Homemade Western Dressing

Do you use Western Salad Dressing? It’s not something I bought very often in the past, even before we eliminated processed foods from our home, but one of my favorite recipes, my Fiesta Pasta Salad, calls for a bottle of it. Well, because of all the not-so-great ingredients in the bottled dressing, I haven’t made this pasta salad recipe in over an entire year!!! And that’s too bad, because it is awesome! However, as I’ve been learning on this journey, whenever I want to make something that calls for a ‘processed ingredient,’ I’m finding I can almost always make it at home with REAL ingredients just as easily. All it usually takes is a quick search on the internet and maybe a few ingredient swaps, and voila…I have my own copycat version! However, unlike the original, store-bought version, my homemade recipe does NOT contain high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil (GMO), propylene glycol alginate, color added, natural flavor, and calcium disodium EDTA (used to protect “quality”). Um, yeah…no, thanks!

Western Dressing

I will admit, I haven’t tasted the store bought version in a LONG time, BUT, I really think this is a close substitute. I was really impressed with how it tasted! I bet it would be great on salads or in recipes that call for a bottle, like my Fiesta Pasta Salad recipe, of course!

Homemade Western Dressing

(Equals one 16 oz. bottle of dressing)

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup organic ketchup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar (regular sugar could be used too)
  • 1 T honey
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (I use Annie’s Naturals)
  • 1 tsp. dried minced onions (or 1/4 tsp onion powder)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Store in fridge until ready to use. Enjoy!

P.S. – Want to know what my five absolute favorite (and most used) ‘real food’ kitchen tools are??

  1. My breadmaker (for making homemade whole wheat bread)
  2. My smoothie straws (so I don’t have to throw plastic straws away after each use)
  3. My butter crock (so my organic butter is always soft and spreadable)
  4. My cheese grater (because I’ve yet to find a package of shredded cheese that does NOT contain wood pulp)
  5. My Ninja blender with individual blending cups (because I use it almost every day for smoothies, fruit purees…even salad dressings!)

What is your favorite kitchen tool or gadget?? Would love to hear in the comments below!

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Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

18 thoughts on “Homemade Western Dressing

  1. thanks for posting this recipe…my son brought home a tco sald recipe from school calls for western dressing…it’s not carried in our local stores plus I LOVE making as much as I can from scratch.

  2. Hello. I was just wondering if you have the nutritional information for this recipe available?

    1. Hi Stacy – No, I do not track nutritional information. Sorry! If you’re interested, I sometimes use the “MyFitnessPal” app and it will let you create recipes and track the info that way. There are other apps like this out there, as well.

      1. I have my fitness pal and I just never thought of it. I hate ruining all of our great garden veggies with bad for you dressings!! Thank you!

    1. Hi Sanja, I actually have never stored it! I always use it immediately (typically in my Fiesta Pasta Salad recipe). You could keep it covered in the refrigerator, but it may separate and harden a bit. Nothing that a hard whisking and maybe a slight warm-up in the microwave couldn’t handle, I’m sure. 🙂

  3. Oh awesome! I’ve been searching for a substitute for Western Dressing! It’s the only dressing my hubby will eat. (And his mother makes a Taco Salad recipe that calls for that whole bottle as well!) I’ve been switching us over (slowly) to more unprocessed foods and into more real foods. Hoping this will satisfy his western dressing crave! 🙂 Thank you!

    1. I hope you and your husband like the dressing, Theresa! Please let me know what you think! I haven’t had the ‘real stuff’ (ha) in a long time now, so I may not be the best judge of taste for this anymore. Would love to hear an ‘expert’ opinion from someone who eats it all the time. I really hope it can be a good substitute for you guys!

  4. I am so excited to try this! We fell in love with western dressing while visiting my sister-in-law. Then they finally started carrying it where we lived and the army moved us and it is nowhere to be found. I was just about to order some from amazon! We actually use it for dip for steaks and chicken. lol!!!

  5. Can anyone give a review in comparison to Western Dressing… I love Western but would love to find a healthier option and hate to make this and not like it.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. I wish I had a better answer for you! It’s been so long since I’ve tasted the bottled stuff that I will say I don’t know for sure what it tastes like anymore…but I do know that the pasta salad I use it in is just as good now as it always was! If you try it, would love to hear your opinion on a comparison!

  6. My daughter just moved me to San Antonio from Indiana because of my health. I was dissapointed to find out that Western Dressing is not sold here, its the only salad dressing I buy other than mayo. I’m going to get the ingredients to make your recipe next time we go to the grocery. I’ll let you know how it goes :-).

    1. Yes, please let me know what you think of it, Barbara! It’s been so long since I’ve tried the bottled version that I will admit I don’t have a good base point anymore for comparison! Would love to know what you think about it! I hope you enjoy living in San Antonio!

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