I’m a purist when it comes to salad dressing.

Olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper. In my opinion, those 4 ingredients are all any salad needs. But I understand that gets a little boring. Making your own salad dressing is not only easy, but it really boils down to the balance of two ingredients – oil and vinegar (or oil and some acidity). That’s it. A little more oil than vinegar will give you that creaminess so many of us look for in dressing. Equal parts is a-ok too. And after that, it’s just a matter of spicing it up!

So why make your own when there are hundreds to choose from at the store? Well, unless onion juice and Blue #1 are on your list of favorite foods (hey, who am I to judge?) you should give it a shot. Keep that salad what it’s meant to be, after all — healthy!

Basic Vinaigrette:
1/3 cup each olive oil and white or red wine vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
Healthy dash garlic powder
2 tsp dry or prepared mustard
Dash of dry herbs, like oregano
S&P
Secret Ingredient: 1 Tbsp brine from caper jar

Maple Mustard (sweet & sour):
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar (optional)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp mustard
S&P
*No vinegar makes this one sweeter and a great marinade

Green Goddess (rich & creamy):
1/4 or 1/3 cup each olive oil and vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/8 onion
1 clove garlic
Packed bunch of fresh herbs (I use parsley or cilantro)
S&P

 

 

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