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Does anyone make their own salad dressing? I'd love to see some recipes, especially if they include fresh herbs, which I have in my garden right now.
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If I have fresh herbs, I'll use them for a vinaigrette, adding garlic, salt and pepper to the olive oil and vinegar. Sometimes I roast the garlic and then puree it with oil.

My very favorite dressing has a mix of toasted sesame seeds, tahini, tamari, lemon juice, garlic, canola oil, a little water, cayenne pepper and fresh parsley. I don't have the measurements in front of me, but you get all that stuff in a food processor and blend until well mixed and it is delicious! I like it best in a salad with Boston lettuce and orange segments.

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ohhh I have made some fabulous dressings. it;s sooo easy and so much better than bottled! my favorite is avocado dressing! I'll come back later with some recipes!

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Subbing! All our dressings have HFCS in them and thats one of 4 things in my house with HFCS that I cant seem to get rid of.
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We make salad dressing because I'm picky and don't like the taste of most store bought dressings.

My faves:

citrus dressing:

1/2 cup pineapple juice (or orange juice, or grapefruit juice)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup oil (I like flax or safflower oil, or organic sunflower oil)
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Shake and serve. I like this with spinich, kiwi, strawberry, blood orange, or whatever fruit I have chopped up, and some toasted pecans.

Green Goddess salad dressing:

3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup fresh chives
2 tbsp fresh dill
1 scallion
1 tsp fresh mint
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Caesar Dressing

2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayo (or blended up cottage cheese, depending on how many cals you want)
1/2 tbsp anchovy paste (don't skip this, it makes the dressing, and any caesar salad you've had at a restaurant has anchovy!!!)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp minced shallot (or onion)
1 clove of garlic minced
1 tsp of worcestershire suace
pepper to taste

Asian Vinaigrette

3 tbsp rice vinegar (or balsamic, or white, whatever you have really!)
1 tsp honey
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup cold pressed sesame oil (or other oil in a pinch)
1 tsp of freshly grated ginger, or 1/2 tsp of dried ginger
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp minced shalot (or onion)
salt and pepper to taste

(sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over salad)

Mustard Vinaigrette

(we use this one alot!!!)

2 tbsp vinegar of choice
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp sour cream
1 clove of garlic
pepper and salt to taste

Can you tell we like garlic around here. Those are all of the ones we've made recently...


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This is my favourite salad dressing, Thousand Island.

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon spanish onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dill pickle, finely chopped
1 tablespoon cooked beets, finely chopped
1 tablespoon hard-cooked egg, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper

Combine all the ingredients except the salt and pepper in a large bowl and gently fold together with plastic spatula until the dressing turns a light orange or pink. Then season with salt and pepper to taste.

If I'm feeling lazy I'll just food process instead - the texture is better with handchopped but I don't always have the time or inclination.
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Thanks for the responses! These all sound yummy!
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I like vinaigrette

Olive oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Ground Pepper
Lemon juice
mustard, dry or Dijon
thyme, rosemary, lavender

I keep an herb garden but when I run out I just use herbs de Provence instead, it is a blend you can buy at the grocery, Frontier sells it too.

Most people like sugar in theirs but I like mine tart.

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I won't eat any processed dressings so I make all of ours from scratch.

This one is a huge favorite. It's a lot like ceasar but the base is nice and simple so it lends itself well to fresh herbs. Tarragon, basil and thyme are wonderful in this.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 TBL mayo
1 TBL lemon juice
1 tsp minced garlic
black pepper to taste
fresh herbs
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I love making blue cheese with lots of fresh herbs.
1/3 c each yogurt, mayo, sour cream (although 2/3 c yogurt works instead of sour cream)
1/3 c crumbled blue cheese
1/3 c chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon all work well)
1 clove garlic
1 Tbs vinegar
salt & pepper

Tzatziki with fresh herbs is also yummy
1 c drained yogurt
1 peeled, seeded and grated cucumber (salt, rest, drain, squeeze)
1/4 c or so of chopped herbs (dill and mint both work great)
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed

Without herbs, I make lots of vinaigrettes with various ingredients - pomegranate molasses, dijon, molasses, etc. Many of them lend themselves to using herbs, but vinaigrettes with fresh herbs don't last like creamy dressings do - the herbs go slimy quickly... so I only make enough for one meal.

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I agree with the poster who noted that adding fresh herbs is best right before you serve the dressing. In general, I think dried herbs work better when you are keeping the dressing in the fridge for a few days.

Here's a Greek Dressing that I like a lot:

4 Tablespoons olive oil
4 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I just use one lemon, squeezed)
2 teaspoons oregano (I use dried, but if you want fresh herbs, add a healthy amount at the last minute--more like 1-2 TABLEspoons if fresh)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
pinch of sugar, if you like it sweet.
salt & pepper to taste

Whisk together. Keeps well for several days in the fridge.

This one is herb-less but is easy & good.

Raspberry vinaigrette

2 Tablespoons raspberry jam
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar (or 1 balsamic vin, 1 T red wine vin)
1/3 cup olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
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I do make my own dressing, but I prefer to add the herbs to the salad itself instead of to the dressing.
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My friend gave me this... one of the best salads and homemade dressing I have ever tasted!

Apple Pecan Salad

Mixed greens (hers had a lot of romaine)
¼ cup pecans cooked for 5 minutes at 350 degrees
2 gala apples cored and sliced (very thin)
1/3 cup cranberries
Blue cheese to taste (dry, crumbly cheese)


¼ olive oil
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
3 TBSP frozen apple juice concentrate
3 TBSP apple cider vinegar

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Honey, or raw honey works very well when trying to sub out the sugar in a dressing that needs a bit of sweetness.

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Recently, I'd discovered a new lovely dressing, in addition to my usual standby (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, mustard, s&p). Its olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cultured dairy. I've done it with both yogurt and buttermilk, and it was delicious both ways. Particularly good for salmon cakes over spinach salad (on both the cakes and the salad). yum

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subbing....these sound delicious!
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My fruit stand/ethnic market is where I get ALL of my produce & they have had quarts of blackberries for $1.29*

I've been mashing them with balsamic vinegar to dress spinach & red bell pepper salads. SO delicious! At lunch I add grapes, apples & either hardcooked egg or leftover eggs & bacon from breakfast! *dies* :

*yes, I feel silly buying blackberries when they're such a bane... but they are so good! & there aren't any blackberries yet here in the rainy pacnw! Until summertime, I'll settle for $1.29 of sensuous blackberry action!

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I have to try some of these

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