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I am going to try to get my family eating salads for lunch during the week, which will be a major challenge. If anyone is willing to share recipes for salad dressing, they would be greatly appreciated.

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Ranch Dressing


1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 tablespoon minced shallot

1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon chives, minced

pinch dill

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

pinch sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


Mix all ingredients, then chill until serving time. You can adjust or add herbs to taste and availability. This is the combination we like best.

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Some of my favorites:


Basic Balsamic vinaigrette:


I omit the sugar. Sometimes I add a little honey.


Lemon vinaigrette:


I usually omit the sugar.


Carrot ginger dressing:


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Pear Vinaigrette


3 canned pear halves

1/2 cup of light syrup from canned pears

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste (I use about 1/4 tsp and 3/4 tsp, respectively)

*honey to taste IF you want it sweeter


Pulse it all in a blender or food processor.  Keeps about 1 week in fridge.  (Possibly more, it doesn't last that long here!)

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Caesar: http://www.food.com/recipe/no-egg-caesar-dressing-rachael-rays-105760


Basic vinaigrette:

Equal parts vinegar and oil

Salt and pepper

Add a touch of Dijon to help emulsify the oil and vinegar. I eyeball everything in a little jar and shake to combine. You can switch up the vinegar and use red wine, white wine, balsamic, or champagne vinegar. Use lemon juice instead or lemon with a touch of vinegar (red wine is my favorite there). Switch up oil from different olive oils, grape seed, avocado, walnut. Throw in fresh garlic. Use lime juice and a neutral tasting oil and add a bit of taco seasoning for a Tex-Mex vinaigrette.

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Oh my gosh, I think there is nothing better than homemade mayonnaise and homemade salad dressing! All are definitely better when made in a blender or food processor.


Recent faves:


Blue Cheese Vinaigrette -- I skip sauteeing the garlic and then reduce the oil by 1 T.


Copycat Chipotle's Honey Dressing (use on anything remotely Mexican) -- I cut waaaay back on the salt.


Simple Balamic Vinaigrette


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