Let's Get Dressed up! - The Salad that is!

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!

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:

Basic Vinaigrette - Hugh Acheson

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!

Curry Vinaigrette - Eric Ripert

Canal House Classic Vinaigrette

Smokey Orange Vinaigrette - Bobby Flay

Garlic Vinaigrette - Alices Waters

Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette - Thomas Keller

Momofuko Octo Vinegrette - David Chang

Caesar Dressing - do not be scared of the ingredients, you'll be fine.

Let's get dressed up! Well, we still may not have many places to go, but our salads look great!!


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