Real Simple magazine offers an easy recipe to wake up weeknight salads titled Lemon-Garlic Dressing. Crush a small clove of garlic, then whisk it together with 1/3 cup of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste with approximately 1/4 teaspoons of each.
The bright, tangy dressing takes five minutes to make and yields about one-half cup of dressing, or eight servings. Some home chefs save time by adding the ingredients to a small jar with a tightly sealed lid, then shaking to unite the flavors. The jar doubles as a server and can be stored in the refrigerator.
Real Simple provides a dozen other recipes on its website in an article titled "Easy Salad Dressing Recipes," including a simple variation on Red Wine Vinaigrette, which calls for whisking together 1/3 cup of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard and one teaspoon of honey. The article also lists several dairy-based dressings, including Creamy Parmesan Dressing, which combines 1/4 cup of sour cream, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan, 1/2 cup of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar.
Cooks looking for a specific salad dressing can also search Yummly.com, an aggregator website that combines recipes from gourmet magazines, food blogs and manufacturers. The website lets users filter their search results by ingredient, so home cooks can find a recipe with ingredients that they already have on hand.