January 29, 2012

Homemade Western Dressing

When I was growing up, my Grandma always had a bottle of Western Dressing and a bottle of Ranch Dressing on the table for every family get-together.  Well...she still does, actually. We put it on our salads and we dipped our steak in it. Gross - I know, but it soon became my favorite topping for all of my salads! As I grew older and became more health conscious and more aware of the ingredients in the food I was eating - I found out the main ingredient in my favorite Western Dressing was High Fructose Corn Syrup and it also had some other weird ingredients in it like Propylene Glycol Alginate. I'm not sure what that is, but I know I don't really want to be eating it. So I stopped and I have been on a quest to find a new dressing I really liked.

Honestly - I still haven't found a dressing I've liked - until now! This dressing uses agave nectar and nutritious grapeseed oil instead of corn syrup and soybean oil. It's flavored with ketchup (love!), apple cider vinegar onion, garlic, and salt! Oh...and just a little dash of hot sauce! The ingredients are so simple - you've got to try it!

Oh...and I finally got to use my Immersion Blender that I got for Christmas! If you don't have one - then just use a blender or food processor!

  • 2/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1 cup oil (grapeseed, olive, canola, etc..)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a dash or two of hot sauce

Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and process for 2-3 minutes with an immersion blender. Or place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend for 2-3 minutes until ingredients are well combined and the dressing has emulsified.


  1. Yum! Can't wait to try this! I
    I loved Western dressing, but I wasn't sure if it was vegan (always worried when I see 'Natural Flavor' on the ingredients list, since butter can be considered 'natural'.

  2. Regan - I know! That makes me a bit iffy too. I think if it was dairy they would have to say "contains dairy", but it could always be a natural flavor from a meat source! You never know!

  3. Old favorites sometime make the best "new" recipes. Thanks for sharing - as someone from Arizona I know I'd love this one!

  4. I just made this. It is excellent!! Thank you for this healthier version of my favorite dressing!

    1. Thanks so much! I'm so glad you liked it!

  5. If you are looking to avoid GMOs...then don't use canola oil.