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The 10 Salad Dressings to Know

Posted: 09/11/2013 2:50 pm

Without dressing, salad would be extremely dry (and boring). Having a repertoire of dressings on hand can save your leafy greens and give them a bit of personality. Here are the 10 essential salad dressings to know -- just add lettuce.

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  • April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing

    <em><strong><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/16940-april-bloomfield-s-lemon-caper-dressing" target="_hplink">Get the recipe on Food52</a></strong>.</em><br> At first glance, this is a shockingly brash dressing. April Bloomfield uses not just lemon juice, but whole lemon segments, and more mustard than could possibly seem like a good idea. But she also knows about restraint, and adds just enough addictive nips of caper and shallot to keep you going, and gentler undercurrents of lemon juice, salt, and sugar. Bloomfield says finely chopped parsley is a nice addition. - Genius Recipes <br><em>Photo: James Ransom</em>

  • Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing

    <em><strong><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/23547-basic-bang-up-blue-cheese-dressing" target="_hplink">Get the recipe on Food52</a></strong>.</em><br> This blue cheese dressing is brash yet still refined. Gutsy with cheese, bright with vinegar, mollified with a hint of sweetness that’s bolstered by the richness of the mayonnaise and sour cream, it has body without unnecessary weight. Delicious! - Tara <br><em>Photo: Tara O'Brady</em>

  • Green Goddess Dressing

    <em><strong><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/23729-green-goddess-dressing" target="_hplink">Get the recipe on Food52</a></strong>.</em><br> This is the kind of Green Goddess you actually want to eat -- no mayo, not too much garlic, and loaded with fresh herbs and avocado. - Brette <br><em>Photo: James Ransom</em>

  • Caramelized Apple Vinaigrette

    <em><strong><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/1692-not-too-virtuous-salad-with-caramelized-apple-vinaigrette" target="_hplink">Get the recipe on Food52</a></strong>.</em><br> Normally we pass over any dressing that requires anything more than a bowl and a whisk, but this dressing is well worth the extra dishes. Acidic, sweet, salty, and, decadent, this dressing hits all of the notes! - wanderash <br><em>Photo: Sarah Shatz</em>

  • Classic Vinaigrette in a Mason Jar

    <em><strong><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/207-salad-dressing" target="_hplink">Get the recipe on Food52</a></strong>.</em><br> We love the fact that this dressing can be made in just a few minutes and also contains a couple of surprises: the additions of both golden (or white) balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Throwing everything in a jar and shaking is an easy way to emulsify the ingredients, and storing leftovers is a snap. - Amanda and Merrill <br><em>Photo: Sarah Shatz</em>

  • Buttermilk Dressing

    <em><strong><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/12928-dilled-crunchy-sweet-corn-salad-with-buttermilk-dressing" target="_hplink">Get the recipe on Food52</a></strong>.</em><br> This dressing is tangy with buttermilk and yogurt. It envelops any salad perfectly with hints of herbs (dill and parsley) and the zip of onion and garlic. <br><em>Photo: James Ransom</em>

  • Miso-Ginger Dressing

    <em><strong><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/20537-crunchy-cabbage-salad-with-miso-ginger-dressing" target="_hplink">Get the recipe on Food52</a></strong>.</em><br> This incredibly flavor-packed, completely vegan dressing turns inexpensive cabbage and carrots into a memorable side dish with tons of texture. It's also easy to make, and great served as a dip for vegetables. <br><em>Photo: Weird and Ravenos</em>

  • Sesame Sriracha Dressing

    <em><strong><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/23142-chinese-broccoli-salad-with-sesame-sriracha-dressing" target="_hplink">Get the recipe on Food52</a></strong>.</em><br> The combination of sesame, sriracha, garlic, and ponzu (a japanese citrus sauce) make for a vinaigrette that is light and acidy, with a lot of depth. This dressing pairs well with Chinese broccoli, or bok choy for an asian inspired dish. <br><em>Photo: Pinch&Swirl</em>

  • Bacon Vinaigrette

    <em><strong><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/218-bacon-vinaigrette" target="_hplink">Get the recipe on Food52</a></strong>.</em><br> A classic French preparation, this dressing is tangy, smoky and salty all at once. We love how the acidity of the red wine vinegar balances the richness of the pork fat. You may want to start with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and taste before adding more. You can always correct with a bit of vegetable oil if the dressing is too tart. - Amanda and Merrill <br><em>Photo: Sarah Shatz</em>

  • Sweet and Spicy Horseradish Dressing

    <em><strong><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/3544-sweet-and-spicy-horseradish-dressing" target="_hplink">Get the recipe on Food52</a></strong>.</em><br> It's hard not to love a recipe where the only instructions are essentially zest, scoop and shake. The two types of dairy -- equal parts tart yogurt and mellow, rich crème fraîche -- are an especially nice touch. We think it would be lovely tossed with some chilled poached shrimp and watercress or alongside some crudités. - Amanda and Merrill <br><em>Photo: Sarah Shatz</em>

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