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Here's How To Make The Perfect Homemade Salad Dressing

05/28/2015 07:00am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

Let's be honest here, the only thing many of us really care about when it comes to salad is the dressing. That's where all the flavor is, and that's what makes a salad memorable. Heck, that's often what makes salads edible.

But if you don't make your own dressings, you're stuck with the store-bought versions that are full of unnecessary sugar, cost way more than they should, and aren't even that good. What's a salad eater to do? The answer is easy: Learn how to make dressing. It's way easier than you think.

Basically, a homemade dressing is just a mixture of oil, acid (such as vinegar or citrus), and flavor in the form of fresh herbs or spices. It's really that simple. But don't take our word for it, let the infographics below walk you through the process of becoming a dressing-mixing genius.

First, everyone needs a basic vinaigrette formula.

Next, one should master both the vinaigrette and creamy options.

Then, experiment with different oils.

Once you're comfortable, get fancy with it.

Ta-da!

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