With lemon juice and Dijon mustard, this super-fast dressing has a nice tang that's balanced by a hint of sweetness. Try it on a spinach salad or mixed greens with cucumber and tomatoes. —Bryan Braack, Eldridge, Iowa
"A splash of this delicate dressing lets the goodness of fresh spring greens shine through." says Vivian Haen (right) of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. It's also excellent drizzled over wedges of vine-ripened tomatoes."
I always have this dressing on hand, since it yields a large jar. Italian salad dressing is versatile and compatible with many combinations of vegetables, so the cook can get creative. —Maxine Johnson
"This sweet simple dressing is especially good on a spinach or lettuce salad topped with fresh orange sections and sliced strawberries," reports Debbie Snyder from her home in Kalispell, Montana. "We also like it on a tossed vegetable salad."
I love to use this dressing for a salad of colorful fresh fruits. Mix the dressing with a medley of watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, grapes, strawberries or whatever you have on hand for a flavorful brunch dish.
This simple dressing has served me for many years. Using this basic recipe, I can easily make simple variations, usually with ingredients I have on hand. As a result, I have always made my own salad dressings.
-Carolyn Ozment, Gaylesville, Alabama
Think from-scratch salad dressing if too time-consuming? Try this tangy creation from Janice Connelley of Spring Creek, Nevada. She mixes all the ingredients in a blender for a 10-minute topping that gives the greens fabulous flavor.