5 Salad Dressings You’ll Need To Survive Life

Written by: Ben Orkin


In my opinion, and I’m sure in many other people’s opinion, a salad dressing can make or break any salad.

It’s about finding that perfect balance between tangy, sweet and salty. Thankfully I have made your job a lot easier and done all of that balancing for you. All you need to do is mix the ingredients together and you’ve got the perfect dressing!

AA1A3531Before we go any further I think that we should put down the laws of salad dressing. Here is what to do and what not to do when it comes to dressing your salads:

  • Don’t over dress! I don’t mean clothing wise, but rather pouring too much salad dressing over your salad. You just want enough to cover your salad and not to drown it.
  • Dress just before serving. And again, I’m not talking about dressing yourself with clothes. If you dress your salad long in advance, it will become wilted and flat. You want a fresh and crisp salad.
  • Choose the correct dressing for your salad. You don’t want to have too many competing flavours. A simple dressing works best with stronger salad flavours and stronger dressing works best with weaker salad flavours.
  • Make your dressing a day in advance. That way all of the flavours can marry together.
  • Keep your dressings cool. The best place is in the refrigerator, that way it will last much longer.


Now I can tell you about these dressings below. Each one has it’s own unique flavour and works best with different kinds of things. There’s no need for me to type out the method of making each dressing. All you have to do is whack all of the ingredients into a jar and then shake them up.

Here we go:

Classic Vinaigrette:


This one is a basic dressing that works well with just about any salad.


  • 1 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper

Maple Mustard:


This is my take on the classic honey mustard dressing. The maple adds a slightly sweeter flavour, which works vey well with the pungent mustard.


  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs white wine vinegar

Cheat’s Caesar dressing


This one’s a great cheat to making a quick Caesar salad dressing.


  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp mustard
  • 3 tbs mayonnaise
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbs water
  • 3 tsp grated parmesan cheese



This was when I started to get a little creative. The dressing includes paprika and orange juice, which gives it a sweet, smoky flavour.


  • ¾ tsp ground paprika
  • 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp sea saltChinese



This has got to be my favourite! It has a sweet, salty and smoky flavour with a slight hot bite at the end from the siracha sauce.


  • 1 tbs siracha sauce
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs soya sauce
  • 1 tbs sweet soya sauce
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated


I made this salad using avo, grated carrot and the Chinese dressing.

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