Three Easy, Delicious and Inexpensive Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

Store-bought salad dressing is a rip-off.

It’s typically made with cheap soybean oil, emulsifying agents, dehydrated processed vegetable bits and excess sodium. Can you believe an 8-ounce bottle of this stuff can cost up to $2.00?

But the worst part is, when you drench a salad in this industrially manufactured goo, you cancel out all the good health points you’d otherwise earn by eating a big bowl full of fresh greens.

Today I’ll share three easy, inexpensive and reasonably healthy salad dressing recipes with you. My goal is for it to be easy for you to make your own inexpensive dressing at home, so you’ll have a tasty and healthy range of homemade choices for your salad. No need to waste your hard-earned money at the store for a bottle of dressing that’s 1/3 full of soybean oil.

These recipes all taste great, they’re easy to make, and they’ll all keep for a long time in your fridge.

Sue's salad dressing:
Mix together first:
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Then add:
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2-3 Tablespoons chopped fresh (or dried) parsely
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Shake well.

Jet Fuel:
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (can substitute 1 pressed garlic clove)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water

Shake well.

Finally, here’s the ridiculously simple, yet still delicious, dressing from my Fattoush Recipe.

Fattoush Salad Dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of two lemons
black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Stir or shake well.


sjo said...

How long do these dressings keep? I assume there is no problem with keeping them around since they don't have much unstable fat, and have plenty of acidity.

Daniel Koontz said...

I'd say they would all keep for at least a month, if not more, if you make sure to keep them refrigerated.


Max said...

Thanks a lot for that simple dressing recipe: olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper. It tasted great and it was just what I needed. Mine is a sparse kitchen so I don't have any ingredients more elegant than those. I was in a pinch because I couldn't find any of my store-bought dressing but yours tastes so good I will be making it again. (It's cheaper and because of the olive oil, better for you.) Thanks again.

Daniel Koontz said...

You are welcome! Yes, that recipe is a keeper. Funny how the most basic (and almost simplistic) recipes are often the best.

Thank you for your comment.


Rebecca said...

awesome! Found this post when I googled "how long to keep homemade salad dressing". looking forward to trying some of your recipes, thanks!

Daniel said...

Hi Rebecca, I'm so glad you found this post helpful! Thanks for the positive vibes.


Sarah C said...

I'm sad to say I found the Jet Fuel to be pretty bland. Considering the name, I was surprised! Still looking forward to trying the other two, but keep posting if you have any more good ones!

Daniel said...

Hi Sarah: I think I'd describe it as "mild" rather than bland. But you could definitely add some zing by increasing the mustard (or using a spicier mustard), or even by adding some Tabasco or cayenne pepper to the recipe. Thanks for the feedback!