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A Gathering of Homemade Dressings

February 2nd, 2010 · 25 Comments · Do It Yourself, Recipes

Christmas salad 2I never thought homemade dressings would be  something I would do, but when I gave up all white and corn sugars last year for Lent, I tried some out of necessity.  I love yellow mustard, but I got sick of having it on my salads all the time, plus I knew I needed some healthy fats to metabolize the vegetables.

Since then, making homemade has become a way of life, and I don’t know that I’ll even purchase anymore from the store.  When I did near the end of the summer, they all hit their expiration date before they hit my fridge.  I even gave homemade dressings as Christmas gifts, and we’ve gone through almost TWO gallons of EVOO since November!

Kitchen Stewardship Dressings

We’re working on making something from scratch this week here at KS.  If getting rid of the bottles of dressing is your goal for the week, here are the kinds we’re enjoying:

  • Italian Dressing
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing (our favorite!)
  • Creamy Garlic Dressing

    Here’s  my first vlog for you of homemade mayo, an ingredient in the ranch dressing.

    And a new dressing for you:

    Katie’s Greek Dressing

    Feta cheese is the key to making anything, from salad to pasta, earn the name “Greek.” I don’t mix the feta in, but you could if you were serving right away or didn’t mind storing the dressing in the refrigerator.  Cold olive oil solidifies, so I prefer to keep mine on the table.


    2 Tbs red wine vinegar
    1 squirt Dijon mustard
    1/2 cup EVOO
    1/2-1 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper

    1/2 tsp oregano
    1/4 tsp marjoram
    1 clove crushed garlic
    1 tsp lemon juice


    Mix in order with a whisk.  Serve with Feta cheese over salad greens.  Can keep at room temperature.

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    Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship My carnival post You can write a brief (250 chars) synopsis here to tempt readers to visit your post!

    Virginia @ Living the Local Life Simple Salad Dressing A very simple recipe with only three ingredients!

    kara @ an hour in the kitchen Vanilla-Pear Vinaigrette, Lemon Tahini Dressing and others In the thick of the salad season last year, I compiled some of my favorite dressing recipes.

    kara @ an hour in the kitchen Vanilla-Pear Vinaigrette, Lemon Tahini Dressing and others In the thick of the salad season last year, I compiled some of my favorite dressing recipes.

    Sarah's Musings The Well Dressed Salad Our home versions of pesto ranch and balsamic vinaigrette, along with my favorite links for Caesar, Buttermilk Ranch and Classic Ranch. Perfect for spring greens!

    Paula @ The Chicken Coop Ranch Dressing Ranch dressing options made with mayo or yogurt!

    Jen@A Heavenly Perspective EVOO & Balsamic Vinegar just a very simple combination!

    Amy @ River Rock Cottage Honey Lime Dressing A light way to dress up a fruit salad with just 3 ingredients!

    Alison @ Hospitality Haven Greek, Italian & Ranch Dressings 3 basic recipes for the above listed dressings! Definitely a hit in our house!

    Alison @ Hospitality Haven Blackberry Vinaigrette A delicious and light berry dressing that's perfect for summer salads!

    Pamela @ Seeds of Nutrition Balsamic Vinaigrette A delicious dressing salad greens, steamed veggies.

    Linda @ Kitchen Therapy Fresh Cranberry Salad Dressing Bright, beautiful, and stick to-it-ive-ness.

    Linda @ Kitchen Therapy V is for Vinaigrette Three recipes- Crystal Dressing, Orange Mustard Dressing, and Peanut Butter Dressing. Also information on vinegar.

    Stacy @ Recipes for Moms Taco Salad & Dressing This taco salad comes with its own homemade dressing that cannot be beat. It does include white sugar but that could be cut down or substituted for.

    Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS Creamy Salad Dressing Using raw chevre, sour cream, yogurt cheese, or kefir cheese as the base, this recipe helps you make a delicious creamy dressing - our family favorite.

    Jami @ An Oregon Cottage Pantry Basic Vinaigrette A basic vinaigrette recipe, plus lots of options for customizing to make it become your family favorite like it is ours!

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