Making your own salad dressings is much easier and quicker than you might think. A simple salad dressing can be made using 3-4 ingredients. Using an emulsifier like Dijon mustard helps to blend the oil and vinegar together and helps to make it thick. Sweeteners like honey or maple syrup are perfect for sweetening.
Homemade salad dressings are fresh and are not full of preservatives. You can choose the quality of the ingredients used especially the olive oil and use other real ingredients. No need to worry about too much salt added sugar or artificial flavours. Save money by making a good quality salad dressing at home. This tasty salad dressing can turn a boring salad into something that tastes exciting and has some great health benefits at the same time.
When choosing olive oil, a cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil is higher in antioxidants and has the best flavour for salads. Buying your olive oil in a dark glass bottle is also important which protects the oil from oxidation. Quality oils also have harvested and a best before date on the bottle.
Apple cider vinegar is another key ingredient in salads and also comes in a variety of options. Choosing an unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with its mother has the best health benefits. This vinegar needs to be shaken before using. Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar is one such vinegar.
It is organic and probably the most popular one customers buy. You may find this kind of apple cider vinegar in the health food section of your local grocery store.
Adding tea to your salad dressings will add a unique flavour with the added health benefits found in tea. You can infuse the tea into the vinegar in a recipe or add ground tea like mint directly to your dressing. It may take up to 2 hours for the tea flavour to develop. Another option is to brew a stronger infusion of tea and use this infusion as part of the dressing.
Check out the pictures on this page for suggestions of tea to try for salad infusions.
Making your salad dressing in a mason jar or other glass jar with a tight-fitting allows you to add your ingredients to the jar, shake until combined and afterwards makes a perfect storage vessel. Some dressing may require a blender or food processor if you want the ingredients nice and smooth. Most dressings will keep about 1-2 weeks in the fridge.