Fool Proof Salad Dressing

This Salad Dressing base is a great all purpose salad dressing recipe. The great thing is that all you have to remember are the basic proportions, and then you can let your imagination run loose and experiment with all sorts of interesting flavor combinations. The basic rule is 1 part sweet, 1 part sour, 2 parts oil. (Note that most salad dressing recipes call for closer to 4 parts oil, so this recipe is both healthier and less diluted in flavor)

Start with a straight sided jar (makes is easier to see your proportions), and pour in your sweet. Add your sour, and your salt and pepper and other herbs or extras you may be using. Close the jar and shake to dissolve all the sweet with all the sour. Then open the jar and have a little taste – how is it? Is it too sweet? Add a little more sour and try again. Did your lips pucker? Add some more sweet to balance the flavor (you should taste it and think -that tastes sweet! and sour! and sweet!)

Then add your oil and shake again. Taste once more and then use or put in the fridge. The great thing is that the proportions really keep the dressing in emulsion – it won’t separate even after being in the fridge a week! You still will want to give it a shake right before using, but it will coat your salad greens nicely and not bead up into little oil and vinegar droplets.

Here are a few suggestions, you can use one or more of each category to build up the “parts” for example, you could use some honey and some apricot jam to make the one part sweet. Whatever you like!

Ideas for Sweet:

  • honey
  • brown sugar
  • turbinado sugar
  • apricot jam
  • frozen lemonade concentrate
  • pineapple juice leftover from the canned pineapple
  • white sugar
  • orange juice

Ideas for Sour

  • balsamic vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • lime juice
  • rice wine vinegar
  • lemon juice

Ideas for oils

  • olive oil
  • vegetable oil
  • oil from the sun dried tomato jar
  • oil from the artichoke hearts jar

Ideas for extras

  • salt – every dressing NEEDS some salty to balance the flavor.
  • soy sauce (instead of salt)
  • chopped preserved lemon (instead of salt)
  • mustard -powder or Dijon
  • chopped basil or other herb

Some of my favorite combos:

Basic sweet vinaigrette: honey+rice wine vinegar+vegetable oil+ a squirt of Dijon mustard

Taco salad dressing: turbinado sugar+apple cider vinegar+ vegetable oil+paprika and chili powder

Raspberry Vinaigrette: raspberry jam+balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice+ vegetable oil

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3 responses to “Fool Proof Salad Dressing

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