How Much Salad Dressing to Buy for a Crowd Plus a Handy Chart

Salad Dressing Portion Guide

How Much Salad Dressing To Buy For A Big Group - We Calculate The Exact Amounts For You

When you are cooking or entertaining a crowd, it is one thing to prepare a large batch of recipes but it is another thing to calculate how many ingredients and toppings you should buy.

Whether you are hosting a weekend family dinner or a big reunion with friends a chopped salad is a great side dish - it goes well with burgers for a crowd or a big family gathering roast turkey and stuffing but you might be wondering how much salad dressing per person should you serve.

See our per-person salad charts below for the exact amount of ranch dressing, balsamic vinaigrette or your favorite healthy salad dressing to serve for your guests.

There is nothing worse than a salad without enough dressing - I just hate that.

We have made this salad dressing guide on how much salad dressing to buy for a crowd and also calculated the serving sizes for you for side salads and Main Dish Salads. This proportioning guide and suggested serving sizes give you the correct amount of salad dressing to budget for each guest.

How Much Dressing For Salad

The correct amount of salad dressing per person is 2 tablespoons for a side salad and 3 tablespoons for a main salad.

For vinaigrette type dressings you can reduce the amount of dressing by 10% - however, my advice is to go with the above figures because
1.   nobody wants to run short on the dressing - it is a major contributor to the overall taste of your salad.  

2.  salad dressing is relatively cheap - so it is not going to cost much to over cater the quantity

These amounts are mainly for non-dressed salads - for example, a garden salad, chopped salad, if the salad is dressed like a Ceaser salad with croutons, or your greek salad already has lots sour cream, feta cheese or cherry tomatoes - you may use a little less dressing.

Ranch Dressing Bottles
Ranch Dressing Bottles
Salad Dressing for 10 People
Salad Dressing for 10 People

How Much Salad Dressing for 10 People

You will need for a Side Salad serving of Creamy Dressing 20 tablespoons or 1.5 Bottles (8oz) for 10 people. For Vinaigrette reduce the amount by 10%

Serving Salad as the main course you will need 30 tablespoons of Creamy Salad Dressing or 2 Bottles (8oz) for 10 people.

Italian dressing for 25 people
Italian dressing for 20 people

How Much Salad Dressing for 20 People

You will need for a Side Salad serving of Creamy Dressing 50 tablespoons or 3 Bottles (8oz) for 20 people. For Vinaigrette reduce the amount by 10%

Serving Salad as the main course you will need 60 tablespoons of Creamy Salad Dressing or 4 Bottles (8oz) for 20 people.

Creamy Salad dressing for 50 people
Creamy Salad dressing for 50 people

How Much Salad Dressing for 50 People

You will need for a Side Salad serving of Creamy Dressing 100 tablespoons or 6.3 Bottles (8oz) for 50 people. For Vinaigrette reduce the amount by 10%

Serving Salad as the main course you will need 150 tablespoons of Creamy Salad Dressing or 9 Bottles (8oz) for 50 people.

Health Salad Dressing
Healthy Salad Dressing

How Much Salad Dressing for 50 People

You will need for a Side Salad serving of Creamy Dressing 200 tablespoons or 12.5 Bottles (8oz) for 100 people. For Vinaigrette reduce the amount by 10%

Serving Salad as the main course you will need 300 tablespoons of Creamy Salad Dressing or 18 Bottles (8oz) for 100 people.

You can also see the exact amount of Potato Salad for a crowd here.

As you can see, serving a salad with salad dressings for a crowd does not require a lot of expense. You only need enough, especially if it is only served as a side dish

The brand of the salad dressing will also affect your expense, but another option is to make your own.

To make your salad more special, add more croutons to the salad mix. It will enhance the flavor with the need to flood the salad greens more dressing. A single bag of croutons goes a long way, I suggest adding one or 2 tablespoons to the salad bowl. Bacon, avocado are also great boosters to add flavor and make your dish go further also,

A great way to serve is via a salad bar, this is not too dissimilar to our taco setup. Guests will serve their own salad, just make sure you place it in a large serving bowl with small dressing ladles.

Also, make sure not to place all your salad dressings on the table and reserve some for next the batch. You can also place the squeeze bottles to divide your salad dressings according to the recommended serving size.

One of the advantages of making your own dressing is over a bought one, if you run out of it, you can simply make your own or follow the recipe we have prepared below.

Health Salad Dressing
Healthy Salad Dressing

How to Make Caesar Dressing For A Crowd 

This recipe for a classic creamy Caesar salad dressing and is great for a big group.

Serving size: 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoon anchovy paste (found near the canned tuna in the supermarket)
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's Real
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese - or of your choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl, mix and whisk together the garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. 

2. Add the mayonnaise, grated cheese of your choice, as well as salt and pepper to taste.  

3. Whisk all the ingredients gently until combined. Taste a spoonful and adjust the flavor to your liking.

4. Serve with veggies and fruits. You can refrigerate this for a week. Make sure it is placed in a sealed container.

What is the best oil to use to make salad dressing?

  • virgin olive oil
  • canola Vegetable oil
  • avocado oil

What Are Some Of the Favorite Dressings For Salads And big Groups

  • Honey Mustard Dressing
  • Red Wine Dressing
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Thousand Islands
  • Italian Dressing

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