Monday, April 12, 2010

Salad Dressings

My husband is always telling me I need to eat more salad.  It is such an easy option for lunch, right?  I just can't find a store-bought salad dressing I like, which then prevents me from eating salads at home.  I have learned the only way I will make and eat a salad is if I make my own dressing.  I like the way they taste and I know what is in them.  I have several that I love and are so easy to make.  What works best for me is to double one of these dressing recipes on Sunday evening to have ready for salads for the week for both me and Dean.  They all come from the cookbooks from The Junior League of Denver.  I don't have pictures to share, but am going to post the recipes for my favorite salad dressings.  

Balsamic Vinaigrette
2/3 c. olive oil
1/2 c. balsamic vinaigrette
2 T. dijon mustard
1/2 t. dried thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper
In small bowl, combine ingredients.  Whisk to blend.

Mustard Vinegar Dressing
2 cloves garlic
1/4 t. salt
1 t. dijon mustard
2 T. white wine vinegar
1/2 c. virgin olive oil
Mash garlic and salt to a paste in small bowl.  Whisk in mustard and vinegar. Add oil in a stream, whisking dressing until oil is emulsified.

Zesty Dressing
1/4 c. olive oil
2 T. finely chopped green onions
2 T. white wine vinegar
1/4 c. honey
2-3 t. Tabasco sauce
Mix all ingredients together.  Shake well.

Balsamic Dressing
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1/2 t. dijon mustard
1/2 t. sea salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. olive oil
Whisk vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper until smooth.  Slowly whisk in oil until smooth.

1 comment:

  1. i had the same relationship with salads unill i worked out the dressing problem. i've found that balsamic and evoo go well with a spinkle of cumin :-) lately me and the big ass salad have been good friends. to bad restraunts don't ahve a clue how to make a good one!