Easy and simple salad dressings to make at home
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Making a salad dressing isn’t just food prep – it’s an art. But, it’s a simple one. Yes, sometimes the recipes can require a long list of ingredients and intense recipe book consultation, but here are some dressings that require almost none of that.
The popular ones
Make your caesar salad just a little more exciting with a great caesar dressing. Even if you don’t add chicken or something extra to the salad, including your perfect dressing makes all the difference. It’s the same with ranch dressing or vinaigrette – both easy to perfect, shake up in a jar and keep in the fridge to be ready for anything in the future. For more about how to get the best vinaigrette, take a peek here.
A little bit quirky
Since summer is in full swing, why not try a poppy seed-based dressing? For salads with strawberries and spinach, poppy seed dressings are simple way to add a summery crunch. It might not be something you see on the Saladette counter of your local restaurant’s salad bar, but why be ordinary? For something even quirkier but just two (yes, two) ingredients, try mixing 2 spoons of miso paste with a few squirts of citrus juice (lemon or lime is good). This incredibly simple dressing could change your food choices forever.
One great tip
You must become a pro at getting the balance between oil and vinegar (if the recipe calls for vinegar). Typically, the best balance is 3:1 – 3 parts oil, 1 part vinegar. Oh, and don’t be stingy with the type of vinegar that you buy, either. White vinegar is the plainest, so white wine vinegar is the least a salad deserves. Others prefer the more intense tastes of balsamic vinegar. Just make sure you get the balance correct. Mixing oils could also be an advantage. Use extra virgin olive oil in conjunction with vegetable oil for a good chemistry.
With any luck, the above will have given you the best dressings you can make with little time on your hands, and one way to make them restaurant quality. Happy dressing-making!