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10 Essential Salad Dressings for Summer

A good way to motivate yourself to eat more salad this summer is to have a delicious, homemade dressing drizzled on top. Freshly made ranch dressing can turn a boring green salad into something divine. Sure, store-bought dressings are convenient, but homemade is so much better, and often cheaper to make too. Here are 10 classic dressing recipes to get you started for a summer of deliciously dressed salads.

1. Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Rave Review: "We love this dressing/dip! I have given this out to many friends after they have tasted it at our home. It's great with steamed artichokes and every vegetable I have tried." — mrosej57

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

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2. Creamy Cucumber Dressing

Rave Review: "I cook Indian food a lot, this was a nice way to incorporate a salad into the meal with an Indian theme. This would also go well with Mediterranean/Greek/Middle Eastern cuisine, I would definitely make this again!"  — veggiegreengirl

Creamy Cucumber Dressing

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3. Balsamic Vinaigrette

Rave Review: "I love this vinaigrette. Now, I can't make a salad with any other dressing!" — BETH A

Balsamic Vinaigrette

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4. Batman's Best Caesar Dressing

Rave Review: "This is THE BEST salad dressing!!!! Even my finicky daughter loves it. It's especially good as a chicken Caesar salad. I can't keep a double recipe on hand!" — CookinGal

Batman's Best Caesar Dressing

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5. Honey Mustard Dressing II

Rave Review: "This has become my favorite salad dressing! It's very easy to make and I always have the ingredients." — Shaz

Honey Mustard Dressing II

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6. Poppy Seed Dressing I

Rave Review: "This dressing is awesome :) I've been taking spinach salads with poppy seed dressing to work all week!" — jennmarie

Poppy Seed Dressing I

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7. Authentic Thousand Island Dressing

Rave Review: "I grew up in a tiny town in the Midwest and we had this cafe run by some woman who is no longer with us and she made the absolutely best homemade thousand island recipe. This is the first recipe I have come across that gets even close to hers. It's really good!" — Heidi Torkelsen

Authentic Thousand Island Dressing

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8. Ranch Dressing II

Rave Review: "This is the ranch dressing recipe I have been looking for. The children love it. No more bottled ranch dressing for us." — REDWEENA

Ranch Dressing II

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9. Hot and Sweet Sesame Dressing

Rave Review: "Outstanding, wouldn't change a thing. First, I love the way the dressing thickened up so nicely, as so many Asian salad dressing are too runny. There's no dominant flavor, all ingredients share equally in an outstanding dressing, the sweet-hot-sour elements are just about perfect." — lutzflcat

Hot and Sweet Sesame Dressing

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10. Absolutely the BEST Rich and Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing Ever!

Rave Review: "I served this dressing to guests on a chilled iceberg wedge, with extra blue cheese crumbles. Everyone simply raved! It only took a matter of minutes to make. So easy and so delicious!" — LADYBUGLOVER1

Absolutely the BEST Rich and Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing Ever!

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