Making great tasting, fresh, salad dressing is faster than you think. You simply toss a few ingredients into a bowl, whisk these together and then add some more ingredients and then taste and adjust if necessary. These kinds of homemade salad dressings are so light and yet have a lot of strong flavor.
These are the kind of dressings that are usually served in little French Bistro restaurants on their gourmet salads. So light and tasty are these dressings that they really highlight the flavors of the vegetables.
The trick is to find the balance between the olive oil and the lemon juice (or vinegar). If you start with the thought that Salad Dressings are typically 1/3 acid (lemon juice or vinegar) and 2/3 olive oil, then you are on the right path.
Once you have made fresh salad dressing a couple of times, you will just love how easy they are to make and also the fact that you can make your salad dressing fresh whenever you want to.
A basic Salad Dressing recipe only has a few ingredients:
- Olive Oil
- Lemon juice or vinegar (we like to use Apple Cider Vinegar or Balsamic Vinegar)
- Salt and Pepper
1. Start by adding 1Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to your bowl. Then add about 1 Teaspoon of mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk together until smooth.
2. Now, while you are whisking, add 2Tablespoons of olive oil to the bowl and keep whisking until they are well combined.
3. Taste (use a piece of lettuce) and see if you need to add more lemon or olive oil, or if more salt or pepper is necessary.
The great thing about making fresh salad dressing at home is that you can make a small amount for a salad one day, and then the next time you make it, you can totally change it up by using a different vinegar or adding a bunch of chopped herbs (thyme or tarragon are especially good).
We hope you are intrigued to make some fresh home-made salad dressing the next time you are having a salad. Please let us know what combination you used and what you thought.