Make Your Own Dressing
I like the idea of eating salads, but I am incredibly picky about dressings. I want something that’s fairly healthy and tastes good too! It’s dangerous for me to walk down the salad dressing aisle at the grocery store because so many of them sound good. I usually give in and purchase one, but more often than not after testing it, my exhilaration quickly fades away as I realize it tastes so-so or even worse – disgusting!Since I am a vegetarian, salads are a wonderful option because they are so versatile! I can’t just ban them because I can’t find a delicious store-bought dressing. My disgust at lack of delicious salad dressings inspired me to d0 something I had never done before – I experimented and made my own! One important thing to note about me is that I am not good at being creative with food. In fact, I love recipes. I love following recipes. I love knowing exactly what I should do and when I should do it. This is probably why I am a good baker.
I started with one of the most basic dressings and kept creating “spin-offs.” What could be healthier than using little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Unfortunately, I used this dressing so much I almost can’t stand to have it anymore.
The next step was to try something sweeter. I kept the olive oil base and added a touch of maple syrup to the balsamic vinegar. While preparing the dressing wasn’t dramatically different, the taste was. This is the dressing I am currently stuck on. The salad I eat at work each day consists of spinach leaves, blue cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries and my maple vinaigrette dressing. It’s absolutely delicious!
I also make a tahini dressing using tahini, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt and pepper. If you use this dressing, I would add chickpeas to the salad. The beans give the salad enough protein to make it a meal.
Ingredients you should try when making your own dressing:
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, etc.
- lime juice
- light mayonnaise
- maple syrup
- herbs and spices
- dijon mustard
Here are some other homemade salad dressings that I didn’t create, but are very tasty!
Ultimately, I’ve discovered that simplest is best. It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to make a tasty dressing. When your salad is brimming with fruits, veggies and/or other proteins, the salad dressing doesn’t need to provide the salad with flavor, it only needs to complement what’s already in the bowl.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a cook, you should try experimenting and creating your own salad dressings. Not only is it cheaper than purchasing store-bought dressings, but it’s usually much healthier too!