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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!