Wednesday, August 11, 2010

For the Love of Salad

Don't buy salad dressing!  There, I said it.  Salad dressing is filled with all kinds of unidentifiable oils, preservatives, fake flavors, lots of fat, and all sorts of other things that someone created in a lab and called "food".  It's hard to eat a salad when you can't feel good about what you topped it with.  If you do find a healthy organic dressing, it's usually upwards of $5 and still may have secret enemies hidden inside.  We've been experimenting with making our own dressings for awhile [blue cheese, ranch, honey mustard] but I haven't found an "everyday" dressing.  I keep bottles of Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinaigrette in our cabinet because that's the best I've found. Until now.  This is the BEST salad dressing I have ever tasted.  I've been reading up on other women who make their own dressings and this is kind of a compilation of what I thought looked good.  And I will share it with you. 
You will need:
1 cup of good olive oil [I don't think it matters if it's extra virgin]
1/2 cup organic apple cider vinegar [I bet you could try balsamic or champagne]
1 teaspoon onion powder
t teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 heaping tablespoons of Dijon mustard [forgoing the use of egg yolks to emulsify--I'm cheap that way]
1 squirt of honey

To make it easy on myself, I just whisked everything together at once in my 2 cup glass liquid measuring cup.  I ended up with 2 cups and put them into two mason jars.  Keep this refrigerated and it should last up to a week and a half.  Shake before use, obviously.  Now go eat some salad!  Fill it with dark greens and lots of colors!

Do you have a homemade salad dressing you'd like to share?

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