Salad dressings can be expensive to purchase and not always available. Making your own saves money and you can tailor the dressing however you prefer. Making your own is easy and fun. Oil, acid and some seasonings are all you need!
- Begin with a base: Olive oil, canola oil or yogurt
- Add in an acid: vinegar or citrus juice (lemon, lime or orange)
- Flavorings: Add herbs, mustards, onion or garlic
Put all your ingredients in a jar and shake….thats it!
Salad dressings are not just for salads. You can use them as marinades for meat, drizzle on vegetables or fruits, grains, pasta, sandwiches, beans or pizza.
Balsamic vinegars are amazing because they are already flavored and can be used alone in place of salad dressing. You can choose between dark or white balsamic and both are made from pressed white grapes. White balsamic vinegar is milder and slightly less sweet, cooked at low temperature and high pressure (to prevent it from browning) and aged for a short time. Dark balsamic vinegar is aged longer.
Putting together a salad is simple. The combinations are endless.
- Choose a lettuce or a mixture of lettuce,
- Add some vegetables
- Add fresh or dried fruit (optional)
- Add nuts and/or cheese (optional)