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How To Make Blender Salad Dressing

Whether you’re in the mood for a spicy honey vinaigrette or a classic Cesar salad dressing, knowing how to make homemade salad dressing can enhance the flavors of your leafy greens and crisp salads, or serve as the perfect marinade, dipping sauce and more. Discover how to make blender salad dressing with simple recipe techniques for countless possibilities. 

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Blender Salad Dressing Recipe

With a few simple ingredients and a blender, you are minutes away from creating your own parmesan balsamic vinaigrette for a tart, yet tangy, dressing to drizzle over a bed of crisp veggies or pasta salad with tomatoes and basil. Experiment with this recipe base and add your own ingredients to truly make this blender salad dressing your own and pair with other dishes to heighten the taste.

KitchenAid® blenders can help you mix and match ingredients to discover the right flavor and texture for your blender salad dressing. Whipping up a smaller portion? Explore hand blenders from KitchenAid brand for your recipe. Complete your meal by learning how to make soup for your next gathering.

Yields

Approximately two servings; adjust amounts accordingly to accommodate your number of guests.

Ingredients
  • Peeled citrus, such as lemons or oranges

  • Herbs, such as basil, oregano or thyme

  • Cheese, such as gruyere or parmesan

  • Salt and pepper

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Balsamic vinegar

Tools
  • A blender

  • A serving bowl

Prep Time

5 minutes.

Total Time

10 minutes.

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Step 1: Prep

  • Peel the citrus and garlic cloves completely.

If experimenting with other recipes, KitchenAid® stand mixers and attachments1 can help you make quick work of food prep with peeling or spiralizing, like in this pear salad with blue cheese dressing.

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Step 2: Combine ingredients

  • Add your ingredients, like lemon, garlic, basil leaves, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to your blender.

KitchenAid brand offers a wide selection of blenders and hand blenders with various sizes and the ability to blend tough ingredients for the right taste and texture for your homemade salad dressing. Learn how to choose the blender that’s right for you.

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Step 3: Blend

  • Secure the lid, and begin blending on the lowest setting your appliance has.

Continue blending and increase the speed until you reach your desired consistency and the ingredients are fully mixed.

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Step 4: Serve and enjoy

  • Taste test and pour your homemade salad dressing into a serving bowl.

For pairing, drizzle your dressing over creamy pasta salad or balsamic mushroom noodles for a tasty flavor infusion to complement your meal.

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Types of Homemade Dressing for Salad

With the right ingredients and a blender, the possibilities are truly endless for creating a variety of homemade salad dressings, including Caesar, vinaigrette, Italian, ranch and blue cheese.

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Blender Caesar Dressing

Creating a creamy, silky smooth Caesar salad dressing starts with blending egg yolks, anchovies and garlic with lemon juice, dry mustard, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and black pepper. This homemade dressing pairs well with a fresh Brussel sprouts Caesar salad.

A dish of homemade vinaigrette dressing.

Blender Vinaigrette Dressing

Vinaigrette dressing is versatile and can be made with a variety of ingredients, spices, oil and your favorite vinegar, like balsamic or red wine, for a unique homemade dressing. See where your inspiration takes you and add your own twist to this simple vinaigrette.

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Blender Italian Dressing

A zesty Italian dressing can elevate your fresh pasta salad or crisp greens, as well infuse a tangy flavor to your chicken cutlets as a marinade. With simple ingredients like garlic, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce, a garlic parmesan dressing is minutes away.

Leafy greens and tomato wedges drizzled with ranch dressing.

Blender Ranch Dressing

A creamy homemade ranch dressing can be the ideal complement to chicken wings, veggie snacks or a chopped salad. Combine ingredients, like mayonnaise, fresh dill and sour cream, to add your own spin to classic ranch.

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Blender Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue cheese can be a tasty, salty alternative to ranch dressing for your snacks, chicken and salads. Mix together sour cream, white wine vinegar, buttermilk and garlic for a tasty homemade blue cheese dressing.

A dish of avocado cilantro dressing. A dish of avocado cilantro dressing.

Can You Freeze Homemade Salad Dressing?

Homemade salad dressing tastes best when made fresh, but if you happen to have added too many ingredients into your blender while making your dressing, you can store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months. However, keep in mind that it may not taste as fresh and the consistency may change from its original texture.

Instead of freezing, think of some creative ways to use up extra dressing. Marinate steak or fish overnight with leftover dressing, add it as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders and crusty bread, or drizzle it over toasted crostinis along with fresh vegetables and soft cheeses.

Lemons, carrots, radishes and lettuce on a countertop. Lemons, carrots, radishes and lettuce on a countertop.

Do Homemade Salad Dressings Need To Be Refrigerated?

Some homemade salad dressings should be refrigerated, like blue cheese or ranch. But, homemade vinaigrettes without dairy or other perishable ingredients can be stored in your pantry or on the countertop to showcase your creation.

How Long Will Homemade Salad Dressing Last in the Fridge?

Depending on the ingredients, homemade salad dressing, like ranch, can last about one week when sealed and stored in the refrigerator. However, vinaigrettes can last three to four weeks in your pantry or on your counter, depending on your recipe.

Sliced lemons, cherry tomatoes, herbs and a jar of vinaigrette. Sliced lemons, cherry tomatoes, herbs and a jar of vinaigrette.

How Do You Keep Homemade Salad Dressing From Solidifying?

Storing your dressing in the refrigerator can cause it to congeal and solidify, but letting it reach room temperature on your counter and giving it a shake can restore its consistency. If you want to prevent solidifying at the source, use less olive oil and substitute half with vegetable or seed oil instead.

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