Make it Yourself...Creamy Salad Dressings

Creamy Salad Dressings
Creamy salad dressings include mayonnaise, on its own (like potato, macaroni, or egg salad) or combined with dairy foods such as sour cream, plain yogurt, buttermilk, or cheese and cooked mayonnaise-type dressing substitutes.
The Basics
• For dairy items, use regular full-fat as the thickeners and stabilizers added to fat-free products often do not mix well with other salad dressing ingredients.
• Creamy dressings are best served at room temperature, but should be refrigerated for storage.  Keep in mind that they may not last as long as vinegar-based, non-dairy dressings.
Popular Creamy Dressings

This is our favorite old time cole slaw dressing. I shredded the cabbage with a carrot and some onion in my food processor until almost fine enough, then poured in the cold dressing and pulsed it once or twice to combine.
Simple Cooked Cole Slaw Dressing
1 Egg -- yolk only
3 Tablespoons Sugar **
1 Tablespoon Prepared Mustard
2 Tablespoons Butter
½ Cup Cider Vinegar
2 Teaspoons Celery Seed -- cook with egg mixture
½ Cup Heavy Cream -- or half and half or cream and milk
 In a medium saucepan, stir together the egg yolk, sugar, mustard, butter and vinegar and celery seed. Whisk together over medium heat and boil until thick (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and cool. Whisk in the half-and-half. Refrigerate until needed.
Coats 1 pound of shredded cabbage or Cole slaw mix. Chop the vegetables in the processor, pour on the cold dressing and pulse several times to coat. Keeps several days. The dressing can be frozen, thaw in fridge and use. Also use on chicken or tuna salad.
**If you like a sweeter slaw dressing, use 4 tbsp sugar.
Cost: About $ .77 for 1 cup dressing. Similar refrigerated cole slaw dressing $4.12 for 2 cups
Yield: "1 Cup"
This cooked dressing costs me about 77¢ for 1 cup; a popular refrigerated cole slaw dressing costs $ 2.06 for 1 cup ($4.12 per jar), the following dressing costs 50¢ for 1 cup.
If you need an even simpler, quicker dressing, try this one.
Quick Cole Slaw Dressing
1 cup Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup Salad Oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
Combine and chill. Coats 1 head of shredded cabbage or 2 quarts of Cole slaw mix.
Yield: "2 Cups"

We like this delicious salad dressing that I found in the book Practical Produce, which I purchased in an Amish grocery. I love this book; it covers most common vegetables, tells you how to grow it, how to preserve it and gives plenty of recipes to use them.
Creamy Cucumber Dressing
1 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Cucumber -- chopped and seeded
2 Teaspoons Dried Dill Weed
1 Tablespoon Onion -- minced
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoons Sugar
1/8 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
Chop cucumber and mince onion. Stir together in 2 cup measure with lid; cover and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors.
Yield: "1 1/2 Cups"

Some other popular creamy dressings include:
Russian Dressing: A mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup or ketchup-style chili sauce, Russian dressing looks similar to Thousand Island dressing and is often mistaken for it. But Russian often features horseradish, a dash of hot pepper sauce, and some raw onion or onion juice.
Green Goddess Dressing: Classic Green Goddess dressing combines mayonnaise, sour cream, and anchovies, along with plenty of fresh herbs, which turn the dressing green when it's puréed. Although canned flat anchovies are often called for, it's easier to use anchovy paste.
Blue Cheese Dressing: Most blue cheese dressings combine mayonnaise with sour cream, yogurt, or buttermilk. Some versions incorporate seasonings such as Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, wine vinegar, and a dash of hot pepper sauce. The amount of crumbled blue cheese varies depending on the type of cheese, as some are more pungent than others.
Ranch Dressing: One of the most popular dressings in America, ranch is typically a mixture of buttermilk and mayonnaise. Many interpretations use garlic and onion powders and dried herbs, but for the best flavor, stick to fresh garlic and fresh herbs.  Try Myrna's recipe here:  Buttermilk Ranch Dressing


  1. Thank you so much. This recipe is exactly what I need today. I have a lovely CSA cabbage all ready for this dressing. I do enjoy your blog so much.

    1. Thanks, Toni...glad you're cooking with us.


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