DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
a collection of holistic nutrition tips & tricks, plus many of Food on the Table's favourite recipes
Homemade salad dressing is on of the easiest condiments to prepare and will save you a lot of $$. The ingredients used in store bought salad dressings are almost always less than desirable with highly processed, unhealthy fats, preservatives and "natural flavorings". A salad dressing should not be able to sit on a shelf for months upon end.
You'd be doing your health and wallet and huge favor by taking a few minutes to prepare a bottle of dressing that can be used for the whole week. A good homemade vinaigrette can add a nice flavor twist to any salad, steamed or roasted vegetable dish, dip, sauce etc. Even a child can do this...it was one of the first "jobs" I had in my kitchen growing up. Thanks mama!
My go to ratio for a vinaigrette is 1 part acid to 4 parts oil. This ratio is not set in stone but it's a good place to start. Prepare what suits your taste buds and taste as you go!
Basic Vinaigrette Dressing
1 cup Olive Oil (cold / first pressed)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or balsamic (or combine the two)
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp natural sweetener (honey, maple syrup), optional
1 garlic clove, grated
Herbs of your choice (thyme, oregano, basil, chives etc), optional
Here's a couple more variations:
Lemon & Herb Vinaigrette:
3/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tsp honey
2 Tbsp chopped Herbs
Ginger / Sesame:
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar (or apple cider)
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp raw honey
2 Tbsp fresh herbs, chives, green onion and/or cilantro
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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