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?