Warmer temperatures means lighter dinners and an increase in fresh salads with in-season veggies. Whether you're entertaining a group – or just yourself – homemade dressing is the perfect way to add a fresh new twist to homemade salad. Be sure to only make what you'll use, or refrigerate and use within a few days. Here are a few recipes to get you started.

Soy Sesame

  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame oil
  • ⅓ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Heat the raspberries and 1 tablespoon of water over medium heat, covered. When the juices begin to seep out of the berry, mash gently with a fork and heat to a gentle boil, allowing it to bubble for a few minutes to soften raspberries. Add honey and refrigerate in a small bowl until completely cool. Strain the raspberry mixture, separating the pulp. In a small blender, combine remaining ingredients, mixing until smooth and creamy.

Citrus Vinaigrette

  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Use a blender to mix all ingredients or place in jar and shake well.

Lemon Poppyseed

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Use a blender to mix all ingredients or place in jar and shake well.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or regular milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Whisk together or shake in a jar until smooth.


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • Pinch of dried oregano

Shake well to blend.

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