I can’t even tell you the last time we purchased pre-made salad dressing. For years, I have been making our dressings from scratch.
Who or what is my inspiration?
My Aunt always made her dressings from scratch, and whenever she would come visit us when we were younger she would wipe up some tasty recipes (never actually with a recipe) and it was perfection. I would like to think that my talent for salad dressings and the knack for coming up with creative concoctions is in my genes, inspired by all those years watching my Aunt try new combinations.
This week I would like to share a few tips and tricks for making a easy, perfect and fail proof recipe.
The basics to any homemade dressing are typically the same:
- fresh lemon
- balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- olive oil or avocado oil
- lemons or limes
Any combination of these with a few other ingredients will give you a delicious homemade salad dressing.
A list of additional must haves (or ingredients worth trying):
- Dijion mustard (flavoured can work to add an interesting taste)
- fresh coriander
- fresh mint
- yogurt or sour cream (even tahini)
- mandarin orange
For your next summer BBQ, try the following dressings. Add them to a fresh shredded purple cabbage or a regular green salad (our preference, use something bitter like Arugula). (**Trick: prepare your dressing a few hours before your meal to ensure that all the flavours of the ingredients are infused).
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup of avocado oil (lighter tasting than olive oil)
1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove
a piece of salt and pepper
1 tbsp of fresh coriander
1 tsp of fresh finely chopped onion
3 drops of lemon
1/2 cup of Mayo (or non-dairy)
1/2 cup of yogurt/sour cream
3-4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
2-3 tbsp of maple syrup or white sugar (I prefer maple syrup, adjust according to your taste. This recipe should be a bit sweeter because of the red cabbage)
1 clove of garlic
1/4 tsp of salt and pepper
3-4 drops of lemon (shouldn’t be able to taste the Mayo)
There are so many options and combinations one could try!
Don’t be shy when you experiment. Remember, you can never go wrong with just mixing the basics! And STAY AWAY from the bagged salads, totally not good for you!
Just saying 🙂
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