salads are often called "dressings". The
concept of salad dressing varies across
In Western culture, there are three basic
types of salad dressing:
dressings, usually mayonnaise-based, but
which may also contain yogurt, sour cream,
buttermilk, milk, or crème fraîche
dressings, which resemble creamy
dressings, but are usually thickened by
adding egg yolks and gently heating.
is a mixture (emulsion) of salad oil and
vinegar, often flavored with herbs, spices,
salt, pepper, sugar, and other ingredients.
It is used most commonly as a salad
dressing, but also as a sauce or marinade.
In North America, mayonnaise-based Ranch
dressing is most popular, with vinaigrettes
and Caesar-style dressing following close
behind. Traditional dressings in France are
vinaigrettes, typically mustard-based, while
mayonnaise is predominant in eastern
European countries and Russia. In Denmark,
dressings are often based on crème fraîche.
In southern Europe, salad is generally
dressed by the diner with oil and vinegar.
In Asia, it is common to add sesame oil,
fish sauce, citrus juice, or soy sauce to
The following are examples of common salad
virgin olive oil