I can't even remember the last time I purchased salad dressing at the store, because it is one of the easiest items to make at home. It tastes better, is better for your body, and saves you money when making homemade salad dressing. When making a vinaigrette you can follow the very easy ratio recipe of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil. I like to use a little dijon to help bind my vinaigrettes. This recipe is basic and balanced. Feel free to add your own spices. I love throwing in 1/4 teaspoon of finely minced shallots to bring this dressing up a level in flavor profiles.
Making salad dressings at home is a very rewarding task. This simple recipe can be used as is, or add your own seasonings of choice.
Makes 8 oz of salad dressing
1 /4 cup vinegar and/or lemon juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey or 100% maple syrup
3/4 cup olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a bowl, whisk together the first 3 ingredients until mustard and vinegar is combined. Then gradually add in the olive oil, while whisking. Continue to whisk until dressing becomes a golden yellow and has fully emulsified. Store in airtight jar for up to 10 days in the refrigerator. If oil solidifies, run dressing jar under warm water for 30 seconds and shake it well before using.
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