9 Salad Dressing Recipes To Upgrade Summer Salads

9 Salad Dressing Recipes To Upgrade Summer Salads

Make better salad dressings & vinaigrettes at home with these easy salad dressing recipe ideas to upgrade your summer salads.

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It’s peak salad season — but why limit yourself to store-bought dressings when you can make tastier versions at home?

Making your own dressing with fresh, flavourful ingredients is the easiest way to elevate your salad from so-so to amazing. You’ll also give yourself room to experiment. Add a sprinkle of cayenne can satisfy a spice craving, for instance, or a dash of turmeric for pleasant earthiness.  

Best of all, making your own salad dressing is ultra easy, and takes just a minute. Here are 9 easy dressing recipes for delicious, show-stopping salads. 
 

Must Try Salad Dressing Recipes

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1. Chipotle Tahini Dressing

A little sweet and a little earthy, this vibrant salad dressing is a must-try. Its pleasant earthiness comes from tahini — made from ground sesame seeds — while a dash of ground chipotle powder gives it a pleasant kick. This dressing pairs well with any veggies, but tastes especially good with earthy greens, like kale.  

 

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2. Garlic and Herb Vinaigrette 

This deliciously savoury vinaigrette proves that “basic” definitely doesn’t mean “boring.” This dressings’ versatile flavour profile works in virtually any salad, and even makes a tasty marinade for chicken, shrimp or pork. Make a double batch to use in your meal prep all week long.

 

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3. Smokehouse Maple Vinaigrette

We’re in love with all things maple syrup, and this maple vinaigrette recipe is no exception. Made from Smokehouse Maple-Flavoured Wet Rub, this dressing infuses your salad with sweet, BBQ-inspired flavour. Use the rest of the wet rub on your favourite barbeque fare, like shrimp.

 

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4. Mango Basil Seed Oil-Free Dressing

Sweet, spicy and earthy, this dressing tastes like summer. Basil seeds add fun, unexpected texture to this salad dressing — like chia seeds, they plump up in water for subtle crunchiness. And, bonus, this dressing is oil-free, so it can fit into lower-fat diets.

 

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5. Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette

This creamy, tangy vinaigrette is a workhorse in the kitchen: it tastes just as great on grilled chicken or steak as it does on salad. It’s also ripe for customization: use maple syrup instead of honey for “maple dijon” flavour, or add a dash of cayenne for more spice. Best of all, you can make this dressing with just a few pantry staples, so it’s perfect for those “not sure what to make” nights.

 

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6. Spicy Lime Vinaigrette

Warmer temperatures call for more refreshing salad dressings, and this citrusy one is a must-try. Rice vinegar, lime juice and fish sauce create a complex flavour profile, while crushed red pepper gives it a pleasant kick. Use it in noodle salads, like we did in this recipe, or as an Asian-inspired homemade coleslaw dressing.

 

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7. Ginger-Soy Vinaigrette

Love Asian-inspired salads? This homemade vinaigrette salad dressing is a must-try. It perfectly balances spicy ginger and savoury soy flavours, and gets a hint of satisfying creaminess from mayo. Ginger-soy vinaigrette instantly upgrades any leafy green salad or slaw. It also works great as a topping for grain bowls or grilled chicken.

 

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8. Maple Bacon Vinaigrette

What’s better than maple? Maple + bacon, of course! This vinaigrette salad dressing is ultra-easy — it’s made with a basic vegetable oil and cider vinegar base — but gets a major upgrade from sweet, smoky Maple Bacon Seasoning. Enjoy it on grilled veggie salads, or on leafy green salads featuring pungent greens like arugula or kale.

 

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9. Basil and Pistachio Vinaigrette

A little texture makes any salad instantly more satisfying — so why not include it right in your salad dressing? This salad dressing recipe calls for chopped pistachios, which adds a hint of creaminess along with some crunch. It also features fresh basil, to help you make the most of your herb garden harvest. 

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