5 Reasons to Make Your Own Salad Dressing


Do you have teenagers that eat ranch dressing on everything they eat? I’m genuinely shocked they don’t put it on their cereal. I wouldn’t put it past them.

What our little crumb snatchers don’t understand is how expensive dressing can be. I have to buy ranch dressing by the barrel! If we run out, they riot.

The cost isn’t the only factor. Store bought salad dressing is rather unhealthy, often loaded with saturated fats and sodium in a very small serving.

The thing is, dressing is extremely easy to make and takes very little time to do so. Plus it tastes so much better when you make it homemade!

Grab a few mason jars and your immersion blender and you’ll have a batch of homemade dressing in no time.

Not only will it cost less to make, but you’ll also be using better ingredients with fewer preservatives. Did I mention that it tastes better, too?

  1. Cafe Rio Dressing Recipe
    • Cafe Rio Dressing Photo
    • Admittedly, this Midwesterner didn’t really know what Café Rio was, but those of you out west will likely know better. Despite my ignorance, I still wanted to know what all the hype was about when it comes to this copycat Café Rio dressing recipe. Basically, it’s ranch dressing with some bonus ingredients like tomatillos and lime juice that really ramp up the flavor quotient. Just toss everything into a blender and blend until smooth, and that’s it! Easy-peazy-lime-squeezy!
  2. Miso Lemon Tahini Dressing Recipe
    • Miso Lemon Tahini Dressing Photo
    • This miso lemon tahini dressing recipe may take a little longer to make than some homemade dressing recipes, but that’s only because you need to roast a whole head of garlic first. Your hard work will soon be rewarded with sweet, yet savory, garlic paste. The more garlic the better, I say. It livens up any dish and helps to ward off vampires, goblins, and mothers-in-law. Score! The garlic, miso, lemon and tahini come together to create one complex, creamy salad dressing you’ll be making all the time.

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