Salad Dressing Recipes

Salad Dressing Recipes includes French Dressing, Blue Cheese with Port Wine and a restaurant style old fashioned creamy, homemade Italian Salad Dressing.

Customized your salad dressings by using ingredients you like, changing quantities or making substitutions.

If you prefer balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar over apple cider vinegar in recipe, then make that substitution.

One of the many advantages of making homemade salad dressings from scratch is making it the way and your family likes it.

After a little practice with the original recipe, make it adding things you like to the recipe and things you don't like, if any, eliminate until it is perfect for you.

There are 3 common types of Salad Dressing Recipes.

Three Types Of
  Salad Dressing Recipes

French Dressing

It is made with oil, an acid such as vinegar and lemon juice, and seasonings.

Mayonnaise Dressing:

It is simple, made with egg, oil, acid and seasonings.

FDA regulation states Mayonnaise contains not less than 65 percent by weight of vegetable oil.

Salad Dressing:

A salad dressing with that name is a cooked dressing and most times it is referred to as boiled salad dressing
in Old Fashioned Recipe cook books.

It is made with eggs, liquid, and seasonings like the commercial ones on the shelves referred to as just Salad Dressing which resembles mayonnaise.

FDA regulation states Salad Dressings contain not less than 30 percent by weight of vegetable oil.

The regulation further states, it may contain any spice except Safron or Turmeric provided it does not impart to the salad dressing a color simulating the color imparted by egg yolks.

French Salad Dressing Recipe

Phase 1

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Mix the above ingredients in a small mixing bowl and set aside.

Phase 2

  • 1/2 cup tomato Ketchup

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoon light Karo (corn) syrup

  • 1 tablespoon minced green bell pepper

In another mixing bowl stir these ingredients together.

Add phase 1 to phase 2, one tablespoonful at a time, mixing in thoroughly after each addition.

Chill in refrigerator.

Serve on salad greens and raw vegetables.

Avocado Ranch Dressing Recipe

This is the best homemade Avocado Salad Dressing out there.

It is full of flavor with lots of Avocado in the recipe and some great tips for you.

Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe

This is a delicious, homemade salad dressing made the way you like it.

Updated to include a Port Wine Blue Cheese dressing so many enjoyed a few years ago.

Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe makes a delicious mayonnaise with many variants you will love. 

Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

A rich and creamy dressing, inspired by a restaurant nestled in the mountains of North Carolina.

There are dozens of varieties of salad dressings within the three common types on grocery shelves.

There are also dozens of various Salad Dressing Recipes published in recipe books, magazines and online websites and blogs.

French Dressing Variations

For French Salad Dressing add one of more of these ingredients to each 1 cup of salad dressing base.

1. 1 hard boiled small egg or 1/2 jumbo egg, sieved

2. 1 slice bacon, cooked crisp, drained and crumbled

3. 3 oz. softened cream cheese cut in small pieces and slowly blend into dressing, using a blender

4. 1 tablespoon pimento, finely cut

5. 2 oz. blue cheese, crumpled and folded in

6. 2 teaspoons minced onion, mild or strong and color to your liking

7. 1 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped

8. 1/2 teaspoon paprika, gives mild flavor and color

Make healthier dressings if you prefer, by adjusting an ingredient or two in the Salad Dressing Recipes.

For example, should you need to cut calories, lower the sugar and oil amounts.

Commercial salad dressings must contain a certain amount of fats as listed above to comply.

However that does not apply to your personal homemade salad dressings.

Need to cut salt intake? Cut the amount you put in this recipe, as desired.

Or eliminate salt completely!

Salt is overrated for enhancing the flavor of foods, in my opinion.

I think heavily salted foods masks the delicious true flavor of lots of foods, including cooked vegetables and salad greens.

Homemade salad dressings can save you money in addition of having more flavor. 

If you have discarded half of bottle of dressing at home, because it became too old before you could use the full bottle, you can eliminate that practice, saving you even more money.

Divide a recipe in half to make a smaller amount if you need that or double your recipe if your family uses a larger amount of salad dressings.

History Of Salad Dressings

What I have found on the history of adding Salad Dressings to a salad, dates back to an old 1840 cook book, titled Directions For Cookery In Its Various Branches. 

For the salad dressing it lists boiled, mashed egg yolks, water, sweet oil, salt, mustard and powered loaf sugar, whatever that is, plus vinegar of your choice. 

It further says if you make your salad before dinner, put your salad dressing on the bottom of your lettuce.

It says you can decorate the top of your salad with sliced beets and hard boiled egg whites sliced into rings.

I prefer pickled sliced beets.

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