{#abcblogging} D - Dressings, homemade

We eat salads often. Green lettuce salads in the spring and summer, and heartier ones with kale and spinach in the winter. And the best thing to put on these salads is homemade dressing.

These are my go-to base dressings:

Ranch Dressing

I make this dressing at least once a week. Friday nights are pizza night and this dressing, with a little bit of sriracha sauce on the side, is incredible.

The best thing to mix your dressing in is a mason jar.

I add about four spoonfuls of sour cream, and a couple spoonfuls of mayonnaise.

Next is a couple of cloves of garlic that are minced.

A few pinches of dried dill.....

about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar......

and I also add about a teaspoon of olive oil.

Put the lid on and shake.

And there it is, in all its creaminess.

The next one is my Balsamic.

In the mason jar I add olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I usually add 1 part vinegar to three parts olive oil. And of course, the higher quality of your vinegar and oil, the better the dressing.

You can see that I am not making that much of this one. That's because this was a salad for my lunch and I didn't need too much dressing. That's the beauty of homemade dressings - you only make what you need.

Now what makes dressings so yummy are making sure you include emulsifiers. These bind the oil and liquid so that the dressing does not separate. In my ranch dressing, the mayo does this job. In my Caesar salad, its the egg. And here in the balsamic, mustard does the emulsifying.

So in goes a glug of mustard.

A clove of garlic is minced in, a pinch of salt and some pepper, and that's the base.

Shake it up. And if you want, you can do what my kids do and sing Shake It Off Up.

You can see how this emulsified perfectly. I can store it in the fridge and just give it a little shake and the dressing will not separate.

You can also add in a tablespoon of Italian seasoning if you want to liven it up a bit.

When I started making my own dressings I was so surprised with how easy they were to make. And these are just bases....you can substitute different oils and flavors to fit what's in your pantry or what will go best with dinner.

Have fun, and I hope you choose to now make your dressing homemade!

Ranch Dressing


1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/3 c. sour cream
1 T vinegar
1 t. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t. dill weed

Mix together in a mason jar and shake

Balsamic Vinagrette


1/2 c. olive oil
3 T balsamic vinegar
1 t. mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 T Italian seasoning

Mix together in a mason jar and shake

**My measurements disclaimer: when I make these dressings I never measure. So please, don't just follow my rough estimates. When you make it, taste as you go and make it how you want it to taste.

Hopkins Homeschool


  1. I see Kirkland, somebody shops at Costco :-) I need to try that ranch recipe. We go through so much, I have thought about taking stock in it! Thank you for linking up with us!

  2. Yes, we love Costco! Thanks Amanda for hosting the whole #abcblogging. :)


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