Tuesday, November 3, 2009

3 Salad Dressings to Make at Home

This is my favorite French Dressing recipe—made with a can of tomato soup. We have used this recipe for many years as the kids were growing up.

Quick & Easy French Dressing

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 can tomato soup


  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard and/or celery seed

Mix all ingredients in a quart jar. Shake well (Start with ½ cup vinegar, add more to taste.)

For those who enjoy a great Italian salad, here is a yummy dressing:

Creamy Italian Dressing

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried basil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, coarsely ground

Mix all ingredients and chill before serving. Makes one cup.



And, everyone’s favorite seems to be Ranch dressing. Instead of buying those packets of Ranch Dressing mix at the store, try making your own:

Simple Ranch Dressing Mix


  • 17 Saltines, finely crushed
  • 2 cups parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup Onion Flakes
  • 2 Tbs Dried Basil
  • 6 Tbs Sea Salt
  •  5 Tbs Garlic Powder
  • 5 Tbs Onion Powder

Mix and store in an air tight container: this just about fills a one quart canning jar.


 To make Ranch Dressing:

  • 1 Tablespoon Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup buttermilk

At least one hour before serving, mix the three ingredients. Cover and refrigerate. The flavors take a bit of time to mingle. If you taste the dressing before it has had time to chill, it’s going to taste like tangy mayonnaise. Be patient and the true flavor will come out!


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