It is BBQ season, that is for sure and what goes better with grilled "anything", than a fresh green salad?!?  I've posted these salad dressings before, however, I've tweaked them again and this time I think they are perfect, well at least that is what picky-picky husband says.

Not only are they delicious, but they certainly save a lot of money and I  feel good knowing exactly what is in my salad dressing!!


1 cup mayonnaise (low cal OK)
1 cup buttermilk (don't substitute)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley (or 2 tsp. dried)
¾ teaspoon black pepper
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
½ teaspoon onion powder (not onion salt)
2 large pinches dried thyme

Whisk together and chill overnight before using.

NOTE: Don't use this dressing right after you make it; it will NOT taste like ranch dressing. Something magical happens to it after it sits me!!

We like Light House brand Thousand Island salad dressing (in the refrigerated veggie section) but the price has increased to nearly $4.50 for a small jar, which is crazy.  The following recipe  is VERY close to the original, I hope you like it... picky-picky husband loves it.

3/4 cup mayonnaise (low cal is OK)
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2 tablespoons finely minced celery
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Whisk everything together and refrigerate at least a couple of hours before using.


This Catalina salad dressing is delicious, our grand kids love it. I can't believe how easy it is to make.


1 cup vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup vinegar (I used red wine vinegar)
½ teaspoon onion powder (not onion salt)
½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
½ teaspoon celery seed
½ teaspoon chili powder
big pinch of paprika (not the spicy kind)
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup sugar
Place all ingredients in a blender (I used an immersion blender) and mix on high speed (salad dressing will really thicken up as you process it).

NOTE: Catalina needs a good whisk before using (if it has been in the fridge for a few days).

NOTE: All three of these salad dressings last an easy 10 days (or more) in the fridge.
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