Bottled salad dressing is common on the dinner table in households across America. While convenient, these prepared salad dressings are much more expensive than those you prepare from scratch. None of the most popular salad dressings are hard to make and many can be prepared using common ingredients you always have on hand. Another secret to saving money (and waistlines) when preparing salad is to toss the salad with the dressing before serving. If you toss the salad well, you need only one to two tablespoons dressing for each cup of salad. If you let everyone pour dressing on his salad, you’ll generally need twice as much (or more). For recipes that will enable you to make your own dressings at home, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.