Do you or have you made your own salad dressing?

@jillhill (37379)
United States
September 13, 2009 7:21pm CST
I used to make my Ranch dressing from scratch using the packaged seasoning....but since the kids left I just buy the bottled. I do however make thousand island dressing....and dressing for my cole slaw....but besides that I don't bother. Do you make your own dressings? Do you have a favorite that you like to have or find unusual?
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
14 Sep 09
Hi jillhill, I always make my own salad dressings as that way I can get them exactly as I like them and as I seem to have eaten hardly anything but salads in the last few months due to it being too hot to go near the cooker to cook then I need plenty of variety. If I want a creamy type I do start off with bought mustard mayonnaise but always add oil to it to thin it out. My other dressings all use extra virgin olive oil as a base though with other things added, balsamic ia a favourite. The absoltely simplest one I do is nothing but salt, basil leaves and olive oil left to marinate over tomatoes, delcious.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Sep 09
THe last one sounds so good..is it something you could serve with biscotti?
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
14 Sep 09
I haven't heard or seen of that for years, isn't it a sweet biscuit?
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
22 Dec 09
Hi Jillhill, many thanks for the best response, much appreciated. Too hot to go near the cooker indeed, not anymore.
@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
14 Sep 09
I don't make salad dressing from scratch; but I do make salad dressing of my own mixing lots of things together :). I like ready made mayo and ranch to use with other things like olive oil, cilantro, lemon juice, and lots of other things at different time. I mix things together depending on the salad.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Sep 09
That sounds like a great idea......since many times I like to have two kinds of dressing on a salad anyway it would be interesting to mix them up a bit or add something to it.
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@irishidid (8716)
• United States
14 Sep 09
I make the ranch from the package. I don't like the bottled. To me it's too spicy. That might be my imagination though. LOL I also make my own thousand island and cole slaw dressing like you do. Except for my cole slaw, I don't like real sweet dressings and the bottled ones tend to be a bit on the sugary side.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Sep 09
THey sure are!
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@foodieme (100)
• India
14 Sep 09
Yes I have tried it many times and I agree to what my friend here has told that homemade salad dressings taste way better than what you pick from supermarkets. And with no or less preservatives, homemade salad dressings are a lot healthier too. One of my favorite salad dressing is Creamy Mint Dressing and, the best part of it is that this dressing can go with almost all the salads. Check out the recipe here - http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/creamy_mint_dressing Also, here is a vast collection of salad dressings you can try - http://www.ifood.tv/network/salad_dressing/recipes
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Sep 09
That sounds incredibly interesting..
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• United States
14 Sep 09
I only used Good Seasons dressing mixes when the kids were home. Now I buy ranch dressing that is already made. I have always wanted to make cole slaw and have attempted to do so without success. Will you share your recipe for the dressing for this?
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Sep 09
just use some mayo...a little mustard...a little milk....and a little sugar....I like more mustard in mine....so the dressing is actually pale yellow as opposed to some others that I have seen.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
14 Sep 09
My mother use to make the best thousand island dressing using mayo and eggs. I make it a couple of times and it was just ok. I just don't "get it" in the kitchen..lol This was several years ago and nobody liked it but me. That tells me something. Think my husband ate it because he felt obligated but he was making awful faces. My favorite dressing is ranch although I would prefer to buy it at the store.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Yes...for me if I make too much of it like the hidden valley it gets old before I can use all of it.....I just buy it!
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
14 Sep 09
I get old waiting to use it up so I can relate to the "old"...lol
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
14 Sep 09
I make mine for my coleslaw, but that is about it anymore. I have made vinaigrette's before that turned out pretty good, but it has been a while since I have done that. I have done the Hidden Valley seasoning packet to do Ranch dressing before too, but again it has been awhile.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Sep 09
For me the Hidden Valley makes too much for me to keep around...but I really do like it when it's fresh.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
14 Sep 09
I'm not that creative because all I know how to make is coleslaw dressing using Miracle Whip, sugar and milk. I would be up for trying Thousand Island. Thank You.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Sep 09
It's very easy...and it tastes different when it's fresh.....mine is thicker.
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• United States
15 Sep 09
I use a lot of olive oil and vinegar together for my salads and so do my kids. But we also buy the bottled dressings at the store to. Like ranch,Italian,french and sweet and sour. To me olive oil and vinegar is healthy so that is why I use it. i try to use a lot of healthy habits.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Good for you!
• United States
16 Sep 09
Thank you very much.
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Sep 09
I might have done that once or twice but not for years. But I do sometimes make onion dip from the packaged soup...
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I haven't made the dip for years! I forgot all about that!
• United States
14 Sep 09
I generally buy the pre-bottled kinds, just because it is much easier and they last for quite a while (granted they are chalk full of preservatives....but at least i'll have them in the fridge when i want them!) The only kind i have ever made myself, is a kind that i grew up with in the midwest, but cnnot purchase here on the east coast (unless i want to order a whole case at a time and have it shipped to me!) It is Dorothy Lynch Salad dressing. It is SO yummy! I have tried many times to describe it to people, but i can't portry it accurately! It is like a french dressing, with a little less acid tartness and a little more of a peppery taste. I have found the recipe online and make it for myself on occasion, though the real thing is so much better! That reminds me, i need to put a bug in my moms ear that i would like a big botle of it in my christmas package this year. The at home recipe is as follows (if anyone is interested) DOROTHY LYNCH SALAD DRESSING 3/4 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon mustard 1 large teaspoon celery seed 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 can tomato soup 1 cup salad oil 1 cup vinegar Put in a blender and mix or shake in a jar.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I actually saw it at walmart the other day.....so you might want to check there!
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
15 Sep 09
i checked your profile, but it didn't say exactly where in the united states you are located, but last i checked on the official website, it is only availaible in stores in the mid-west/southern USA....and a FEW specialty stores here and there, but no where in maine carries it *sad*
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
14 Sep 09
I always make my own dressings or just go without as I do not like the store bought ones and they are so expensive. Now I have told a lie as I do like a Blue Cheese dressing that I occasionally buy. I love a standard dressing of olive oil, vinegar, garlic and a teaspoonful of sugar to more elaborate ones that include cilantro or basil. The dressing can make or break even A regular salad or tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Yummy.....your dressings sure sound good!
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
14 Sep 09
I will pm you when I can the cilantro one - it is amazing over just slices of tomato and mozzarella cheese. ASOLUTELY INCREDIBLE and so simple to make. YOu feddl like you have made something stupendous
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
9 Oct 09
I use the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing packet, because I haven't been able to duplicate it, and I think it's the best. I do make my own Thousand Island Dressing, Honey Mustard, various Vinaigrettes, Blue Cheese, and a couple of variations on cole slaw dressings. I played with ingredients to make a Parmesan dressing, tried a tomato vinaigrette (which I like), and used to make a spinach salad dressing that was a little unusual. I always make my own caesar dressing. I prefer to make my own scratch dressings. My favorites are my version of blue cheese and caesar. I also like the Hidden Valley packet. The only bottled dressing I would consider purchasing is a champagne vinaigrette, but it's expensive. But, still, homemade is best for me.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
9 Oct 09
The Hidden Valley is very good....
@marguicha (129262)
• Chile
19 Sep 09
I always make my own salad dressing, but they have no brand namews. What I mean is that I make up a different salad dressing every time. Sometimes I like to put mayo, sometimes I add a bit of Dijon mustard, sometimes it´s just salt, pepper, vinegar and olive oil. Y use a lot of oregano also for salads and chives. Happy posting!
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
9 Oct 09
They all sound interesting.....
• Philippines
18 Sep 09
yes i make my own salad dressing and my favorite one is garlic-mayo dressing! :)
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Now that sounds interesting!
@suzzy3 (8352)
17 Sep 09
No I have never made anything like salad dressings as my husband only likes salad creme I have never bothered to learn ,I suppose it would be nice to learn.Maybe I will look it up.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
9 Oct 09
You might have to do that!
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
15 Sep 09
i make my own honey mustard dressing & my whole family loves it. even my grandson will ask me to make it. it is not only good on salads it is great to dip chicken strips & other things in.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I love honey mustard! Both on salad and chicken strips.....
• United States
14 Sep 09
Hi Jill, I always make my own dressing, It's a German thing lol. In restaurants I prefer a Ranch dressing but at home I make a dressing as follows: Use either *Regular heavy whipping cream OR *sour cream ADD * salt,pepper * canola oil or veg.oil * white vinegar stir until creamy ADD * a little sugar, mabe a half teaspoon * finely chopped onions * fresh chives stir, taste, add lettuce and mix:) ALSO I like to use this dressing for a fresh tomatoe salad or mix with shredded cucumbers .
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Hey thanks!
@rusty2rusty (6760)
• Defiance, Ohio
14 Sep 09
I have never attempted to make my own sala dressing. However I would love a recipe totry to. As I really enjoy making things from scratch.I make my own barbequ sauce and other dips. IthinkI ould make my own salad dressing. Do you have any recipes to sharer know of a good website that shares how to make salad dressings from scratch?
@mrsctb7 (120)
• United States
14 Sep 09
I use bottled dressings for my husband and brother (who lives with us), but I'll take my own dressings any day! I like being able to know how much oil is in it! Much easier to lose weight that way!
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
14 Sep 09
That's for sure!