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50 Dressings for Every Salad, Pantry & Whim

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Acid is one of the essential elements of cooking, so we partnered with Maille to share tips on how to use it in your everyday cooking—like in pantry and clean-out-the-fridge salads.

The difference between a pile of greens and a super, dare-we-say mighty salad is the dressing. Or is it a vinaigrette? What is a vinaigrette, exactly, if it could be a dressing made of vinegar or citrus? Last question: Where did citronette go?

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None of these questions matter when you're in search of a really good salad, and therefore dressing, based on whatever smattering of ingredients you have on hand.

Here are 50 dressings to inspire you and your next salad:

mean mustard

Leeks with Mustard-Bacon Vinaigrette
Leeks with Mustard-Bacon Vinaigrette
Really Good Vinaigrette

Really Good Vinaigrette by Kristy Mucci

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette by Shannon

Roasted Baby Turnips with Dijon-Shallot Vinaigrette and Tarragon

Roasted Baby Turnips with Dijon-Shallot Vinaigrette and T... by Ty Ryavec

Roasted Endive with Walnut Vinaigrette

Roasted Endive with Walnut Vinaigrette by Sarah Fioritto

Maple Syrup and Dijon Vinaigrette
Maple Syrup and Dijon Vinaigrette

All about those alliums

Romaine and Avocado Salad with Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette

Romaine and Avocado Salad with Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette by Phyllis Grant

Watercress Salad with Shallot-Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Watercress Salad with Shallot-Pomegranate Vinaigrette by Sara Jenkins

Marinated Beet Salad with Garlic Confit Vinaigrette

Marinated Beet Salad with Garlic Confit Vinaigrette by Elizabeth Stark

Grilled Romaine with Corn and Creamy Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette

Grilled Romaine with Corn and Creamy Anchovy Garlic Vinai... by Phyllis Grant

 Tomato, Peach, Chèvre, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Tomato, Peach, Chèvre, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigr... by em-i-lis

Autumn Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette

Autumn Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette by Ali Slagle

pucker up with citrus

Caramelized Tangerine Vinaigrette
Caramelized Tangerine Vinaigrette
Forbidden Rice Salad with Thai Coconut-Lime Dressing

Forbidden Rice Salad with Thai Coconut-Lime Dressing by Asha Loupy

Roasted Butternut and Red Quinoa Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted Butternut and Red Quinoa Salad with Spicy Lime Vi... by Jillian Bernardini

Rainbow Chard and Wild Rice Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Rainbow Chard and Wild Rice Salad with Blood Orange Vinai... by Elizabeth Stark

Pancetta Slaw with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette

Pancetta Slaw with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette by checker

Watermelon with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette
Watermelon with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette

vinegary vinaigrettes

Salad Dressing
Salad Dressing
Radish and Escarole Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette

Radish and Escarole Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette by Merrill Stubbs

Blistered Fiddlehead & Green Bean Salad with Sherry-Orange Vinaigrette

Blistered Fiddlehead & Green Bean Salad with Sherry-Orang... by Elizabeth Stark

Roasted Broccoli with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette and Marcona Almonds

Roasted Broccoli with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette and Marc... by arielleclementine

Not-Too-Virtuous Salad with Caramelized Apple Vinaigrette

Not-Too-Virtuous Salad with Caramelized Apple Vinaigrette by wanderash

Carrot and Radicchio Salad with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette

Carrot and Radicchio Salad with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette by Kenzi Wilbur

Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Vinaigrette

Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Vinaigrette by Alexa Arnold

soy, sesame & fish sauce

Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing
Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing
Miso Quinoa Pilaf with Grilled Cucumber, Eggplant, and Soy Dressing

Miso Quinoa Pilaf with Grilled Cucumber, Eggplant, and So... by gingerroot

Chinese Broccoli Salad with Sesame Sriracha Dressing

Chinese Broccoli Salad with Sesame Sriracha Dressing by Pinch&Swirl

Broccoli Rabe Goma-ae

Broccoli Rabe Goma-ae by Ali Slagle

Momofuku's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette

Momofuku's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinai... by Genius Recipes

Fish Sauce Vinaigrette

Fish Sauce Vinaigrette by stephanie le

Chicken and Rice Salad with Poached Radishes and Nuoc Cham

Chicken and Rice Salad with Poached Radishes and Nuoc Cham by Ali Slagle

Shaved Asparagus and Kamut Grain Salad with Black Sesame Dressing

Shaved Asparagus and Kamut Grain Salad with Black Sesame ... by kat gans

Sesame Tahini Dressing

Sesame Tahini Dressing by Gena Hamshaw

creamy

Everyday Avocado Dressing
Everyday Avocado Dressing
Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing

Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing by Tara O'Brady

Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing by Tara O'Brady

Ginger Miso Dressing

Ginger Miso Dressing by Gena Hamshaw

Turmeric Tahini Dressing

Turmeric Tahini Dressing by Gena Hamshaw

Warm Beet Greens with Sour Cream Dressing

Warm Beet Greens with Sour Cream Dressing by Amanda Hesser

Lemon Tahini Dressing

Lemon Tahini Dressing by Gena Hamshaw

Petits Pois à la Française Redux
Petits Pois à la Française Redux

herby

Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing by Brette Warshaw

Citrus Salad with Shaved Fennel, Celery, and Cilantro-Yogurt Dressing

Citrus Salad with Shaved Fennel, Celery, and Cilantro-Yog... by Elizabeth Stark

Eric Korsh's Farm Lettuces Salad with Dill Vinaigrette
Eric Korsh's Farm Lettuces Salad with Dill Vinaigrette

wildcards (cheese! bacon! bread!)

April Bloomfield’s Grilled Vegetable Vinaigrette

April Bloomfield’s Grilled Vegetable Vinaigrette by Genius Recipes

Carrot-Ginger Dressing (Benihana Style)

Carrot-Ginger Dressing (Benihana Style) by Sarah Jampel

Roasted Radicchio and Shrimp with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Roasted Radicchio and Shrimp with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette by EmilyC

Bon Appétit's Radicchio Salad with Sourdough Dressing

Bon Appétit's Radicchio Salad with Sourdough Dressing by Genius Recipes

Melon and Watercress Salad with Honey-Marcona Almond Dressing
Melon and Watercress Salad with Honey-Marcona Almond Dressing

We partnered with Maille to share tips for how to add some oomph to your everyday cooking with acid-forward #FlavorHeroes, like their mustard and pickles.


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