you need to do is make sure you shake it up vigorously just before using.

Honey mustard vinegarette
Sweet and tangy honey mustard vinaigrette is a family favourite for many. Made with just five simple ingredients, the dressing is as simple as whisking together honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, and a little salt and pepper.

French Dressing
A classic french dressing suitable for many types of salad and also overcooked veggies like green beans. You’ll need olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey and garlic for this one.

Balsamic vinegarette
Versatile and suitable for most salads, you hardly need a recipe for this one. Simply mix 3 parts oil with 1 part olive oil and season with salt and pepper. You can also play around by adding garlic, or substituting the balsamic vinegar with another vinegar, such as red wine vinegar.

Caesar Dressing
Don’t just think of this dressing for caesar salads, because it’s delicious in many other dishes too - it goes great in potato salad, in coleslaw, and on burgers.

Tahini Dressing
Tahini is a thick paste of ground roasted sesame seeds. It has a light nutty flavour and a smooth, creamy texture Combining it with lemon juice and salt creates a lovely dressing that can be used for salads, falafel roast vegetables and wraps.

Yoghurt Dressing
Yoghurt dressing is creamy, delicious, and healthy. This easy peasy yoghurt dressing is served with grilled vegetables, but it would go great with cut up veggies as a dip or in a wrap.