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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

By Scarlet Paolicchi

            

homemade salad dressingA great way to reduce waste is to make your own homemade condiments whenever possible. Salad dressing is something I think most can make for themselves quite easily. Making a homemade salad dressing will not only cut back on waste, it’s also a healthier option at a cheaper price!

I use little glass jars to mix the salad dressings. After I add the ingredients, I simply put the lid on and shake. I recommend using a clean jelly jar or a canning jar with measurements on the side. Homemade dressings take only a few minutes to mix up and are very simple to make. Below are three homemade salad dressings I use most often:

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: -
Yield: 4 servings

Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 large clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme from your container garden, minced or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2-3 sprigs fresh oregano, minced or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, minced or dried
Pinch of cayenne (optional)

Add all ingredients into jar, screw on lid and shake. Let the dressing sit for at least 5 minutes before using for best flavor.

Asian Salad Dressing Recipe

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup oil
1/4 tablespoon olive oil
1 large clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
1 tablespoon ginger root, freshly grated
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

Add all ingredients into jar, screw on lid, shake and serve.

Ranch Salad Dressing Recipe

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 large clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, minced or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon fresh chives, minced or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, minced or 1/4 teaspoon dried

Add all ingredients into jar stir, screw on lid, shake and serve.

All of these recipes can be tweaked to suit your taste. I love homemade dressings because I like knowing that they are preservative free and are made with ingredients of my choosing.

What is your favorite homemade dressing and why?  

Photo courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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