There’s no better way to elevate your salads than with these homemade salad dressing recipes! Quick to make, healthy and so flavorful, these salad dressings are so much better than store-bought.

Homemade honey mustard dressing dripping off of a spoon into a small jar.

Homemade salad dressing is one of the easiest things to make from scratch, and there’s just no comparison with store bought dressing. By making your own salad dressings, you can control the quality of the ingredients and the flavor. Below you’ll find all of my best salad dressing recipes, including tangy vinaigrettes, creamy dressings, and more. These recipes are fresh, healthy, and most take only 5 minutes (or less) to make.

Drizzle these salad dressings over your favorite salad recipes or enjoy them as a dip with fresh cut veggies. Homemade salad dressing keep well in the refrigerator, so make a batch today to enjoy all week long!

Easy Vinaigrette Recipes

Tangy vinegar and smooth, fruity olive oil are the main ingredients in these easy vinaigrette recipes. These are the simplest salad dressings to make and a great place to start if you’re new to making homemade dressing.

Homemade vinaigrette salad dressing on a spoon.

Vinaigrette Recipe

Everyone needs a great basic vinaigrette recipe in their collection, and this is my go-to. It’s made with just 4 ingredients, plus salt and pepper. Since the ingredients are pantry staples, you probably have everything you need in your kitchen right now. This vinaigrette is light, smooth, and tangy!

Lemon vinaigrette dressing in a glass jar with a spoon with arugula salad in background..

Lemon Vinaigrette

This lemon vinaigrette is bright, tangy and refreshing. It’s amazing drizzled over this Arugula Salad or a simple spinach salad. This recipe is so simple and takes just 5 minutes to mix up.

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Pouring balsamic vinaigrette onto a spinach salad.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

You won’t believe how easy it is to make balsamic salad dressing at home! Like our other vinaigrette recipes, this one is made with just a few pantry ingredients. The rich, nuanced flavor of balsamic vinegar stars in this simple dressing. It’s thick and tangy – the perfect way to level up a basic green salad.

Creamy Salad Dressings

These creamy dressings are full-flavored without being heavy. Plain Greek yogurt is a simple swap that I like to use to lighten up a creamy dressing without sacrificing on flavor. While they are lovely on salads, these recipes are also delicious served as dips for fresh vegetables.

Coleslaw dressing dripping off of a spoon into a jar of dressing.

Coleslaw Dressing

One of our most popular dressing recipes, this coleslaw dressing takes coleslaw from good to extraordinary. It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to one week, and can be tossed with fresh cabbage in this Coleslaw Recipe or store-bought coleslaw mix. Make it with mayo or Greek yogurt; it’s delicious either way!

Blue cheese dressing in a small white bowl with a cucumber slice.

Blue Cheese Dressing

The sharp, salty flavor of blue cheese shines through in this creamy blue cheese dressing. It’s loaded with blue cheese crumbles and delicious served as a dip or salad dressing.

Ranch dressing on a spoon held over jar of dressing.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Unlike store-bought ranch which can be filled with unpronounceable ingredients, this homemade ranch dressing is made with real, wholesome ingredients. A combination of dried herbs and seasonings creates a homemade ranch seasoning blend that delivers loads of flavor to this creamy, tangy dressing.

Green goddess dressing in a small bowl with raw carrots, radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes around.

Green Goddess Dressing

Green goddess dressing is a creamy dressing that’s made with a generous amount of fresh herbs. The herbs give it its signature green color and a robust herby flavor. The ingredients are blended together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Thin it out with a little buttermilk to drizzle over a crisp Green Salad or leave it nice and thick to serve with a crudité platter.

More Favorite Salad Dressing Recipes

Here are a few more must-make salad dressings, including zesty Greek dressing and our favorite Italian dressing recipe. Layers of flavor and simple ingredients make these recipes truly standout.

Greek salad dressing in a mason jar with a spoon with greek salad in background.

Greek Salad Dressing

I often keep a jar of this Greek salad dressing on hand in our fridge. It’s quick to make and so flavorful. Olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano and a touch of fresh garlic are among the ingredients you’ll need to make this simple recipe. It’s a must for a Greek Salad but also a great way to dress up an everyday green salad.

Italian salad dressing in a mason jar with bowl of pasta salad in the background.

Italian Dressing Recipe

This Italian dressing is my go-to for tossing with a Pasta Salad or an Italian Salad. You can also use it as a marinade for chicken. The ingredients are pantry staples, plus you can add Parmesan cheese if desired for an extra pop of flavor.

Homemade honey mustard dressing on a spoon held over a small jar with a salad in the background.

Honey Mustard Dressing

This bright and tangy honey mustard dressing is a favorite! It’s made with olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. We love to serve this salad dressing with this Salmon Salad. It’s also delicious tossed with a Spinach Salad.

Salad Dressing Tips

Once you learn how to make salad dressing, you’ll always want to keep some on hand in the refrigerator. Follow these tips for the best dressings, every time.

  • For best results, use a good quality extra virgin olive oil when making vinaigrettes. Since these recipes are so simple, the quality of the ingredients makes a big impact on the flavor of the dressing.
  • Most homemade salad dressings will last for about a week in the refrigerator. See the individual recipes for more detailed storage instructions.
  • I like to mix up homemade salad dressing in a mason jar for easy storage. This way, you can simply shake the jar to recombine the ingredients before serving.
  • Dressings that are made with olive oil may solidify in the refrigerator. This is normal; simply let the dressing sit at room temperature for a few minutes and then whisk or shake to recombine the ingredients.

Whether you love a tangy vinaigrette, a creamy dressing or a zesty Italian dressing, there’s a recipe for you in this collection. Give your favorite a try this week and then leave a comment below to let me know how it turned out!

Honey mustard dressing dripping off of a spoon into a small jar of dressing.

10 Easy Salad Dressing Recipes

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
There's no better way to elevate your salads than with these easy salad dressing recipes! Quick to make, healthy and so flavorful, these salad dressings are so much better than store-bought. Start with this bright and tangy honey mustard dressing recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • teaspoon Kosher salt or fine sea salt
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or jar with a lid. Whisk or shake until well combined. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed: more apple cider vinegar or Dijon if you want it tangier, more honey if you want it sweeter, more olive oil if it's too tangy, additional salt and pepper as needed.
  • Dressing can be used immediately or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Whisk or shake to recombine dressing before using.
Serving: 2tablespoons (about), Calories: 129kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Sodium: 137mg, Potassium: 16mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 4IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is an estimate.
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad Dressing
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