Simple Salad Dressing Recipes for Summer

by Pamela

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As promised, I am continuing my easy recipe posts with two simple salad dressing recipes that will add lots of flavor to your salads, leave more coin in your pocket and be much better for you than those bottled salad dressings from the store. Of course, if you’ve ever looked at the ingredient labels on those salad dressings, you probably thought it was impossible to make your own dressing (aside from the obvious olive oil and vinegar). Au contraire mon frere! I’ve got two salad dressing recipes here that are delicious as is, but you can doctor either of them up about a bazillion different ways. There’s your good ol’ vinaigrette salad dressing and a creamy salad dressing for your dining pleasure.

I’ll start this off by saying that I haven’t bought a bottle of salad dressing in probably 5 or 6 years. Not because of the “healthy” thing (I’m a rebel like that), but because once my favorite bottled dressing was no longer available here, I had no choice but to take matters into my own hands. Yes, I spent a lot of time working to re-create that vinaigrette salad dressing (I seriously need to have my head examined) and never really was able to do it. The recipes in between were tasty, but GEEZ they had a lot of ingredients in them! If I’m busting out a salad for dinner, it’s because I’m trying to not burst out of my pants and/or I don’t have time to really cook up a dinner, so salad it is (along with a simple salad dressing). The last thing I want to be doing is scouring my cupboards for ingredients and spending more time making the damn dressing than the salad itself.

Simple Salad Dressing Recipes

Hence, my herbed vinaigrette salad dressing was born! Here’s the list of ingredients. Are you ready? Herbs de Provence, garlic (sometimes garlic powder if I’m out of fresh – happens a lot), olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Seriously, that’s it. If I don’t have time to let all the herbs and garlic infuse with the oil, I pop the container in the microwave for about 20 seconds (on high) and let it sit to cool. Just before dressing the salad(s) I add in the balsamic, give it a stir and pour. There’s loads of flavor in this vinaigrette salad dressing and, like I said, sometimes I just add garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. You could also sub out a shallot for the garlic and that too would be really delicious. Oh, and I don’t use expensive balsamic in this either (it’s too sweet). I use the cheapy stuff from Trader Joe’s. It’s got a nice tang to it.

This vinaigrette salad dressing is the one that I use the most. It works on chicken, beef, (it’s FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC on goat cheese), shrimp or just plain vegetable salads. But sometimes you need something creamier.

Simple Salad Dressing

I LOVE this creamy salad dressing! It’s basically made up of 2 ingredients (if you don’t count salt and pepper). What’s in it? White wine vinegar and plain yogurt (or you could use sour cream). That’! For this version, I added chopped up cilantro because I use this to top bbq chicken salads. (It beats ranch dressing hands down…although I have a ranch dressing recipe that I use from time to time.)

With this simple salad dressing, you can add whatever herb(s) you want (or have lying around shriveling up in your refrigerator). You could even add a touch of lime juice and some red chili flake to this too. The other really great thing about this creamy salad dressing recipe is that you can make up a big batch of it and serve it as a light and refreshing vegetable dip. The consistency is up to you. I use plain yogurt in this (because I always have that handy), but if you use Greek yogurt or sour cream you’ll have a thicker consistency which works perfectly as a dip.

So, like I promised you last week, simple recipes. It may seem like a simple salad dressing, or salad dressing recipes period are a bit of a cop-out. But I found out, through diligent research, ok SOME research, that lots of people had no idea that making their own salad dressing recipes was even possible (let alone easy). So let these 2 salad dressing recipes be a guideline for your summer salads this year. Like I said, as written, they taste great. But to really make them fantastic…add your own twist to them.

Simple Salad Dressing Recipes for Summer
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Two simple salad dressing recipes to brighten up your summer salads. A vinaigrette salad dressing and a creamy salad dressing you can change up to your liking.
Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
  • 1 Tablespoon Herbs de Provence
  • 1 Clove Garlic (grated or finely minced)
  • 2½ Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1½ Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • Creamy Salad Dressing
  • 1½ Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Plain Yogurt (or sour cream)
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  1. Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
  2. Add the herbs and garlic to a small bowl or container.
  3. Top with oil and stir to combine.
  4. Let sit for 15-20 minutes so that the herbs can infuse their flavors into the oil. (To speed things up, you can pop it into the microwave and heat for 20 seconds on high.)
  5. Add vinegar and shake to combine. If you microwaved the herbs/oil, wait until the mixture cools a bit before adding the vinegar.
  6. Creamy Salad Dressing
  7. Add all ingredients to a small bowl or container and whisk to thoroughly combine.
  8. You can also add chopped up herbs to this dressing and whisk those in too.
Remember, these recipes are just guidelines. You can change these up however you like. Adjust them to your tastes. I tend to like my dressings tangier. If you don't, add more oil or less vinegar. Go crazy!


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Sippitysup May 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

I will usually make a simple very plain vinaigrette each week then add things to dress it up on a per meal basis. Sometimes by the end of the week I have the strangest concoctions in that jar. GREG

Pamela May 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

Greg, I can only imagine the science experiment that’s in that jar by the end of the week. LOL

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