3 Simple Salad Dressing Recipes: Creamy Balsamic, Honey Mustard, and Lemon Garlic

Learn how to make three of my favorite Simple Salad Dressing Recipes: Creamy Balsamic, Honey Mustard, and Lemon Garlic.

Salad dressing is so simple to make at home.

It only takes a few minutes to combine the ingredients needed for a delicious dressing that will elevate any salad.

These 3 Simple Salad Dressings are so easy that you can commit them to memory and whip them up in a matter of minutes.

Your salads will love them and so will you!

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Written by contributor Allison Ruth from Some the Wiser.

This time of year, with fresh produce at its peak, salads are at the top of our meal menu every single day.

With only a few basic ingredients from the fridge and pantry, I’ve been able to pull together a delicious dressing for our salads every day.

Making salad dressing from scratch is nearly as easy as buying a bottle, but the taste is infinitely better.

These three incredibly simple recipes are the ones that we’ve marked as our family favorites, the ones that we keep making over and over again.

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Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

The first dressing recipe is a simple but classic Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Having this quick recipe in your back pocket will take you a long way in the kitchen.

It only has a few simple ingredients:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • mayonnaise
  • water
  • garlic
  • dijon mustard
  • honey
  • salt and pepper

With a sweet and tangy flavor, this dressing will brighten up any combination of vegetables and greens and even berries too.

The mustard helps to emulsify the vinaigrette so it doesn’t separate.

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One Minute Honey Mustard Dressing

The second dressing, a One Minute Honey Mustard Dressing, is a family favorite and always popular with the kids.

It quite literally takes one minute to whisk together and tastes amazing.

The ingredient list for this dressing is pretty short, too!

  • mayonnaise
  • prepared mustard
  • honey
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

The kids will eat almost any veggie if I let them dip it in this!

Check out these Tips to Make Vegetables More Exciting and 5 Ways to Make Food More Fun if you need more ideas to get your kids to try new veggies.

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Lemon Garlic Dressing

The third dressing recipe is my personal favorite these days, a Lemon Garlic Dressing that is bursting with flavor. Just a teaspoon of this on my salad plate goes a long way.

It pairs really well with chicken and fish too.

 And like the other recipes, it’s just so simple.

In fact, it is probably the simplest, quickest, and shortest ingredient list of all!

  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • garlic 
  • salt and pepper

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Even if you’ve never made your own salad dressing from scratch, these easy recipes will make you feel like a kitchen pro.

Enjoy!

Here are a Few of My Favorite Salad Recipes

Looking for some fresh salad recipes now that you have 3 simple salad dressing recipes to try?

I’ve found a couple to pair with each of the three salad dressings to give you some new ideas.

Check out a few of these favorites, or head to the salad archives in the recipe index!

Try it with the Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette:

In this Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Squash, Goat Cheese, and Pepitas kale is lightly massaged with olive oil, salt and pepper. 

Then, tossed with roasted delicata squash, roasted red onions, herbed goat cheese, and pepitas. 

Berry Salad Lettuce Cups, was inspired by the flavor combination of berries and balsamic vinegar.

If you haven’t tried the combo of berries and balsamic yet, give it a try. It is so good!

Try it with the One Minute Honey Mustard Dressing:

Chicken, Beet, and Arugula Quinoa Bowl recipe features lots of delicious produce, hearty quinoa, protein rich chicken, salty goat cheese, and nutty heart-healthy walnuts for a filling, satisfying meal. 

Fuel up and support heart health with this Winter Spinach Chicken Salad Quinoa Bowl.

It is the perfect loaded salad to enjoy during winter. 

Try it with the Lemon Garlic Dressing:

Italian Mixed Greens with Prosciutto  is the perfect salad to pair with homemade pizza night!

A mix of arugula, radicchio and baby kale is topped with crispy prosciutto and fresh shaved parmesan. (This one would also be tasty with the Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette)

This Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad is a light and refreshing summertime salad and perfect when your garden is exploding with tomatoes, basil, and zucchini in the later summer months.

Add some chopped basil to the dressing for a little extra special!

What are your favorite homemade salad dressing recipes?

Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Having this quick recipe in your back pocket will take you a long way in the kitchen. With a sweet and tangy flavor, this dressing will brighten up any combination of vegetables and greens and even berries too.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Secure the lid tightly and shake vigorously until well combined.
  3. Alternatively, you may combine the ingredients and whisk using a wire whisk.
  4. Taste for seasonings and add additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. If the salad dressing ingredients separate, just re-secure the lid and shake again or whisk to combine prior to serving.

Notes

Refrigerate any unused portions and keep for up to a week.

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One Minute Honey Mustard Dressing

Yield: 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
One Minute Honey Mustard Dressing, is a family favorite and always popular with the kids. It quite literally takes one minute to whisk together and tastes amazing. The kids will eat almost any veggie if I let them dip it in this!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Secure the lid tightly and shake vigorously until well combined.
  3. Alternatively, you may combine the ingredients and whisk using a wire whisk.
  4. Taste for seasonings and add additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. If the salad dressing ingredients separate, just re-secure the lid and shake again or whisk to combine prior to serving.

Notes

Refrigerate any unused portions and keep for up to a week.

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Lemon Garlic Dressing

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Lemon Garlic Dressing is bursting with flavor. Just a teaspoon of this on my salad plate goes a long way. It pairs really well with chicken and fish too.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, pressed
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Secure the lid tightly and shake vigorously until well combined.
  3. Alternatively, you may combine the ingredients and whisk using a wire whisk.
  4. Taste for seasonings and add additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. If the salad dressing ingredients separate, just re-secure the lid and shake again or whisk to combine prior to serving.

Notes

Refrigerate any unused portions and keep for up to a week.

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by Allison Ruth

Allison Ruth is mama to three hungry girls. She blogs at Some the Wiser where she takes life as it comes and tries to learn a little something as she goes. Whether she’s baking bread, sewing, or contemplating the fate of socks gone missing in the laundry, she looks for the peace and creativity life offers to everyone who is paying attention. Living life deliberately isn’t easy, she admits, but it helps when you have good things to eat. You can also find her at Allison Ruth Photography.