Salad dressings have been around for nearly 2000 years, and were commonly used in Babylonia and Egypt. The basic ingredients used by these civilizations were oil, lemon juice and spices, the usage of which is still widespread.

This condiment is a taste enhancer and adds to the texture of the salad. It can be thick and creamy or thin and runny, depending on the ingredients it is made with. A number of salad dressings available in the market can be used as dips for breads and chips as well.

The base is mostly prepared with mayonnaise, different oils and dairy products however, soy sauce is a favourite in most Asian countries. Additionally, a lot of fresh herbs, nuts and fruits can also be added to the base.

The ingredients present in the dressing may vary from company to company therefore, one should always check the contents before buying the product. Also, if you are a health freak and keep a count of your calorie intake, do not forget to check the nutrition label.
Given below is a list of most used salad dressings in the world:

1. Ranch Dressing- buttermilk, garlic and herbs
2. Vinaigrette- three parts oil, one part vinegar with salt and pepper
3. Caesar Dressing- Worcestershire sauce, garlic, black pepper, olive oil, etc
4. Italian Dressing- lemon juice, vegetable oil and different spices
5. Bleu Cheese Dressing- blue cheese, mayonnaise and buttermilk with vinegar

The service size of a salad dressing is a tablespoon or two, maximum and should be used wisely. Don’t complain of weight issues if you flood your salad with the dressing.

Remember, you can always put in your favourite ingredients together and prepare a salad dressing of your choice.

Salad your way to success!