As refreshing and good-for-you as a salad can be, it just isn’t quite the same without the extra flavour boost that you get from a yummy salad dressing. And if there’s one thing that’s incredibly simple to make, it’s one of these homemade salad dressings, and thanks to our fabulous shopping list, you probably have all of these ingredients in your pantry already (winning!).
While you can use these dressings drizzled over salads, they’re also super versatile and can be mixed in with your mains or used as dips for chunks of fresh bread… Yum!
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5 homemade salad dressings you just have to try
1. Balsamic & mustard
This delicious dressing adds a kick to green salads, pasta or sausages.
Mix 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard and a pinch of sugar with some salt and pepper. Shake the ingredients in a jar or whisk together in a bowl.
2. Thousand islands
Stir into prawns, fish starters or leftover shredded meat.
Mix 6 tbsp mayonnaise with 1 tbsp tomato sauce, a squeeze of lemon juice and a few generous dashes of Worcestershire sauce. So simple!
3. Honey & mustard dressing
Try drizzling it over roast veggies, leftover turkey or coleslaw.
Whisk 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard with some salt and black pepper. What could be easier?
4. Soy & ginger dressing
Delicious tossed through stir-fried veggies or served as a dipping sauce alongside dumplings.
Mix together 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp rice wine vinegar and 1 tsp honey. Add a pinch of chilli flakes or a dash of hot sauce if you’d like to add a spicy edge.
5. Garlicky lemon & yoghurt dressing
This dressing doubles up as a seriously tasty dip (served with toasted pitas and cut up veg) and a tenderising marinade for chicken or pork.
Stir together 2/3 cup Greek yoghurt, 1/2 tsp crushed garlic, a generous pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper and the juice of half a lemon or 2 tbsp lemon juice. Add a tbsp of fresh chopped mint or dill for a herby kick.