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6 Easy Dressings to Up Your Salad Game

If only one thing in your kitchen’s going to be made from scratch, make it salad dressing: A good salad simply can’t exist without a great dressing. Considering how easy they are to make, it’s surprising how many people still reach for the preservative-packed, overly sweet, store-bought variety. So we’ve culled six of our all-time favorite recipes that will truly transform any salad. They’re super versatile–and we’ve doubled or even quadrupled them here so you’ll have enough to last at least a week (and several meals in the fridge). Amazing summer salads, here we come.

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  • Anchovy Vinaigrette

    Anchovy Vinaigrette

    A two-minute dressing that adds tremendous flavor to bitter leaves or any salad.

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  • Carrot & Ginger Dressing

    Carrot & Ginger Dressing

    An OG GP recipe, this carrot ginger dressing really is the jam. Great spooned over salads or used as a dip, this is the best way we know to get kids to eat their veggies.

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  • Dijon Vinaigrette with Lemon and Shallot

    Dijon Vinaigrette with Lemon and Shallot

    This classic French vinaigrette goes with pretty much everything. We particularly like it tossed with butter lettuce and fresh herbs, but it’s also great on a protein-packed chopped salad, a niçoise, or drizzled over blanched green beans or ripe tomatoes. Super easy and super versatile.

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  • Detox Tamari & Sesame Vinaigrette

    Detox Tamari & Sesame Vinaigrette

    Essentially a Chinese Chicken Salad dressing, this soy-based vinaigrette livens up everything from romaine lettuce to grilled bok choy to half an avocado.

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  • Green Goddess Dressing

    Green Goddess Dressing

    This creamy dressing is the best way to use up any sad herbs languishing in your fridge. Skip the water and use it as a dip, or thin until its just pourable and toss with little gems (or whatever your heart desires).

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  • Lime & Cumin Vinaigrette

    Lime & Cumin Vinaigrette

    Originally from our Blackened Mexican Shrimp Salad recipe, this five-ingredient dressing adds incredible brightness and flavor to taco salads, Mexican chopped salads, or a simple romaine and tomato salad (making for an easy way to incorporate veggies into taco night).

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