28 Quick and Easy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

No more boring salads… ever! These easy homemade salad dressing recipes will make you want to scarf a salad every day!

Maple Citrus Salad Dressing Recipe shaken in a mason jar

So as I’m sure you can already tell, I’m a bit of a topping fanatic.

I love cheese, nuts, seeds, herbs and sauces with a fiery passion. It’s rare you’ll find a recipe on this blog that isn’t garnished with a pile of my favorites because, in my opinion, life is way too short to eat boring food.

Ice cream is always more fun with sprinkles and salads are WAYA tastier with a pile of mix-ins and a finger-licking dressing!

Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

Dressings hold a special place in my heart because they taste good on just about everything! Whether it’s a jumbo bowl-o-veggies, a entree-turned-salad, a plate of tacos, or even as a dip… I’ll eat it any and every way. I won’t even pretend I don’t lick the mixing bowl when I make them, I totally do!

Before this post turns into another love letter to my food, let’s get our dressing on! I know I’ve already done a round-up of my favorites from the blog, but it wasn’t enough. I needed MORE dressing! [cue mad scientist laugh]

Ready to rock your salads? Let’s kick things off with some tasty dressing recipes!

1 . Homemade Italian Dressing

This is my favorite dressing to add to veggie packed garden salads and Summery pasta salads! It’s super flavorful and only requires a few pantry staples to make.

Jar of Homemade Italian Dressing
Easy Homemade Italian Dressing
5 from 14 votes
This uber easy homemade Italian dressing is so fast and flavorful, you’ll never buy pre-made dressing again!
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2. Homemade Greek Dressing

This easy homemade mediterranean dressing is another favorite around here! We love it on my Greek Kale Salad and Greek Tortellini Salad.

Easy Homemade Greek Dressing Recipe
Easy Homemade Greek Dressing
4.86 from 27 votes
Ditch the sketchy processed bottled dressing and whip up this super quick, super easy homemade Greek dressing! Recipe yields approx. 7 TBSP or just under 1/2 a cup of dressing. Feel free to double or triple as needed.
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3. Lemon Dressing

Lemon dressing is one of my go-to dressing recipes for pasta salad, kale salad, and quinoa salad. It’s so fresh and flavorful!

Lemon Dressing
Lemon Dressing
5 from 7 votes
This zesty lemon dressing is a quick and easy way to take your salads to the next level with a burst of fresh citrusy flavor! We love it on leafy green salads and pasta salad too!
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4. Creamy Feta Dressing

This creamy, dreamy dressing is great on salads as well as wraps, pitas, gyros, and more. It also doubles as a dip!

Creamy Feta Dressing :: Would you believe me if I said I loved it more than Ranch!? SO GOOD!
Creamy Greek Yogurt Feta Dressing
5 from 9 votes
This Creamy Greek Yogurt Feta Dressing is ready to rock your veggies! Uber easy and ready in just 6 minutes, you’ll want to pour this dressing on everything from salads to sandwiches.
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5. Creamy Vegan Avocado Dill Dressing

This scrumptious salad dressing is dreamy, creamy, and gloriously vegan too!

6. Hummus Salsa Dressing

This tasty dressing is from The Roasted Root and has a bonus salad recipe along with it!

7. Homemade Balsamic Dressing

Homemade Balsamic Dressing is quick and easy to make with a few simple pantry staples! It’s healthy, dairy-free, and tastier than store bought salad dressing!

Mexican Quinoa Salad with Chili Lime Dressing
Mexican Quinoa Salad with Chili Lime Dressing
5 from 21 votes
This healthy Mexican Quinoa Salad is a quick, easy, and gloriously make-ahead dish! Tossed in a speedy homemade chili lime dressing, this fiesta quinoa bowl is full of flavor!
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8. Chili Lime Dressing

I pair this chili lime dressing with my Mexican Quinoa Salad and it’s nothing short of magical together! A total must-try!

9. Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

This creamy avocado vinaigrette is healthy, delicious, and ready in under five minutes. Via Wholefully.

Blood Orange Dressing
Blood Orange Dressing
5 from 3 votes
Jazz up your Spring and Winter salads with this easy Blood Orange Dressing!
Feel free to double this recipe if needed! Dressing will keep for several days tightly sealed and refrigerated. Shake before serving.
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9. Blood Orange Dressing

Jazz up your cool-weather salad game with this deliciously easy Blood Orange Dressing made with fresh squeezed orange juice and a few tasty extras!

10. Creamy Herb Dressing

Rich, creamy yogurt pairs with fragrant basil and mint to give this salad dressing a major flavor boost. It’s great on tomato cucumber salad and comes from my friend Liz’s blog – The Lemon Bowl.

Maple Citrus Salad Dressing
Maple Citrus Salad Dressing
5 from 5 votes
Whip up this super tasty homemade maple citrus dressing in less time than it takes to search your fridge for that probably-expired, semi-sketchy store-bought bottle of salad dressing.
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11. Maple Citrus Dressing

LOVE this tasty salad dressing recipe! It’s great way to liven up Fall and Winter salads and I love it paired with a leafy green kale salad or veggie loaded quinoa salad.

Balsamic Blueberry Salad Dressing
Balsamic Blueberry Salad Dressing
5 from 3 votes
This recipe makes a bottle’s worth of dressing (approx. 1.5-2 cups) which will keep great in the fridge for a few days. Only want a little? Feel free to cut the recipe in half – it’s super easy to do!
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12. Balsamic Blueberry Salad Dressing

This Balsamic Blueberry Salad Dressing is ready to shake up your Spring and Summer salad game! You’ll want to pour this fruity blueberry dressing on salads all season long!

13. Copycat Olive Garden Dressing

This Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing is as close as it gets to the real deal, without the high fructose corn syrup or sketchy ingredients. Recipe via Dessert Now Dinner Later.

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
5 from 5 votes
Skip the store! This delicious homemade lemon poppy seed dressing is crazy easy to make with just a few tasty ingredients!
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14. Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

My fresh and fruity Blueberry Spinach Salad is tossed with a homemade lemon poppy seed dressing (recipe included!) that is crazy easy to make with just a few tasty ingredients.

Thai-Inspired Sweet and Sour Sriracha Dressing
Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing
5 from 6 votes
Quick, easy, and full of flavor, this Thai-inspired Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing is sure to be your new favorite salad topper!
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15. Sriracha Lime Dressing

This flavorful dressing is quick, easy, and oh so tasty! I love the little zing the sriracha gives it and it’s amazing on fresh spiraled salads and taco salads too!

16. Japanese Carrot Ginger Dressing

This tasty restaurant copycat is via Jeanette’s Healthy Living.

17. Meyer Lemon and Sweet Basil Dressing

Via my friend’s blog, Slim Pickin’s Kitchen – this colorful dressing looks SO TASTY!

18. Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing

Drizzle this Healthy Ranch Dressing on your favorite salad or use it for dipping. You can’t go wrong with this dairy-free version of a classic! Recipe via Wholefully.

19. Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing

Via Healthy Seasonal Recipes. This is a super simple 5 minute recipe for salad dressing using apple cider vinegar from scratch.

20. Copycat Cafe Rio Creamy Cilantro Dressing

This tasty Cafe Rio copycat is from my friend Ari at The Diva Dish. I can’t wait to try it!

21. Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Forget those sketchy envelopes of dressing mix. Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix is a snap to make and tastes so much better! Via Stephie Cooks.

22. Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

his homemade Caesar dressing is hands-down our favorite! It’s thick, creamy, and full of flavor, perfect for a rockin’ Caesar salad.

23. Paleo Ranch Dressing

Ditch the sketchy processed bottled dressing and whip up this super quick, super easy, homemade paleo ranch dressing!

Homemade Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
5 from 8 votes
Pair this delicious Honey Dijon Vinaigrette with your favorite salad!
Recipe yields enough for 3-4 side salads or two large salads. Feel free to double  or triple as needed!
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24. Homemade Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette. Pair this delicious homemade honey mustard dressing with your favorite salad! We love ours over baby spinach with dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and crumbled feta.

25. Copycat Panera Fuji Apple Chicken Salad Dressing

This Fuji Apple Chicken Salad Dressing recipe is inspired by Panera Bread, but is simple and delicious to make at home! By Gimme Some Oven.

Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch
Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad
4.88 from 48 votes
Channeling the flavors of some of some of my favorite restaurant salads, this tasty Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Ranch is the perfect blend of savory sweetness!
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26. Homemade Poppy Seed Ranch Dressing

I whipped up this poppy seed spiked ranch dressing for my famous Broccoli Spinach Salad (recipe along with dressing) and instantly fell in love! It’s super easy to make and tastes great.

27. Creamy Avocado Dressing

LOVE this creamy avocado dressing! I whipped it up to dress my super healthy chopped broccoli cauliflower salad and quickly decided it needed to be slathered on everything in sight.

28. Honey Harissa Dressing

This homemade honey harissa dressing is a crazy easy and totally crave-worthy salad dressing! Full of sweet and savory flavor, this versatile vinaigrette compliments everything from plain green salads to veggie packed cucumber and quinoa bowls.

If you get a chance to try any of these speedy homemade salad dressing recipes, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!


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Jenn Laughlin

Jenn Laughlin created Peas and Crayons in 2009 after graduating with B.S. in Dietetics from Florida State University while working as a Nutrition Educator for WIC. The goal was simple: create and share delicious tested and perfected recipes with vegetables as the star!

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Questions & Reviews

  1. Jen- this is an awesome post! Thanks for sharing all of these links. I usually stick with the same old boring vinegar + oil + cracked pepper dressing. Obviously I need to branch out a little bit!

  2. This is such a brilliant round up! I’m always looking for homemade salad dressing ideas and now I have a bounty of them! Can’t wait to try ’em all!! Thanks for including my hummus action in the mix 😀

  3. Dressings are the icing on my greens, and since I plan to eat my body weight in lettuce this summer, this post is perfect.

  4. Love it! So many fabulous dressings…my summer salad season has officially kicked off. Thanks for putting this awesome collection together. 🙂

  5. Thanks so much for sharing my dressing, dear! You’ve officially motivated me to get my salad on 🙂

  6. These all sound awesome! I love making our own dressings because the store bought ones usually have so many preservatives in them.

  7. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuum! Thanks for the link love , lady! I’m eyeballing those hummus dressings the most. They look amazing!

  8. Ohhhh I’m such a sucker for salads. And of course it’s a requirement that they’re doused with a rockstar dressing 😉 These look AMAZE! Thanks for sharing one of mine!! xoxo