My Five Favorite Summer Salad Dressings!

Summer and salads, two of my favorite things. And a summer salad deserves only the best dressing! Homemade dressings are so easy to make and infinitely better tasting and better for you than store bought. And seriously, most take less than three minutes to make, so why would you ever use anything else?
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Favorite Summer Salad Dressings!

The Formula for a Great Dressing:

Salad dressing actually has a formula: two parts healthy oil to one part acid. ‘Acid’ is either fruit juice or vinegar. For those of you that don’t get the “part” thing…this means you use twice as much oil than vinegar or fruit juice. Example: 1/2 cup olive oil and a 1/4 cup vinegar. Or 4 Tablespoons oil, 2 Tablespoons fruit juice. Got it? Good! Then you add a bit of flavor enhancers like: honey, mustard, tahini, sea salt, freshly ground pepper, chili powder, chives, garlic, green onions and voila! A healthy, delicious salad dressing in just a few minutes!


I chose these five dressings because they are very simple and taste great on a wide variety of salads. (This Mango Salad can be found here) For recipes using these salad dressings please see the bottom of this page!


The Recipes: My Five Favorite Summer Salad Dressings

Tips and what you will need: a hand held juicer or citrus juicer, a good quality balsamic vinegar,  good quality white balsamic vinegar (I highly recommend this one!) and a good quality raspberry vinegar. A good quality sea salt,  mini whisk, and mason jars or any container with a lid. I just try to avoid plastic (affiliate links) When tangerines are in season I make sure to freeze the juice in small portions to thaw and use when not in season, very convenient!

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My Five Favorite Summer Salad Dressings!



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I use the lemon, tangerine and citrus vinaigrettes on almost any salad! They are very versatile. I save the raspberry vinaigrette for greens with berries, apples, nuts, soft cheeses etc..., the traditional balsamic is great on just about anything too, I tend to serve it with salads heavy with veggies like tomatoes, cukes, and avocado or on my traditional house salad (recipe at bottom of page).


Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons green onions, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Raspberry Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup A'Olivier Raspberry Vinegar. Trust me! See link above.
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon chives, chopped
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Traditional Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons green onions, sliced
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Citrus Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 lime
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, peeled and chopped
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Tangerine Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh tangerine juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • zest and juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper


  1. Place all in ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Store in mason jars and refrigerate for up to a week.
  2. Alternative method for Citrus Vinaigrette: If you would like a thick creamy version of this dressing (really nice!) put all ingredients in blender except olive oil. Blend, then drizzle olive oil in steadily. Dressing will emulsify and become thick and creamy.

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For tips on making amazing salads click here! Happy salad eating ~ Linda Spiker

Salads I Use These Dressings On:

Grilled Chicken Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
Greens with Tangerine Dressing
The Organic Kitchen House Salad
Mango Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette 
Summer Berry Salad

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34 thoughts on “My Five Favorite Summer Salad Dressings!

  1. Great round up! I love showing people how to make their own dressing and getting them off veg oil. I’ll definitely be sharing this!

  2. Ahhh…Linda! This post comes at the perfect time for me. I am busy planning out a host of delicious summer salads to prepare throughout the week. I love experimenting with new homemade salad dressings. And I trust your recipes. I just pinned this to Pinterest to share the love. 🙂

  3. Oh, the raspberry and tangerine dressings sound amazing! That’s smart of you to freeze the juice for later in the year. I never remember to do stuff like that! 🙂

  4. Just love this post.
    I love to make ‘templates’ of recipes.
    It makes it so much easier.. to pull it together..depending upon the season.. and mood.. and what’s on hand. Thanks. I am on the same page. Still.. love and respect your brilliance..C

  5. Oh man isn’t amazing how easily putting together salad dressing can be! I use to be one of those that would buy a ton and never make it. I love your explanation of how to make the dressing! I will be trying some of these this week! Thanks.

  6. Thanks for your post, it was very helpful. I love that you don’t use plastic too. Where can I get a good dressing bottle like yours? The ones with the best pour spouts are always plastic!

  7. I finally found a post I can use and love! She even tells you what you can use each of the flavors for which salads. Thank you! Fresh is what I was looking for, not using jams.

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