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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 October 23, 2018

                                                              Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                                                              Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                                                              My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

                                                              Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

                                                              The Neural Knitwork Project

                                                              In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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                                                              While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

                                                              The knitting and neural connection

                                                              The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

                                                              More mental health benefits from knitting

                                                              Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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                                                              “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

                                                              Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

                                                              Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

                                                              She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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                                                              “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

                                                              The dopamine effect on our happiness

                                                              Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

                                                              There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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                                                              “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

                                                              If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

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