When enjoying a refreshing salad with crisp greens, don’t damage it by dousing nature’s bounty with processed dressings. Many name-brand bottled salad dressings list soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup among ingredients. These ingredients derive from corn and soybeans that have been genetically modified - manipulated by food scientists to produce desired traits. The long term effects of genetically modified food on human health have yet to be determined, but these foods are rampant in our food system.  

GMO? Genetically Modified Organism


By crafting homemade salad dressings, you can ensure that your fresh greens are being complemented by high quality ingredients that are equally nutritious. Saratoga Olive Oil Co. offers non-genetically modified oils and vinegars, as certified by the Non-GMO Project.  When thinking of salad dressing ideas, let your creativity shine. Include the flavors you love, skip the ones you don’t. Below are some of our favorite ideas to jazz up a salad.


Sweet ideas:

Roasted Walnut Oil & Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar 

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil & Strawerry Balsamic Vinegar

Persian Lime Olive Oil & Coconut White Balsamic Vinegar

Spanish Oro Bailen Picual Olive Oil (or any Extra Virgin Olive Oil varietal) & Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar


Savory ideas:

Organic Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil & Fig Balsamic Vinegar

Organic Tuscan Herb Olive Oil & Traditional White Balsamic Vinegar

Organic Garlic Olive Oil & Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar

Cilantro and Onion Olive Oil & Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar

Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil & Traditional Balsamic Vinegar


We recommend a ratio of two parts oil to one part vinegar, but feel free to adjust according to your individual preferences. Also consider adding a dash of salt, pepper, or your favorite spice to a dressing. 


What are your favorite dressings combinations?
Share your ideas in the comments section.