For some, the idea of cooking from scratch sounds like a聽nuisance; why waste time making聽your own sauces, spices, and spreads聽when you can grab them ready-made聽at the store? But more people are taking聽the homemade route these days, and we encourage you to give it a go. Salad dressing is an easy place to start, since in addition to controlling how much sugar, salt, and fat is added to your blend, you can also avoid preservatives! Are you sold? Here are 30 fantabulous recipes聽that will whisk you away from the salad dressing聽aisle.

1. Tomato Vinaigrette:聽If you鈥檝e got too many聽tomatoes on hand, this vinaigrette is a perfect solution. Sweet and herbaceous, it鈥檚聽versatile and oh-so easy to whip together. (via Lemons and More)

2. Homemade Vegan Green Goddess Dressing: Though delicious, a classic Green Goddess dressing isn鈥檛 the healthiest聽choice. Don鈥檛 fret 鈥 this vegan version聽is made with wholesome ingredients to create聽a dressing that鈥檚 low-carb, Paleo, and overall guilt-free. (via Cotter Crunch)

3. Homemade Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing: A combination of buttermilk and a few pantry staples will get you聽this聽velvety blue cheese dressing. It鈥檚 perfect for salads and, of course, chicken wing dippin鈥.聽(via My Wife Can Cook)

4. Chinese Chilli Oil:聽If you like it hot, you鈥檒l *love* this blend. Chinese chili oil isn鈥檛聽just great company for dumplings and noodles; it聽can also really perk聽up a聽salad. (via Red House Spice)

5. Chive Oil Salad Dressing: This bright and tangy dressing brings seasonal flavors together like no other. It鈥檚 mixed with oil, chives, Dijon mustard, and honey, so you鈥檒l be tempted聽to drizzle it聽over ALL the things. (via Healthy Seasonal Recipes)

6. Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:聽Once you鈥檝e tasted this silky homemade Ranch dressing, you鈥檒l never buy the bottled stuff again. Extra points for the fact that this bad boy is聽made with Greek yogurt.聽YUM. (via Kevin Is Cooking)

7. Sweet and Spicy Mango Dipping Sauce and Dressing:聽If you dig sweet and spicy, you鈥檒l REALLY fancy this all-purpose condiment.聽Serrano peppers tango with mango, and the result is an addictive dressing that also acts as a dipping sauce.聽(via Mellow n鈥 Spicy)

8. Homemade Caesar Dressing:聽Caesar dressing is basically king聽of ALL dressings, so making it from scratch should be considered聽an important life skill.聽This recipe makes it easy without skipping the聽traditional ingredients. (via Lisa G Cooks)

9. Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette:聽All it takes is six measly ingredients to whip up this bright and lemony dressing. It鈥檚 the perfect go-to for humble weeknight salads *and* snazzy dinner parties. (via Culinary Cool)

10. Pomegranate Vinaigrette:聽Pomegranate arils make for a great salad聽garnish. So great, in fact, that聽someone decided a garnish wasn鈥檛 enough and made聽a gorgeous dressing out of them.聽(via Joy Food Sunshine)

11. Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing:聽If you鈥檙e like the rest of America and can鈥檛 get enough of Olive Garden鈥檚 unlimited salad (and breadsticks), then you need this dressing in your life, like, yesterday. This copycat blend promises you鈥檒l be eating unlimited salad all day, every day. (via A Fork鈥檚 Tale)

12. Jalape帽o and Avocado Greek Yogurt Dressing:聽Greek yogurt gets jazzed up in this recipe with healthful avocado and punchy jalape帽o. It鈥檚 perfect for your salads, but you鈥檒l want to slather it all over your wraps and burrito bowls聽too. (via The Love Nerds)

13. Blender Balsamic Blueberry Vinaigrette:聽You can鈥檛 get a good taste of summer without blueberries, and this dressing delivers. Featuring聽fresh fruit, rich balsamic vinegar, and tangy Dijon mustard, this mix聽is fuss-free and takes minutes to whip up. (via Family Food on the Table)

14. Roasted Tomato Dressing: This savory dressing blends fresh oven-roasted tomatoes, shallots, and garlic, and it聽is AH-mazing. The flavors pair with just about any salad, from big and meaty to simple and leafy. (via Boulder Locavore)

15. Greek Vinaigrette:聽Serving up fresh garlicky and lemony flavors, this homemade blend is healthier 鈥 and tastier 鈥 than its store-bought counterpart. Best of all, it acts as a marinade and a topper for pizzas too. (via Eat Well 101)

16. Homemade Basil Pesto:聽Homemade pesto is the聽best-o. Boasting the聽holy聽trinity of herbs, nuts, and Parm,聽this blend is fantastic聽tossed in a salad or pasta, or slathered over a hunk of bread. (via Vessy鈥檚 Day)

17. Super Easy Low-Fat Sriracha Ranch Dressing:聽If you want to kick things up with your regular ol鈥 Ranch dressing, Sriracha聽is the way to do it. It can be poured over salad or drizzled聽over pizza聽鈥斅爓e strongly encourage both. (via Coffee and Crayons)

18. Homemade Italian Salad Dressing: This zesty recipe brings Italian dressing to a whole聽new level. A variety of fresh and dried聽herbs, plus some vinaigrette basics, is all you need to concoct some聽lip-smackin鈥 goodness. (via Diethood)

19. Homemade French Dressing: It鈥檚 hard to beat a vivid and tangy French dressing, but with聽a few simple pantry ingredients, you can have an accessible from-scratch version that will knock your socks off.聽(via Culinary Hill)

20. Homemade Peach Balsamic Vinaigrette:聽This dressing is just peachy.聽Sweetened with maple syrup, it鈥檚 the perfect addition to fresh or grilled聽summer eats, and all you need are聽five easy-to-find ingredients.聽(via My Chouchoux)

21. Whipped Scallion and Lime Dressing:聽Scallions bring earthiness, while limes add some聽brightness, and you鈥檒l want to eat it by the spoonful.(via Lisa G Cooks)

22. Maple Citrus Salad Dressing: Orange and lime聽are shaken up聽with deep, rich notes of maple syrup in this mouth-watering聽recipe. Just whisk the ingredients together and you鈥檙e done. Easy peasy. (via Peas and Crayons)

23. Homemade Thousand Island Dressing:聽This stuff is basically Big Mac sauce for salads, and it鈥檚 coveted far and wide. Instead of missing out, make it in the comfort of your own home with just five minutes and five ingredients. (via Culinary Hill)

24. Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette:聽It鈥檚 zesty; it鈥檚 sweet; it鈥檚聽seasoned to perfection 鈥 this simple balsamic will please even the pickiest of salad eaters. The dressing is聽naturally sweetened with honey, which makes聽it an ideal alternative to the sugar-packed store-bought type.聽(via The Blond Cook)

25. High-Protein Chickpea, Orange, and Tahini Dressing:聽Bet you never thought you鈥檇 be turning to your salad dressing聽for a healthy dose of protein. This聽stuff is oil-free, silky, and (most importantly) incredibly delish. (via Win Win Food)

26. Homemade Ranch Dressing:聽A healthy spin on the typically sinful聽Ranch? YES PLEASE.聽This gem聽brings fresh dill and Greek yogurt into the mix for a guiltless indulgence you鈥檒l be eating on the聽reg. (via Kristen Lindsay)

27. Avocado Ranch Dressing:聽This recipe invites聽avocado to the party聽for a spin on Ranch that鈥檚 heart-healthy and oh-so creamy. Feeling adventurous? Add a splash of green hot sauce. (via Jennifer Meyering)

28. Homemade Honey Dijon Dressing: This well-balanced blend will have you eating salad daily. Sweet and tangy, it聽mixes grapeseed oil, raw honey, and Dijon mustard for a聽most perfect balance. (via Sweet and Savory by Shinee)

29. Easy Everyday Peanut Sauce: Peanut sauce shouldn鈥檛 be used聽exclusively in聽curries and sauces. This sauce, loosened up聽with聽some coconut milk, really聽amps up an聽Asian-inspired聽salad. (via Climb, Eat, Cycle, Repeat)

30. Apple Cider and Dijon Vinaigrette:聽Snub the excess sugar and preservatives and opt for a simple homespun vinaigrette that will taste great聽while making you聽feel better. This Paleo mix offers up聽garlic, Dijon mustard, and tart apple cider vinegar for a healthful splash of YUM. (via Root and Revel)

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