Salad dressing basics

Store bought salad dressing can help make for an easy dinner, but making your own can be far better, and more nutritious! Even the best store-bought dressings can be plagued with low quality oils, artificial flavours and a myriad of ingredients that cannot be pronounced. There is no reason to use these dressings as a basic homemade one can taste fresh and delicious.

Basic Dressing

  • 1 part lemon juice (from lemon or we keep a bottle of lemon juice on hand)
  • 3 parts oil (We usually use Extra Virgin Olive oil, but I have recently also been incorporating EFA oil blends as well as there are a good source of omega fatty acids)
  • A bit of mustard (delicious mustards add a great flavour and are a binding agent so the dressing doesn’t separate as quickly)
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

Shake it up in a container and taste it, make any adjustments that may be needed and we have a quick easy dressing!

From this base we can flavour the salad to match the meal.

If we are eating Mexican style food then a bit of cumin and some hot sauce will zip up your salad. You can replace the lemon juice with lime juice for an extra kick.

One of our favourites is balsamic and sherry wine vinegar.

A bit of tahini(usually found next to the peanut butter in the grocery store) makes a more creamy dressing.

Some chopped up garlic is always welcome in our salad dressings.

Some dill and a bit of honey will make for a sweeter, summer time dressing.

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