5 Ingredients

Dressed to Thrill

Four delectable salad toppers you can whip up in minutes
Dressed to Thrill

What’s the difference between an everyday salad and an unforgettable one? The dressing you toss it with. A great homemade dressing can be whisked together in minutes, costs almost nothing, and most keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge.

Mix & Match

5-Ingredient Salads
Sure, tossed salads with a ton of veggies are delicious, but when it comes to putting together elegant options, less is more and five ingredients are plenty. Using this mix-and-match menu, pick one item from each category to assemble any number of gourmet creations to go with our dressings. (If you choose the Light Roquefort Dressing, omit any other cheese additions so the dressing’s blue cheese flavor can shine.)

Greens
baby spinach
arugula
mesclun mix
Belgian endive
watercress

Fruit
sliced pears
orange segments
dried fruit
diced apples
sliced peaches or nectarines

Nuts
pecans
almonds
pine nuts
hazelnuts
walnuts

Cheese
Swiss or Gruyère
feta
fresh mozzarella
goat cheese
Cheddar or Monterey Jack

Flavoring
chopped chives
chopped red onion
minced garlic
sliced green onions
chopped shallots

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Light Roquefort Dressing

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Blue cheese dressing is an American favorite—but boy, can it add calories to a salad. This homemade version is lightened up with low-fat mayonnaise and fat-free buttermilk. Roquefort is a sheep’s milk cheese from the south of France, but you can substitute any blue cheese. This Roquefort dressing will keep

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Orange-Hazelnut Vinaigrette

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Nut oils, such as hazelnut, walnut, and almond, are a boon to salads, adding a hint of nutty flavor that melds particularly well with fruit juice or fruit-infused vinegars. Try this on a salad of arugula, pear, hazelnuts, and goat cheese with a sprinkling of chopped chives.

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Lemon-Rosemary Vinaigrette

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For a fresh taste of Tuscany, drizzle this dressing over a watercress-and–white bean salad. Because its leaves are tougher than other aromatic herbs, fresh rosemary needs to be finely chopped to release its flavor (and to avoid getting the leaves stuck between your teeth).

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Sesame-Ginger Dressing

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Rice wine vinegar has a pure, not-too-acidic taste that tempers the sourness of the lime juice in this dressing. Serve with a crisp salad of Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, and sprouts, or try on cold noodles for an Asian pasta dish.

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