What’s hiding in those store-bought salad dressings? Well, sometimes it’s a whole lot of artificial flavors, preservatives, stabilizers, and iffy additive ingredients that are hard to pronounce. Personally, I have slight allergic reactions when opting for certain store-bought salad dressings that cause an itchy throat feeling. Yuck. The good news is that you can whip up your own DIY salad dressings that taste way better in the same amount of time (but probably less) that it would take you to figure out what disodium guanylate is and how to say it.
You probably already have all of the necessary ingredients on hand to make a basic, all-purpose dressing, like this basic vinaigrette, which requires only minimal ingredients such as olive oil and lemon juice. If you don’t have lemons, you could substitute any fresh citrus here, such as grapefruit, orange, or lime.
A simple caesar salad dressing can be whipped up easily and effortlessly by using fish sauce and several other pantry essentials that you likely already have–like Dijon mustard, parmesan cheese, and oil.
The key to a great salad dressing is to use a great base ingredients: oil, vinegar, or something creamy like Greek yogurt. Yogurt is the jam in this smooth and creamy green goddess dressing below. This dressing gets its iconic green color from the bounty of fresh herbs within.
Another versatile workhorse ingredient to keep on hand for all of your salad dressing needs is honey. Honey adds a distinct sweetness for flavor balance and serves as an emulsifier because of it’s viscous consistency. In this “All Day, Everyday Dressing,” Romano cheese, honey, lemon juice, nuts, and thyme blend together to create a sweet and tangy dressing that’s so simple to make.
We all need to clean some of the crap out of our kitchens every so often, and choosing homemade salad dressings over bottled imitations with mile-long ingredient lists is a great place to start. Ditch the sad, half-empty salad squeeze bottles lurking in the back of your fridge and pave the way for some much tastier and healthier dressings for you and your family to enjoy.