From Melissa’s Kitchen: Russian Salad Dressing

Our family eats a lot of salad.  Anyone who follows my weekly budgeting post already knows that.  At the end of each update on our budget, I include our family’s menu plan for that week.  Salad makes a frequent appearance.

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I almost always buy our lettuce by the head.  Unless I can purchase bagged lettuce for almost free with a coupon, lettuce by the head is a better value.  It is fresher, usually of better quality, and much less expensive.

Usually our lettuce is romaine or green leaf.  We also eat a fair amount of cabbage.  These leafy greens contain more nutritional value than the iceberg variety of lettuce, so I prefer them.  Back in our days as members of a CSA, we ate other leafy greens too.  Maybe someday we will again.

With all of that lettuce coming in the house, it is somewhat natural to think that we buy a ridiculous amount of salad dressing.  That is not the case.  Unless I can purchase a 16 ounce bottle of dressing for a dollar or less, it never goes in my cart.  Sometimes I am able to find those deals, but not always.

So what do we do when we run out of bottled dressing?  Use oil and vinegar?  Sometimes, but not very often.  Eat it dry?  Nope.  We make dressing ourselves.

We have a few favorite recipes.  They are all easy.  We recently discovered a new variety that everyone in the family enjoys: Creamy Russian Dressing.

I was a little skeptical of this one, because it contains horseradish.  Two of our children get pretty fussy about spicy foods, and I was worried they might balk at the new dressing.  Since we have been inundated with horseradish from our monthly food club shares lately, though, I figured it was worth a try.  Anything to get rid of the horseradish.

The good news is that the dressing is not offensive to my non-spicy eaters at all.  In fact, they request it for more than just salad.  They dip carrots and pretzels in this Russian dressing.  I have even seen it go on a sandwich or two instead of mayo or mustard, as well.

I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours has!

Russian Salad Dressing

Russian Salad Dressing


  • 1 c. mayo
  • 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. horseradish, prepared
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. onion, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker or bowl. Shake or stir until smooth and well combined. Works well as a salad dressing or dip.
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What are your favorite homemade salad dressing recipes?  Email me or comment below!