Salad Dressing, Vinaigrette, and Topping Recipes

Homemade dressing is a treat: It can make even a simple plate of greens memorable. Here are 16 easy ways to add great flavor to nature's best bounty.

Classic Vinaigrette Recipe

Classic Vinaigrette

This classic vinaigrette recipe is so simple you’ll soon know it by heart. It’s great on fresh veggies and salads, or drizzled on sprouts in a sandwich. Experiment with different vinegars to change things up from time to time.

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Four-Herb Green Goddess Dressing

Four-Herb Green Goddess Dressing

This creamy, savory dressing is ideal for salads or veggies that need a pick-me-up. Drape over greens, or serve as a dip for your favorite summery crudités.

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Easy Herb Vinaigrette

Easy Herb Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is so versatile, it’s perfect for any salad or to use as a dip for bread. Serve it in a clear container at your next dinner party for a yummy added visual.

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Chile-Garlic Vinaigrette

Chile-Garlic Vinaigrette

Looking to spice up your greens? Use this piquant dressing on salads loaded with shredded raw vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash, daikon radish, and cucumber.

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Cranberry Vinaigrette

Cranberry Vinaigrette

Serve with arugula and goat cheese for a tart, peppery salad. This thick salad dressing is also delicious spread on turkey sandwiches, or with roasted meats such as chicken, pork, and duck.

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Creamy Caesar Dressing

Creamy Caesar Dressing

Lighten up a traditional Caesar salad dressing by replacing some of the oil with fat-free yogurt. The red wine vinegar, anchovy paste, and Worcestershire sauce guarantee plenty of flavor.

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Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

If you enjoy the pungent taste of blue cheese dressing but hate the high fat content, try this lighter version, which uses reduced-fat ingredients like fat-free yogurt and light mayonnaise. Try serving on salads, as a veggie dip, or with grilled buffalo wings.

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Herbed-Lemon Buttermilk Dressing

Herbed-Lemon Buttermilk Dressing  

This all-purpose dressing is similar to ranch dressing. It’s great as a marinade on chicken, dressing on salad, and dip with cut-up vegetables.

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Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette

Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette

Try this for a tangy, sweet dressing and sauce for Asian dishes. Toss this vinaigrette with salad greens or rice noodles, or use it as a dipping sauce for pot stickers or spring rolls.

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Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing

Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing 

Don’t let summer slip by without trying this citrusy, sweet and tangy dressing. The poppy seeds add crunch and a subtle nuttiness to this low-cal dressing – perfect for a crisp salad or as a dipping sauce for grilled fish and chicken.

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Shallot and Grapefruit Dressing

Shallot and Grapefruit Dressing 

Drizzle this zesty, citrusy dressing over mixed gourmet greens topped with goat cheese and roasted corn. You can squeeze your own grapefruit juice or look for fresh grapefruit juice in the produce section of the grocery store.

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Orange-Sesame Salad Dressing

Orange-Sesame Salad Dressing 

Give your leafy greens a taste of the orient with this sweet and spicy concoction. Drizzle over spring mix, mandarin oranges, soybeans, wontons, and thinly sliced grilled chicken for a healthy lunch option.

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Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Walnut Oil Vinaigrette 

This neutral, nutty vinaigrette won’t overpower a salad with other distinctive ingredients such as potent cheeses or fruit. Try substituting pistachio or hazelnut oil instead of walnut for a delicious variation.

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Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix

Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix 

Your road trips, picnics, and mid-afternoon snack time will never be the same after you try these. Mix it up a little with your own variation of nuts and seeds but keep the seasoning the same. Careful, they are slightly addictive!

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Crisp Croutons

Crisp Croutons 

Craving something crunchy for your dinner salad? Try this easy recipe with caesar salad or mixed greens with one of our tangy vinaigrettes.

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Sweet Spiced Almonds

Sweet Spiced Almonds

Sweeten up a bland salad with this topping or just keep them around to snack on when your sweet tooth beckons.

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Cilantro-Chile Vinaigrette

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Cilantro-Chile Vinaigrette

Give your vinaigrette an Asian infusion with a little south-of-the-border kick.

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Orange-Fennel Vinaigrette

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Orange-Fennel Vinaigrette

The orange juice provides a subtle tannic acidity while the fennel gives this dressing a slight licorice quality.

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Caesar Vinaigrette

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Caesar Vinaigrette

Render your vinaigrette unto Caesar with this quick, low-sodium variation.

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Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette

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Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette

Stir the fresh basil into this vinaigrette at the end, so its flavor pops and the basil stays green.

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Sweet and Sour Bacon Vinaigrette

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Sweet and Sour Bacon Vinaigrette

Brown sugar, bacon, and Dijon mustard are all the incentives you need to prep and drizzle this dressing over your favorite greens.

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Grapefruit-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

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Grapefruit-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

A teaspoon of honey neutralizes the bitterness of grapefruit and gives this vinaigrette a tangy sweetness.

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