If you asked me 10 years ago what I would write about if I were to do a cookbook, I would have said salads. Whether made with leafy greens or grains, salads are my biggest comfort zone in the kitchen. Ironically, I’m now three cookbooks in and still nothing on salads. Maybe that comes next? In the  meantime, I’ve got you covered with plenty of options on the blog, including today’s post featuring 5 essential salad dressing recipes. They’re all pretty easy to make and unlike what you’ll find in many bottled choices (and some homemade) the recipes emphasize good ingredients, healthier fats, and lighter approaches to creamy dressings.

1.

BEST BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

2.

HEALTHIER RANCH DRESSING

healthier homemade ranch

3.

BASIL GREEN GODDESS 

4.

LEMON TAHINI DRESSING

5.

CARROT MISO DRESSING

Carrot Miso Ginger Dressing

 5 Essential Salad Dressings