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DIY Salad Dressings

By: Lisa Wright Burbach

I used to be intimidated by the idea of making my own salad dressing; it seemed to complicated-scary actually! One day I just gave it a go and I've never looked back!

I make all of our dressings now! OK, for the most part. If we have to take one someplace I sometimes buy it.

When buying, read the labels carefully and watch sneaky things like sodium and sugar.

Homemade salad dressing are healthier, or at least have the potential to be healthier, because you are in control; no artificial ingredients, low or no sugar, low sodium, ust full rich flavor and they are just plain easy to make!

Health note: Keep in mind that most salad dressing are largely fat so the calories do add up. 1 gram of fat has 9 calories, over double of 1 gram of carbohydrates or protein! Enjoy, but moderation and learn to love the taste of all those yummy veggies!!

Here are a few of my "go-to" recipes:

Bit of a fan girl!!! But even if I wasn't this is your base, your starting point! From here you can go crazy when it comes to vinaigrette once you master your base.

  • 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vineagar

  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced

  • 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard

  • Kosher salt (did you know it matters? kosher salt is flatter and melts differently, among other things)

  • 3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Shake well and use. See the link above for yummy things you can add to it.

Ranch - Simple

  • 1/4 Cup Mayo

  • 1/2 tsp Dill

  • 1/4 tsp garlic

water to thin and a pinch of salt

Ranch Dressing - More involved, from my sweet friend Gail

  • 1/4 Cup mayo (can use lite)

  • 1/4 Cup sour cream (can use nonfat)

  • 1 tsp parsley

  • 1/2 tsp minced onion flakes (I usually use fresh onion)

  • 1/2 t salt

  • 1/8 tsp pepper

  • 1 Clove garlic, minced

  • 1/3 Cup grated parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

  • Buttermilk to the consistency you like

Mix, cover & refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Dijon Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

  • 2 Tbsp Honey

  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar

  • 3 Tbsp Mayo

  • Salt and Pepper

Mix and enjoy

1000 Island - Simple

  • 3 Tbsp Mayo

  • 1 Tbsp Ketchup

  • 1 Tbsp Sweet Pickle Relish

  • Salt and Pepper

  • 1 Tsp minced Shallot

  • Drop of Hot sauce

Mix and enjoy

For a more complex 1000 Island try this one from Kitchen Treaty

Ginger Dressing - from my friend Gail

  • 1/4 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp Lite Soy sauce

  • 1 tsp Sesame oil

  • 1/8 tsp Red pepper flakes

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Shake and serve

Here are some more for you to enjoy!

Now this is a DIY we can all do!

refluffed and posted from 2020


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