I like to make my own salad dressing. It’s fast and easy and tastes so good! The basic formula is 1 part acid (some kind of vinegar or lemon juice) and 2-3 parts oil. You can add any herbs and seasonings that you like; sweeten it with sugar, honey, or (my favorite) agave nectar; thin it with fruit juice (I like to add mandarin oranges to my salad and some of the juice to the dressing.) or make it creamy with yogurt or mayonnaise. Experiment to see what you like. I usually don’t write down any measurements, but this time I did. It turned out good! (You can also use it on a marinade or topping for grilled or baked chicken… MMM!)
1 tbs agave nectar
2 tbs Dijon grainy mustard
2 tbs oil
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
Shake it all together in a small covered container like a Mason jar. Add herbs, or adjust sweetener or mustard to taste. You can see it makes a small amount. Increase it as you need it, and for heaven’s sake adjust it till it’s just how you like it!
What’s your favorite salad dressing recipe?
NOTE: March 18, 2013– I made this as usual, doubled the recipe, but added a TBS of dried basil and oregano and a couple of sage and rosemary leaves… even better! Go buy you some herbs for your garden TODAY!