DIY Salad Dressings: All Your Favorites — Easy, Fresh & Flavorful
To be honest, I haven’t bought salad dressing in years. Part of the reason is that bottles of salad dressing in the fridge always seem somehow stale to me (even though they appear to keep practically forever — hey, maybe that’s part of the problem). Then there’s the issue of that gunky mess that inevitably congeals on the rim of the bottle (ew), and the all-too-often glop that comes pouring out, making your salad into a soup (ugh).
But mostly the reason I don’t buy it is because making my own isn’t just fairly cheap, it’s ridiculously easy. And somehow, homemade salad dressing just tastes better to me. Maybe that’s because all the ingredients are, well, fresher, and I can make it to my own taste, and maybe it’s somehow psychological. I can generally pronounce everything I put into my own homemade dressing, but I can’t say the same for all the ingredients that you sometimes find on the labels of store-bought dressings.
In any case, I like to keep it simple. For my everyday vinaigrette, I don’t even need a recipe. I just whisk together a tablespoon of vinegar (most often red wine vinegar, but sometimes I’m in the mood for balsamic or white wine vinegar), a couple tablespoons of olive oil and, depending on what makes sense in terms of what else we’re having for dinner, I’ll add about a half teaspoon of honey or Dijon mustard, or even both. For a zippier base, I might mash half a clove of garlic with a pinch of salt, and mix that in as well.
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