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Dressing Recipes for Salad Lovers

Updated on December 7, 2012
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***Calling all salad lovers***

What tastes better in this hot muggy weather than a fresh, crisp salad. If you're like me you could eat salad every day. Not only does salad make a great meal but it's also good for you. I know, most of you don't want to hear about your favorite food being healthy. But the thing is - it is.

One of the really great things about salads, at least from my perspective, it that you can put any raw vegetable you want in it and it tastes great. You can't go wrong with a dish like that. Not only vegetables go well in a salad but also fresh fruit, nuts of all shapes and sizes, olives, pickles, eggs, and just about anything you can think of.

The only problem for me is the salad dressing. I get bored with only a few to choose from. I think i t's important to have a very large selection. So I started making my own. This way just about every day I have a new combination of salad fixin's and dressings to go with them. It's the only way to go for me. I have to eat healthy so why not make it fun.

In this article I included a few of my salad dressing recipes. If you like them let me know I have lots more. Anyway, you can have your salad and enjoy it too.


Black Olive Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pitted black olives

3 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp salt substitute

1/2 tsp black pepper

6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

6 tsp canola oil

Instructions:

Combine olives, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until mixed.

In a measuring cup combine olive oil and canola oil and blend.

Drizzle oil into blender while turned on.

Pour dressing into small dish and serve with your favorite salad.


Creamy Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:

2 tbsp unflavored yogurt

4 tsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp fat free mayonnaise

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp minced garlic

Instructions:

Whisk together all ingredient in a small bowl.

Refrigerate for one hour before using on your favorite salad.

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

1 1/2 tsp walnut oil

1/4 cup apple juice

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 packet of artificial sweetener

Instructions:

Mash raspberries in a bowl with a potato masher.

Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until well blended.

Pour dressing mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl.

Discard seed.

Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Enjoy on your favorite salad.

Buttermilk Dressing

Ingredients:

1 cup unflavored yogurt

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp finely minced onion

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp salt substitute

1/2 tsp finely minced garlic

1/8 tsp black pepper

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth.

Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Enjoy.


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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      The Raspberry Vinaigrette alone was a thrill. I love Raspberries. Thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      A very nice selection of good salad dressings. I like to try different ones at different times, so your recipes will be used in my home. Thanks.

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      Karla Iverson 4 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for the great salad dressing recipes. I just bought one that I liked, and found that it is loaded with salt. So it's back to making my own.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Raspberry Vinaigrette is wonderful on any salad. Could you use honey instead of sweetener? Sweetener leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Mhatter99, I love raspberries myself. I hope you try the dressing, it's great.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pamela99, I like try different dressing. It keeps things new and exciting.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Healthy Pursuits, I have found that most store bought dressings are loaded with salt. That's one of the reasons I began making my own.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      timelesstravelor, absolutely. You can use 2 tbsp of honey in place of the artifical sweetner.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love salad dressing. I have way too many choices in my fridge. I need to save money and make my own. These look tasty especially the buttermilk one. voted up and yummy! :-)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Victoria Lynn, so do I. Still I'm always one the lookout for new ones. Somehow when you make them yourself they taste soooo good.

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