If you are having a salad slump, the best way to make salads exciting again is by making your own dressing. Bottled Ranch ain’t got nothing on homemade! Homemade dressing is surprisingly easy, delicious, and often times healthier than store bought.
For a basic salad dressing start with a ratio of 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. If you want to make your dressing a bit lighter or more on the tart side, go for equal parts oil and vinegar. You can use white vinegar, apple cider, or balsamic vinegar. Add a few good pinches of pepper and salt and you will be on your way to the perfect dressing. Whip your dressing with a whisk or place in a jar and shake thoroughly until completely blended.
Once you have mastered the basic dressing you can get a little more creative with your add-ins. I like adding a tablespoon of Dijon mustard. Minced fresh or dry herbs also work well. Depending on the quantity of dressing you make you want to add about 1 tsp of dry herbs or 1 tablespoon of minced fresh. Try fresh garlic, shallots, onion; or dry dill, rosemary, or oregano. If you prefer a sweeter dressing you add one teaspoon of honey or sugar. (likely the sugar content will still be lower than most store-bought dressings).
Here is a great starter recipe from The Kitchn
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Optional extras: spoonful of mustard, minced shallots, minced garlic, minced fresh herbs, teaspoon dried herbs, spoonful of honey or brown sugar
You can also try our simple recipe for Balsamic Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Heather Mason is a Registered Dietitian who holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science. She has a passion for debunking nutrition myths and helping people discover delicious and healthy food. You can read more posts from her on her blog, Nutty Nutrition.