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May 16, 2016 Condiments, For a Potluck, For the Table, Recipes

Homemade Vinaigrette & Dressing Recipes

(Updated May 20, 2020)

It’s easy to get caught up in the glory of fresh greens, fruits & herbs in the spring and summer when everything is new & fresh! Here are some of our favorite ways to make even the humblest of salads shine!

Most vinaigrettes also take your grilled or roasted vegetables to another level of goodness.  We’ll let you in on a little secret…you can enjoy these all year round if you stash some fruits & herbs into your freezer or dehydrate them!

Dill Dressing

Berries & Fruits:

From the Herb Patch:

  • Chives are blooming now in my herb patch, so it’s time for Chive infused Vinegar which I can then use to make some Chive Vinaigrette, or to add some kick to other cooking or pickling.
  • This Dill Vinaigrette (recipe below) (adapted from The Kitchen) is incredibly addicting and may just be the perfect way to enjoy & get the most out of those first weeks of the garden, when pickings may be on the smaller side! I put this together in a pint jar with no fuss and capped with a reCap for easy storing & pouring.

Dill Vinaigrette Recipe

Start by dissolving 1 tsp of salt into 4 T of white vinegar. Then add the following to the vinegar:

  • 2 T Dijon mustard (or brown mustard)
  • ½ to ¾ C  of Chopped Dill
  • 1 – 2 tsp minced shallot or spring onion
  • 1 C olive oil (or salad oil of your choice)
  • Cap the jar and shake well to blend all ingredients. Be sure to shake well before each serving as well.

For a creamier version – try Molly Watson’s Buttermilk Dill Salad Dressing.


Finishing Off Jam Jars:

  • Living Homegrown shares her versatile Balsamic N’ Jam Vinaigrette and Jam’n Asian Salad Dressing here.

Other Tips:

If you’re feeling rather empowered with creativity, the folks over at The Kitchn have put together an amazing post that includes the basic Vinaigrette Formula plus other options for Olive Oils and Vinegars!Dill Vinaigrette on salad

Choosing a Dressing Container

Mason jars work great for shaking up a dressing, and using Ball’s Leak Proof Storage Lids. Or topping with a RECAP lid for easy pouring.  If you are thinking of making a bigger batch, or gifting your favorite dressing, or bringing it to a pot luck, you might want to consider a more traditional vinaigrette bottle.

Do you have an amazing dressing recipe you’d love to share? We’d love to hear from you!

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    Beth Howard Posted May 16, 2016 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    We enjoy fresh picked salad from our bounty of garden greens every day. I’ll be trying several of these dressings, and sure could use some savvy new jar lids. WOW! What a cool trick with the mason jar on a blender! Thanks for another great post.

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    Annamarie V Posted May 16, 2016 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    I make a creamy ranch with homemade mayo and lots of garlic and chives.

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    Beth V. Posted May 18, 2016 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    I just made a dijon vinaigrette last night and was thinking how I really need a pour lid for my Mason jar. What a mess without it! I also love Aimee’s buttermilk ranch dressing (as do my kids!)

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    alice young Posted May 21, 2016 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Great giveaway

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    Kathryn Posted May 21, 2016 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Hope to see you guys on Instagram soon!!!

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted May 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

      We’re there, Kathryn!

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    Lynn Posted May 21, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    My favorite salad is tabouleh and the dressing for that is salt, olive oil and lemon juice. Depends on how much parsley I have to use on how much dressing. Creamy Caesar is 2nd fave and I can’t find my recipe. ;-(

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    Amary Chapman Posted May 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    haven’t had a from scratch favorite before…..but have to try the afore-mentioned Buttermilk Ranch. I’m betting on this one.

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    Barbara Posted May 21, 2016 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I love to make my own healthier salad dressings! I stopped buying them years ago!

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    Barbara Posted May 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Raspberry Dressing

    1/3 Cup White Balsamic Vinegar (Raspberry Blush fine) OR Raspberry vinegar
    1/2 Cup sugar
    1 Cup Vegetable Oil
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/2 small onion, chopped
    1 tsp dry mustard
    1 TBSP water
    1 tsp. Poppy seeds

    Puree in blender.

    I love this on a salad of simple mixed baby greens, cucumbers, celery, & chopped bell peppers, and served with a scoop or two of chicken salad in the center. Top all with toasted slivered almonds. Serve some garlic toast with it.

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    Sandy Rees Posted May 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I like to mix Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar and dill to use as a salad dressing.

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    Jo Jo Skidmore Posted May 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    My new favorite is a Creamy Southwest Cilantro Lime Dressing
    For the cilantro lime dressing
    1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
    1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
    2 cloves garlic
    Juice of 1 lime
    Pinch of salt
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

    To make the cilantro lime dressing, combine cilantro, Greek yogurt, garlic, lime juice and salt in the bowl of a food processor. With the motor running, add olive oil and vinegar in a slow stream until emulsified

    • Lisa Reinhart
      Fillmore Container Posted May 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

      This sounds amazing! We’ll certainly be trying this one soon – when my cilantro is big enough to cut! Thanks for sharing, Jo Jo!

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    Sue D Posted May 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    We usually make a simple 1000 island dressing so I am really interested in the recipes in this blog post.

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    Melinda R. Posted May 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    My favorite salad dressing recipe is blueberry vinaigrette. It pairs beautifully with a fresh garden salad.

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    Marcella Missirian Posted May 21, 2016 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Love your site and these reCaps are amazing!

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    Jane Palmer Posted May 21, 2016 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Love the pour lids for the jars. Would love to win some.

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    Marianna Posted May 21, 2016 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I would use this for maple vinaigrette

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    Nancee Posted May 21, 2016 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I love your website, Fillmore Container and I especially LOVE giveaways!!!

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    Jacqueline Posted May 21, 2016 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I love to dress my rainbow Quinoa salad with a Lemon-Honey and Cumin dressing! Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway!

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    Cindy Posted May 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    This would be great!!!!

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    LindY G Sherrod Posted May 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Love your blog, thanks for sharing. Salads are so good and good for us, in fact I love raw veggies with or without salad dressing.
    Sister From the South,
    LindY G

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    Tresia Posted May 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Perfect timing!
    Great recipes, Thanks! t

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    Ashley Malcolm Posted May 21, 2016 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I love a simple honey dijon. A spoonful of raw local honey, equal parts dijon mustard, little salt, splash of apple cider vinegar. Delicious.

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    Christopher Sorel Posted May 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    dijon mustard, balsamic and olive oil

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    Suzie Posted May 21, 2016 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    I use flavored vinegars with avocado oil and salt.

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    Lydia Ruddy Posted May 22, 2016 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Great for syrups too!

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    Shana Williams Posted May 22, 2016 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    I have never used a recipe of my own. I like Green Goddess or just about any red dressing. Just discovered Balsalmic Vinegar and have been using it on green salads and cooked greens.

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    Amanda Bare Posted May 22, 2016 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I make a homemade ranch with sour cream and yoghurt. Its got fresh dill and garlic and is so creamy and yummy on our fresh salads! My favorite vinaigrette I make is with some rice vinegar, dijon mustard, colored peppers, and the secret ingredient is lemon thyme. Its so delicious! Love that you can store dressings in mason jars and not have such a mess pouring them!

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    bill spencer Posted May 22, 2016 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I usually make a roasted garlic Caesar salad dressing. The key to a great Caesar is fresh pasture ranged eggs.

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    Karen Jeanne Posted May 22, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I’ve never made a homemade dressing before, but I’ve added sugar to store bought vinaigrette to make a sweet italian dressing or sweet balsamic dressing. I may try some of the recipes here. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Susan Posted May 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Great vinaigrette recipes. I’m wanting to make a “strawberry champagne vinaigrette”, but am not finding a recipe. Once finding a recipe, I’d like to make it with any kind of fruit.

    BTW…..I love this give-away.

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    katklaw777 Posted May 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I change this up by using different flavors of vinegar, adding fresh herbs and a no salt ketchup…it’s my Moms recipe and still a family favorite!
    French Dressing
    1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
    1/4 cup ketchup
    1 tablespoon sugar
    2 teaspoons paprika
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    Coarse salt
    1/3 cup olive oil
    In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, ketchup, sugar, paprika, and Worcestershire; season with salt. Whisking constantly, add oil in a steady stream until incorporated.

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    gina Posted May 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    the old version of green goddes yummy

  33. Anne Marie
    Anne Marie Posted May 22, 2016 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Rhubarb Vinaigrette

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    Mindy D Posted May 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I love a classic French vinaigrette. Looking forward to trying these recipes, though. Thanks for the giveaway!

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