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30 Irresistible Salad Dressing Recipes No One Can Miss

30 Irresistible Salad Dressing Recipes No One Can Miss

Salads are healthy and versatile options for a delicious lunch or even dinner. They are ideal meals because they take minimal preparation, cooking and use easily accessible produce. The ingredients are important components, but what really makes a salad is the dressing. Here are 30 recipes that will leave you inspired for many meals to come.

1. Caesar Salad Dressing

This classic recipe is creamy and tangy and complements any Caesar salad, along with grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, croutons and Parmesan cheese.

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    2. Sesame Ginger Dressing

    The perfect dressing to drizzle over a Chinese chicken salad. For a healthier version of this salad leave off the fried wonton strips.

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      3. Crab Louie Dressing

      The key to getting this salad right is the rich dressing that will highlight the crab (or shrimp), avocado, asparagus, egg and cherry tomatoes.

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        4. Cobb Salad Dressing

        This popular salad has many ingredients that make it delicious, but to top it off, it’s important to get the dressing ratio just right.

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          5. Simple Olive Oil and Lemon Dressing

          A great addition to a easy arugula salad with beets and goat cheese. Add walnuts for an extra flavor.

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            6. Tuna Nicoise Dressing

            This simple dressing for a well-loved salad is easy to make with herbs and spices that are easily found in your kitchen.

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              7. California Miso Avocado Salad Dressing

              A unique dressing inspired by Japanese flavors. This is a real treat on a salad that is made of beans, broccoli, crunchy seeds and avocado.

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                8. Mexican Chopped Salad Dressing

                A delicious addition to a heart-healthy salad that combines fresh zucchini, roasted corn, bell peppers and other colorful produce for a beautiful presentation.

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                  9. Waldorf Salad Dressing

                  Tangy, spicy and creamy dressing that complements this famous salad that originated in New York.

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                    10. Creamy Italian Dressing

                    A classic choice that complements any simple garden salad.

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                      11. Mango-Lime Dressing

                      With a great mixture of sweet and tangy, this is a perfect dressing for any salad.

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                        12. Spicy Honey Mustard Dressing

                        Perfect addition to a simple side salad.

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                          13. Blue Cheese Dressing

                          A great dressing for an iceberg wedge salad.

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                            14. Classic Vinaigrette

                            Spices up a simple dinner salad.

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                              15. Homemade House Dressing

                              A delicious and rich addition to an iceberg or garden salad.

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                                16. Ginger-Miso Dressing

                                An ideal dressing to spice up a garden salad. Add carrots to further complement the rich spicy flavor.

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                                  17. Japanese Restaurant-Style Dressing

                                  A simple, but satisfying dressing that goes well on a plain iceberg salad.

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                                    18. Russian Dressing

                                    Sweet and with a peppery kick, this dressing is a great addition to any simple salad.

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                                      19. Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

                                      A sweet addition to a simple garden salad. Especially delicious with cherry tomatoes.

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                                        20. Ranch Dressing

                                        A classic recipe that goes well with all salads, especially iceberg.

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                                          21. Watermelon Raspberry Vinaigrette

                                          A unique fruity take on a classic dressing that would go great on an arugula salad.

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                                            22. Warm Honey Walnut Dressing

                                            A sweet dressing that would also complement an arugula salad.

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                                              23. Warm Bacon Dressing

                                              A delicious addition to a simple garden salad or any vegetables for that matter.

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                                                24. Sashimi Salad Dressing

                                                A simple dressing that packs a punch.

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                                                  25. Cilantro Lime Dressing

                                                  A rich and creamy recipe that goes especially well with a iceberg salad.

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                                                    26. Mango Dressing

                                                    This versatile dressing goes well with grilled chicken and avocado salad.

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                                                      27. Creamy Pesto Dressing

                                                      The perfect addition to a simple garden salad complete with croutons.

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                                                        28. Almond Honey Mustard Dressing

                                                        Similar to its cousin, this dressing has the added nutty flavor to spice up a chicken salad.

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                                                          29. Greek Dressing

                                                          A light and crisp recipe that is perfect on a simple romaine salad with fresh tomatoes.

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                                                            30. Snappy Southwest Dressing

                                                            This creamy, spicy dressing is a great addition to spice up a garden salad

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                                                              Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                              1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                              2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                              3. Upgrade yourself

                                                              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                              4. Talk to a friend.

                                                              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                              7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                              8. Have a quick nap.

                                                              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                              9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                              10. Find some competition.

                                                              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                              11. Go exercise.

                                                              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                              12. Take a good break.

                                                              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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