Dressing Recipes: 7 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Take Your Salads to the Next Level

Chopping and tossing your favorite vegetables can make a healthy salad bowl. Some people add lemon juice, salt and pepper to make their salad more interesting. But why stop there? With just a few additional ingredients, you can explore a variety of popular salad dressings from different regions around the world. These dressings can make anyone fall in love with salads! It might seem like extra work, but trust us, all of these dressings can be made in minutes and elevate your salads to a whole new level.

Here are 7 quick and delicious salad dressings to explore:

1. Greek dressing

This is one of the simplest salad dressings, perfect for Greek salads and can also be used for other similar salads that you like. To prepare this salad, take a small bowl and whisk together 1 tablespoon mustard, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, and pepper to taste . Whisk constantly and add 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil until the dressing is emulsified. Transfer to a storage container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before mixing with your salad.

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2. French vinaigrette

This recipe is similar to the Greek dressing recipe and pairs deliciously with any green salad. To make this recipe, simply whisk together 1 teaspoon mustard, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots, a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. You can also put all these ingredients in a jar and shake well. Let sit for 5 minutes before using. Store for up to 2 weeks.

3. Asian dressing

Add a touch of Asian cuisine to your salad with this delicious seasoning. Plus, this recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan. In a jar, add 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar, 1.5 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons sesame oil, 1.5 teaspoons of soy sauce and a pinch of salt. Shake all the ingredients and your vinaigrette is ready! You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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4. Thai dressing

You might ditch all other salad dressings after trying this creamy, flavorful and tangy Thai dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey. Whisk everything until emulsified. Store for up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

5. Classic Creamy Italian Dressing

If you love Italian flavors, this creamy herb dressing is for you. Take a large mason jar and add 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup finely chopped mayonnaise, 2 pods of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, 2 teaspoons honey, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste. Shake the jar well until everything is combined. Add a few tablespoons of water if the dressing is too thick. This vinaigrette will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

6. Indian Paneer Dressing

This creamy Indian-style dressing features paneer as the key ingredient plus a few additional ingredients and pairs well with your usual finely chopped salad vegetables. To prepare this dressing, take a small blender bowl and add 150 gms Paneer, 1/2 green chilli, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and black pepper to taste. If the dressing turns out to be too thick, you can add a little yogurt or water to thin it. Add it to your salad and enjoy.

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7. Honey Mustard Dressing

If you like your salads sweet and spicy, try this delicious salad dressing recipe with the sweetness of honey and a touch of mustard. To make this dressing, take a small bowl and whisk together 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/3 cup rice vinegar, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil , 1/2 small chopped shallot, 1/2 teaspoon. salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
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