Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipes

Traditionally four parts oil to one part vinegar, vinaigrette salad dressings take little effort to make. From balsamic to raspberry to sherry-shallot, these easy vinaigrette salad dressings add a splash of flavor to any bed of greens.

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Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

From Midwest Living

If you like, add grilled chicken to make this rainbow-colored salad a main dish.

Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Apple and Couscous-Bulgur Salad

From Midwest Living

Studded with dried cherries and almonds, this hearty salad pairs well with roast pork or even barbecue. Boiled cider and lemon juice add a touch of pucker that keeps the salad from tasting too sweet. You can make your own boiled cider using the recipe on our site or buy it online or in specialty stores (or substitute regular apple cider).

Apple and Couscous-Bulgur Salad

Lebanese Potato Salad

From EatingWell

Dressed with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and fresh mint, this invigorating--and dairy-free--potato salad makes the perfect summer potluck contribution.

Lebanese Potato Salad

Grilled Beef Tenderloin & Escarole

From EatingWell

Lightly grilled escarole combined with tangy tomato vinaigrette makes an irresistible accompaniment to juicy beef tenderloin. Serve with grilled baguette.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin & Escarole

Green Papaya Salad

From EatingWell

This Thai-inspired salad makes use of the papayas that grow throughout Hawaii. This version is tossed with tender, sweet pea shoots. Make an extra batch of the vinaigrette to keep on hand in the refrigerator--use it as a marinade for vegetables, a flavorful dressing for fresh melon or as a sauce to splash over grilled fish or chicken.

Green Papaya Salad

Red & White Salad

From EatingWell

Bitter, sweet and peppery flavors marry well in this confetti-like salad of wintery fruit and vegetables.

Red & White Salad

Bean & Tomato Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

This beautiful salad combines fresh tomatoes, green beans, red onions and dried heirloom beans. Recently harvested beans (and thus freshly dried) cook more quickly than the kind you buy year-round at the market. In the latter part of the summer, farmers' markets begin to sell a fresh crop of heirloom varieties that would be perfect for this salad.

Bean & Tomato Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Seared Steak Salad with Edamame & Cilantro

From EatingWell

Look for prewashed packages of Asian-style salad mixes at your supermarket - their peppery, exotic character is great with this full-flavored steak and dressing. Look for fiber- and protein-rich edamame (green soybeans) in the frozen vegetables section of your supermarket.

Seared Steak Salad with Edamame & Cilantro

Wheat Berry Salad with Red Fruit

From EatingWell

For this sweet and tart salad, wheat berries are blended with cranberries, apples and pecans and tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette - a winning combination. Serve over a bed of peppery arugula for lunch or a light supper.

Wheat Berry Salad with Red Fruit

Brussels Sprouts with Walnut-Lemon Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

Here we dress steamed Brussels sprouts with a delicate vinaigrette flavored with fresh lemon and nutty walnut oil.

Brussels Sprouts with Walnut-Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon-Mint Snap Peas & Lima Beans

From EatingWell

Fresh-tasting lemon-mint vinaigrette dresses up snap peas and lima beans in a hurry. The creamy texture of limas is a perfect counterpart to the crunch of the sugar snap peas. Try this vinaigrette with asparagus and green beans too.

Lemon-Mint Snap Peas & Lima Beans

Sesame Tamari Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

The roasted-nut and citrus flavors of this easy dressing go well with Asian-style salads or meals; try drizzling it on grilled shrimp or chicken breast, too.

Sesame Tamari Vinaigrette

Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

Invest a little extra time in this recipe to slow-roast the tomatoes and you're rewarded with a rich, earthy flavor with almost no fat.

Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette

Warm Red Cabbage Salad

From EatingWell

In this quick German-inspired side dish, red cabbage is cooked until just tender and combined with sweet apples, caraway and a tangy vinaigrette. Serve with roasted pork loin or turkey kielbasa.

Warm Red Cabbage Salad

Baby Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

Salad is a great way to increase your family's fruit and vegetable consumption--the challenge is getting your children (or picky eaters) to enjoy it. We've found that a simple, slightly sweet dressing like our Raspberry Vinaigrette, tossed with mild-flavored greens, such as baby spinach, fruit and your family's favorite vegetables can convince most everyone to take a bite.

Baby Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Spring Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

A bold, layered salad that showcases sardines and asparagus, this beautiful dish adds variety to your weekday dining. If you prefer tuna to sardines or have fish from the night before, go ahead and use that instead.

Spring Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Seafood Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

Crab and scallops combine with creamy avocados and a spiky orange dressing for a salad that's light, summery and very fast. The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.

Seafood Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

Common in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking, pomegranate molasses is a sweet-yet-tart sauce made from reduced pomegranate juice. Combined with walnut oil, it makes a zesty dressing, perfect for sweet greens like Bibb lettuce and sugar snap peas. Toasted walnuts are a natural topping.

Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

Raspberry Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

Mild-tasting grapeseed oil is the ideal foil for fruity raspberry vinegar. This simple dressing offers an especially nice finish for a salad of mixed greens, fresh peaches or berries and chicken. For an exquisite appetizer, drizzle the dressing over melon wedges (or fresh figs) draped with thin slices of prosciutto.

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Fresh Tuna Salad with Tropical Fruits

From EatingWell

Colorful tropical fruit contrasts with slightly bitter salad greens and fresh tuna steak to make a refreshing main-dish salad. Good-quality tuna is key to the success of this recipe. The secret to buying fresh fish is to ask to smell it: the tuna should smell briny, clean and fresh, like the ocean on a spring morning, not like the tidal flats on a hot summer afternoon. Do not use fresh pineapple juice, which has an enzyme that "cooks" the fish as it marinates.

Fresh Tuna Salad with Tropical Fruits

Watercress & Sugar Snap Salad with Warm Sesame-Shallot Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

In this Asian-inspired salad, the peppery flavor of watercress is paired with another emblematic spring vegetable - sugar snap peas. Tossed with a warm dressing made with caramelized onions, rice vinegar and toasted sesame oil, this salad is the perfect antidote to the chill of early spring. For the best-tasting watercress, look for supple, thin stems (not woody stalks) with small, heart-shaped, dark green leaves that have no yellow blemishes.

Watercress & Sugar Snap Salad with Warm Sesame-Shallot Vinaigrette

Mango Salad with Ginger-Raisin Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

In this recipe, juicy mangoes are paired with fresh ginger plus an unusual combination of golden raisins and malt vinegar, which adds great complexity to an otherwise basic mixed green salad.

Mango Salad with Ginger-Raisin Vinaigrette

Lemony Carrot Salad

From EatingWell

Tangy lemon and fresh dill make a bright dressing for shredded carrots.

Lemony Carrot Salad

Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

This garlicky mustard vinaigrette is great to have in your repertoire as it goes with almost anything. The recipe makes plenty so you can fix it once and then have it on hand for several days. The garlic is delicious but bold here; use fewer cloves if you want to tone it down.

Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette

Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette

From EatingWell

Pureeing vegetables into a salad dressing is a great way to give it body. Cucumber is the base of this herb-spiked dressing; it provides a mellow grassy flavor and a luxurious texture.

Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette

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