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Five Salad Dressings to Make This Summer

Whisking up a salad dressing from scratch is a tasty and easy way to showcase summer’s peak produce, such as sweet corn, crisp green beans, juicy tomatoes, tender summer squash and vibrant fresh herbs.

Also, making your own dressing means you can punch up flavor with your favorite seasonings. Do you dig dill? Add bunches! Can’t get enough garlic? No need to be shy — toss in as much as you like.

All you need is a whisk or a blender and you’re in business to start making your own dressings. Here are a few of our go-to recipes.

Learn to Cook: Basic Vinaigrette

Learn to Cook: Basic Vinaigrette

This is the most versatile dressing. When in doubt of what dressing would be perfect, think vinaigrette: on greens, beans, potatoes, grains, pasta, grilled veggies, chicken, fish and more. Change things up with different oils, vinegars and mustards. A hint of sweetness can add a nice balance — try  a pinch of sugar, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, or even a dollop of jam.

Classic Blue Cheese Dressing

It’s hard to beat a classic wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with blue cheese, toasted walnuts, crumbled bacon and fresh tomatoes. But I urge you to explore other combinations! A strong “crunch” makes a good match with the creaminess, so crisp romaine, celery, carrots and raw corn kernels are a delicious starting point.

 Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Yes, you can make ranch from scratch! This tangy combination of yogurt, buttermilk, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, spices and fresh herbs will delight the ranch lover(s) at your table. Ranch seems much appreciated for just about any salad and dipping occasion, and especially with summer cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes. 

Creamy Sesame-Garlic Dressing

With a double dose of sesame flavor, from tahini (ground sesame seeds) and toasted sesame oil, and a hit of umami from white miso, this savory, creamy yet dairy-free dressing is great on greens and green vegetables, raw or cooked. Think green beans, broccoli and kale. Also try it on garbanzo beans, whole grains and potatoes.

Honey Mustard Dressing

This family-friendly creamy classic is a winner on salads as well as grilled chicken, potatoes, beans and grains. And of course it’s a favorite and versatile dipping sauce. Try serving it alongside grilled meats or veggies.

Explore more salad dressing recipes here.

What are some of your favorite dressings to make from scratch for summer salads?

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Jean says …


Mary Helen says …

This all sounds great, do you sell these dressings

Angélica - Community Moderator says …

@MARY HELEN- Each region does their own buying, we might not have these exact recipes but I'm sure most stores carry something similar! Just ask someone at the guest service desk!

Kelsey says …

How long do these dressings usually last in the fridge?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KELSEY - These dressings should last in your fridge for 3-5 days. Enjoy!

letitia says …

Mm mm looks yummy. Love making my own dressing

Tina Smith says …

I sure would love to have your mediterranean vinaigrette recipe.

Tia says …

I love your Tahini Dessing - I am unable to locate the receipes where I can make it myself. Can you help? Thanks alot

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@TIA - I did not find a recipe on our website but this recipe looked great: http://food52.com/recipes/18902-homemade-tahini.

Lillian says …

I bought a salad tonight which had raisans, apples, celery, and the slaw mix of carrots and broccoli. Can you tell me recipe so I can make it at home? Thank you.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LILLIAN - We have tons of recipes online at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes. I have a feeling since you found this prepared in your local store that this was an awesome creation from a team member. If you don't find it on our website, check with your local store directly to see if they have a recipe they can share!

Rita Clonts says …

Keep 'em coming! Love the recipes.

Jacqueline Whitfield says …

I enjoyed French salad one day after my shift ended at 7:00 am in the morning and now I can experience that fresh organic flavor from my own organic recipe thanks. Jacqueline