Fast and Easy Homemade Salad Dressings

| 5/14/2016 1:08:00 PM

Tags: salad dressings, recipes, farm to table, holidays, vegetables, Jurt Jacobson, Maryland,

If people knew how easy and delicious homemade salad dressings can be, store-bought dressing sales would plummet. You, too, can make your own salad dressings without having a culinary school degree or cooking experience. There are some dressings that take less than 5 minutes to make and some that take a bit longer. Most are simple and worth the time after you get the hang of it.

Simple is Best

The easiest of the salad dressings are the simple oil-and-vinegar types. The secret is to use good-tasting vinegar, not the industrial-strength cleaning vinegar most shoppers buy. Some of the best are: Bragg’s apple cider vinegar; flavored vinegar, like champagne, red wine, or herb-infused; specialty vinegar from any number of oil-and-vinegar stores popping up across North America.

Just mixing a great-tasting vinegar with olive oil, avocado oil, or walnut oil makes a delicious and healthy alternative to store-bought dressings. When you make your own dressings, gone are the chemical additives and preservatives sometimes found in store-bought dressings. And it’s pretty cool to show off to friends and family how easy these are to make.


Let’s take the flavor profile a bit farther and add garden-fresh herbs to the oil-and-vinegar base. The French consider tarragon the “King of Herbs” and use it often in salad dressings. Add a teaspoon or two to your oil and vinegar and the aroma builds quickly.

Go a step beyond and put a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and now you have a flavor explosion to rock your taste buds. Poured over a mixed green, romaine, or even a kale salad, this dressing is a winner.

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