Salad Dressing Made Easy

Salad Dressing

We eat salad pretty much every night.  90% of the time it’s homemade salad dressing, the other 10% it’s Kraft Greek dressing.  I’ve honestly never come across a Greek Salad dressing I like more than this bottled stuff.  (please don’t send me Greek Salad dressing recipes, I’m actually pretty happy that 10% of the time I don’t have to make my own dressing)

Here’s a quiz for you:

Most people don’t make their own salad dressings because:

a) They’re stupid

b) They’re lazy

c) All of the above

If you chose c) you’re right.  I know this because I used to be both stupid and lazy.  I couldn’t remember the 4 ingredients of my salad dressings for the life of me (stupid) and I couldn’t be bothered to look them up and make the dressing (lazy)

So I came up with this handy solution so you too can be brilliant and ambitious as opposed to stupid and lazy.

Write the measurements on a glass bottle.

Yup.  That’s it.

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You’ll need to measure your salad dressing recipe into the bottle once.  Measure out and add the required amount of  vinegar, then mark a line for vinegar.  Add the required amount of oil, then mark a line for oil.  And on and on.


You’ll also need the appropriate pen.  It needs to be an oil based paint marker.  You can use a Sharpie Oil Based paint marker for instance.  Amazon sells them on-line and craft stores and sometime hardware stores carry them.  They’re around $5.  ATTENTION!  The big, fat liar known as the Internet will lead yo to believe you can just use a regular sharpie then bake the bottle in the oven for half an hour to make the Sharpie permanent.  This is a big, fat Internet lie.  This technique may work on ceramics that have a slightly rougher surface, but it will not work on smooth glass.  Won’t.  Will not.


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Then every time you make salad dressing, all you have to do is grab the bottle and fill with the required ingredients to their fill lines. No measuring.  No trying to remember what goes in it.

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The one thing you have to watch out for is the oil. Pour your dressing from the opposite side of the jar that the writing is on. Rubbing with water may not be able to remove the writing, but a drip of oil is dangerous.

Interested in making the super-delicious salad in the picture above?  Here’s my recipe.    It has spring mix, strawberries, spiced pecans, brie cheese … and is pretty stinkin’ delicious.


Hey you.  YOU THERE!  You’re kindda brilliant and ambitious. Good for you.


  1. Laura says:

    We are stupid and lazy if we don’t make our own dressing? this is not the site for me. I prefer a better quality website.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I agree, you’re probably right. If you take offence at that, this definitely isn’t the right site for you. ~ karen

  2. Madeleine says:

    red wine vinegar, olive oil (preferably a super yummy one), 1 clove garlic through a press, salt and pepper. stir, pour. perfection! or add a little dijon for kick.

  3. nancy says:

    I know I am not going to make any salad dressings cause I am super slazy and I love plain old balsalmic. (Unless there is Ken’s Blue Cheese around.) For those who will, it seems there is always a Good Seasons bottle at GoodWill.
    BUT, I can’t believe I missed a post!!! Weird.

  4. Terressa says:

    This sounds like the best oil and vinegar dressing recipe ever!

  5. Sia says:

    Omg. I have to comment on this post because:

    -I was sitting eating my fresh veggie salad and dressing made by me as I read this…
    -I am Greek but will spare you my dressing recipe…
    -Simply looking at the ingredients on your bottle almost had me jump off my seat to make it right away (been looking for new weird recipe and you got me with the maple syrup… So curious)
    -I can’t believe I have not thought of this myself!!! Jealous of your brain.
    And last but mot least…
    -KAREN IS RIGHT PEOPLE!!! Baked sharpie does not stay on!!! I had my 4 year old make personalized mugs for all our family members for xmas, hoping I’d bake it and it would not rub off… LIE! I probably should have asked Karen first. My bad.

    So yeah, kinda felt like Karen posted this for me. Mark a bottle you idiot!!!

  6. Daria says:

    What a great tip! It’s just perfect for a single girl like me. It’s so not about spending more time in the kitchen.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Daria – On a reader’s suggestion I tried using Wite Out and it works great! Just draw a line with white out and then write in ink pen on it. Doesn’t smudge, doesn’t wash off! ~ karen

  7. Holly says:

    This dressing sounds amazing. I am kicking the bottles out of my cabinet. I have a great time just reading your posts, very clever.

  8. Pam'a says:

    How about 1) Karen’s pen with 2) clear nail polish over it? Smaaazy!

  9. Jackie says:

    Hi Karen! Thanks for this one! I always find something fun or funny, or an “I’ve gotta do that!” epiphany (usually a combo of the three) when I visit your site. Took a look on Amazon: is the Kraft dressing that you opt for on those 1-in-10 salad days the “Kraft Greek Vinaigrette Dressing & Marinade,” or the “Kraft Dressing Made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Greek Vinaigrette Dressing with Feta Cheese and Oregano”? They have different ingredients and come in different bottles. Just wondering which one (or both?) you’ve tested and approved. :)

  10. Stephanie says:

    I always make my own salad dressing, but I’m way too lazy to follow a recipe. Put some vinegar in the tall mixing jar that came with the stick blender, add herbs/seasoning/mustard/shallot/whatever as inspired, a dollop of something sweet (a squeeze of ketsup if you’re out of maple syrup), add oil, maybe a garlic clove. Insert stick blender and push button. Turns out different every time, and always yummy. When it’s super-awesome and will never be duplicated (’cause I didn’t measure or write down what went into it) it’s transcendant. Seems like the kind of thing the Japanese would have a phrase for: the fleeting preciousness of a lone-batch home-made salad dressing.

  11. Tina says:

    You measure? Am I the only one that just throws the stuff in and shakes it up? Huh. I guess that makes me even lazier than you all.

    • Karen says:

      This particular dressing is more involved than most. And when made to exact measurements it’s probably one of the best (sweet) dressings you’ll ever try. Regular balsamic dressings I don’t measure. ~ karen!

  12. Barbie says:

    I meant “clever!” HA! not CLEAVER! Although it would be appropriate too I guess!

  13. Barbie says:

    You cleaver little foodie you!

  14. korrine says:

    How do you store this dressing? Do you just shake it up each time before you use it? I usually make my own dressing in a single serving every ding dang time we have salad, but this would be MUCH easier!

  15. Melanie Marie says:

    And I was just referring back to your blog for the recipe. Thanks Karen!

  16. angie says:

    I LOVE this idea! I’m always loosing and forgetting this recipe. It’s my favorite, and now I’ll never loose it again. Thanks!

    Asian Chicken Salad With Sweet and Spicy Dressing
    2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
    2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
    2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
    3/4 Teaspoon Wasabi Powder (dried Japanese horseradish)
    1/4 Teaspoon Salt
    1/8 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
    1 Package Asian Supreme Salad Mix
    1 8 oz Can Mandarin Oranges
    2 Cups Grilled Chicken Breast
    2 Diagonally Cut Green Onions
    1/2 Cup Almonds
    1/3 Can Rice Noodles (the thin ones)

  17. Jeff Walker says:

    Ok this dressing is amazing. I made your salad and dressing tonight and took full credit for the whole damn thing. Is there no honor among thieves? Thank you for sharing Karen.

    Amy in StL: Im worried about you and that’s kinda freaking me out because I don’t even know you. Sending you good vibes.

  18. Geraldine says:

    You can buy bottles with ingredient amount fill lines already printed on them. Amazon sells one called Kolder Salad Dressing Bottle. I think William Sonoma carries them as well. They usually have a number of dressing recipes printed on them – French, Italian, etc… It’s a great present to give when you go to visit someone.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Geraldine! Good to know. (I wanted to do it this way because I wanted something that worked for my salad dressing recipes) ~ karen!

  19. I’ve got 8 of these little glass bottles (so you know what dressing I’ve been eating, Karen). So trying this, because I am forever losing my dressing recipes.

  20. Amy in StL says:

    So far, I’ve been disappointed by every recipe that’s thrown at me as too oily or too sharp, or too bland. Directions like season to taste are useless. And honestly, yours looks kind of bland. Of course, I also prefer creamy dressings and they are a lot of work. They’re also a lot of fat, and I don’t eat salad to up my fat intake.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. You sound like you’re in a bit of a growly mood today Amy. I can assure you that just because my dressing is light coloured in no way means it’s bland. Not even close to bland. Yeah, salad dressings aren’t diet food, but I don’t eat them as such. Also, you have to remember you’re not drinking the bottle. You’re just using a couple of tablespoons. That’s all you need for a serving, especially if they’re full of flavour. ~ karen!

      • Amy in StL says:

        Yeah, honestly the whole sequester/furlough thing does have me in a big grump this week. I’ll take my black cloud back with me. :)

        • Karen says:

          I don’t know what that is, explain it to me. You’re being put on forced lay off? ~ karen!

  21. Anita says:

    Excellent idea. I wonder if it could be etched, then it could go in the dishwasher and oil wouldn’t bother it.

  22. David W. says:

    That is a bloody brilliant idea. And that salad looks amazing.

  23. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE this idea and will definitely be trying it at my house! But I’m thinking that you need to share your dressing recipe with us – maple syrup? mustard? balsamic? I surely need the specifics now!! :)

    • Karen says:

      Jennifer. At the bottom of the post I give you the link to the recipe. ~ karen!

      • Jennifer says:

        Ha! Yes it is. I’m no longer when I make a salad dressing but apparently I need to improve my lazy reading skills! I’m off now to find a suitable bottle….. Thanks Karen!

        • Karen says:

          That’s O.K. You weren’t the only person to miss it. I think I got everyone overexcited over the writing on the bottle idea. ~ karen

  24. Shauna says:

    Awesome idea. My husband makes fabulous dressings all the time and has bits of paper floating around my cupboards with his recipes. I like this idea much better.

    I made a quick and easy dressing last night that was pretty darn tasty too, but I did it right in the bowl. Pressed garlic clove (toss), Olive oils just poured on (toss), champagne vinaigrette (toss), sea salt, ground pepper, dill, freshly diced rosemary (just a touch) and toss again. Also used spring mix with red onions. Was delicious and light.

  25. Jeannie B says:

    I’m going to make your salad dressing for tonight’s supper. My balsamic is from Italy and it’s dark so the finished dressing won’t look quite as nice as yours. Thanks for the idea. Wish I had some fresh strawberries and spring mix too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeannie B – You can try it but white balsamic and regular balsamic do taste quite different. It’ll probably be fine tho. ~ karen!

  26. Seems like a lot of maple syrup in there Karen – still, I trust you, I’ll try it. I’m also trying Annie’s dressing as I am in a dressing rut, I have been making my mother’s since the Ark.

    2/3 olive oil
    1/3 balsamic
    grainy mustard
    salt, pepper

    I usually make it in either the oil or the vinegar bottle, and keep it hidden away. I couldn’t buy the pre-marked special bottles as I feel they are bossing me about. If I marked my own bottle I’d feel that I was bossing myself!

  27. v says:

    If you have ever accidentally smudged WHITE OUT on your clothing and then attempted to remove it know that it is indelible; White Out could be an alternative for line measurements.

    • Karen says:

      It could .. it’s just really hard to write ingredients with white out. Same with the idea people have with modge podge or nail polish. It MIGHT be possible to use a wide line of white out and then write with indelible marker on the white out tho! ~ karen

      • Patti says:

        Can you still buy white out pens? I used to love those back in the day, when I’d write boys’ names on my binders with them.. oh la la. Then they banned white out.

  28. mia pratt says:

    Thanks so much – LOVE the lines idea, I used a similar technique in my restaurant in Ajijic (just closed thank God don’t ever open a restaurant if you love to cook…), with giant service-size containers and yet never ONCE considered doing it for the stuff I make at home. Sheesh! Stupid. Lazy. Slaaaaaazy.

  29. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    This is why I love you Karen..I learn how to do things the easy way making me look smart..”Nancy..You are so smart and not lazy”..”Yes..Yes I know that”..HA!..Therefore I get to bask in the glory of your brilliance!!

  30. Katie King says:

    Paint the side with the writing with Modge Podge. Hand wash it, and it shouldn’t come off, and then you won’t have to worry about oil drips…

  31. Annie says:

    I am moved by the brilliance of this idea. True story.

  32. Maureen says:

    Totally going to do this! Great tip.

  33. Ann says:

    This is my fav easy French style salad dressing. I use the tomato sauce instead of soup. I make my own sauce and freeze it during the summer and have plenty. And I seldom used canned goods. But I think when made with tomato sauce it is a really great tasting dressing and easy to whip up.

    1 cup tomato sauce or 1 cup tomato soup
    1/2 cup oil
    1/4 cup vinegar
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 teaspoon dry mustard
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
    1 dash Tabasco sauce (optional)
    1 garlic clove (optional)

    Place all ingredients into a bottle or jar.

    Cover tightly and shake well.

    Chill several hours.

    Remove garlic, if used.

    Shake well again.

    Read more at:

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Ann. I’ve tried a million different French dressing recipes with no success at all. I’ll copy this to one try. It looks promising. ~ karen!

  34. Wendy says:

    I am too lazy to make my own dressing. You MUST try Renee’s Greek dressing. You can find it in the refrigerator section in the grocery store. I used to buy the Kraft Greek, but Renee’s has so much more flavor. You will be hooked!

  35. Sandy says:

    This is a great idea!! Thanks.

  36. Susan says:

    I agree 95% except my fave is Renees Greek Salad dressing. The rest of the time I make my own and it is usually your amazing maple syrup dressing. Can’t wait until spring so we can get FRESH salad mix!

  37. Jenn says:

    Thanks for what looks like a great recipe. The maple syrup sounds like a great addition! I’ll be stocking up on syrup, as this coming Sunday is Maple Sugar Sunday in Maine…yum.

    I won’t send you any recipes for Greek dressings, but I will encourage you to put some Greek oregano into your garden. It makes all the difference in making authentic tasting Greek dishes!

  38. I will have to try your recipe. Pinning it! Cheers.

  39. Beckie says:

    life is too short to use bottled dressings (~yuck~)

    Good Seasons sells a bottle that has lines already on it, btw =)

  40. Kipley Herr says:

    Perhaps you could write with fingernail polish….?

    • Karen says:

      Yup! That’s an idea. Kindda hard, but it could probably somehow be done. ~ karen!

      • Cat says:

        Nail polish pen. Or just color coded dots: Yellow for olive oil, red for vinegar, orange for mustard, etc.

        • Karen says:

          LOL. If I can’t remember my recipe I definitely won’t be able to remember which colour dot corresponds with which ingredient. Might be able to write with the polish pen tho. ~ karen!

  41. Elizabeth says:

    Really, Kraft? All Kraft dressing taste like, well KRAFT. ugh. But you are forgiven this one transgression. (there is only the one, right?)

  42. Bonnie says:

    Now I want a salad for breakfast.
    Thanks Karen, you make it so easy!

  43. Nicki Woo says:

    Very wonderful. I would have just called myself forgetful, but . . . your harsher terms “stupid and lazy” fit also.

    I make my salad dressings only 1/4 of the time for this EXACT reason. Durn it. Why can’t I remember the ingredients? Very clever. Also, I like your salad dressing pourer. Very descriptive, i know. Just wondering. . .is that how you house it in your fridge? Does it have a top, so you get no spills? I use mason jars, but they are a booger when pouring. It wouldn’t really be that bad. . .but well you know. . .this is where that stupid and lazy bit comes into play.

    • Karen says:

      Nicki – Yup, that’s how I keep the dressing in the fridge. The jar has a metal lid that sticks on it. ~ karen!

      • Shauna says:

        And, this would be a good time to note to Nikki about your sponsor/advertiser who sells the mason jar lids with a little spout thingy. Might help with the pouring of salad dressing out of her mason jars. Just trying to make a sale for you:)

        • Karen says:

          You’re right! She hasn’t advertised with me for a while … out of site out of mind I guess. ReCap mason jar lids! ~ karen

  44. Lynn says:

    LOVE this idea. Big thanks from a former stupid and lazy salad maker! :)

  45. Allison says:

    You should get into decals. There are some waterslide transfer decals that you can bake on in your oven. In the past I’ve screen printed my own decals using glazes onto waterslide transfer paper, coated the top with clear spray paint and let it dry before applying. After that I would fire them in kiln but you might be able to modify your print medium for a lower temperature for curing in a conventional oven. But it would be highly experimental. :) Feel free to email me if you are interested or want more info.

  46. Jen Morris says:

    This post is useless without a recipe. How dare you hold out on us. ;)

  47. Lynne says:

    You are brilliant & I am kicking myself for not having done this before now!!! Guess that’s why you make the big bucks ;)
    Anyhoo, I completely agree with the Kraft Greek Dressing thing except I also add some Epicure Greek Herbs to my Greek Salad … best. greek. salad. ever & super easy!!

  48. Erin says:

    Hi Karen! I am obsessed with making my own dressings as well! Most all of my dressings are 4 ingredients, flavored oil, flavored vinegar, salt and pepper! BUT… I my obsession started only because of Fustini’s Oil and Vinegars. They are the most amazing oils and balsamics I have ever had. I don’t work for them, I just love them. My favorite combo: the Sage Mushroom Olive Oil with the Espresso Bean Balsamic… sounds weird, but it is life changing. I just had to share. :o)

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