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: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthyinOhio May 19, 2006, 06:33:42 AM
Does anyone have a wonderful tried and true salad dressing?  I have just one basic dressing with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt.  But I have been making that for about four years, now and I am sick of it! :)  Any new ideas would be appreciated.  I like absolutely everything, except olives.  Thanks!
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: 4myhoonie May 19, 2006, 06:52:14 AM
i have several favorites, one is similar to yours, but maybe a little change would be nice  :)

italian vinegrette--adjust spices according to taste

1/2 c. red wine vin.
1 1/2 c. oil
2 lg. cloves pressed garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. pepper
1 T minced parsley
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
1/2 tsp. basil or oregano

THIS IS MY FAV SALAD DRESSING!!  ;D

1 lg. clove garlic pressed
3/4 c. oil (or less if you like)
3 T. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. worchestire (sp?) sauce
1/4 tsp. dry mustard powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. parmesan cheese
sometimes i also add oregano or basil to this


 :D hope these help! 
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: mexmarr May 19, 2006, 06:52:35 AM
I was just planning to start a new topic to see if anybody had a homeade alternative to Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing.  It fits here, though.   I have been eating more and more raw salads, and adding more and more veggie to them, little by little.    Only problem is I am counteracting it with more and more ranch......

One tip for those who are not sure they are ready to give up their ranch.  I put a spoon of plain yougurt, and them only use half the amount of dressing.  It is a little more healthy, coats your salad, and the ranch flavor still comes through.  

After doing that a while, I think that I am ready to try to give it up -- if I can find a good alternative!
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: lotsaboys May 19, 2006, 09:10:45 AM
That is a recipe I've been wanting too (we eat alot, esp. on baked potatoes, and I always make it with the dry mix) and for starters I plan to make my own mayo one of these days. A friend of mine makes it all the time using Sally Fallon's recipe in the Nourishing Traditions and its one of the next things on my list. :P Then I need to decide on the right ingredients and amounts for spices...

Can't wait to hear some ideas!

~B
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: 4myhoonie May 19, 2006, 09:31:52 AM
i have tried many homemade versions of HVR which were all vetoed by my loving family..... :P  this is the closest i came to the real thing, and the reviews on here are all 5 stars.  hope somebody likes it.  one of the reviews said to use one c. sour cream (wondering if yogurt could be used?) and one c. buttermilk.  i might try that next time and see if anyone notices....  :-X

sorry--earlier i forgot to put the link!!   ::)
http://www.recipezaar.com/27560
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: KatieMac May 19, 2006, 12:07:32 PM
My friend Loretta makes this and it is SOO GOOD. Most of the woman I know love it...but men don't seem to care for it as much. Serve over bed of greens, baked potatoes, chicken wraps, experiment! Recommended salad mix: red romaine, spinach, cilantro, bean sprouts, shredded Carrot.


1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Water
½ Cup Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
1 Tablespoon Basil
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seed Oil
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Powdered Kelp
¼ Teaspoon Pepper
Dash Turmeric


: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: mexmarr May 19, 2006, 12:39:57 PM
i have tried many homemade versions of HVR which were all vetoed by my loving family..... :P  this is the closest i came to the real thing, and the reviews on here are all 5 stars.  hope somebody likes it.  one of the reviews said to use one c. sour cream (wondering if yogurt could be used?) and one c. buttermilk.  i might try that next time and see if anyone notices....  :-X

sorry--earlier i forgot to put the link!!   ::)
http://www.recipezaar.com/27560

I couldn't get the recipe to open.  Would you mind cutting ang pasting it here?  Thanks
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: 4myhoonie May 19, 2006, 12:54:46 PM
the links are working for me, and i can't seem to get the page to let me copy it.   
 ???   i will try to post it here later.....when i have more time.  sorry   :-[
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthybratt May 19, 2006, 02:43:03 PM
Does anyone have a wonderful tried and true salad dressing?  I have just one basic dressing with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt.  But I have been making that for about four years, now and I am sick of it! :)  Any new ideas would be appreciated.  I like absolutely everything, except olives.  Thanks!

I just bought some flax seed.  They taste a bit like sunflower seeds.  I was thinking of adding them to a salad dressing.  I just ate some in my tuna salad and it was yummy and chock full of good fats and fiber.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthybratt May 19, 2006, 02:46:51 PM
I couldn't get the recipe to open.  Would you mind cutting ang pasting it here?  Thanks

Dry Ranch Dressing Mix  Recipe #27560
Easy to make and wonderful to have on hand. A real money saver. Great to give bottles of these great dry mixes as shower gifts.

15    saltines, finely crushed
2    cups minced parsley flakes, crushed
1/2    cup instant minced onion
2    tablespoons dry dill weed
1/4    cup onion salt
1/4    cup garlic salt
1/4    cup onion powder
1/4    cup garlic powder
To make salad dressing
1    tablespoon ranch dressing mix
1    cup mayonnaise
1    cup buttermilk

42 servings 4 cups
5 minutes 5 mins prep

   1. Put crackers through blender on high speed until powdered.
   2. Add parsley, minced onions, and dill weed.
   3. Blend again until powdered.
   4. Dump into bowl.
   5. Stir in onion salt, garlic salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.
   6. Put into container with tight-fitting lid.

: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthybratt May 19, 2006, 03:08:49 PM
I was just planning to start a new topic to see if anybody had a homeade alternative to Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing.  It fits here, though.   I have been eating more and more raw salads, and adding more and more veggie to them, little by little.    Only problem is I am counteracting it with more and more ranch......

I found some interesting information on Hidden Valley Ranch and it's original make-up and some similar clones.  I've been meaning to try these myself but haven't gotten around to it.  We eat a lot of ranch.  We eat it on spagetti, pizza, dippers (raw and fried) and just about everything most people eat catsup on.


History of Hidden Valley Ranch (http://www.slate.com/id/2123991/)

Recipes
http://www.recipezaar.com/47249
cdkitchen.com (http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/10/Hidden_Valley_Ranch_Dressing54867.shtml)
chefs.com (http://www.chefs.com/Recipes/RecipeDetails.aspx?id=7347)

Top Secret Recipes (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/recipes.asp) also has one, but you have to pay for it.  I love this website!  Some of their recipes are free but some aren't, plus you can sign up to have free access to one of their pay recipes for a week through your email.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Julie G May 19, 2006, 05:32:38 PM
I have a recipe for salad dressing that I love!!!  Okay, it's not healthy, well, it has sugar in it.  It's a very sweet tangy recipe.  I'm yet to substitute a healthier form of sugar but I'm sure it'd be great with real maple syrup or maybe a little stevia instead...I'll post it as it is in the unhealthy form.

Poppy Seed Dressing

2 Tbsp White Sugar
3 Tbsp Distilled Vinegar
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tsp Minced Onion
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
1/2 Tsp Dry Mustard
1/2 Tsp Poppy Seeds

Blend sugar and vinegar for 1 minute, or until sugar is dissolved.  Add remaining ingredients.  Shake and serve.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: FaithAcre May 19, 2006, 06:41:30 PM
Here's my fave..makes a big jar full and it keeps for a couple weeks (if it lasts that long!)

Creamy Italian

2 cups olive oil (first cold pressed is best!)
1/4 cup flax oil (optional, for health purposes only)
1 1/2 cups Apple Cider vinegar (with the mother please!)
3-4 T. Italian seasonings (I use fresh herbs when in season)
2 cloves raw garlic (or more depending on your tastes!)
big ole slice of onion
1/2 cup shredded parmesean cheese
sea salt & cracked pepper to taste
squirt or two of Braggs Liquid Aminos


Whiz this all up in a blender until creamy.  It is SO yummy!  Keep in the fridge and let it sit on the counter for a few minutes before you serve to let the oils liquify again. 
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthybratt May 19, 2006, 07:52:12 PM
Anyone know how to make Western dressing?  My daughter loves it, but I don't have a clue what's in it and if you don't tell me, I'll just have to go look it up.   ;D
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthyinOhio May 20, 2006, 02:45:46 AM
These are all really good, and my mouth is watering thinking of a nice juicy, crunchy salad!  I can't wait to try all of these.  Keep 'em coming.  These are perfect!  Thanks everyone!
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthyinOhio May 21, 2006, 03:02:48 PM
I forgot that I have a really good french dressing recipe.  HB, this may be as close to western as you can get.  This is my husband's grandmothers recipe.  It WAS top secret :)  She used to own a restraunt and this is the famous house dressing.

1 cup oil (I use a lighter oil such as safflower or canola)
3/4 cup sugar (I also substitute with honey)
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp. worchestershire sauce
1 tbsp. finely chopped onion
pinch of dried basil
pinch of garlic powder

Whisk all ingredients well and I store mine in an old ketchup bottle.

Looking forward to salad all this week! :)
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Hope64 May 22, 2006, 03:07:09 PM
Here's our standard dressing.

1/3 cup balsalmic vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
5 Tblsp. of raw honey (use to taste)
2 Tblsp. soy sauce or Bragg's aminos
Wisk and serve. 
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: anynomouse August 14, 2006, 04:49:34 PM
Anyone have a better/more healthy way of making a ranch type of salad dressing?
How bout any other salad dressing recipes?
My kids love to dip dip dip...in Ranch, Italian, Thousand Island...and my hubby and I are addicted to Blue Cheese dressing. Am I killing my family with these?


 This was supposed to be posted up higher, I do see the ranch recipes above this post...please don't think I am a total dork
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: anynomouse August 15, 2006, 10:03:55 AM
Anyone have a better/more healthy way of making a ranch type of salad dressing?
How bout any other salad dressing recipes?
My kids love to dip dip dip...in Ranch, Italian, Thousand Island...and my hubby and I are addicted to Blue Cheese dressing. Am I killing my family with these?

Sorry I seem to keep putting things in the wrong places, I dont seem to be searching for the right things when I am looking for a post.. so I dont find them or I put things in the wrong spot...please forgive me if I make you restate yourself. I am not trying to go against the rules or do something wrong....I just honestly dont see the threads and so I post. (Yes I am searching on the home page)  :-\ :-[
thanks
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: KatieMac August 15, 2006, 11:52:26 AM
Don't worry, it's possible no one has an answer or maybe they didn't see it...I'm sure this is the right spot for your question! I'd try experimenting by making it with yogurt or cottage cheese. Try using skim milk, or homemade mayonnaise. I used to make ranch dip by mixing the powder with fat free cottage cheese that I pureed in the blender. You could probably find a list of seasonings online that is used in ranch dressing and then just find a healthier way to incorporate the dairy/mayo by using whole foods, raw milk, etc.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthybratt August 15, 2006, 01:37:32 PM
We are trying to improve the search engine.  Do the best you can and we'll do the rest.  ;D  I don't mind "restating".  I generally leave those posts in hopes that new members will read one occaissionally and encourage them to search before they post as well.  No apologies necessary.   ;)
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: ALittleMore August 16, 2006, 05:01:32 PM
I love this idea:

Mash avacado and mix in lime juice, oilive oil, salt and onion powder. It's similar to guacamole, but thinner and more buttery. Sour cream and crumbled blue cheese are yummy additions to the avacado as well.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: anynomouse August 17, 2006, 02:39:53 AM
 ;) ;) THANKS, Makes me feel like I am not a total "dork"
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: anynomouse August 17, 2006, 02:43:02 AM
I love this idea:

Mash avacado and mix in lime juice, oilive oil, salt and onion powder. It's similar to guacamole, but thinner and more buttery. Sour cream and crumbled blue cheese are yummy additions to the avacado as well.


Perhaps this should be posted elsewhere, I think I asked about this somewhere else....but I didn't click on "watch" that posting area so I lost the post.....About the whole dairy thing...Is blue cheese an OK cheese (when it comes to the homogenization question) and sour cream too...If made from skim milk?
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Nickole August 17, 2006, 05:49:15 AM
As far as a Western salad dressing, we do what Mexican restaurants do - just shredded lettuce with a scoop of guacamole, scoop of sour cream, and "scoop" of salsa.  Mix it all up.  It's my kids' favorite salad.
   
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: ALittleMore August 17, 2006, 05:56:04 AM
I love this idea:

Mash avacado and mix in lime juice, oilive oil, salt and onion powder. It's similar to guacamole, but thinner and more buttery. Sour cream and crumbled blue cheese are yummy additions to the avacado as well.


Perhaps this should be posted elsewhere, I think I asked about this somewhere else....but I didn't click on "watch" that posting area so I lost the post.....About the whole dairy thing...Is blue cheese an OK cheese (when it comes to the homogenization question) and sour cream too...If made from skim milk?

Hmmm...I don't really know the answer to that. If I were you, I would read the book "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon, which the ladies have been talking about. I think it would probably answer questions on that.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthybratt August 17, 2006, 07:54:17 AM
;) ;) THANKS, Makes me feel like I am not a total "dork"

Nope, I'm the TOTAL dork.  There can't be two of us or the universe would spin out of control.  ;D
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: anynomouse August 17, 2006, 10:09:25 AM
;) ;) THANKS, Makes me feel like I am not a total "dork"

Nope, I'm the TOTAL dork.  There can't be two of us or the universe would spin out of control.  ;D
Oh, I think God blessed every state with a few dorks (tsk tsk)
Anyhow....I found this page of organic packet salad dressings, they are inexpensive too :)
they even have RANCH. It is from the same website that someone posted for coconut oil info and sale.
http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_salad_dressings.htm

I cant wait until my hubby says "order 'em up!"
 ;)
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Nickole August 18, 2006, 09:37:12 AM
I love this idea:

Mash avacado and mix in lime juice, oilive oil, salt and onion powder. It's similar to guacamole, but thinner and more buttery. Sour cream and crumbled blue cheese are yummy additions to the avacado as well.

Thank you!  This was a GREAT guacomole and great in our Mexican salad I posted.  Yum, yum! 
: Honey-Mustard Dressing Recipe Anyone?
: KD October 17, 2006, 02:06:06 AM
I really love honey-mustard salad dressing! Does anyone have a good recipe? Thanks! :)
: Re: Honey-Mustard Dressing Recipe Anyone?
: WithLoveAndJoy October 17, 2006, 02:14:34 AM
http://southernfood.about.com/od/saladdressings/r/blbb298.htm

Honey Mustard Dressing
From Diana Rattray,

INGREDIENTS:
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon onion, finely minced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
1 pinch salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
PREPARATION:
Heat vinegar and honey in a heavy small saucepan over low heat, stirring until honey dissolves. Pour into bowl and cool. Whisk in mayonnaise, mustard, onion, parsley and salt. Gradually whisk in oil.
: Re: Honey-Mustard Dressing Recipe Anyone?
: SC November 25, 2006, 03:56:38 AM
http://southernfood.about.com/od/saladdressings/r/blbb298.htm

Honey Mustard Dressing
From Diana Rattray,

INGREDIENTS:
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon onion, finely minced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
1 pinch salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
PREPARATION:
Heat vinegar and honey in a heavy small saucepan over low heat, stirring until honey dissolves. Pour into bowl and cool. Whisk in mayonnaise, mustard, onion, parsley and salt. Gradually whisk in oil.


My oldeset son is just too impressed with his mom now that I can make honey mustard dressing (I doubled this one) and ranch dressing (based on another post in this thread). I went up in some sort of ranking system that sons have.

Best of all it tastes BETTER than store bought!

For the honey mustard recipe, I used grapeseed oil and homemade herbed mayonaise. Because the mayo already had onions & garlic in them, I didn't add any called for in this recipe. EASY, quick and SO GOOD!

My ranch dressing was a bit of a compilation of a few things I saw in this thread.
I put two cups of my mayo (it already has onions, garlic and dill weed in it) in a bowl and whisked in some extra sea salt, cracked pepper, kefir with a couple of packets of stevia (for a faint sweetness). I poured this in a jar and filled the rest with yogurt. Well, YUM!

What a wonderful addition to fresh vegetable salad!
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: heatheronthehill November 25, 2006, 05:08:35 AM
How long do these salad dressings usually keep in the fridge?  Or do you have to make them fresh each time?  If they keep, how do you store them so they are easy to pour?  I considered getting some of those refillable ketchup/mustard bottles...  Hmmm...

I grew up with a mom who bought pre-packaged *everything*!!   :P  This is one of the most difficult hurdles for me.  I'm so accustomed to having 4 or 5 different bottles of dressing in the fridge! 

I'm gonna try the NT mayo today and I've been making yogurt for months now.  I'm sure having these on hand will make it easier to whisk up some dressing. 

Thanks for all of these ideas!  I'm looking forward to trying some of them!
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: SC November 25, 2006, 07:54:43 AM
How long do these salad dressings usually keep in the fridge?  Or do you have to make them fresh each time?  If they keep, how do you store them so they are easy to pour?  I considered getting some of those refillable ketchup/mustard bottles...  Hmmm...

I grew up with a mom who bought pre-packaged *everything*!!   :P  This is one of the most difficult hurdles for me.  I'm so accustomed to having 4 or 5 different bottles of dressing in the fridge! 

I'm gonna try the NT mayo today and I've been making yogurt for months now.  I'm sure having these on hand will make it easier to whisk up some dressing. 

Thanks for all of these ideas!  I'm looking forward to trying some of them!

I don't make mine fresh each time. I keep them in glass bottles that hold 16 ounces. They used to have black cherry juice concentrate in them. Glass drink bottles would work. Yes, these do pour. I wouldn't keep it in plastic as the plastic might leech into the food.

If I hadn't been making for a large meal, I might have only made 8 ounces -- but these taste so good, I don't think they'll last long. I have family that likes dressing on all sorts of foods. As for storage, I keep them refrigerated. The mayo is NT (with my additions of onion and garlic), so it has good bacteria from whey growing in it. Additional ingredients like kefir and yogurt also have that good bacteria, so this helps the food to keep well. I also don't worry as much about it sitting outside of the refrigerator when the buffet goes long -- although I don't store it outside of the refrigerator or keep it in direct sun.

In any case, if I saw mold growing or something tasted really "off," I would toss it and make another batch.

HTH
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: heatheronthehill November 25, 2006, 11:42:39 AM
So no plastic storage...  I might try canning jars.  I've got some half-pint and pint jars I can use.  Thanks for all of the tips! 
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: ForeverGirl November 25, 2006, 01:10:16 PM
Our favorite dressing (from Granny Turpen) is made fresh each time and very quick and easy:

1 part balsamic vinegar
2 parts olive oil

Salad Seasoning to taste (can be bought in the seasoning section of Walmart)

Parmesan Cheese to taste

Put everything on the finished salad and toss.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Kati*did November 25, 2006, 01:43:10 PM
Hey Bek...
 
Pawel has a slight variation on Granny Turpens dressing from some French relatives of his:

Crush up one clove of garlic
Smash a dash and a half of salt into the garlic, let sit a minute
Add the same amount of sugar/honey as salt
Mix in a 1/2 tsp of stone ground mustard
Stir in about 1/4 cup oil and 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar

Most of this is "to taste"...I just put in measurements I thought were close.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: amazonmama2five November 25, 2006, 07:25:35 PM
Here is our favorite Blue Cheese Dressing:
2 TBSP. vinegar (we use ACV)
1/8 tsp. salt
3-5 drops of Tabasco sauce
Blend together in small bowl and add:
2/3 cup mayonnaise
Beat until smooth and Stir in:
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup creamy cottage cheese
Makes about 1 1/3 cups
We often double this.  But it does not keep real well.  Best if used within 3-4 days.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthybratt November 25, 2006, 08:07:40 PM
So no plastic storage...  I might try canning jars.  I've got some half-pint and pint jars I can use.  Thanks for all of the tips! 
Buying a glass ketchup bottle and throwing the ketchup out might be easier and cheaper than finding just the bottle.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: 4myhoonie November 26, 2006, 07:33:24 AM
often i have bought "Good Seasons" italian packets (4) with a free cruet attatched.  usually about 2.50 or $3.  even if you don't use the dressing--i love it for a quick fix for pasta salad in the summer--it's a good deal, with a handy pour spout on top.  no dribbling like from a quart jar.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: SC November 26, 2006, 08:00:36 AM
To solve the glass bottle problem, use an old olive oil bottle. Just buy a small glass bottle of olive oil the next time you make a purchase. If you purchase some store bought kombucha, use that bottle (they are sold in glass). Often syrups are sold in glass jars (maple syrup). Also, I saw some glass storage bottles (for olive oil and salad dressings) sold on the baking supplies aisle of the local grocery store. Often, it's just a matter of keeping the need in the back of your mind and keeping your eyes open to the possibilities.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: ShabbyChic November 26, 2006, 11:14:58 AM
I like a raspberry vinaigrette which I mix in the mini food processor.  It's just red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and frozen raspberries.  I don't know the amounts; I don't use recipes.  I mix it fresh each time.  Sometimes I also add mandarin oranges and walnuts if I have them.

Also, for honey mustard dressing (which we love on salads, and for dipping home made chicken fingers or pretzels into) I just mix (with a fork) Goulden's spicy brown mustard and raw honey.  Nothing else.  It's probably 2 parts mustard to one part honey.  Sorry I don't measure things, it's probably not much of a help.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Christal November 26, 2006, 11:46:19 AM
This is supposed to be good for you and I think it taste and smells yummy too.

1 Part Bragg's Aminos
2 part Olive Oil
3 Part Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper

My doctor also told me to substitute Udo's Choice oil for the olive oil when I was trying to fix skin issues.  I liked it either way.

Several in our family like to drink the left over, but you have to like the vinegar flavor.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: boysmama January 06, 2007, 08:28:48 AM
The squarish, glass, 17oz. olive oil bottles work great for homemade dressings. Several brands, including Walmart's Great Value, have removable reducing pour tops that work great for serving and are easy to remove for washing and refilling.
Those homemade dressings in the glass bottles are sooo pretty and taste soooo yummy ;D. I can even eat Ranch again w/ getting a headache 8)
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: makingchanges January 06, 2007, 01:11:22 PM
HB,
I can't believe this recipe was on a thread. I was asking God for a recipe for Ranch Dressing yesterday since the bought kind has MSG in it. I needed the dry mix for Taco soup. Thanks.
We never know what is on this website.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthyinOhio April 09, 2007, 08:18:32 AM
Now, I can't take credit for this recipe, it is Naomismama's, but it truly is the BEST!! I had to share.

1 1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup ACV
1/4 cup freshly grated Italian cheese(Parmesan, Romano, Pecorino, etc.)

2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. paprika
2 cloves garlic minced

I put all ingredients in an used and washed dressing bottle and leave on the counter.  Just shake really well before using each time. 
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: homeschooling madre April 09, 2007, 11:02:03 AM
Here's our new family favorite for Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing, which I found on www.cdkitchen.com.  The freshly ground pepper and parmesan cheese just give it a little extra "something"!

3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon minced dried onion
1 clove garlic - minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Mix all ingredients except buttermilk in a small bowl.  While stirring, slowly blend in buttermilk.  Chill at least 2 hours before using.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthybratt April 12, 2007, 10:53:18 AM
I made ranch dressing with 2 cups of kefir, 8oz cream cheese and ranch seasonings.  VERY VERY good.  ;)  I think this is better than the versions with mayo.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: mommyoftwins April 12, 2007, 01:13:16 PM
Instead of the Ranch dry mix, I have been using dill, onion powder, garlic powder, and seasoning salt as the seasoning mix. I have added it to sour cream, yogurt, and homemade chicken patties tonight. Yum! I don't have a ration, so I just kind of mix it until it tastes good.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: faith April 12, 2007, 02:26:04 PM
I make  two salad dressings that everyone loves except for my son -in- love. he he
         tahini dressing
      crushed garlic- at least 2
      2 lemons juiced
      3 tbs tahini- sesame seed butter
       salt and cayenne pepper
        jalapeno pepper- optional
   Put all ingredients in blender , blend and pour over salad.
  Greens, tomatoes , sweet onions, beets, cucumbers avocados, radishes and olives.
   
          Yogurt dressing
        1cup yogurt
        1/4 cup mayonaise
        1/4 to 1/2 cup fetta cheese
         1 clove garlic, crushed
         black pepper
     Mix all ingredients together. Pour on salad.
   Greens, tomatoes , cucumbers.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: queentea April 14, 2007, 10:54:24 AM
i have several favorites, one is similar to yours, but maybe a little change would be nice  :)

italian vinegrette--adjust spices according to taste

1/2 c. red wine vin.
1 1/2 c. oil
2 lg. cloves pressed garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. pepper
1 T minced parsley
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
1/2 tsp. basil or oregano

THIS IS MY FAV SALAD DRESSING!!  ;D

1 lg. clove garlic pressed
3/4 c. oil (or less if you like)
3 T. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. worchestire (sp?) sauce
1/4 tsp. dry mustard powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. parmesan cheese
sometimes i also add oregano or basil to this


 :D hope these help! 

I know this recipe was posted awhile ago, but I am printing off some recipes and wanted to know what kind of oil you use for these dressings.  I made a honey mustard dressing with EVOO and it had too strong a flavor for the dressing.  You could definitely tell what oil I used.  It may not matter in these dressings though.
Thanks,
Lisa
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: 16goingon17 May 10, 2007, 08:15:30 AM
I've only tried the first of these two recipes, but doesn't the second one sound sooo good?!

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 Tbsp liquid honey
1 tsp grainy Dijon mustard (I used regular mustard)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground tarragon (I used dry parsley instead)
Ground black pepper
3/4 cup vegetable oil (I used EVOO)

Cranberry Maple Vinaigrette
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup cranberry juice
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup vegetable oil

Instructions for both: Place all ingredients except oil in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Screw on the lid and shake until well combined. Add oil and shake again. Store in refrigerator.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: 4myhoonie May 10, 2007, 08:24:00 AM
i have several favorites, one is similar to yours, but maybe a little change would be nice  :)

italian vinegrette--adjust spices according to taste

1/2 c. red wine vin.
1 1/2 c. oil
2 lg. cloves pressed garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. pepper
1 T minced parsley
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
1/2 tsp. basil or oregano

THIS IS MY FAV SALAD DRESSING!!  ;D

1 lg. clove garlic pressed
3/4 c. oil (or less if you like)
3 T. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. worchestire (sp?) sauce
1/4 tsp. dry mustard powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. parmesan cheese
sometimes i also add oregano or basil to this


 :D hope these help! 

I know this recipe was posted awhile ago, but I am printing off some recipes and wanted to know what kind of oil you use for these dressings.  I made a honey mustard dressing with EVOO and it had too strong a flavor for the dressing.  You could definitely tell what oil I used.  It may not matter in these dressings though.
Thanks,
Lisa

sorry Lisa, i just found this.  i know what you mean, my family doesn't really like a strong olive oil taste either.  i usually use some, and then something else without as much flavor.  i have been using canola (reg. groc. store) or veg. oil; but am going to try some safflower i ordered recently.  i hope it has a mild taste.  just play with the amounts and make the whole amount equal what the recipe says.  kow what i mean?  some of a couple kinds.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthyinOhio December 07, 2007, 08:04:27 AM
This is my new FAVE dressing!

Ginger Sesame Dressing

3 TBSP soy sauce
3 TBSP rice vinegar
1 TBSP sugar or honey
2 TBSP sesame oil
1/4 tsp freshly grated ginger

Whisk and enjoy!  This makes enough for about 2-3 side salads.  You can easily double or triple for more servings. 
This dressing is not thick like the store bought sesame ginger that you see, but just as tasty.  Yummy!
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Mamacat December 30, 2007, 02:42:04 PM
I need a salad dressing that can be used during a candida cleansing diet!  I'm sorry if this is in the wrong spot...I really did search for a recipe on here that would go along with this and just can't find it.  Any ideas ASAP would be much appreciated!  Thanks!

: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthyinOhio December 30, 2007, 03:22:17 PM
I need a salad dressing that can be used during a candida cleansing diet!  I'm sorry if this is in the wrong spot...I really did search for a recipe on here that would go along with this and just can't find it.  Any ideas ASAP would be much appreciated!  Thanks!



You can't have sugar or vinegar on a yeast diet, right?  I would mix some EVOO and lemon juice.  Toss with herbs(dried or fresh) and some sea salt. 
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Mamacat December 30, 2007, 04:13:27 PM
Ok...what is EVOO????  I could live on salad if I just could have a good salad dressing with it.  I was thinking balsamic...but as I've read....that won't work.  I need something to dip my veggies in people -----please help!!!!!!

I need a salad dressing that can be used during a candida cleansing diet!  I'm sorry if this is in the wrong spot...I really did search for a recipe on here that would go along with this and just can't find it.  Any ideas ASAP would be much appreciated!  Thanks!



You can't have sugar or vinegar on a yeast diet, right?  I would mix some EVOO and lemon juice.  Toss with herbs(dried or fresh) and some sea salt. 
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Roehrmomma December 30, 2007, 04:15:24 PM
EVOO = extra virgin olive oil

Em
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthybratt January 12, 2008, 09:27:01 AM
I need a salad dressing that can be used during a candida cleansing diet!  I'm sorry if this is in the wrong spot...I really did search for a recipe on here that would go along with this and just can't find it.  Any ideas ASAP would be much appreciated!  Thanks!



You can't have sugar or vinegar on a yeast diet, right?  I would mix some EVOO and lemon juice.  Toss with herbs(dried or fresh) and some sea salt. 
Most experts will tell you that you can't have vinegar, but based on personal experience, I don't think vinegar is a bad choice.  I've never found any definitive proof, always just some vague explanation that yeasts cross react ???  Don't know what that means, but everything else leads me to believe that all naturally fermented foods are good for you when you are fighting yeast so long as the sugar content of the end result is very low.  That means any vinegar and oil mixture would be great and don't forget lemons are fruits and fruits contain sugar, but so long as you're not using very much, it shouldn't hurt anything.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: zmama January 12, 2008, 01:04:37 PM
I was just planning to start a new topic to see if anybody had a homeade alternative to Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing.
I found two recipes for ranch dressing on the internet a few years ago and tweaked them to make one recipe our family and friends love.  Now my friends also use this in place of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing for salads and veggie dipping.  I use light all-natural sour cream and either non-fat buttermilk or sour milk made with skim milk.  It keeps for a couple of weeks or more but a batch of this doesn't last a week in our home.  My children now eat raw veggies like crazy since i started making this dressing.  A little bit goes a long way because it's so thick.

1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. all-natural sour cream
1/2 c. non-fat buttermilk or 1/2 c. sour milk
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 t. dill weed
1 1/2 t. parsley flakes
1/2 to 1 t. salt (to taste)
1/8 to 1/4 t. ground pepper (to taste)

Place all ingredients in small bowl and whisk until completely blended.  Adjust seasonings to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow dressing to thicken and flavors to blend.  Use on salads or as a dip for veggies.

Note: to make sour milk, put 1 1/2 t. lemon juice in glass measuring cup.  Add enough milk to make 1/2 cup.  Let sit for five minutes before adding to mayo and sour cream.





: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: doddsgirl January 12, 2008, 01:20:11 PM
I was just planning to start a new topic to see if anybody had a homeade alternative to Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing.
I found two recipes for ranch dressing on the internet a few years ago and tweaked them to make one recipe our family and friends love.  Now my friends also use this in place of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing for salads and veggie dipping.  I use light all-natural sour cream and either non-fat buttermilk or sour milk made with skim milk.  It keeps for a couple of weeks or more but a batch of this doesn't last a week in our home.  My children now eat raw veggies like crazy since i started making this dressing.  A little bit goes a long way because it's so thick.

1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. all-natural sour cream
1/2 c. non-fat buttermilk or 1/2 c. sour milk
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 t. dill weed
1 1/2 t. parsley flakes
1/2 to 1 t. salt (to taste)
1/8 to 1/4 t. ground pepper (to taste)

Place all ingredients in small bowl and whisk until completely blended.  Adjust seasonings to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow dressing to thicken and flavors to blend.  Use on salads or as a dip for veggies.

Note: to make sour milk, put 1 1/2 t. lemon juice in glass measuring cup.  Add enough milk to make 1/2 cup.  Let sit for five minutes before adding to mayo and sour cream.




this may be a dumb question but can you make sour milk with rice milk? 
thanks! rhonda

: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: zmama January 12, 2008, 03:21:24 PM
I was just planning to start a new topic to see if anybody had a homeade alternative to Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing.
I found two recipes for ranch dressing on the internet a few years ago and tweaked them to make one recipe our family and friends love.  Now my friends also use this in place of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing for salads and veggie dipping.  I use light all-natural sour cream and either non-fat buttermilk or sour milk made with skim milk.  It keeps for a couple of weeks or more but a batch of this doesn't last a week in our home.  My children now eat raw veggies like crazy since i started making this dressing.  A little bit goes a long way because it's so thick.

1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. all-natural sour cream
1/2 c. non-fat buttermilk or 1/2 c. sour milk
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 t. dill weed
1 1/2 t. parsley flakes
1/2 to 1 t. salt (to taste)
1/8 to 1/4 t. ground pepper (to taste)

Place all ingredients in small bowl and whisk until completely blended.  Adjust seasonings to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow dressing to thicken and flavors to blend.  Use on salads or as a dip for veggies.

Note: to make sour milk, put 1 1/2 t. lemon juice in glass measuring cup.  Add enough milk to make 1/2 cup.  Let sit for five minutes before adding to mayo and sour cream.




this may be a dumb question but can you make sour milk with rice milk? 
thanks! rhonda


  Not a dumb question--this is a wellness website and I assumed when I posted that recipe that some would want to substitute for regular milk.  I don't use rice milk so I looked it up in a couple of places online and one woman said that she substitutes sour rice milk for regular milk in baking so I see no reason why it could not be done for the dressing.  Or you could just add straight rice milk without souring it first.  I honestly don't think it needs to be sour but the lemon juice of sour milk or the acidic (?) nature of buttermilk does give the dressing a little added "punch" of flavor.  I don't believe it alters the outcome of the dressing to leave out the lemon juice like it would a baked item, let's put it that way.  Hope that helps. :)
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: doddsgirl January 12, 2008, 04:13:13 PM
yay! thanks! i haven't had ranch dressing since i cut out soy last year. so i hope to try this with safflower mayo and rice milk. can't wait!
rhonda
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: zmama January 13, 2008, 04:55:57 AM
yay! thanks! i haven't had ranch dressing since i cut out soy last year. so i hope to try this with safflower mayo and rice milk. can't wait!
rhonda

Sounds good...please post a thumbs up or down once you make it. :)  I'm interested to know how it tastes with the safflower may and rice milk.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: here2serve February 17, 2008, 10:50:57 AM
 Do any of you ladies have a good, creamy ceaser dressing recipes? I have tried some in the past and never found one that I really liked. They were all too oily, or something...
       Thanks,   ~A
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: here2serve February 19, 2008, 09:49:50 AM

  Anybody?? :)
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: stebs7 February 19, 2008, 01:36:36 PM
I don't know if this would be what you are looking for  - but I love this homemade recipe a friend gave me years ago - I make it all the time.

However, I will give you basic amounts and you will need to play with it - I do it just by pouring and saying, I guess that's good!

Don't even have a name for it. :)


I pour this all into a quart jar and whatever is left over, stays in the fridge and I throw some lettuce in a bowl and just eat one everyday.  Or my kids take bread and sop it up and eat it that way!


1/4 (of a quart)  extra virgin olive oil
1/5 (or less)  Kikkoman soy sauce
                   Balsamic vinegar to taste  (maybe 3 T or more)
                   and/or lemon
1/3 natural jogurt or more
couple cloves crushed garlic
pepper (not too much)
dill weed (my favorite) 
 OR
oregano and/or basil (not too much - flavor is great even without these)

mix and refrigerate for 30 minutes but better more- next day its even better!

If it doesn't taste just right, play with it - I can't figure out how to write a recipe when I don't use one for this :)

Blessings, Nancy in POland
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Leah IL February 20, 2008, 02:52:41 AM
This is not exactly caesar because it has no anchovy paste in it, but you could add it:

1 1/2 cups olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 T vinegar
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
3 T sour cream
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 cloves garlic

Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth.  The original recipe had a little mustard powder in there, too, but I never like the taste of it so I left it out.  This is our favorite salad dressing.

VARIATION:

Omit the parmesan cheese and use 1/2 cup ground flaxseed.  I did this when I ran out of parmesan and we love it!!!
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: burlsgirl February 20, 2008, 02:59:54 AM
This is not exactly caesar because it has no anchovy paste in it, but you could add it:

1 1/2 cups olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 T vinegar
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
3 T sour cream
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 cloves garlic

Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth.  The original recipe had a little mustard powder in there, too, but I never like the taste of it so I left it out.  This is our favorite salad dressing.

VARIATION:

Omit the parmesan cheese and use 1/2 cup ground flaxseed.  I did this when I ran out of parmesan and we love it!!!

That sounds great! I wish I'd known it one day earlier. I'm on a Caesar salad kick, and I just bought a whole jar of Caldini's yesterday. Oh, well, I'll try this next time!

: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: burlsgirl March 17, 2008, 11:17:05 AM
Ok, I confess that I "found" this recipe by accident, as it was originally supposed to be a dip for something else...but, I didn't drain the tomatoes, so now I have a yummy dressing that is very similar to, but WAY BETTER THAN, Ranch...

1 block cream cheese, softened
1 c. sour cream
1 can Rotel tomatoes UNdrained
Handful chopped cilantro (fresh)...I would guess 1 TBS dried
minced garlic
onion powder (optional)
Salt (a good bit)

Blend & chill. I'm eating it w/ carrots right now & it's SO good.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: mom24boys March 17, 2008, 07:40:52 PM
I was just planning to start a new topic to see if anybody had a homeade alternative to Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing.
I found two recipes for ranch dressing on the internet a few years ago and tweaked them to make one recipe our family and friends love.  Now my friends also use this in place of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing for salads and veggie dipping.  I use light all-natural sour cream and either non-fat buttermilk or sour milk made with skim milk.  It keeps for a couple of weeks or more but a batch of this doesn't last a week in our home.  My children now eat raw veggies like crazy since i started making this dressing.  A little bit goes a long way because it's so thick.

1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. all-natural sour cream
1/2 c. non-fat buttermilk or 1/2 c. sour milk
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 t. dill weed
1 1/2 t. parsley flakes
1/2 to 1 t. salt (to taste)
1/8 to 1/4 t. ground pepper (to taste)

Place all ingredients in small bowl and whisk until completely blended.  Adjust seasonings to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow dressing to thicken and flavors to blend.  Use on salads or as a dip for veggies.

Note: to make sour milk, put 1 1/2 t. lemon juice in glass measuring cup.  Add enough milk to make 1/2 cup.  Let sit for five minutes before adding to mayo and sour cream.




this may be a dumb question but can you make sour milk with rice milk? 
thanks! rhonda


  Not a dumb question--this is a wellness website and I assumed when I posted that recipe that some would want to substitute for regular milk.  I don't use rice milk so I looked it up in a couple of places online and one woman said that she substitutes sour rice milk for regular milk in baking so I see no reason why it could not be done for the dressing.  Or you could just add straight rice milk without souring it first.  I honestly don't think it needs to be sour but the lemon juice of sour milk or the acidic (?) nature of buttermilk does give the dressing a little added "punch" of flavor.  I don't believe it alters the outcome of the dressing to leave out the lemon juice like it would a baked item, let's put it that way.  Hope that helps. :)

Actually, the acidulated milk (soured or soured with lemon juice or vinegar or just buttermilk) is what causes the dressing to thicken.

Of course, you could leave it out and sometimes the sour cream will thicken it or you could just have it thin.
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: healthybratt June 02, 2008, 03:32:20 PM
Healthy Vinaigrette (alkaline-forming, yeast-fighting)

1/2 C raw, organic, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
1/3 C organic Flaxseed Oil, Olive Oil, or Udo’s Choice Oil (I used Pumpkin Seed Oil and it was delicious)
1 tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (I used Soy Sauce)
2 tsp Xylitol or 4 drops Stevia (use Honey if not worried about yeast or body acidity) (I used honey)
2 cloves minced Garlic
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

from http://pennythoughts.wordpress.com/2007/09/16/healthy-salad-dressing-recipes/ (http://pennythoughts.wordpress.com/2007/09/16/healthy-salad-dressing-recipes/)
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: Number18 January 22, 2009, 11:37:56 AM
I like a raspberry vinaigrette which I mix in the mini food processor.  It's just red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and frozen raspberries.  I don't know the amounts; I don't use recipes.  I mix it fresh each time.  Sometimes I also add mandarin oranges and walnuts if I have them.



Oh~ I wish you know the measurements, I would love to try this recipe!!!  hint hint ;)
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: BettaGurl3 January 22, 2009, 02:40:33 PM
This recipe is reallly good!! Yum! ;D And healthy! ;) ;D

"If the Sun were Green" from the Rejuvenate your Life cookbook

1c.extra virgin olive oil

2 big dates or 2TBS. of honey
 
1 whole bunch of Italian parsley or cilantro (  Optional: cut a couple of inches off the stem and save for juicing.)

4TBS. Nama Shoyu ( organic soy sauce)

Loads of fresh cracked pepper

3 cloves of garlic

1 1/2tsp. sea salt

3/4c. fresh lemon juice

2TBS. purified water

Blend the above ingredients in the blender until smooth. Enjoy! ;D
: Re: Recipes for Homemade Salad Dressings
: hgreening August 06, 2009, 05:29:41 AM
This is a great ranch recipe. I just wanted to add that I omit the buttermilk and mayo and use kefir and plain yogurt instead. If my family wants  it extra thick to use as a dip instead of a salad dressing I also add about 1/8-1/4 tsp zanthum gum. I keep a container of it freshly made in the frig at all times! yummy!