Salad Dressings

By Jimmy Kennedy, & Justin Brouillard
Cook Ambassadors

The fastest way to dress up your salad is with a delicious, homemade dressing. In minutes and with a few simple ingredients, your salad will go from average to superstar.

Buttermilk Dressing:


  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, plus more if needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, finely chopped, or
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill (add more to taste)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons onion, chopped or grated
  • Dash of hot sauce, optional


In a medium-size bowl or jar with a lid combine all of the dressing ingredients. If using a bowl, use a whisk to mix the dressing ingredients; if using a jar, screw on the lid and shake well. If your dressing is too thick, thin with additional buttermilk.
Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. It will keep for three to four days and will get stronger as it sits.

Yield: About 2/3 cup
Prep time: 5 to 7 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

Maple Vinaigrette:
This may be the easiest recipe we’ve ever posted, but it is also one of the best. It is perfect for fresh greens but also makes for the best marinade base for chicken, fish, beef, pork or vegetables.


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 cup canola or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Salt, to taste


The proper way to make this is to put the maple syrup and apple cider vinegar in a blender or mixer and very slowly add the oil while the blender or mixer is running. However, you can also put all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk well or put everything in a jar with a lid and shake well.
Yield: 2 cups

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

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