I was never a fan of salads. Then I realized it was because I was using a grocery store salad dressing on them. Too many dressings have a chemical, or unnatural, taste. They are also full of preservatives and other ingredients that are only necessary to preserve the shelf life of the product. I would buy different brands and flavors to try to find something I liked but usually they just ended up taking up room in the door of the fridge until I threw them out a year (or more!) later.
Once I started making my own salad dressings, my views on salads changed dramatically. I actually like salads now! Of course, I like that I can control the ingredients (using the quality and brands I'm most comfortable with) but I also like that I can adjust the flavors to suit my tastes. You can't easily do that with a bottle from the grocery store. Add a little extra garlic, cut down on the vinegar, or throw in some cayenne for good measure. Make it how you like it!
Probably what I like the most about making my own is that I can prepare the amount I need for one meal instead of having to buy a whole bottle that I might not use again. This lets me try a new recipe whenever I want a salad instead of feeling compelled to use up whatever dressings I have in the fridge. And, of course, some salad dressings are multi-purpose so you might want to make more at once. Like blue cheese dressing to go with Buffalo wings, ranch dressing to dip vegetables in, or Italian dressing for marinating meat and poultry.
Thai Salad Dressing Made with fresh cilantro, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh ginger
TGI Friday's Honey Mustard Sauce and Dressing This version of TGIFriday's popular dressing is made from a blend of mustard and honey mixed with mayonnaise and sour cream. Great as a dressing or dipping sauce.
9 reviewsphoto: CDKitchen
Kraft Catalina Dressing Made with vegetable oil, sugar, salt, paprika, chili powder, celery seed, dry mustard, onion, vinegar, ketchup
9 reviewsphoto: ColeensRecipes
Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Made with buttermilk, dry parsley flakes, black pepper, onion salt, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic salt, salt, MSG
7 reviewsphoto: ColeensRecipes
Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing Made with lemon juice, sugar, onion, peanut oil, rice wine vinegar, water, ginger root, celery, soy sauce, tomato paste
Made with Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, cumin, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, fresh cilantro