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Pantry Dressings

7 Simple Homemade Dressings

Once you have the basic vinaigrette down, there are so many variations you can make based on what you have on hand. That goes for my easy buttermilk ranch recipe, too! Toss in some poppy seeds, a handful of basil or a clove or 2 of garlic to add some pizazz.

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Versatile Pantry Dressings

The Fresh 20 supports an unprocessed, clean diet. Bottled dressings from the story contain additives, a surprising amount of sugar, and preservatives. These 7 simple dressing recipes are full of flavor and basic ingredients you can grab from your pantry and feel good eating and serving. There is absolutely no comparison between store-bought and homemade dressings — homemade is hands down 100% more delicious.

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Here are a few multiple purpose dressings. They are all quite easy to make.

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Basic Vinaigrette


  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

A simple, 5 ingredient vinaigrette to dress up your salads.


Ingredients

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  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until well blended.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 100
  • Sodium: 150 mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
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Italian Dressing


  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings 1x

Description

An easy Italian dressing that doubles as a delicious marinade for poultry or to toss vegetables in before roasting.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until well blended.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
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Buttermilk Ranch


  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

A creamy, low-fat, versatile dressing for dipping, dressing salads, and topping entrees.


Ingredients

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  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 chives, finely chopped
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk to until well blended.
  3. Chill until ready to use.
  4. Store in fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 15
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 95mg
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Protein: 2
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Onion Dressing


  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x

Description

An easy vinaigrette dressing packed with delicious onion flavor. Excellent for marinading poultry.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 tablespoon finely minced or grated onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon-type mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup excellent olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients until well-blended.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 90
  • Sodium: 85mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
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Mayonnaise


  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes

Description

A creamy, all natural homemade mayonnaise


Ingredients

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  • 2 egg yolks (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

 


Instructions

  1. Whisk yolks, Dijon and lemon until well blended, frothy and light in color.
    By hand – 3 minutes, by mixer – 1 minute
  2. Very slowly drizzle in oil a little at a time, whisking until mayo stiffens.
  3. Add up to 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  4. Refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 100
  • Sodium: 115mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg

 

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Honey Mustard


  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 1 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x

Description

A tangy and sweet 4-ingredient classic honey mustard dressing


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

 


Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until well blended.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 90
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 55mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 3
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
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Paleo Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until well blended.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 120
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 180mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
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