Friday, May 4, 2012

Versatile Salad Dressing Recipe- Never buy store bought again!

So dang easy...

I think you should spend your money on yummy vinegars and oils to make your own creative salad dressings, and not on crappy bottled salad dressing. 

This is so base recipe is so easy, I have actually made salad dressing at 5am before work before, maybe that's a little crazy and all, but it IS easy. It takes about 5 minutes to pull together something yummy.

(Raspberry Orange Poppyseed Dressing)
Here's a couple of points about making your own salad dressings
* Keeps beautifully in the fridge
* Use on green tossed salads, chopped salads, fruit salads
* Makes an easy and delicious marinade for steaks, chicken and fish
* No yucky preservatives
* Economical, I bet it costs under $1
* Control the amount of sugar in your dressing... or leave it out altogether

Here's the idea for your own dressing,
1) combine an acid (vinegar, citrus juice, fruit juice etc)
2) with an emulsifier (Dijon mustard or dry mustard)
3) some seasoning (fresh herbs, garlic, honey etc)
4) Blend up.
5) With the blender going, pour in some oil in a steady stream through the hole in the lid of your blender.
6) Adjust your seasoning and serve. Easy.

Here's a shot of everything before you blend and dribble in the oil with the blender running.

A couple of notes on oil,
* I don't usually use all olive oil in my recipe because it has a strong taste, but it is really up to you.  What do you like?  Use it!  I usually mix my oils to get a taste that fits my mood.
* If you use 3/4 cup of oil, you usually get a thicker dressing, use a cup of oil = thinner.
* I also have used 3/4 oil, and added in a 1/4 of water slowly to reduce the amount of fat in your dressing. 

Think of these recipes as guidelines.... you are supposed to make it what you like!!!
Here's the base recipe for Lemon Dijon Dressing:
1/4 cup Lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves (optional)
1-2 Tbsp parsley, chopped (optional)
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup vegetable oil 

Mexican Cumin & Cilantro Dressing
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tsp dry mustard
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, chopped
salt & pepper
3/4-1 cup of oil

Orange, Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing
1-2 Tbsp orange juice
2 Tbsp raspberry vinegar
1 tsp dry mustard, dijon
salt to taste
3/4-1 cup of oil
2 tsp poppyseeds

Asian Sesame Dressing
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp dry mustard powder
salt and pepper
3/4-1 cup of oil

Balsamic Dijon Dressing
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
3/4-1 cup of oil
Salt & fresh ground pepper

Greek Feta Dressing
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp parsley, chopped
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
3/4-1 cup of oil
1/4 cup crumbled feta, added after blended, OR before if you like

Acids, pick ONE (or combine some...):

Lemon juice
Lime juice
Rice Wine vinegar
red wine vinegar
cider vinegar
balsamic vinegar
Raspberry Vinegar

Oils, pick ONE or two...:
Canola Oil
Olive Oil
Truffle Oil (1-2 tsp for flavoring)
Peanut Oil
Sesame Oil (1-2 tsp for flavoring)

Flavorings, pick what you like:

Herbs (cilantro, parsley, basil, chives, mint, oregano)
Seasoning Salt
Sesame Seeds

Emulsifier (you need this to make it thick):

Dijon Mustard
Dry English Mustard

1 comment:

  1. I love the way you have presented this basic way to make salad dressing. I should do it more.