Tasty Tuesday: Mexican Dressing {a homemade salad dressing}

If you read my menu plans, you’ll notice that I often mention having homemade salad dressing.  This Mexican Dressing is our favorite and the one we use the most.  It is slightly sweet, a bit creamy and just has a nice, full flavor.

We love it on a variety of salads but I think it pairs especially well with salads that have eggs in them.  Really though, it’s kind of like Ranch- it goes well with almost any salad!

Mexican Dressing {a homemade salad dressing}

  • 1 med. onion
  • ⅔ c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
  • ⅓ c. vinegar
  • 1 c. oil
  • 6 Tbsp. mayonnaise (opt.)*

  1. Put all ingredients but mayonnaise in blender.
  2. Mix 2 to 5 min, so oil doesn’t separate.
  3. Add mayonnaise and blend until mixed.

*This is obviously healthier without the mayonnaise but it is also much creamier with it. We like it both ways but do prefer it with the mayo added.


Add a Comment
Back To The Thrifty Frugal Mom
  1. by Megan

    On January 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

    How long does this last for? Have you tried it without the onion? Do you use it for basic lettuce salads?

  2. by Monica

    On January 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    This looks like the salad dressing recipe we use most, too! I think mine came from an old cookbook that had recipes from Central Market in it. It even works with coleslaw. It’s very yummy.

  3. by Lydia Beiler

    On January 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Megan, sorry about the slow reply. For some reason my gmail account keeps sending comments to spam and so I miss them. :(

    I’ve had it in the fridge for at least a month, but I would think you could probably even have it longer since the ingredients are pretty long lasting if you know what I mean. I haven’t totally skipped the onion but I have made it using onion powder in the past, although it isn’t as good. It does have a fairly strong onion flavor but even though I’m not a huge onion fan I don’t mind it. You could always make it and cut back on the onion and see what you think.

    Yes, I use it for basic lettuce salads. It goes well with lots of different salad combos. We often use it on salads that have eggs or almonds/cashews but it goes really well with any basic salad. Hope that helps!

    Monica, the coleslaw idea intrigues me! I don’t really like coleslaw but I just might if I used this! :)

  4. by Rhonda

    On March 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Can u substitute honey for the sugar?

  5. by Lydia Beiler

    On March 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Rhonda- I would imagine so but I don’t use honey that much so I can say for sure. Honey would def. give it a different flavor and I don’t know if you’d use the same amount or not. If you try it, I’d love if you’d let me know how it worked out!

  6. [...] you might be surprised how easy it is to make things like cream soup, Bisquick, Salad Dressing, Shake and Bake and pie crusts from scratch.  It’s probably not as hard or time consuming as [...]

  7. [...] Free Papa John’s pizza (from their rewards program); lettuce salad with homemade dressing [...]

  8. [...] Cheese Chowder (meatless); Lettuce Salad with Homemade Dressing; Homemade Applesauce; Pumpkin Trifle (used graham crackers instead of Biscoff cookies). This [...]

  9. [...] to use with a semi-potty trained child.  And while I prefer homemade salad dressing (such as this Homemade Mexian Dressing), our kids don’t care for it.  They’ll eat huge mounds of salad if they can have Ranch [...]

  10. [...] 6 dinner guests– Creamy White Chili; Homemade French Bread; Lettuce Salad with Homemade Mexican Dressing; Jello Salad; Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing; Ice [...]