Salad Dressings

Salad dressings can make or break a salad. Skip bottled dressing and try making your own from scratch—it’s surprisingly simple, and you can customize the flavors to your liking. A dressing can be as simple as whisking together olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and a little salt and pepper. If you like pesto, make a basil vinaigrette by combining olive oil, champagne vinegar, crushed red pepper, garlic and basil leaves in a food processor—not only is this a delicious salad dressing, but it makes a great marinade for chicken and fish. Whether you prefer tangy vinaigrettes or cool and creamy dressings, F&W has a recipe for everyone.

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Basic Vinaigrette

A good, puckery vinaigrette has a ratio behind it: three parts oil to one part acid. Acid can take the form of vinegar or citrus juice. “Once you understand that, you got this,” says chef Hugh Acheson. “Add whatever you want. Go flavor-crazy. Shake that jar. Work those forearms.” If you make too much, it will keep in the fridge for seven to 10 days in a sealed container. Slideshow: More Salad Dressing Recipes 

Creamy Salad Dressing Recipes

Whether you prefer classic Caesar or want a more luxurious take on balsamic vinaigrette, creamy dressings add amazing flavor to all kinds of salads. We love to toss cheesy dressings with roasted veggies or turn leftover hummus into a dreamy vinaigrette. Here, our best recipes for easy, creamy salad dressing.

Yogurt Salad Dressing Recipes

Opting for a yogurt salad dressing is a smart way to cut out calories and fat when you're craving a creamier dressing, like blue cheese or Thousand Island. Yogurt serves as the perfect base for bolder ingredients—like herbs, spices or citrus—to build on. Try making a peppered-herb yogurt dressing with whole-milk yogurt, cracked blacked peppercorns and chopped mixed herbs the next time you need an idea. Here, 7 of our best yogurt salad dressings.

Asian Salad Dressing Recipes

When you’re craving Thai, Chinese or Japanese food, an Asian-inspired salad dressing can bring that signature flavor to everything from mixed greens to noodle salads. For the easiest Asian salad dressing ever, whisk fish sauce, white vinegar, sugar, lime juice, olive oil, chiles and garlic together—this sweet-spicy dressing is delicious on top of a green salad with herbs, or tossed with edamame and radishes for a crunchy vegetable salad. If you like spicy food, try adding wasabi powder to a creamy dressing made with mayo, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Whether you’re looking for something sweet or spicy, our guide to Asian salad dressing has all the recipes you need to punch up your salads.

Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

Instead of getting heavy-handed with the cheese, mayo or oil, try using vinegars and herbs to create super flavorful dressings. While indulgent dressings certainly can be satisfying, there are ways to create a dressing that is both healthy and packed with flavor. Whether you're looking for a light and tangy vinaigrette or a creamy twist on classic Caesar, here are our best healthy salad dressing recipes.

Cranberry-Nut Dressing

To highlight cranberries in season, Food & Wine’s Kay Chun uses them in a clever (and very delicious) salad dressing, along with honey, chopped marcona almonds and grapefruit juice. It’s delightful on avocado and fennel but could also be used on sturdy greens like chicory and frisée. Slideshow: More Cranberry Recipes 

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Salad Dressings

These terrific recipes include creamy garlic vinaigrette and carrot-miso dressing.