I agree pumpkin spice has gone a little over the top at the grocery store (see below), but I can’t say the same when it comes to homemade pumpkin spice inspired foods.

I can’t get enough of all of the homemade fall baked goods. Whether it’s pumpkin pancakes, smoothies, or other sweets, I’m pretty sure I haven’t turned one down yet.

Here’s another take on pumpkin you’ve never thought of — salad dressing. Try this creamy pumpkin dressing as a dip for veggies or on top of a crispy green salad with cranberries and walnuts.

Pumpkin spice ranch-style salad dressing

Pumpkin spice salad dressing


  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 6 ounces of plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra light olive oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, peeled, chopped
  • 4-5 fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, or more  (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or more (optional)


  1. Put all ingredients into blender. Puree on high until smooth.
  2. Taste. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Stir.

Note: If you chose a thick yogurt like Greek yogurt, you might need to thin the recipe a bit. I’ve tried this with a few tablespoons of apple cider and it did the trick. 

Pumpkin spice ranch-style salad dressing

Also see, Layered pumpkin dessert.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.