Homemade salad dressing can be absolutely delicious and inexpensive! Plus you get to avoid all the genetically modified ingredients, present in most dressings lining the grocery isles, such as soybean oil and canola oil. For pennies I can make a high quality salad dressing using olive oil blended with a few tasty flavorings. Some vinegars that work well with salad include a good quality balsamic, red wine, or fruit vinegars. I love raspberry vinegar blended with some olive oil and honey drizzled over a spinach and strawberry salad – yum!
What I do is place all of the ingredients into something tall like a wide mouth mason jar and use an immersion blender to make this dressing. You could also use a regular blender or Vita-Mix. An immersion blender can help things thicken up as you pulse up and down. 2 tablespoons of oregano or fresh basil work well, avoid thyme or other herbs that would make the flavors in the dressing may get too strong and/or slightly bitter. This dressing will keep in the refrigerator in a sealed jar for about 2 weeks.
Simple, Everyday Salad Dressing:
3/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons high quality balsamic vinegar (Maison Orphee is my favorite)
2 tablespoons honey
the juice of one small lemon
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons fresh herbs, such as oregano or basil
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings if necessary. Store in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator.
I’d like to try adding poppyseeds, with extra honey and lemon and see how that would turn out (I’ve always loved poppyseed dressing!).