23 savoury and sweet salad dressing recipes

Any of these Test Kitchen salad dressing recipes will wake up your salads. So fast, easy and tasty, you'll never buy bottled dressing again!

By CanadianLiving.com

Delectable dressings for your salad: 1-12
Hearty Greens with Creamy Tahini Dressing
Photography by Jeff Coulson
Apple Mustard Dressing
Apple juice concentrate is stronger flavoured than apple juice so it gives lots of taste without diluting the dressing. Vegetable stock is a useful ingredient when you're trying to eliminate or reduce oil.

Buttermilk Peppercorn Dressing
Try this ranch-inspired blend with Boston lettuce, sweet onion and red peppers.

Caesar Salad Dressing
The mystery ingredient that makes for creamy smoothness is tofu. This dressing makes enough to coat 12 cups (3 L) torn romaine (about 1 head) and 1 cup (250 mL) croutons, and serves eight.

Chili Lime Dressing
This slightly chunky salsa-based dressing is great on hearty greens, such as torn romaine lettuce

Creamy Tahini Dressing
A big, fresh bowl of Hearty Greens With Creamy Tahini Dressing will be your new go-to dish for any potluck.

Feta Cheese Dressing
In order to keep the fat content as low as possible, we use mainly buttermilk in this creamy Greek-style dressing.

Fruity Nut Dressing
This is decidedly delicious and much easier than stuffing the turkey on Christmas morning.

Garlic Dill Ranch Dressing
This is a great zesty alternative to the traditional creamy dressing.

Garlic Dill Ranch Dressing Mix
A gift from the kitchen is a creative and delicious way of showing love to friends and family. Use this mix as a base for a crowd-pleasing dressing, or combine it with softened cream cheese for a dip. Expect to get rave reviews.

Goat Cheese Salad Dressing
The unique, tangy flavour of goat cheese is lovely with chilled asparagus or green beans, or with a spinach salad with garlicky croutons. If you can't find fines herbs goat cheese, use 1/4 tsp (1 mL) dried fines herbs and regular goat cheese. If made ahead of time, the dressing thickens and turns into a great dip.

Green Goddess Dressing
Try this dressing for a change. Drizzle it over a fresh, crisp bed of mixed greens.

Homemade Salad Dressing
An old fashioned standby that preceded mayonnaise in popularity, this dressing can also be used for tuna, egg, potato and chicken salads.

Lemon Herb Dressing
This fresh dressing is tasty tossed with warm peas or asparagus. Honey sweetens the lemon so you can get away with using half the oil that you would traditionally.

Lemon Orange Poppy Seed Dressing
This creamy citrusy dressing has a hint of sweetness that goes nicely with torn spinach and thinly sliced radishes.

Lightened-Up Green Goddess Dressing
Use this zesty dressing as a sandwich spread or even a vegetable dip.

Lime Chili Dressing
This zesty citrus dressing does double duty. On Friday it's ready to dress prewashed greens, and come Saturday it flavours the layered lunch salad. Shake well before using.

Orange Poppy Seed Dressing
Fresh, light and tangy with zesty orange, this dressing is enough to coat 15 cups (3.75 L) of mixed greens, perfect for eight people. Use a combination of spinach and Boston and leaf lettuces, then accent both the colour and dressing with a sliced orange.

Oregano Dressing
Carry the partially prepared dressing to the cottage in a plastic jar. Before tossing with your choice of fresh greens or chilled pasta, add sun-dried tomatoes, if you wish, and oregano.

Roasted Garlic Ranch Dressing
This creamy dressing deliciously coats 12 cups (3 L) torn mixed salad greens. It's also tasty tossed with warm potatoes for a quick salad.

Sassy Dressing
Give this a try to liven up your next lunch with the ladies.

Tofu Caesar Dressing
This dressing uses silken tofu and light mayonnaise, which provide creaminess without the fat of regular mayonnaise.

Tomato Pesto Dressing
This dark, rich-tasting but lightened-up dressing is delicious drizzled on cold or warm cooked green beans or even a grilled chicken breast, hamburger or fish fillet.

Yogurt Curry Dressing
Toss this mildly spicy dressing with grated carrots, coleslaw mix or broccoli slaw. Or mix it with shrimp and stuff into avocado halves. We use 2% yogurt because 1% and no-fat varieties tend to be watery.

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